$1 fun.

I'll keep this simple.  $1.  Lots of fun.
I put it on a baking sheet...all of it out of the can.  And said...go for it.
They looked at me like I had a third eye.  Then they got over it.
It was a good, quiet, messy, fun 45minutes to an hour.
It smelled good. 
It wasn't long before they started to cover themselves...
Every so often they looked at me like "are you sure this is ok?"
And hoho only tried to eat it once.  That was enough.
After they were done...Moses spent another chunk of time painting everything in the backyard with it. 
And when we were completely done we hosed everything down. 
Good as new. 

Thanks for the idea Meg

xo

be secure. period.


I mentioned before that I am reading Beth Moore's "So Long Insecurity".  
Unless you are part of the minority of women who have NO insecurity issues...then I highly suggest that you read it...to say it has been phenomenal is an understatement.  So many of the points she makes and how she shares them have me screaming "YES!!!" in my head of course (I don't want anyone thinking I am crazy---hehehe)

There is SO much I want to share with you about this book...so many thoughts are racing through my brain that I can hardly contain them but I thought that I would start with four points that she makes about the "quick" path to security.  So you don't have to wait until you get to this chapter of the book I thought I would share them...since I truly feel the same way and could have written them in much the same manner myself. 

The points are hers...the discussions are mine with her influence.
 Once again I realize that this may just be a journal post for me...and that is ok. 

Some ways to start on the path to being a SECURE woman draped in dignity. 

 1)Stop making comparisons. 
We are each made in the beauty of God's eye.  Each with our own set of plans, skills, abilities and everything.  Why why why do we as women feel such a need to size each other up?  Admit it...you walk into a room full of women and mentally start to compare hair, clothes, weight, height, how their kids are dressed and behaving, etc.  WHY do we make our own brand of crazy like this?  You wouldn't go to the market and compare the price of apples to cucumbers and then go on to complain that one is red and one is green...that one is sweet and one is not.  Right?  And why? Because they are two totally different things...meant for two totally different purposes.  And it would be crazy to compare them like that.  What makes comparing ourselves to other women any less crazy?

Let's make a deal. I will working on it if you will.  I will walk into a room with my OWN skills and looks and abilities and be confident that God did not make a mistake with me.  We cannot be compared to another for there is no other like us.  

2) Start personalizing other women. 
I think it is SO easy to forget that we are all in this together.  That there is NOTHING that we can go through that someone has not already.  As moms and women we have all struggled with the same issues...though some to more of a degree than others in different areas.  Then why do we find it so easy to forget the details of being human in that we all have feelings, dreams, cares, loves, hates, joys and sorrows and struggles.  I think if we can project THOSE thoughts onto others we would be making a HUGE leap into cementing our own security.  As in...seeing another woman (person) and our first thought being something like "I wonder what they are dealing with today...what are they happy about...what is bringing them down". 

I choose to remember this by the following scripture:
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful.
  1 Corinthians 10:13
And God's word does not lie to us.

3) Don't trip another woman's insecurity switch.
Oh my goodness...this one makes me crazy because it happens so much.  It KILLS me to see women doing this to each other.  And not only do women to it to other women...but truly our society does it to women (and men) all the time...via our culture.  Just think Victoria's Secret, or magazine ads or R rated movies.  There are things everywhere that are set and waiting to prick at our insecurities.  But society at large is one thing...woman to woman is another matter.     

 Not tripping another woman's insecurity switch includes shying away from things like...dressing provocatively(um always)...especially if you are going out with friends and their spouses...flaunting your wealth in front of friends you know are struggling...basically we as women(and humans) need to watch out for each other and avoid setting up a situation where we will make others feel out of sorts and insecure. 
Beth does point out, and I agree, that some people will feel insecure no matter the lengths you go to avoid it...and that is there battle to deal with.  
The bottom line has to be, in every situation, did we do everything we could to a healthy extent to for everyone to perform at their highest capacity? Did we act in love? We were looking our for others and not the cheap thrill of attention getting actions?    

AAAhhhh...I love it.

4)We must be examples of secure women.
This is a sort of "change starts with us" point.  If we want to influence a culture of confident, secure women...then it has to start with us.  The same as anything else...want some light? BE a light.
It's that simple.

And that my friends...is just a glimpse at the awesomeness that is this book...I am going to read it again and again I know...it is that important.  I don't plan on losing another day believing lies that aren't true...as Beth states:

"We are surrounded by a superficial world making deceptive claims".

