Love Mercy

I know I ask a lot of y’all. I never thought my blog would turn into a place where I ask for things (Hospice blankets, preemie clothes, baby formula, pillow cases, shoes, etc), but it has.

I’m not sorry.

It is what it is.

I’m going to keep putting opportunities before you and asking you to put yourself in other people’s shoes (or lack thereof). Speaking of, we are still collecting shoes until the end of September. Please consider sending a pair or two. So far, we have 144 150 pairs in my garage! You can read more about the project here.

In the last few months, it’s become very clear to me that my blog has grown and gathered influence for a specific purpose. I will be sharing more about it in detail,but I know this for sure: God has a plan.

God is using  you to change the world, one project at a time.

I’m just a regular mom and I don’t want you to think for ONE minute I’m something special or better in anyway. I yell at my kids, nag my hubby, worry about money, my kids, decisions I make, I even sweep dirt under my rug and restart the dishwasher because I don’t want to empty it.

But it feels like the last year has been leading up to THIS moment and I can’t wait to unveil it.

My 3 year blogging anniversary is coming up, but in lieu of  a party or a ton of giveaways to celebrate, I’m going to share with you what God has been leading our family to over the summer. We’ve been working furiously the last few months and during the week of September 13, I will be revealing the next chapter of this blog and our lives.

I’m going to ask you for one more thing: will you pray? I know you don’t know the details yet, but will you ask God to continue to lead us and for your own heart to be open to what He might ask of you the week of September 13 and the months to come?

I’m so glad y’all are on this journey with me!

I will tell you: It’s BIG. Because that’s how God likes to do things. And I’m going to need your help!

(Please note: WFMW will continue and I will put up a linky on Wed. Sept. 15)

[Back to School] Do-It-For-Others Project: Shoes

School starts in our part of Texas two weeks from tomorrow!

We have ONE thing left on our back-to-school shopping list: new shoes.

We’re using last year’s backpacks and we brushed up wardrobes at our local kid’s resale shop.

But shoes? I like my kids to each have a new pair. But it isn’t their only pair: They have church shoes, Crocs, flip flops and play tennis shoes.

Recently, I read in a magazine that the average woman has 19 (nineteen!) pairs of shoes.

I can’t help but think of the estimated 300 million people around the world who will wake up tomorrow without a pair of shoes to protect their feet from injury and disease.

Several months ago, I learned that one of my readers from the United States moved to South Africa with her husband with one goal: to provides shoes for people who didn’t have any by starting Samaritan’s Feet South Africa. I was so impressed by their simple goal and profound leap of faith that I decided WE MUST HELP THEM.

Guilt aside, is it really right that I have racks of shoes in my closet while so many people have none?

I’m happy to announce that our newest DIFO project is collecting new shoes for the people of South Africa! The shoe drive starts today and runs thru the end of September.

Dirty feet Pictures, Images and Photos

There are several ways for you to be a part of this shoe drive:

  • Shop for and mail a new pair of shoes to the address below
  • Order a pair of shoes from an online store and have it shipped to the address below (see online deals below)
  • Donate (tax deductible) a financial gift for a pair of shoes here

What will your donation do?

Samaritan’s Feet South Africa is working to make a difference in the lives of kids and adults in need of shoes throughout sub-Saharan Africa. At our Shoes of Hope Distributions, we partner with local organizations, churches and schools to achieve three specific goals:

  1. We TOUCH each person, by washing their feet.
  2. We TEACH each person a message of hope.
  3. We TREAT each person to a new pair of shoes.

Address to ship shoes to:

We are THAT family

8000 Research Forest Dr

Ste 115-110

Spring, TX 77382

**Online stores like JCPenney have great sales on shoes right now! As a matter of fact, you can shop here at the kid’s clearance shoe section, enter this code TEN2YOU which will get you $10 off your $10+ purchase for a sweet deal! Plus, right now, there’s FREE SHIPPING!  You can purchase a pair of shoes for less than $5!! PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE COUPON PER PERSON CAN BE USED.

**So many deals to combine at Famous Footwear!!! First off, all shoes are B1G1 50% off!  You can shop from the sale section where shoes are already marked down up to half price.

