Day #100: Give Your Family Rest

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

Day #99: Give a Big Tip

We don't go out to eat very often. We prefer to prepare food at home so that we can know what ingredients are (and are not) in our food. Plus, it's always delicious and much less expensive. Tonight, was the exception. We ate dinner at Pizza Hut. I know - not the most spectacular place to eat for a rare outing, but it was nearby the fuel station and the grocery store. Our waitress was young, … [Read more...]

Day #98: Give Exercise to Your Body

Running is something we used to do often - all four of us together. I would push our double jogger and run next to Stephanie, but lately it has been difficult to make happen. We keep changing campgrounds, jogging-friendly paths are not always easily accessible, and our jogging stroller isn't as much fun for the girls on rocky, uneven terrain. We have been feeling a bit frustrated about exercise … [Read more...]

We Almost Became a Reality TV Show

This Sunday will mark Day# 100. It is hard to believe that we are that far along. We plan to have a surprise party for the girls when they wake up that morning - a mini celebration here in the RV. Stephanie and I are going to blow up ballons and decorate the fifth wheel the night before when they are tucked in bed. We want our girls to know we appreciate their caring hearts and the sacrifice … [Read more...]

Day #97: Give a Hand Taking Out The Trash

The campground we are currently staying at is the largest one we have been to so far. We are getting lots of exercise on hiking trails, going to the playground, and strolling around the lake. Unlike a lot of the campgrounds, no one picks up your trash here. Each camper is responsible to take his/her garbage to the dumpsters (which are located on the opposite side of the park). We had a full … [Read more...]

Day #96: Give a Letter to Your Sponsored Child

The past 5 years we have sponsored a boy named Gift from Zimbabwe through World Vision. Without fail, we send $35/mth - it is automatically taken out of our account. But we haven't been very diligent about writing to him. As a family, we periodically pray for Gift and his community, but somehow we rarely get around to putting pen-to-paper. This morning we wrote Gift a letter. It was simple. … [Read more...]

Day #95: Give with the Goodwill Career Center in Lexington, NC

Where does the money go from Goodwill's thrift stores? That is a question I have had for a long time. Today, we toured Goodwill's Career Center in Lexington. There are 165 independent, community-based Goodwills in the United States and Canada that offer customized job training, employment placement and other services to people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face … [Read more...]

Day #94: Give to Julie

Congratulations to Julie in CT – this week’s featured giver and prize winner. Julie's Story: I give my time to write stories for my church’s kids program on Wednesday nights. They needed some character building stories to supplement their curriculum so each week I write a “Wild West” themed story that follows a group of “adventurers” across the US. I have so much fun writing these stories that … [Read more...]

Day #93: Give Your Family Rest

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

Day #92: Give Your Mom a Mother’s Day Card

Today, we spent several hours creating mother's day cards and printing out pictures for Stephanie's mom and my mom. Our two girls were in charge of the card-making. Our oldest drew a picture of my mom standing with her four grandchildren and Stephanie and I sorted through pictures and printed some favorites. What did you do for your mom this mother's day? … [Read more...]

Day #91: Give One-on-One Time to Your Child

We spend lots of time together as a family. That is one of the reasons we are on this 365-day giving adventure, but today I spent extra one-on-one time with our oldest daughter. I took her fishing at a lake near our campground. We hiked from fishing spot to fishing spot, talking as we went. We haven't ever gone fishing together before so I taught her how to cast and reel in the line. After … [Read more...]

Day #90: Give with The Shepherd’s Center in Winston-Salem, NC

Before we began GiveEveryDay, Stephanie & I asked ourselves how we wanted to live our lives if we had only one year to live. We decided that we would want to (1) deemphasize our things, (2) spend time with our family, and (3) give to others. We want our days and years to be meaningful. We recognize how fragile life is and how quickly it can end. This morning my family and I met with the … [Read more...]

Campground Sponsor: Asheville West KOA in Candler, NC

We spent last week in Asheville, NC. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and known for its beauty, Asheville is a free-spirited city filled with people from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds. We stayed at the KOA on the west side of town in Candler. It had super easy access from the freeway and all the amenities of a resort style campground. Best part - the internet actually worked … [Read more...]

Day #89: Give Your Time To Find a Lost Pet

We were about to get in our truck and drive into town when a neighbor pulled up in their truck and asked if we had seen a black kitten with a scar on its nose. Their kitten had snuck out of their RV and vanished. The four of us decided we would hold off on going on our errands and form a family-sized search party to find the pet. The couple drove off in one direction and we headed off on … [Read more...]

Day #88: Give with the Ronald McDonald House in Winston-Salem, NC

I have lived in cities with Ronald McDonald Houses most of my life, but have never been inside one until today. Our family visited the RMH in Winston-Salem this afternoon. It was like a being in a 31,000 sqft mansion except with less superfluous bling and more love. The RMH provides a "home away from home" for families of children who are receiving medical care in our community's … [Read more...]