I don't know if a truer statement could be said about our present day culture.  And I, for one, will not be buying into it any longer. 

As always...would love your feedback if you would like to share...if you act ugly anonymously...you will be ignored.  :) 

xo

another glamorous makeover.

This is what started my whole cleaning binge this past weekend.  I needed more space to work and store my stuff.  And that is a fact.  In the next house we buy...which I am praying will be sooner rather than later...there will be a sewing room.  Or we won't buy it. 

But since I don't want to spend my days annoyingly whining about not having one now...I had to make do with what I have.  Above are the before photos...and believe it or not...they were taken about half way through me pulling everything out.   It was crazy in there...I had stuff on top of stuff...things I didn't know I had...fabric that I had forgotten about...I found spools of thread stuffed in bags...it was a huge unproductive mess.

So I gutted it...
The coats moved away...and when needed will live in my new mud room. 
Anything that wasn't mine was banished to a new home.  
Then we went to Lowe's and bought some simple lumber and brackets.  I spent most of the day Sunday organizing and purging.
I measured and installed...Doug cut and sanded.  The shelves were easy peasy...and cost maybe $60 total to make.  

There is a place for everything...even a spot to hang some cute on the wall. 
Most of the colorful bins have been collected from Target over time...the top shelf holds things I don't use often and my Cricut...that I want to ensure is not touched by tiny hands. 
The prints are my own making...the "create" cards are from Michael's.
I love it...and I consider it a tiny version of what I hope to have one day.
Once again I love that there is a place for everything...and I know where everything is!
I can display some of my favorite things in a place that is not cluttered with cars and blocks and trains.
And this my friends, is proof that anyone can have a craft "room".  You just have to find a place for all the stuff in your closet. :)

Thanks for all the kind words about my mud room...and for understanding my crazy.
xo

the least glamorous makeover ever.

Say hello to my least favorite room in the house.  
This is the before of my laundry/pantry/storage/mud room.

This is the room where everything lands.  I mean just look at it...there are toys, shoes, outdoor stuff, swimming stuff, paint, crock pots, linens, vacuums, etc...it never ends.  
It made me and my "must be organized and clutter free" self crazy.  And this room was in the way of my plan to get a sewing "room".  But more on that in another post. 

For now...this needed to be tackled.  And I excitedly did it for about $30. 
Ahhhh....don't those photos just make you breath better?  Or is that just my crazy?  I went through every nook and crazy cranny and purged purged purged.
My rule for organizing/sorting is that I only keep things that are useful or loved. Stuff takes time to take care of it and I have better things to do with my time than care for stuff that I don't love or need. 

About $15 went into making my new coat rack...since we no longer have a hall closet(more on that later).  I bought a piece of wood and some clearance knobs at Anthropologie...some paint and screws later and you have a happy coat home.  I also turned the shelf in the first photo on its side and stacked them to make shoe cubbies...we'll keep mittens/gloves/scarves in that basket in cold weather.
I love this...and all its imperfect randomness...
Then, without measuring, I grabbed some fabrics from my stash and made a cute curtain. :)  Anything goes in this kind of room...right?
I added a little rug to catch dirty shoes...the boys jackets and safety gear hang on hooks that they can reach.
Then I made this little bulletin board to help fill that space and cover up the breaker box.  You can see a tutorial over at Lemon Tree Creations.
But my very favorite part?  (and this is where you see just how nerdy i am)...

My favorite part are the bankers boxes that contain almost every single thing in this room.   I organized it and sorted it all.  Everything single thing that is in a box is written on the outside of the box!!!  It makes my heart happy.  Anyone can go in my mudroom and find anything. 

And that is my very short path to craziness home happiness.   

:)




361.


Happy Monday friends!

I hope you had a lovely weekend...mine was packed FULL of organizing and cleaning out every cabinet in my house...it all started with wanting some shelves in a closet...and started a chain reaction that echoed through my whole house...as soon as I get the details finished I will show you all my fun changes and hope that you can use a few of them.  But for now....

I want to extend the most heartfelt and deep seeded thank you to each and every one of you.  Thank you each for buying a net or more than one.  Thank you for your kind emails and encouragement.  Thank you for following along and passing the word about the quilt to others.  I am SO humbled and thankful for you making our campaign a success.  

