Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bidding Summary for the Water Raffle

Interested in seeing which raffle items have more/less bids (and which ones you have the best chances on if you donate to The Adventure Project and bid???!!!)

go here!  

$3,317 away from a BIG God sized $15,000 goal 

to bring a piping system to four villages in Uganda where there would be clean water taps outside schools, etc. for people to get clean water rather than hauling water from dirty puddles or other contaminated water sources.  

Plus!  That $15,000 will be matched by One Day's Wages.

Already, women in Uganda who are so excited about the possibility of clean water for their families are raising money by taking on extra jobs themselves to make this a reality!  Read below from Mandy's blog.  

when water for people was visiting western Uganda and trying to figure out the best system for getting water to these 4 villages, two women over heard the plans to pipe water closer to their families.

they immediately sought some extra work at a nearby farm and in 5 days they each proudly contributed 10 dollars toward this new piping system.  becky straw (co-founder of the adventure project) says that each family from these villages is giving what they can to make this piping system a reality. 

these brave, hard working women gave what they could in 5 days, and this raffle is going to follow their lead.

5 days. 15k.

because of an astounding match from one days wages, every dollar raised starting today will be matched. turning our 15k into 30k. 

you know, in heaven none will be thirsty.  and so today, this week, we fight to restore a bit of order to this old, dusty earth. 

we fight to bring heaven here.

may these loaves and fish multiply into miracles.

you will find the bidding page with all of our amazing raffle items here.

after you look through the items and submit your bids, go here to donate.

music camp!



I would love to offer your kids or your grandkids (this would make a GREAT gift!!) a music “camp" experience (4 mornings one week to be determined between the winning bidder and I) at my home in Colorado Springs (if you live in a city I might be visiting this summer it could potentially be open for travel, leave a comment).  (a $100 value per child!!) 

I will work with the winner to tailor the camp to the ages of your kids (best for preschool - early elementary) AND you can invite friends of similar ages, up to 8 children!  


This music camp experience will provide your kids with great opportunities to sing, play instruments, dance and learn other musical skills such as learning to read music all while having a lot of fun with friends and siblings.  The kids will also enjoy confidence building as they build on the skills they are learning throughout the four days.

I am offering this music camp in the 
that my friend Mandy is hosting for World Water Day TODAY!!!


Bid here (on music camp and lots of other fun prizes!)

Then total your bids and donate here!

Happy World Water Day Wednesday everyone!

Kelly


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Water!!!

Photo disclaimer:  All of these photos are old.
😊   Most were not taken in Colorado.  And no, I am not pregnant again.  😊 😊 😊 

Also, this post is a long one, be sure to read or at least skim on if you are interested in putting your kids in music lessons, like to win things, have gifts to buy or want to hear about incredible HOPE being brought to Uganda!  




It's March!  Spring is on it's way!  Things are beginning to green.


Today, March 19th, marks 9 years since this wonderful man asked me to marry him!  

Do you have any special occasions coming up in your life?  


Today is also the day that I want to tell you that World Water Day is coming up!!!  



Wednesday, March 22nd is World Water Day and once again I am joining The Adventure Project to change lives in real ways in Uganda, Africa!  The Adventure Project doesn't exist just to give hand outs or build wells that can then fall into disrepair.  They are all about jobs and providing for LONG TERM success and hope!!  





My dear, dear friend Mandy (we actually met through The Adventure Project's fundraising for World Water Day when I had first moved to town and discovered that someone in my new home was fighting for clean water the same way I had been and our friendship has blossomed and grown and she is now a mentor and life-giving encouraging friend to me!) has been hosting a water raffle to raise money for clean water and JOBS and HOPE in India and Uganda for several years now.  Each year the raffle and the money raised gets a little bit bigger and a little bit bigger.  

All of that "little bit" - items donated by friends, services offered, Mandy putting it together and getting the word out, encouraging us to share as well . . . all of that "little bit" has raised A LOT of money (in the tens of thousands!) over the past several years.  

