Day #30: Give with Mercy House Kenya in Houston, TX

We had dinner with a really great family tonight. You may have heard of them, actually. Kristen of We are THAT Family e-mailed me a little while back to invite us over to sort through donations for Mercy House Kenya, a 501(c)(3) which they run out of their garage. We pulled up and felt immediately welcomed by her family of five. They are a casual and humble bunch. Did you know that they … [Read more...]

Day #26: Give By Studying the Issues with “I Live Here, I Give Here” in Austin, TX

Did you know that 60% of people that live in nursing homes never receive visitors? Or that 1 in five adults in Austin can't read well enough to fill out a job application? Neither did I...until today when I met with Patsy Woods Martin, the Founder and Executive Director of "I Live Here, I Give Here." [See Left]. We met in her office on the 12th floor of the San Jacinto Center in downtown … [Read more...]

Day #23: Give A REAL Birthday Wish (not the facebook kind)

My little sister turns 21 tomorrow. She is smart, sweet, funny, tenderhearted, gorgeous, and one-of-a-kind (oh, and single). I wrote her a birthday card tonight and tucked a small gift card inside. Tomorrow, I'll stick a stamp on it and send it on its way to Colorado. What do you do for birthdays? In our culture, it seems like the customary thing is to write "Happy Birthday" on the … [Read more...]

Day #19: Give a morning to sleep in

Last night, Tim & I stayed up too late (even for us). We've been playing "catch up" for awhile with our inboxes and we have a million projects on our plates. I think the red numbers on the clock flickered 2:35am the last time I checked. This morning, when the girls stirred - my body ached. My eyes fluttered open, but wanted to stay shut. Without saying a word, Tim got the girls up and let … [Read more...]

Campground Sponsor: Jellystone Park Hill Country

We had the privilege of staying at Jellystone Park Hill Country in Canyon Lake, Texas for the past two weeks...and it was a fun + friendly place for families. Have you ever been to the Texas hill country? It's stunning and serene - lined with oak trees and shimmering water. As we were driving in to the area, our 4-year-old looked out the window and said, "It's SO beautiful here." Our … [Read more...]

Day #17: Give MORE Stuff Away

One of the main tenets of our family's pledge for this year is to "de-emphasize the importance of 'stuff' in our lives." We did that in a very real way - by selling or giving away almost everything we owned. We sold our beautiful leather couches, our dining room table for 8, our jeep and car, Tim's motorcycle, the girls' sandbox and playhouse, toys, books, clothing, knick-knacks. Almost … [Read more...]

Day #15: Give Blood with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center

I've never given blood before. The last five years, I've either been pregnant or breastfeeding so I've deferred. Even so, I know that part of my hesitation has been fear of the unknown. Was it safe? Would it hurt? Would I get lightheaded? Would I feel strange afterward? Would I even "qualify"? This morning, I googled "blood drive Canyon Lake Texas" and immediately found one happening at an … [Read more...]

On The Map: February & March 2011

"Have you mapped your entire route and planned all of your projects for the whole year?" We always laugh on the inside and smile politely on the outside when we get that question. Logistically, it would be a nightmare to plan that far into the future...for us AND for partnering organizations. That said, we're not just driving aimlessly into the night either (actually, we try not to drive at … [Read more...]

Day #12: Give with Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, TX

Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were an amusement park for children with special needs? A park where kids with cognitive disabilities, orthopedic impairments, developmental delays, autism, cerebral palsy, down-syndrome, and seizure disorders could play and go on rides...just like any other child. There is such a place...a remarkable place...a magical place where dreams come true. Nestled just … [Read more...]

Day #11: Give with Family Life Center in New Braunfels, TX

Quite a few people have asked us how we manage to volunteer with two small children in tow. The answer? We're still learning that ourselves. That said, our answer so far is that...we just DO. Today, we spent two and a half hours at the Family Life Center in New Braunfels, Texas. It's an organization that connects temporarily under-resourced and/or unemployed residents of the community to … [Read more...]

Day #10: Give a Comment

Both Tim and I are avid readers. We read on our phones and on our laptops; we read blogs and we read good old-fashioned hard copy books (although we would really like to try a Kindle now that we are on-the-road). As we read, we are often inspired, challenged, and moved. We learn new things. We discuss alternate viewpoints. We are motivated to action. As much as possible, we try to … [Read more...]

Introducing…our Launch Sponsors

We are pleased to introduce you to the Official Launch Sponsors for our Give Every Day adventure. Over the next few weeks, you'll see featured posts and videos about each brand. We sincerely hope that you'll check out each of the company's websites and leave comments as we publish posts. For now, we'll leave you with a quick introduction... LANDS' END - Lands' End is a global multi-channel … [Read more...]

El Paso – “the first step” to a great adventure

"I don't know how to say it because it doesn't make sense," Tim looked over at me as we pulled out of El Paso yesterday morning, "but...I'm sort of glad we broke down." We drove into a city of strangers...and left with a caravan of friends. We arrived with a big scare...and ended with stronger faith. It was as if God was whispering to us, "I've got you." After our transmission blew up, our … [Read more...]

Day #3: Give to a grocery store cashier

She was young, her dark hair in a ponytail, a gentle smile on her lips. She reached down instinctively to her small, but obviously burgeoning belly. "When are you due?" I asked as I put a few breakfast items on the Walmart checkout counter. "Next month," she glowed, reaching out to give my one-and-a-half year old a little caress on the cheeks. Tim was at the mechanic's. I walked back to the 5th … [Read more...]

Day #1: Give Anyway

Hi from the Walmart parking lot in El Paso, Texas. (We're stranded here). (For real). This is how it went down: We left Tucson late this morning, with tearful goodbyes and a huge bag of snacks. Our plan was to drive to a campground in El Paso and stay the night on our way to San Antonio. We had the BEST drive ever. There wasn't one complaint or tear or whine from anyone the ENTIRE 5+ … [Read more...]