We, together, raised enough for 361 nets.  That means THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY ONE families will now have one less thing to worry about...361 families will be safe from malaria while they sleep at night.  361 families now KNOW that someone cares about them.  And it is my prayer that the love of God that covers those people will be as noticeable to them as the nets hanging over their beds at night.  361 families.  Just think about that number.  That is no little task.  I have been to towns smaller than that.  So thank you thank you thank you thank you.  I love you...truly.

And we will be doing another quilt...but this next one will take some help from you...eventually I will post a tutorial about how to make a certain kind of quilt block...then I will ask you to make one...and send it to me.  And that will be the next quilt...

But for now...I have few more fun goodies for you...from some generous people who offered up some lovely items...

Amy Powers...you win your choice of crayon set from Orange Blossoms.

Aubrey Christ...you win your choice of print from Pickled Pumpkins.

Ashley Garret...you win a Simple blog design package from Dirt and Lace.

 Jenni Carlisle you win your choice of size and color carrier from Meeup Baby Carriers.

You may all contact the appropriate shops to collect your goodies. :)
Thank you to those who supplied those fun things!!

In other news...I have a lot I want to share with you...
Cute silouettes that I am trying to decide whether to put in the shop or not...
 And I am work work working on hoho's...if you want one just for you...just let me know.  They go fast. :) If you are a fan of Little Bit Funky on facebook you are the first to know when there are some up for adoption...if you are thinking of them for Christmas...it is never too early to order...
And if you are a fan on facebook...you already know about these cute hoho shirts...they will be a very limited run based solely on what good deals I can find on shirts. 

 And I have lots of other fun things to share this week...but for now I will just wish you a Happy and Blessed Monday. :)


xo

allow me to make you laugh.

so first...the winner of the quilt is coming later today! you still have a little time to enter!! :)

but first...for your enjoyment...allow me to tell you a story.


so here is the scene:
So last night about 9:15pm I am sitting on my couch...laptop on my lap...chatting away to my friend Courtney in California.  The TV is on but otherwise every light in the house is off.  Doug and and the boys have been asleep since 7pm (Doug gets up at 2am).  

So as I am sitting there chatting...in the dark...something swoops by my head.  I immediately think "That was a pretty big moth".  I get up and turn on the light to get a better look.  Nothing.  I see a large mosquito type bug on the wall nearby and think "Wow, that thing looked way bigger in the dark". 

It swooped by again.  It was not a moth. 

I start to scream like a crazy woman into the phone "THERE'S A BAT IN MY HOUSE!!!!!".

Who knows how many times I screamed it.  
Eventually, Courtney asks, in between my screams, if I need to go.  To which I respond "YES I HAVE TO GO!!".  

Hang up the phone.  Paralyzed with fear.  The scene now is of a 5ft 10in woman, in the fetal position, on the floor, screaming uncontrollably, trying to cover her entire body with a 14 by 14in pillow.  My body must have been in autopilot because I could not move anything voluntarily.  My body's instinct is to apparently protect my internal organs...hence the fetal position.  All I could think was 1) I have 18in of hair that that swallow sized thing is aiming for and 2) how in the world am I going upstairs to where Doug was.
So I laid there.  Frozen in fear.  Screaming without the ability to stop.  Somehow Doug heard me.  And truly that is remarkable.  
I asked him later what he thought was going on.  He says he thought I was screaming about one of those huge jumping spiders that we sometimes find in the house.  Then he said "What I came downstairs to was much worse than that".  
So Doug is downstairs...trying to figure out what is going on.  I scream "There is a Robin sized bat in the house"...and go back to my screaming/fetal position.  
Doug repeatedly tells me to stop screaming before the neighbors hear me.  I tell him that I have no control of it.  And that was the truth.  
As I am laying there...between screams...the blue Jay sized bat lands on the curtain.  Body autopilot takes over and runs for the front door.  
Now I know a few things with certainty.  I know I love Jesus.  I know I love Doug.  I know I love my boys.  I know I love chocolate. 