Mandy got to meet Diana, the well mechanic we have been working with these last several years!  She talked about HOW BIG these small gifts are to them!  I tried to upload the video but it won't load.  You can check it out here!  

When Diana was four years old the well in her village broke and she can remember her dad and others standing around trying to figure out how to get clean water back for their village.  A desire within her at a young age was born to be a fixer for this problem and that is what she is doing today!  


Heaven is coming to Earth!  

We love, we care, we give because we love Him and because of what He has already given to us!!!  

If you desire to donate you can do so here.  

And the fun thing about donating through Mandy's fundraising page is that she hosts a REALLY SUPER FUN raffle!!  


Do you have any gift giving occasions coming up?
Birthdays, Easter baskets, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Teacher Gifts, Graduation, Wedding???

You could potentially win a really awesome present to give or have a fun something for yourself!  

Check out these offerings!!    

There are BUNCHES of things you can bid on!!



(and if you like reading "favorite things" lists my friend Melissa has put a GREAT one together with this offering!  Check it out in the link above!)  




can be bid on on Wednesday!  Special reserve raffle item for World Water Day itself!
scroll to bottom of post



AND you don't have to live in Colorado Springs to participate in the raffle.  Many of the prizes can be shipped!


It is such a joy and honor and privilege to be able to bless other families with what we have soo easily!  Clean water, jobs, ways to provide for their families and the HOPE that their water sources will be around for their whole lives because people who are in their own communities are trained and equipped to fix them and keep them maintained.  

Here is the specific scoop on this year's project in Mandy's words from her blog: 

when water for people was visiting western Uganda and trying to figure out the best system for getting water to these 4 villages ( Bubare, Muragyi A, Muragyi B, and Kabuye, in Western Uganda), two women over heard the plans to pipe water closer to their families.

they immediately sought some extra work at a nearby farm and in 5 days they each proudly contributed 10 dollars toward this new piping system.  becky straw (co-founder of the adventure project) says that each family from these villages is giving what they can to make this piping system a reality. 

these brave, hard working women gave what they could in 5 days, and this raffle is going to follow their lead.

5 days. 15k.

because of an astounding match from one days wages, every dollar raised starting today will be matched. turning our 15k into 30k. 

you know, in heaven none will be thirsty.  and so today, this week, we fight to restore a bit of order to this old, dusty earth. 

we fight to bring heaven here.

may these loaves and fish multiply into miracles.

you will find the bidding page with all of our amazing raffle items here.

after you look through the items and submit your bids, go here to donate.

if you are the very first one to bid on an item, your name automatically goes in twice for that item!

we will draw winners at 8pm mountain time on world water day, wednesday, march 22nd. 


So if you have made it this far in this blogpost, here is a little something more to tell you about.  



Two years ago I knew that besides just giving money and getting the word out, I wanted to offer something to be raffled also.  God gave me the idea to offer a music camp to last year's raffle.  I had no idea who would win it or how it would work out but I committed to a four morning camp in my home for whoever won it.

I didn't know the winner at all but she gathered several of the families from their small group and these women and their kids were a complete delight and blessing to me!  We had SOO much fun and they are now treasured friends!!  










I mean look at that!!!  


So, again this year, I would love to offer your kids or your grandkids (this would make a GREAT gift!!) a music “camp" experience (4 mornings one week to be determined between the winning bidder and I) at my home in Colorado Springs.  (a $100 value per child!!) 

I will work with the winner to tailor the camp to the ages of your kids (best for preschool - early elementary) AND you can invite friends of similar ages, up to 8 children!  


This music camp experience will provide your kids with great opportunities to sing, play instruments, dance and learn other musical skills such as learning to read music all while having a lot of fun with friends and siblings.  The kids will also enjoy confidence building as they build on the skills they are learning throughout the four days.

Soo . . . would you like to get in on all this goodness???

Bringing Heaven to earth?


Maybe even music camp for your kids or grandkids?  













