Epic Giveaway {Facebook Fun}

Today I have a treat for you!

I am happy to be hosting a massive giveaway with some of my favorite bloggers.

Some you may know, others might be new to you. Hop over to each of their blogs check them out. You will be glad you did!

 

We each have Facebook pages for our blogs and decided to put together a fun summer giveaway. It’s super easy to enter!

Simply like each of our blog Facebook pages using the handy Rafflecopter tool (you will need to be signed into your Facebook account for it to work) and you will automatically be entered to win one of the following amazing prizes:

And the grand prize is an incredible gift basket including all of the following:

Awesome, huh? Good luck and thanks for liking our pages. (If you’re reading this as a subscriber, you might have to click over to my blog to enter).
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is restricted to US residents only. Thank you to all the amazing businesses who contributed to this giveaway!

WFMW: Tips That Work For Me

This week, That Works For Me! Ebook is being featured at Bloom Book Club. We are giving away 5 copies and as an entry, we’ve encouraged  commenters to share a tip. I have loved (and learned) so much!

Some of my favorites:

  • Kitchen: Place a dryer sheet in the bottom of the kitchen trash can to help eliminate odors
  • Organization: Use a different color hanger for every person in your house
  • Kids: Never leave home without wet wipes
  • Pest control: little piles of cornmeal get rid of ants
  • Cleaning: Never leave a room empty handed. When moving around your house, always look for something that needs put away in the room you are going into.
  • Cooking: save bits of leftover veggies and add them to a container in the freezer till the container is full, then make a pot of vegetable soup by adding some tomato juice or broth
  • General: When in doubt, order pizza!

Enter to win a copy here. Or buy one today with $2 off coupon code: SUMMERSALE



Boxing

We are moving in 10 days.

This is what my garage looks like:

This weekend my hubby packed it up and stacked boxes to the ceiling while I packed the kitchen.

He walked in and saw a dozen boxes and said, “How are you going to cook dinner?”

[Insert evil laugh]

I foresee a lot of sandwiches and salads in our future.

It turns out jet lag and packing boxes sort of makes us grouchy and aggressive. Who knew?

Y’all have a happy Monday.

P.S. Blessings Unlimited (a Dayspring store) is having a huge sale, up to 64% off

The Power of Forgiveness

I shared with you her beautiful story.

I’ve seen the transformation with my own eyes.

It’s breathtaking.

But hearing it in her own words, seeing her chubby son, thrive, it leaves me speechless.

And it reminds me what I need to hear the most today: He is good and this is His.

 

If you’re holding onto unforgiveness today, let it go.

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” -Lewis Smedes

 

WFMW: That Bugs (Instant and Natural Itch Relief)


We spent the last few weeks sleeping with our windows open under mosquito nets. We are still taking malaria medicine because in many countries, mosquitos leave more than a bothersome itch, they deliver debilitating malaria.

Even with taking precautions, we still have a few bug bites. My five year old is especially sensitive (and whiny) about those itchy spots. I quickly learned that rubbing a bar of soap over an itchy spot offers instant relief! After verifying it online, I found a host of tips to help defeat the dreaded itch that often accompanies summer.

That works for me!

Jetlag, however, does not work for me. {yawn}

Sometimes I Don’t Want to Be Brave

Nearly three weeks ago, the night before we left for Kenya, I let my fear get the best of me.

I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t keep the worries away.

The what-ifs filled my heart, my mind, the room.

I trembled.

I woke my sleeping husband and asked him to help me fight my fears.

I sobbed into my pillow as he prayed for peace to cover me.

When someone peers into my life from the outside, sees that I was bold enough to try and start something from nothing, dares to take my young children into a third world country, they say, “you are brave.”

And my fear, just under the surface, grips.

Because I am not courageous.

Again on a particularly challenging day during our trip, when my answers mocked all the questions, I quaked with fear. I am often overwhelmed with the unknown and my own inadequacy.

But bravery is sometimes being the only one who knows you’re scared to death and acknowledging just how much you need God.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the judgement that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all. For now you are traveling the road between who you think you are and you can be.” -Meg Cabot.

Sometimes I don’t want to be brave.

But even more, I don’t want to be afraid.

Because this is more important than fear:

I think laughter may be a form of courage. As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that. -Linda Ellerbee

Thank you, Kenya

It’s hard to believe we are getting on an airplane tonight and flying to Amsterdam and then back to the USA on Saturday.

We’ve learned so much, been stretched further and are leaning into God even more on this journey.

We’ve left it all here and we are leaving with no regrets. It’s a good way to live.

I will miss this girl more than I can say. As long as Maureen is here and I’m there, a big piece of my heart is in Kenya.

The girls and babies are in the best hands possible. We love you all!