I KNOW that if that 8in bat had even brushed against me...my body would have totally betrayed me.  I can guarantee that I would have passed out cold.  No question.  I would have dropped like a fly.
I have never gotten that door open so fast and did not think twice about leaving Doug on his own.  He is the man of the house...that is his job.  
Doug says I screamed "He landed on the curtain!!!!!!" about eight or so times on my way out the door. 
Doug had no idea what curtain I was talking about.  I had no idea I was still screaming.
I am now outside...holding open the front door, because you know, that is essential to bat removal.  Still paralyzed but at least hiding behind the door now.  
I text my neighbor to come over and bring her husband. 
They come.  They both go in with courage.  And run out two seconds later as the crow/bat swoops by them. 
But they went back in.  There are now three grown adults in my house.  With dishtowels in hand.  Swatting, windmill style at the roasting sized chicken bat as it swoops by them.  By this time you can see its talons glinting in the light.  

Just think National Lampoons Christmas vacation (but rooster bat and not squirrel) and that episode of The Office where a bat gets in...and combine them together. 

It was that comical. 

Eventually the turkey vulture bat flew out.  I am sure it was because he was terrified of the windmill people. 

We duct taped the fireplace closed until we could look at it in the daylight, cause we figure that is how he got in.  And I was up until the weeeeee hours of the morning because 1) I couldn't stop laughing about it and 2) I kept hallucinating Batman in the dark. 

The lesson I took away from this was:
It's a good thing we have a safe word in our house.

When Doug worked overnight, I literally slept with a Louisville slugger next to the bed.  Doug would get home in the super wee hours of the morning and when he was coming up the stairs he would whisper our safe word so I wouldn't come barreling at him with a bat.

Because of the Batzilla incident I now know one of two things would happen to an intruder.  1)Ultimate body betrayal where I cower in fear until I pass out OR 2) I go crazy kung-fu autopilot.

Thankfully, because of the safe word, we won't have to see if either of these happens without due cause. 

:)

stay at home vs. working.


Every single woman in the world knows what that post title is about, right?

Is there a longer standing feud in all of womanhood?
I really can't think of one. 

I think every single woman I have ever met has a strong opinion on the subject and can, at a moments notice, can give you a numbered list on why one is better (or more "right") than the other. 

I have read blogs that swear that if a woman does any kind of work outside of what you would deem normal housework than she is going against Biblical laws.  Period.   They believe that women are there to cook, clean and take care of the family.  Done.  And these are real people...I know you know people like this.

I have known other people that claim that stay at home moms are just lazy women who won't get out there and work for a living.  I have always thought that clearly these women have never stayed home to be "lazy". 
Then there are all sorts of in betweens out there.  And honestly, I have always been kind of confused about what God really wants from us women.  I mean...does He want our time spent solely taking care of our family? Does He want us out there working to relieve some of the stress of our husbands?   The only concrete answers I could come away from with this was that I knew that our husbands are to be the head of the household...and that things should fall in line behind that shield of guidance and wisdom.  As for what our entire role as wife and mother was to look like...I really had no idea.  

For ME...I always knew that I was going to be a stay at home mom.  I basically told Doug on our second date "Look, I have no intention of being a career woman.  So if that is something you want in a wife and you are not ok with me staying at home with our children...then this should be our last date".  

Needless to say he still married me.

I know several Jesus loving women who just stay at home with their kids.  And I don't me "just" as in there is nothing to it, I mean "just" as in they don't have a side job like me.  They know they are doing what God has set out before them for their lives.  

I also know several women who I know to be God fearing and in love with the Lord...and they have excellent careers.  And these are women who I KNOW seek the Lord in all they do and wouldn't glance over asking for guidance in the area of working outside the home. 

I guess what I am trying to say is that I was confused by the variety in my life.  I couldn't have told you what the common thread among them all was...and then like every other thing I have learned recently...it hit me through scripture. 

You may have heard this one before.  It goes something like this.   My notes are in parenthesis:

An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
(She is unique and hard to find!)

The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.  
(He can trust her totally!!!!)

She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
(Her focus and intent is good)

She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.
(She does not begrudge her household chores)

She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
(She goes the extra mile for quality and good bargains)

She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
(She does what she knows has to be done...not lazy)

She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
(Good with her money and looks for wise opportunities)

She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
(She is energetic and ready to go!)

She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
(She is a hardworking good steward...uses her time wisely)

She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle. 
(She is diligent and consistent at working.)

She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
(She looks out for those in need)

 She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
(She provides carefully for the future)

 She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple. 
(She is elegant)

Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.  
(She is well known for good reasons)

She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen. 
(She makes takes advantage of good opportunities)

Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.  
(She is poised)

She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
(She is wise)

She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness. 
 (She takes care of her home)

Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying
 (She is praiseworthy)

Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.
(She is rare and distinguished)

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. 
(She follows the Lords way)

Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates. 
 (She is honored)

Now I, probably like you, have read that a million times.  And before when I read it...I thought...well isn't that special...who can be like that? Really?  What a nice thought but how can this really apply to my life today?  I mean maybe I can try to be like that in some areas...but all of them?  Are you kidding me? 

