The Power of a Smile

Is there anything better? When they greet me in the morning, I get a feel for the day without words. When they are reunited over lunch, joy exudes. Smiles speak. Smiles direct emotions and reactions, whether forced or gushing happily. They are genuine. Real. Taken for granted. Smile Train is an international children’s charity with […]

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It’s Shoebox Time!

Operation Christmas Child

National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts is November 18-25. Are your boxes ready? My very favorite give of the year is joining with Samaritan’s Purse to send shoebox gifts around the world for Operation Christmas Child. I like it because 1) It’s a tangible way to teach both gratitude and giving to […]

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ReStyle™ ~ A Brand of Hope For Women®

With the Christmas season quickly approaching, I’m often asked to share different gift giving ideas. I knew right away that ReStyle Fair Trade was a good fit for all of us. ReStyle features premium quality, Fair Trade products created by women artisans and is committed to providing sustainable employment for economically disadvantaged women worldwide. Gift […]

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How to Help a Grieving Family

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There is nothing, absolutely nothing, we can do to take away the grief for a family who has recently lost a loved one. There are, however, things we can do to show them we care and to make living life a little bit easier in those first few days and weeks of intense sorrow. Let […]

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Cooking Classes and Hungry Kids

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Last night while I was stirring fried rice, he gazed at the calendar and asked, “When does summer start?” Well, do you mean the end of school, or the official start of summer on the calendar, because those dates are about a month apart?  With one eyebrow raised in “Really, mom?!” fashion, he assured me […]

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