-Use code: SCHOOL3 and get 20% off your entire purchase!

-Free shipping applies when you buy 3 or more pair.  Two pair is $4.50 shipping
(thanks to Moms by Heart
for sharing the shoe deals!)

*updated* Walmart has .97 cent shipping and Old Navy has some good shoe deals. Let me know if y’all find other online deals and remember you can make a secure monetary donation here.

Mostly kids shoes are needed right now, boy or girl (especially kids size 3 or 4 up to women’s 6) and Samaritan’s Feet only accepts NEW shoes. Thank, y’all!

Please leave a comment if you’ll pick up/send a pair of shoes!

DIFO Pillow Case Project GRAND TOTAL

I’ve been counting and recounting, checking and double-checking.


I’m blown away by the number of pillow case dresses we made as a community to dress little girls in Africa!

The grand total………………………………………………………………………


Thank you. A million times to the dozens and dozens of seamstresses who created dresses and for everyone who sent supplies!

My daughter and I are just about done sorting them by size and packing them in zip locks to be shipped this week.

Please don’t miss out on the NEW PROJECT that will be announced in a couple of hours: Shoes (to go with all those pretty dresses!)

There was a need. You rallied. Thank you.

“God doesn’t require that you succeed. He only requires that you try.” -Mother Teresa

And sometimes you do both.

I’ve never been so proud to be a blogger, but I couldn’t have done any of this alone. Thank you for giving, praying, sharing it with your friends, family and readers.

“The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.”-Mother Teresa

More than 200 large cans of baby formula were committed (that’s more than $2000 in powder!), plus $2000 cash was given (to match your donations). There will always be a need, so feel free to continue to give if you feel led.

There are hungry orphans in Africa. We can help them.

[Warning: There is a faith-put-into-action opportunity at the end of this post. PLEASE do not miss it!]

I believe in a Divine God that connects dots.

I’m a dot.

You’re a dot.

He draws a line between you and me and we are connected.

I can’t explain it, but I know in my heart that God wants to use my blog to mobilize mothers to do good things for Him. I don’t have time for a catchy logo or cute graphic-there are hungry babies in Ethiopia right now and there is a baby formula shortage.

My dot was connected with Dinah, one of America’s greatest pro-life leaders. Besides setting up more than 30 maternity homes in America and her first in Africa, she is using her pro-life warehouse to ship formula into the suitcases of people traveling into Africa. It is saving the lives of precious starving babies in four of Ethiopia’s orphanages, some in remote areas.

Dinah is running low on formula and that’s where your dot comes in: There are hungry babies in Africa and we can help them.

It is a fact that 30,000 (yes, you read that right: thirty-thousand) children die every day from hunger and preventable disease. That number is so large it’s hard to comprehend. But your donation will make a difference to one. Your gift of formula will save a life. (the tiny faces of these babes have been covered to protect their future adoptions.)

Can you send formula? Will you connect your dot with ours?

For the next 30 hours, I will be pushing hard, updating, mobilizing and partnering with Into the Streets of Ethiopia to get cans of formula committed to send to Arizona (and then on to Ethiopia)!

TWO generous donors have offered to MATCH the first 100 200 cans that are donated (that’s $2000 in formula!) from my blog.

Please leave a comment with how many of the large cans of WalMart (milk based only, no soy), you can send to this address:

Heritage House ’76, Inc.

919 So. Main St.,

Snowflake, AZ  85937

If you do not have a WalMart near you, you can purchase a WalMart gift card online and have it sent directly to the address above. Please make sure you make a notation that it is for formula if you can. But they have been notified that all WalMart gift cards are designated for formula. You can also send a check for formula (for a tax deductible donation) to Living Hope Women’s Centers. Formula will be bought and sent.

[from Dinah: “We will send the formula with work crews and adoptive parents as they go over.  We have shipped close to 400lbs since April but are running out.  Check out the Post Office one price if it fits and see how many cans can fit in a box]

God connects dots.

Please leave a comment if you can send a can of formula.

*Update* As of 9 am CST on Monday morning, there have been 115 cans of formula donated!!! Let’s keep going!
*Updated Again* As of 2pm CST, there have been 156 cans of formula donated!!!