And then the last time I read it...it smacked. me. in. the. face. 

While this proverb IS a list that God sets before us to aim for...I feel like this last reading let me see another layer to it.  And from now on, when I read it...this is what will be playing in the background of my mind...

It's about balance.  It's about family harmony.  It's about what makes your family tick the way that God intended it.  After reading it I realized that (I don't think) there is a set plan out there for everyone.  I think God has a plan for each and every family and it is up to us to seek His will in the matter of staying at home vs working.  It is about what is BEST for our particular family.

To ME...my balance is staying at home...while sewing for a small living...while managing my house...while taking care of my husband...while taking care of my kids.

Your balance may not look anything like mine...and you can still be in God's will for your life.  We don't have to look the same.  I think God is awesome that way.

I kept getting this word picture in my head...of God holding me in one hand...and all my jobs in His other hand.  To me that represents doing what He has called me to do and Him doing the balancing...not me because I am doing what He calls me to do. 
The only time I am unbalanced...when my household is out of whack and when I am going nuts...is when I am trying to hold the things that God was holding for me...or trying to hold things that aren't on His list for me.  Does that makes sense to you?

  I guess what I am trying to say...is that I came away from this last reading of Proverbs 31 with this:   As a wife and mom we have to consider the following in every choice we make...does what I pursue(job, commitments, hobbies) bring my family harmony or strife?  Will this choice bring my family happiness or stress?  Will this choice bring my husband pride or embarrass or undermine him and his role as provider?  Will my choice benefit my family in a way that God wanted or will I cause consequences that were never intended?

I now understand the proverbs 31 woman to be a wife who is protective of her family's well being and her husbands reputation, as well of her own.  She seeks ways to add to her family's wealth so that she can help others too...she seeks God's will in all she does and because of that God blesses her in all she does...she brings good to her household and her children and her husband because of it.  She makes choices that keeps God's will for her life in the center...and that still leaves her able to pursue business and work and charity and friends and all sorts of other things.  She pursues only what God intends and not what the world is telling her she should.  She defines herself by the Lords standards and not by the worlds.

All in all...there is no clear cut recipe.  You have to figure out what God wants for you.  Maybe that means you work...maybe that means you stay at home.  Whatever brings that balance and harmony.

And maybe, just maybe, we should stop worrying about what others are doing and why...and worry more about what WE are doing and why. 

  The only clear cut thing is to see what God wants.  If He wants it for you...then He makes the way and not you.  Can I encourage you in that?  I KNOW what it is like to have to make a choice that doesn't make sense to the world but makes perfect sense to God.

When I had Moses, Doug and I were both working but I KNEW I was supposed to quit my job.  I KNEW that God had called ME to be the primary caregiver to my children.  Doug agreed with me, making less than 15,000 a year.  And I quit...not knowing how we would pay for a single thing.

 We were told, by more than one person, how foolish we were to give up my job just because I thought that "no one could take care of my child as well as I could".  To me, this was not a thought but a fact. 

Two days after I quit my day job, I got a call from a woman that I had never met.  She wanted to know if I could nanny her two girls.  And I could do it from my home and hers.  And I could bring my baby!
(Surely this was God saying "I love you, thanks for obeying!")

And let me tell you...there are a string of events that I KNOW have happened because of that act of obedience...Doug got a promotion soon after...we moved...we bought our first home...I started a legit business...we had another sweet baby...Doug was promoted again...my business is WAY more than I could have ever dreamed of or imagined...and I am sure there are more blessings on the way so long as we continue to consider HIS path for us.  All because we made a decision that looked foolish to the world...but made perfect sense to the One with the plan.

So maybe this is just a journal entry for me to reflect on when I lose my way again, as I often do and that is OK.  As usual..it feels good to get this out there...otherwise I would have to go to bed again and think it over and over...now I can move on.  Hopefully, another lesson learned and another step to being a more like who God wants me to be.

As always...your input is treasured and welcome...and ugly anonymous comments will not be read or acknowledged. :)
xo

are ya'll ready for this?