ALL Mamas want clean water for their babies!  

photo: Iceland when I was pregnant with Cora



People don't want our handouts.  They want JOBS.  This provides them jobs, clean water, a package deal . . . teach a man or woman to fish . . . 



Again in Mandy's words:  

There is something magical about the way working toward peace and hope on behalf of someone else invites the very same peace and hope to seep into the cracks and broken places of our own lives. 

We were made to give. 

We were made to be a blessing and made to receive a physical and emotional benefit from serving and sacrificing and advocating.  This is beautiful and extraordinary and we all have known this abstract principal to be true in our own lives, but it's easy to forget when you are walking through the hard. 

The pathway to joy is in sharing the gifts we have. 




We have it, let's share it!!!  

p.s. in the past $150 has been donated from this little circle of you guys!  What if we did even more this year??!!!  

Kelly

Monday, January 16, 2017

gray winter days

Our usually sunny Colorado has been shrouded in gray as of late.  It definitely feels wintery.  

Baked oatmeal mornings with reading round the table.  

Robert Frost is a favorite of all of ours right now.  

I would have told you that I didn't care much for poetry but one of the immense joys of homeschooling I'm finding is my own education!  




This morning Cora and David set up Cora's Cafe once we had finished our morning school, straightening of bedrooms and laundry.  The menu included apples, eggs, lemonade and "coco", cupcakes - lemon, strawberry and chocolate, brownies with different kinds of toppings and cookies.  Oh and if you came at tea time (which was right then and apparently not a second later) you were also treated to real water in the gold rimmed ceramic tea set!  
  


Later a couch fort sprang up!  

I hope you are enjoying these January days and I will leave you with a bit of Robert Frost.

Kelly






The Wood-Pile

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Out walking in the frozen swamp one gray day, 
I paused and said, 'I will turn back from here. 
No, I will go on farther—and we shall see.' 
The hard snow held me, save where now and then 
One foot went through. The view was all in lines 
Straight up and down of tall slim trees 
Too much alike to mark or name a place by 
So as to say for certain I was here 
Or somewhere else: I was just far from home. 
A small bird flew before me. He was careful 
To put a tree between us when he lighted, 
And say no word to tell me who he was 
Who was so foolish as to think what he thought. 
He thought that I was after him for a feather— 
The white one in his tail; like one who takes 
Everything said as personal to himself. 
One flight out sideways would have undeceived him. 
And then there was a pile of wood for which 
I forgot him and let his little fear 
Carry him off the way I might have gone, 
Without so much as wishing him good-night. 
He went behind it to make his last stand. 
It was a cord of maple, cut and split 
And piled—and measured, four by four by eight. 
And not another like it could I see. 
No runner tracks in this year's snow looped near it. 
And it was older sure than this year's cutting, 
Or even last year's or the year's before. 
The wood was gray and the bark warping off it 
And the pile somewhat sunken. Clematis 
Had wound strings round and round it like a bundle. 
What held it though on one side was a tree 
Still growing, and on one a stake and prop, 
These latter about to fall. I thought that only 
Someone who lived in turning to fresh tasks 
Could so forget his handiwork on which 
He spent himself, the labor of his ax, 
And leave it there far from a useful fireplace 
To warm the frozen swamp as best it could 
With the slow smokeless burning of decay. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

pine boughs


“He smelled the odor of the pine boughs under him, the piney smell of the crushed needles and the sharper odor of the resinous sap from the cut limbs. ... This is the smell I love. This and fresh-cut clover, the crushed sage as you ride after cattle, wood-smoke and the burning leaves of autumn. That must be the odor of nostalgia, the smell of the smoke from the piles of raked leaves burning in the streets in the fall in Missoula. Which would you rather smell? Sweet grass the Indians used in their baskets? Smoked leather? The odor of the ground in the spring after rain? The smell of the sea as you walk through the gorse on a headland in Galicia? Or the wind from the land as you come in toward Cuba in the dark? That was the odor of cactus flowers, mimosa and the sea-grape shrubs. Or would you rather smell frying bacon in the morning when you are hungry? Or coffee in the morning? Or a Jonathan apple as you bit into it? Or a cider mill in the grinding, or bread fresh from the oven?”





Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas Home Tour

I have been enjoying the Nester's Christmas Tour of Homes each year since I began blogging back in 2007!  (although I believe BooMama was hosting it back then)  

I really enjoy "visiting" with others in blogland and the exchange of visits and comments that goes on as well as seeing everyone's different styles of decorating and also sharing/recording for myself to look back on how I decorate for Christmas around my house.  

This year though, Myquillyn wrote the most thoughtful and wonderful post about the tensions between our lives here in America and celebrating Christmas and what is happening in Aleppo, Syria.  I really encourage you to read it.  You can find it here.  

I enjoy sharing our home with you but even more than that if you haven't heard of the work Preemptive Love is doing, I would really like to encourage you to check them out on Instagram, the web, etc.  I have been following and learning about this organization for over a year and I think very highly of them and the ways they love and serve well.  

Here are six things they shared tonight on their instagram account:

preemptiveloveThe situation in and around Aleppo continues to develop rapidly. Here are six things we can share about the crisis and our ongoing response.
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1. Our emergency feeding program is continuing, thanks to you. Already, your support has allowed us to double our response as more displaced families pour into the Aleppo countryside.
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2. We’ve handed out thousands of sleeping bags, just as winter is setting in. It’s 34 degrees in Aleppo tonight, and snow is expected on Sunday. Each sleeping bag can accommodate a mother and two children. “No one has ever told us they were cold in one!” our response leader said today.
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3. We’re working with a coalition of partners inside Syria, to reach as many as possible with lifesaving aid. We are better when we serve across sectarian, religious, or national lines. Our response is more sustainable when we share capacity, knowledge, and resources locally. We’ve learned this through nearly a decade of serving in Iraq, and we are taking the same approach as we serve in Syria.
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4. We’re one of several organizations responding to the Aleppo crisis, but the needs are greater than all of us put together. More needs to be done. A lot more. But thanks to you, families are being fed. Lives are being saved.
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5. This is a volatile, rapidly changing situation. Reports from the ground are changing by the hour as evacuation deals and ceasefires are made and broken and made again.
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6. We serve everyone in need, period. If you want to know what side of the conflict we’re on, we’re on the side of families whose lives have unraveled in all the violence. We’re on the side of the bombed-out, driven-out, desperate children and mothers and fathers who lost everything. We’re on the side that says violence unmakes the world, and it’s our job to remake it. We will keep showing up with tangible acts of love for as long as it takes.



And finally, a little bit of our home . . . 



David was on top of things bringing in the logs that he has been playing with all summer just as it began to get cold because he wants fires this winter to roast smores, etc.!  


cut out piece of "door art" bought many years ago in Canton, TX and a fantastic book page wreath made by my talented mother-in-law


the hammock swing corner . . .


the hammock chair was a very special birthday gift from my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, stars bought ages ago at the Samplehouse Warehouse sale . . . those were such fun days when they had that . . . 


and the color!


water color and oil pastel original art by yours truly :) 
made at our very own Fine Arts Center here in Colorado Springs


busy wall of Christmas cards and all the garlands 



"stockings"


colorful Christmas coffee table


Merry Christmas!  

Kelly




Friday, December 9, 2016

For unto us . . .




Yes!

photo taken December 2015


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November



"There are only withered leaves and frosted stems in the garden now." 
                                                                                                - L.M. Montgomery

Sunday, November 13, 2016



1 Chronicles 16:23-36New International Version (NIV)

23 
Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
24 
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
25 
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
26 
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
27 
Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
28 
Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
29 
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his[a] holiness.
30 
    Tremble before him, all the earth!
    The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
31 
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!
32 
Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
    let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
33 
Let the trees of the forest sing,
    let them sing for joy before the Lord,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
34 
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.
35 
Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior;
    gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
    and glory in your praise.”
36 
Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.

Then all the people said “Amen” and “Praise the Lord.”