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.

Y’all.

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………………………………………………………………………

THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY- TWO (362)

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!!!

Red, White and Do (July: DIFO Project)

Over dinner, when we pray for a different country from the book, Window On The World, my kids ask the same question, “Is the country we’re praying for free?”

They may not understand politics or the reason we have troops stationed all over the world, but they know freedom.

My kids understand that we have freedom to speak and worship as we please because we are Americans.

And while I might not agree with our current government, I’m proud to be an American and I thank God for our service men and women.

Can I encourage you to remember them this weekend?

Buy a special edition military Bible for $4.99, write a personal note of thanks and Lifeway Bible bookstore will get it into the hands of a US soldier. Don’t have a Lifeway near you? Order a military Bible online.

Red

White

And Do.

July Do-It-For-Other Project: Help Wounded American Soldiers

This is from the wife of a wounded soldier:

“My husband was wounded in Iraq on January 26, 2005.  He sustained permanent shrapnel injuries to his face, right leg and knee, leftshoulder and arm, and right hand.  He also has a traumatic brain injury from the blast and post-traumatic stress disorder from the ordeal.
Wounded veterans leaving the current theaters of operation in Iraq and Afghanistan are evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. This hospital is the first landing place where they are operated on and begin their treatment and rehabilitation. Many are brought there with literally nothing.  The clothes that were on their backs were cut off in the theater to check for wounds before they were evacuated first by helicopter and then by plane.  Their gear often fails to make the trip with them or was so badly damaged it is no longer able to be used.
Imagine that is your husband, your brother, your son.  Imagine that’s someone YOU loved sitting in that hospital room alone.  If he has a buddy there, he wishes he didn’t, because they’re both there for the same reason.  For his family to arrive, it’s an 8+ hour flight from America and many can’t afford to make the trip or aren’t prepared for it.  He’s as alone as he’ll ever be in his life at a time when he should never have to feel alone.

Granted, we can’t just reach out and give him a hug but we CAN make a difference.  When my husband arrived at Landstuhl the generosity of strangers made that wait until I could get there so much easier.  He was given clothes that had been donated, model cars to put together and paint, and cards from across the country of people showing their support and telling him that his sacrifice was appreciated.”

Here’s what WE can DO (send the following items):

Burger King Gift Certificates
International Calling Cards
Sweatsuits (small to x-large)
Athletic Shoes (men’s 9-12, women’s 6-9)
Men’s and Women’s fall and winter jackets (med to x-large)
Backpacks, Gym Bags, and Small Suitcases (something to store their
clothes in)
DVDs to put in the hospital wards for them to watch

If you don’t know what to send but want to do more, checks are also accepted made out to: IMA-E CTOF-WW

Mail ANY of this to:

Landstuhl Regional Medical center
Wounded Warrior Ministry Center
CMR 402
APO AE  09180

Please note that shipping to an APO AE address is IDENTICAL to shipping rates for New York.  You can use flat rate packages to ship large amounts of cards.

Leave a comment ONLY if you are able to send something during the month of July to support our American soldiers, wounded in battle, keeping us FREE.

P.S. I’m sending out hundreds of pillowcases to seamstresses early next week! I will update y’all with the totals on dresses in early August-I think we might be close to 300!! We aren’t collecting supplies anymore, but we are accepting completed dresses until the end of July. You can get more details about that project here.

(Have a safe and happy 4th of July…I’ll see y’all on Monday!)

DIFOP-Update on Pillow Case Dresses

We are at the half way point in collecting supplies for this wonderful project for little African girls.

I am simply overwhelmed at your generosity! Please continue to send in pillow cases and supplies until the end of June. I don’t think we can make too many! New goal: 200 dresses

Received so far:

95 pillowcases (+plus a lot of flat sheets/fabric)

11 completed dresses

$225 for shipping to 15+ seamstresses both ways

14 spools of ribbon, 15 packs of bias tape, 7 packages of elastic, 20 spools of thread.

PLEASE make sure I receive your donations before July 1st. I will be undertaking the huge job of dividing out supplies/mailing the first week of July to give our seamstresses time to make the dresses.

I’ve heard from several that you are making groups with your homeschool kids and churches!! Please make sure the dresses are completed by mid-July, so they can be counted in the total.

(If you are a seamstress, I will be contacting you soon. Please feel free to let me know if you can make these dresses w/ribbon only, bias tape, only or elastic only or ALL THE ABOVE, so I can send you the right supplies in July).

xoxo to all of you!

DIFOP: Using Pillow Cases to Dress the Poor

[The deadline for me to receive items for the Do-It-For-Others NICU project for Hailey’s Hope is Monday. Thanks to all who were involved in this special project. At last count there have been more than FIFTY preemie outfits mailed in!]

I am SO excited to tell you about our newest project that will actually be for June and July: pillow case dresses for little girls in Africa!

IF YOU DON’T/CAN’T SEW———>PLEASE KEEP READING!!!

One of my readers suggested this project and directed me to Little Dresses for Africa. This is a wonderful non-profit organization that is providing simple, sweet dresses for children in Central Africa, hit hard by the AIDS epidemic. Many of these children are orphans cared for by sibling and sometimes clothes are a luxury.  This organization also holds classes during the dress distribution to educate the kids on sanitation, nutrition and family skills.

I was a little worried about the sewing part of this project because I want these DIFO projects to be easy enough for whole families to get involved. And every time I attempt sewing, I break a needle or I trip on something (that last part is probably totally unrelated). So, I asked Twitter for help. I was simply overwhelmed with the response of 15 seamstresses who are donating their time and skill to create dresses from the pillowcases we collect in June!

Our goal: ONE-HUNDRED dresses!!

A special thanks to the seamstresses:

Sweetie Berry, MollyFulton, My Blessed Life, Joy in the Journey, Mommy Daily Vent, robinvisbal, Amy_G, Parris Ponderings, Smock Lady, My Soul Reflects, One Stitch Rachel, Signing Charity, Little Miss Random, Troop Petrie, Shouting for HaOur Life Upstaestate, Beth Sew Anyhow, Cheerios UnderFoot, Angie.

June 1-30 PILLOW CASE/MATERIALS DRIVE

We need 100+ new or lightly used pillowcases!!

July 1-31  SEAMSTRESSES MAKE DRESSES/MAIL

Items you can send for this project:

  • New or gently used pillow cases
  • Double bias tape
  • 1/2 inch elastic
  • thread
  • air tight vacuum space bags
  • money to help with shipping (I will be dividing supplies and shipping to seamstresses. I will also provide them with a postage-paid envelope to mail completed dresses to the organization).

If you sew and would like to complete your own pillow case dress(es), please send them to the address below. If you can make your own dresses, please note that you DO NOT have to use actual pillow cases, elastic, bias tape, etc. Make them in your own unique way and they WILL be sent to Africa! Here is the dress pattern that the organization suggests.

You can mail these items to:

We are THAT family

8000 Research Forest Dr. Ste. 115-110

Spring, TX 77382

Please ONLY leave a comment if you are able to contribute in some way (every little bit counts!)