I am SO excited to be writing this post.  You really have no idea...I am almost day before Christmas excited...but not why you think.  Well maybe...if you know me...if you can beleive it...the finished quilt is not the most exciting part to me.  

It's the fulfillment of a promise that is making me all giddy with excitement.  

You see...a couple of months ago I felt the nudge to do more with my blog than just write and share...I felt like I was being led to use my blog as a catapult for showing God's love...
Honestly, I was like...ok...just what do you mean God?
And I waited...and prayed.  And then things started clicking...I found the quilt pattern over at Film in the Fridge. You can find it HERE.
"YES!" Is what I wanted to scream when I saw it...I knew what I was supposed to do...and how.
And quickly, because I am human and humans both chicken out AND forget easily what God tells them to do...I emailed a small group of women that I trust and love...some who I knew would kindly remind me of what I had shared with them that God told me to do. 

Basically, I told them..."God told me to do this...please call me out on it if I don't".
Then I contacted sweet Jody from Fabric Shoppe...and told her what I was on a mission to do...wouldn't you know it...she is a pastors wife and hopes to adopt from Africa one day.  She almost immediately offered to donate ALL of the fabric I would need to make the quilt.  

Thinking about it...that is a pretty crazy thing.  That is a LOT of fabric to just send to a stranger who promises to make a quilt to benefit a charity.  I cried in the parking lot after getting her email.
Then a good friend offered to pay for the batting and the shipping. 
God is SO good. 
God is responsible for all of this coming together.  God loves all people.  God loves Africa...and all those sweet people who are suffering from something that is SO easily helped...
To me...each piece of fabric in this quilt stands for a family or person...or BABY...that together we can help...and this may sound crazy...but if you are one of the many who have told me of plans to adopt from Africa...the net you buy just may save YOUR future baby.  Crazy cool, right?
Malaria kills over 1 MILLION precious people PER YEAR!!!
In fact, there are 10 new cases of malaria every second. 

Every 30 seconds, a child in Africa dies from a malaria infection.  A child that is no less precious or loved or held dear by his parents than our own children.
By buying ONE net a family of four can sleep under an insecticide-treated bed net, safe from malaria, for four to five years.
AND
The benefits of bed nets extend even further than protecting those sleeping underneath them. The insecticide woven into each net makes entire communities safer – killing and repelling mosquitoes so that they can’t go on to bite others who may not be protected by a net.
Although $10 for a bed net may not sound like much, the cost makes them out of reach for most people at risk of malaria, many of whom survive on less than $1 a day.

Just think...to us $10 is a couple of latte's...a movie...a shirt...a lunch out...a CD...a couple of magazines...any number of frivolous things that we all throw money at...can I challenge us all to give those up for a day...or a week or a month...and give a net or two or three instead?
Can you help me show God's love to people in Africa?  And wait with me for God to show up in a big way?  Each net you buy is ONE entry into the raffle to win this quilt!
It's a beauty...if I do say so myself...considering that I only started sewing a little over two years ago...I feel so BLESSED that God would use me in this way to do something big.
It is approx 51in by 73in.  It would be cute as a twin coverlet...or on a couch...or hanging on a wall.  
And fyi--my home is smoke and pet free. :)
And as a special little touch...to help you remember what this quilt represents...I added this cute little tag. :)

God IS SO GOOD!!!

And now for the begging...
PLEASE go buy a net...you can click HERE to go to our page.
If only each daily visitor to this blog bought ONE...we would more than double or triple our goal.  So YES...one net DOES make a difference!

PLEASE feel free to copy this ENTIRE post and repost it on your blog...you will probably have to check the links but feel free to post away....anyway you choose.  I would LOVE nothing more than to go through my reader and see this post over and over and over again!!

We will choose a winner NEXT FRIDAY the 23rd!!  So every net bought by Thursday the 22nd at midnight will count as ONE entry...and I have a totally unbiased judged in mind to do a VIDEO reveal of the winner!!!

 AND there will be other prizes as well.  If you would like to donate a prize PLEASE contact me...I already have several offers and I would like to extend the deadline to donate.

You guys are awesome.  And I love you...truly.  I can't wait to hit "publish" post...I feel like all of this before was like heading up to the highest point of a roller coaster and hitting "publish" will push it over the edge...

Now...pretty, pretty, PLEASE...go BUY A NET...and spread the word!!
GOD IS SO GOOD!
xo
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