June 12, 2011
Day #128: Give Rest to Your Family

***We have committed to give our family rest each Sunday. Read more here.

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June 11, 2011
Day #127: Give Someone a Compliment After a Performance

Today, the four of us went to a children's dinner theater in Fredericksburg and watched the musical Doctor Doolittle. We were given bagged lunches with hot chicken nuggets and had our own private table. The girls were fascinated by the actors and their costumes. It was a great family experience. One of the best solos was from the crocodile. […]

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June 10, 2011
Day #126: Give Away Clothes at a Clothes Swap

We left Richmond today and are now camping in Fredericksburg. Last night, Stephanie and Kayla went to a clothes swap that a friend in Richmond organized. They took a few clothing items with them and came home with more than they left with. Everyone at the clothes swap brought clothes from their families that they no […]

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June 9, 2011
Day #125: Give with the Center for Christian Understanding of Islam in Richmond, VA

Richmond, VA Today, we toured a 2000 sqft facility filled with information about the Muslim world. Each room was impressively arranged like a museum with authentic clothing, photography, and artifacts. The Center for Christian Understanding of Islam is a place where "Christians can learn about Islam and grow in their own faith." They are a resource rich […]

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June 8, 2011
Day #124: Give with Positive Vibe Cafe in Richmond, VA

There is a cafe in Richmond called Positive Vibe that trains and employes people with disabilities. They are a non-profit restaurant and food services program. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also has a beer and wine menu. On a tour today, we met former students that now work at the Vibe.  The goal of […]

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June 7, 2011
Day #123: Give with Boaz and Ruth in Richmond, VA

Boaz & Ruth is a year long re-entry program for men and women released from incarceration, helping them transition from blight to beauty and hope. Today, we met three of the graduates from the program. They told stories about how they once used drugs, committed crimes to feed addictions, and lived very hopeless lives. Through the re-entry program, they were able […]

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June 6, 2011
Day #122: Give to Krista

Congratulations to Krista from WA - this week’s featured giver and prize winner (Sena Cases leather ipad case). Krista's story: Yesterday, I made a donation to miskellany through The Diaper Diaries and Vanderbilt Wife. Kelly has a tumor on her optical nerve and after the surgery (in a week or two) she may end up blind. She’s […]

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June 5, 2011
Day #121: Give Your Family Rest

***We have committed to give our family rest each Sunday. Read more here.

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June 4, 2011
Day #120: Give a Memory

Today, we visited Colonial Jamestown - a significant part of American History we are thankful we were able to see. At the entrance of the Living Museum of Jamestown, there is a fountain that looks like one of the ships from the Settlers. As we were leaving, an older couple was standing in front of […]

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June 3, 2011
Day #119: Give to U.S. Tornado Victims

Just a few miles away from our campground in Gloucester, VA there is a public school that was demolished by a tornado a few weeks ago. The storm was so severe that the school had to permanently close. We've driven by the ruins a handful of times while we have been here. Each time, we […]

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June 3, 2011
Day #118: Give with CBN in Virginia Beach, VA

This morning we sat in on a live 700 club broadcast at the Christian Broadcasting Network. It was interesting to watch the interviews and reports from the show take place just feet away from our seats. After the broadcast ended, we toured the CBN headquarters building. The staff there were extremely friendly and it was neat to […]

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June 1, 2011
Day #117: Give Help to a Struggling Stranger

We stopped by the Post Office today on our way to Virginia Beach. As we were leaving, I noticed a lady in the parking lot kicking her truck's tailgate. She looked flustered. I drove closer to see if she wanted a hand. "Actually, yes" was her answer. The tailgate was bent out of shape and had completely […]

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May 31, 2011
Day #116: Give with HOPE in Hayes, VA

Today, the four of us interviewed the executive director at HOPE (Helping Other People's Enrichment). The girls colored at the table while Stephanie and I asked questions and listened. There are roughly 6,000 children in the State of Virginia in the foster care system. HOPE is one of the private non-profits that helps match those […]

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May 30, 2011
Day #115: Give to Amy D

Congratulations to Amy D – this week’s featured giver and prize winner (item of her choice from UV Skinz). Amy's Story: Today I spent the day with 5th graders, chaperoning a field trip, but also guiding them, as they were doing “on-the-job experience”. More than once I was thanked, unprompted, by one of my charges. Our […]

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May 29, 2011
Day #114: Give Your Family Rest

***We have committed to give our family rest each Sunday. Read more here.

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Our Pledge

We hereby pledge:

- To spend intimate, quantity time with our family.
- To actively help the poor, the sick, the lonely, and the helpless.
- To value, protect, and advocate for children.
- To de-emphasize the importance of “stuff” in our lives.
- To bring publicity to good causes and good people.
- To live with intentionality, as if this year was our very last.
- To observe the needs in our country/community – and then do something about them.
- To give – every day.

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