haiti march 2018

We had such a blast this past week in Haiti.

Because of so many generous people, we were able to bring close to 600 pairs of shoes from Ellie’s Shoe-be-do. 17 huge checked bags!

We passed out the shoes in three different areas in Haiti. Each distribution went so smoothly (probably the best ones yet). The recipients were sweet and thankful, which is a great testament to their leadership (even once we ran out). We choose to pass out the shoes through local ministries, because those pastors and ministries are truly the hands and feet each day in Haiti. They are making such an impact! It is so inspiring. We were just happy to see a glimpse of what they do and help bless those in their ministries/area with some new shoes.

My personal favorite parts of the trip included seeing my girls serve so willingly and selflessly. Ellie and Kira were amazing. I also loved meeting so many new Haitian people and hearing their stories and loved seeing some old faces and dear friends. And last but not least, I always love spending time with the precious children at Wholehearted Home and Grace So Amazing Home.

We were also able to bring some of our Grace Fellowship family along this trip, which made it extra special!

Here are just a few images from our time.

Thank you to everyone who donated shoes! Included Rachel Shoes, who is always so gracious and gives us new shoes each year.

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homemade bird feeders

So I can’t take credit for these little creations. This was all my oldest daughter Ellie’s idea.

But, it was super easy and fun! Maybe you can use it for a little afternoon entertainment?

Supplies needed:

Bird Seed

Elmers School Glue (non toxic)

Twine or String

Pinecones (we also had an adventure and searched for our own)

Step 1: Place glue on each of the layers.

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Step 2: Place bird seed on the glue.

Step 3: Let them dry

Step 4: Tie a string and hang them up

Step 5: Enjoy watching all different kinds of birds come to visit!

 

irma

We had an unexpected guest a few weeks ago. Some girl named Irma, heard of her? Irma was a monster hurricane that decided to rock the islands and make its way to Florida. Our home in Royal Palm just had very minor things.. debris filled the yard and we lost some shingles that we will […]

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back to school

They are growing way too fast! School may be a hard transition for some of our kiddos (so prayers appreciated for that).. but this morning they all seem pretty excited!

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summer fun

We had so many great adventures this summer! From trips to Chicago, Miami, Legoland, and Haiti to just getting to live at the lake in between, truly priceless memories! I am so grateful we can have our summers all together. Summer…. do you have to come to an end???

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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 […]

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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 […]

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josiah’s adoption day

This day was so special! Our family felt incredibly loved and supported by our tribe and of course we had the blessing of adding Josiah permanently to our family. God is good. In the hard times and in the beautiful ones like this day. So its my pleasure to introduce to you our son, Josiah […]

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Shoe-be-do 

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

So today is a great day! It is this adorable guy’s 3rd birthday! He’s a blend of sweet kisses and defiant scowls.. haha. He is incredibly bright, in fact he may be the most perceptive kid I have ever met. His laugh is just perfect and very contagious. He loves to dance. Oh, and he’s built […]

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