Category: Giving

February 23, 2011
Day #18: Give Intentionally (and make a list)

When Stephanie and I first decided we would "give" something every day we thought it might take some effort, but we didn't realize just how much. We thought we gave often already (maybe not every day, but often...) so it wouldn't be a big deal. As it turns out, giving each day takes way more […]

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February 21, 2011
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 […]

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February 20, 2011
Day #16: Give A Phone Call To Grandparents

Our girls are fortunate enough to have 6 great grandparents alive. We called four of them this evening. Then, we called Stephanie's parents and Skyped my parents. The Skype call mostly consisted of our two girls fighting for the camera's attention as they held up their drawings/books and talked about what they had been doing […]

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February 19, 2011
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 […]

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February 19, 2011
Day #14: Give Hospitality

Yesterday, we were fortunate enough to provide lunch for another family on the road (yes, there are others!). The Boyinks [see right] stopped by our campground and had lunch with us. We served grilled chicken, cornbread, peas, and chips with homemade guacamole dip. We talked about how we decided to buy our fifth wheels and discussed […]

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February 17, 2011
Day #13: Give When You Have a Medical or Dental Crisis

I left the girls with Stephanie at 3:00pm this afternoon and headed to the dentist. I had a crown on my front top tooth that had come loose. I expected my visit to be quick. The crown was not damaged. I had previously had a root canal. I thought I just needed the tooth to […]

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February 17, 2011
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 […]

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February 15, 2011
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 […]

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February 14, 2011
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. […]

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February 13, 2011
Day #9: Give Prayer For Others

This afternoon, our family made a list of people to pray for. Our 4-year-old suggested we pray for "our family," for the "poor," and for the "kids who are sick." Our 2-year-old said we should pray for "babies." She loves babies. We all took turns praying - for the kids and babies...for some families that […]

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February 12, 2011
Day #8: Give Cookies to a Neighbor

This afternoon our oldest daughter and Stephanie made chocolate chip/peanut butter cookies for our next door neighbors. Meanwhile, I took our youngest on a walk and we talked to quite a few people who live here at the campground in the winter - "Winter Texans." When we returned, both girls colored pictures. Our 4-year-old is […]

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February 11, 2011
Day #7: Give to a Food Bank

Today, we filled a bag with pasta, buttermilk pancake mix, and popcorn seeds - and took it to a local food bank. We also compiled a few things we are no longer using (an extra pillow, a skirt, a shirt, and some tupperware). Community Resource and Food Pantry (here in Canyon Lake, TX) runs a […]

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February 10, 2011
Day #6: Give Through Social Media

Awhile back a company sent us some bags for PR purposes. One of them was the Switch Messenger laptop bag by Brenthaven, valued at $100. We never ended up using the bag and now we are driving around the country with it serving no purpose. We want to give the bag to someone who will […]

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February 9, 2011
Day #5: Give To The Hungry

After spending over 5 hours on-the-road, we pulled off Interstate 10 early this evening and stopped at a red light. We were in the far left turning lane. Just a couple of feet from my window was a man holding a piece of cardboard that read, "Broke and Hungry." The light turned green. I was […]

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February 9, 2011
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 […]

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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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