haiti june 2017

We just got home from an amazing trip to Haiti with our girls!

The majority of our trip was spent with our family at Wholehearted Home. We love them so much and it was extra special to see our children playing together. Luke was able to do driving lessons with the older boys and also work on the new donated bus a little. I did some organizing. Ellie and Kira played hard and helped with odds and ends as well. We even had a night where we made a little fire and ate s’mores. We spent a lot of time laughing, playing, praying, singing, dancing… so fun!

We also distributed the shoes the girls collected in a few different areas (630 of them). One of the villages we went to had some disabled and elderly residents, so the girls went and hand delivered shoes to them. We even met a woman who was 102 years old! I have never met someone that old! And we were also able to give shoes to start up businesses for three women. They can keep a portion from the shoes they sell and be able to buy more inventory. This will be a way for them to make an income for their families! Thank you again to everyone who donated shoes and a special thanks to Rachel Shoes for their continued support.

I loved that we could stop and visit our friends in the mountains and their orphanage, Grace so Amazing.  And we were also able to visit a church planted by our friends at HCM and Luke and the girls visited HCM’s new surgicenter. 

While there is still so much pain and hardship in Haiti (honestly, it is overwhelming and discouraging at times), it was a blessing for us to witness so many amazing things God is doing there. I encourage you to partner with these organizations who are literally changing so many lives. If you have any questions on how you can get involved, let me know!

I am very proud of my daughters. They served those around them and loved on them freely. They slept and lived with no AC in the summer heat. And they worked hard to make sure shoes went to those in need.

Here are a few images from our time.

We are thinking about planning another trip in the next year. If you are interested in coming along, let us know!

minnow traps 

Today I thought I’d share a little activity we like to do up here at the lake. Reusing water bottles to make minnow traps. 

This is fun way to collect some minnows. The clear bottle is like a little fish tank and fun to watch them swim around or my kids even like making little habitats in tupperwares or buckets and transferring them. Then they have little pets for a couple hours (and yes they name them 😉).

Ok, first step… 

Take an old water bottle and cut it just above the label.

Then, add a couple pieces of bread or crackers. We just used an old bagel. And remove the label. Flip the top part of the bottle and put it inside the bottom like this…

You have your trap made! Just place it under water by the shore. Grassier areas work well, as long as the minnows can still swim around. 

Wait and the minnows will come! 

(Ignore my kids noisy breathing.. they were a little excited.. haha)

And there you go! Enjoy! 

What fun little things do you like to do outside to explore nature a little more? My kids love anything having to do with that. I’d love to hear your ideas! 

josiah’s adoption day

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Little update on Ellie’s shoe drive…  ​​ We are up to 656 pairs of shoes to bring to Haiti! With more still coming in.  The girls are so excited!  Here’s their little feature on the news..  http://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/west-palm-beach/young-girls-collect-shoes-for-people-in-haiti Thanks to everyone who is supporting! We will be sure to put up images of the girls passing […]

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and then there were 4

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god is always

It’s been awhile since I wrote on this thing. Yikes! So, I apologize! But, I am still thankful for this little blog. It has given me a place to share what’s on my heart. It has also been a way for me to go back and remember where we have been as a family and what I […]

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When it comes to things I’m grateful for.. These four are near the top of my list. So blessed to be their mommy. ❤️

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cuties in costume

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