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 it taking pictures of one another. They were just arriving and excited to be there - anticipating … [Read more...]

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 are reminded how much devastation a tornado can do to a community and that we need to be praying for the … [Read more...]

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 learn some of the history behind the network. CBN is know for … [Read more...]

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 come off the truck. Together we were able to anchor it securely in less than 10 minutes. … [Read more...]

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 children with foster parents. They work specifically … [Read more...]

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 next prize is a leather ipad 1 case from Sena Cases. Sena Cases produces … [Read more...]

Day #114: Give Your Family Rest

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

Day #113: Give Travel Packs to Kids

We met a really neat family with three kids here at our campground. They are traveling full-time - enjoying being together and exploring the country. This morning they left for another campground in PA. Before they hit the road, we said our goodbyes and gave each of their three boys a special package of snacks and toys to entertain them on the road. Our girls had fun picking out the items … [Read more...]

Day #112: Give with Community Services Center in Williamsburg, VA

The Historical Triangle Community Services Center is a non-profit that rents out building space at a low cost to nine local non-profits. The center acts as a destination for people in need of social services. People can obtain counseling, food and clothing assistance, parenting education, programs for their small children, and transportation - all under one roof. The 9 agencies in the … [Read more...]

Day #111: Give with Colonial CASA in Williamsburg, VA

This afternoon, while Stephanie and the girls read books at the Williamsburg Library, I gave my time to the staff at Colonial CASA. They had asked ahead of time if I would help with social media so it made more sense for the girls to stay behind on this one. Colonial CASA (court appointed special advocates) works to ensure the best interest of abused and neglected children during legal … [Read more...]

Day #110: Give through Hope International

Yesterday, I helped a friend get a website up and running after he told me how he gives a portion of his income to Hope International to be used for microlending. Today, Stephanie and I made a small donation to Hope International. The organization focuses on alleviating physical and spiritual poverty through microenterprise development. HOPE works with people from dozens of countries and … [Read more...]

Day #109: Give a Website Setup

Our friends Jay and Kristen (and their two small children) have been camping with us the last couple of days. We've been enjoying their company - swimming in the lake, picnicking outside, and talking about faith & family. Jay started a real estate business with a philanthropic component this past year in Richmond, VA. He gives one tenth of one percent of every home he sells to Hope … [Read more...]

Day #108: Give to Jesica

Congratulations to Jesica from MT – this week’s featured giver and prize winner (item of her choice from UV Skinz). Jesica'a Story: We gave this weekend to my grandparents. They are both in there seventies and live several states away from all our AZ family and three hours away from us. We spent the weekend at their home helping to clean up their yard from all the beetle infested, dead pine … [Read more...]

Day #107: Give Your Family Rest

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

Day #106: Give with The Army’s Army in Fayetteville, NC

Today, we put together care packages with The Army's Army at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville. The care packages included handwritten notes, hygiene items, books, non-perishable food items, and playing cards. The packages will be sent to deployed men and women as gifts of encouragement and gratitude for serving the country. Our girls had a great time packing the … [Read more...]