Category: Giving

May 25, 2011
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 […]

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May 24, 2011
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 […]

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May 23, 2011
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 […]

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May 22, 2011
Day #107: Give Your Family Rest

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

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May 21, 2011
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 […]

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May 20, 2011
Day #105: Give your Carpentry Skills in Fayetteville, NC

Yesterday, I received a message from a man wanting to tell me about a unique group of men who serve their community by repairing homes - for free. Today, Kayla (my four-year-old) and I met this gentleman at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church in Fayetteville. On one end of the church's property is a series of […]

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May 19, 2011
Day #104: Give a Garden

The four of us had a fun time this morning planting a garden for the Salvation Army's shelter in Fayetteville. We pulled up weeds, broke apart soil, dug holes, and planted zucchini squash and tomatoes. The shelter will use the fresh vegetables in their kitchen. This was a great project for the whole family because our […]

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May 18, 2011
Day #103: Give with the Salvation Army in Fayetteville, NC

Today, we visited the Salvation Army's community center and emergency shelter in Fayetteville. All services are free, but the goal isn't to give "hand-outs." Instead, the Army wants to give "hand-ups." Their programs operate with the intention of helping people heal "physically, emotionally, and spiritually." Here are four ways to volunteer with the Fayetteville Salvation […]

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May 18, 2011
Day #102: Give with Urban Ministry in Fayetteville, NC

Our oldest daughter said Urban Ministry was one of her favorite places to volunteer.  The more hands-on our volunteering projects are, the more our girls love it. Urban Ministry's heart is for their local community. They (1) teach adults reading, writing and math, (2) provide food and clothing, (3) mentor youth, and (4) organize home […]

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May 16, 2011
Day #101: Give to Taylorbz

Congratulations to Taylorbz from MT – this week’s featured giver and prize winner ($75 gift card to Restaurant.com). Taylorbz Story: Today we gave while we played. We took a park tour in our town and picked up garbage at each one. The kids had a great time playing, and even managed to fill a whole garbage […]

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May 15, 2011
Day #100: Give Your Family Rest

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

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May 14, 2011
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 […]

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May 13, 2011
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 […]

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May 12, 2011
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 […]

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May 12, 2011
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 […]

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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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