Today is #GivingTuesday. What is that, you ask? Good question! I found this on their website: “Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.” To read more of what it is all about, click [here]

I support Compassion International. My family and I sponsor a little eight year old boy in Haiti through Compassion. Haiti was devastated by Hurricane Matthew at the beginning of October….. and while our sponsor child and his family are okay, many people in Haiti are not. They are in need of shelter, water, food & medical supplies. Donations through Compassion can towards those needs.


I give to Compassion monthly, so that they can get Michelton the items he needs and learn all about Jesus. We exchange letters with him, which I cherish deeply.  I also give to Compassion via AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is something everyone can participate in. It is free and easy to sign up. All you need to do is: Go to smile.amazon.com , select Compassion International, Inc, then do all your shopping. When you shop on Amazon, 0.5% of all purchases will be donated to Compassion.* (* Not all items on Amazon are eligible for AmazonSmile. Amazon will prompt you if your purchase is eligible for the program.) 


To learn more about ways about how YOU can donate through Compassion International and help a poverty stricken child somewhere in the world, click here.

Proverbs 14:3 (ICB) Whoever is cruel to the poor insults their Maker. But anyone who is kind to the needy honors God. 

God bless.


Busy, Busy, Busy

Saturday mornings Dylan referee’s at the soccer fields. He is there for 6 hours “working”.

Sunday mornings is church, followed by Dylan having a traveling soccer game. And then sitting around watching football the rest of the day.

Monday nights Dylan has Youth Group for three hours. Delaney will have a Girl Scouts meeting once a month on a Monday.

Tuesday (during school hours) Delaney has band practice. Tuesday nights Dylan has an hour and a half of soccer practice.

Wednesday nights Delaney has AWANA for an hour an a half, and Dylan volunteers at AWANA the same night (just not in her classroom).

Thursday nights Dylan has soccer practice for an hour at a half.

So it seems that Friday’s is our only free day during the week. And I’m actually glad about it. I’m that mom who loves cheering her kids on! I’m excited to have a band geek in the house this year, too. Plus my kiddos are big followers of Jesus, and I’m so happy for that.

So while I thought I’d have more time to blog once school started up…. turns out I forgot to add taxi driver to my resume, lol.


Weekend Recap

I survived my first full week of work (for this school year). It was a struggle, to be honest…… I legit almost rage quit on Friday morning, so that tells you how it has been thus far #thestruggleisreal

Enough work talk, it’s all about my weekend now!

Friday: Steven worked late, so the kids and I literally laid around the house. I played a video game while the kids played their Nintendo DS’s. Win win for everyone. They also went to bed early because we were all wiped out from getting up “now normal time” for school/work, lol. I went right to my room and put a movie on and fell asleep at a decent time…..

Saturday: my boys went to the soccer fields. Steven is in charge of the referee’s and Dylan refereed four games. Go him! While the boys were away, the girls cleaned up the house. Lots of laundry was tackled too. And out of nowhere, Delaney wanted to make Rice Krispy Treats #sothathappened After the boys got home, we had dinner (I made a new one in the crock pot. Was not too successful, sadly) and then we played two board games and one video game before putting the kids to bed….. LATE for a change! Like 10pm late. #rewardforbeinggoodallweek


Sunday: Went to church in the morning (heard of my favorite songs so that was a plus), followed by going to Dylan’s traveling soccer game (where he had an awesome game and almost scored twice). Then we went to my parents house to help them close their pool. And then, of course, we ate dinner.

Nothing too too exciting, but it was very much needed after the last two weeks I’ve had.

Hope you all had a nice weekend, as well.


Family Camping Trip 2016

Let me start by saying that this summer has been something else! Two broken cars and pretty much living at my parents house, playing switcheroo with transportation for everyone, on top of going on two vacations…. I guess that’s a whole other post in itself, lol.

Now for my real post:

Last weekend we headed to our usual camp ground, for a weekend of being off the grid awesomeness in the middle of the woods on a mountain in Pennsylvania! It really is so beautiful there, and puts me in a good mind frame before the start of September (school, work, sports, clubs, ect…).

Did I mention I like to do landscape photography? Enjoy!







Memorial Day 2016

Yes, I’m suuuuuuuuuuuuuper late with this post. My bad. #busylife

What’s not a better way to celebrate Memorial Day by taking the family to Gettysburg? From going to the Visitor Center to taking an auto audio tour and capping it off by paying respect to those at Gettysburg National Cemetery. What an awesome sight to see so many people and so many individuals playing the part as a Confederate and Union soldier and the wealth of knowledge many of them have. Top it off by camping at Artillery Ridge Campground right down the street from the cemetery. Unfortunately, no ghosts were seen but we did go on a candlelit ghost tour and heard many cool facts and stories. The kids tie-dyed shirts, swam in the pool and pulled up over 20 bluegill sunfish and bass in about 3 hours.

The kids have never been and I’m really happy that they had a freakin’ blast, as Gettysburg is my favorite place to visit. #winningparenting

Enough of me talking, lets just share some pictures!

Visitor’s Center & a view of Mummasburg Road (a battlefield is to the right of barn)
My two boys on top of Little Round Top & a view from Devil’s Den (below Little Round Top)
cannon     cemetary
A cannon at the Eternal Peace Memorial & a not well-known cemetary we saw on our ghost walk

Soldier’s National Cemetary (this was right to the right when we walked in)



Compassion International

Last Sunday, our church hosted a Compassion Sunday service. Afterwards, my family and I had the honor to walk through The Compassion Experience (it was set up in our church parking lot). An interactive, immersive display which allows you to step into the life of a child who had suffered under the crippling weight of poverty. From hardship to hope, we saw the transformation of Kiwi and Jonathan’s story with the support from Compassion and the life-giving relationship with a sponsor. With God tugging at our hearts and tear ducts, we joined a partnership with our church and the country of Haiti to sponsor a little boy named Michelton.

Kiwi Kiwi1


A member of our church is partnering up with Compassion in Haiti to build a church and an orphanage. The blue sticker on Michelton’s paperwork means he lives close to the orphanage and will be affiliated with our church. Very exciting!

Proverbs 19:17 NIV
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.


To learn more about this great group, please visit their website here.