Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My First Blog Award!

My sweet friend Bethany over at The Vaughns gave me this lovely Beautiful Blogger award!




Bethany and her husband Alex lived in the same apartment complex as we did, right after we got married. They were good friends to us, and have since had their own precious little boy! Anyway, Bethany also loves thrifty projects, and she is an excellent artist. You should check her out!

So the rules are that I must post 7 random things about myself. Let's see...

1. My husband and I (semi) met on facebook. (Don't judge me... and we actually went to the same church, too.)

2. I love free/cheap things. (You probably already knew this.) But I love getting a good deal more than just about anything in the world.

3. I never watch awards shows (Grammys, Oscars, etc.). I just look at the pictures of the dresses afterward.

4. I was on the UA women's rowing team in college.

5. I am not like most people... summer is my least favorite season.  (Fall is my favorite.)

6. I seem to like to plan to do things more than I actually do things.

7. I hate scary movies.

Now I need to pass this on to seven more people:

1. Jen at Noting Grace. Jen has some great DIY projects!

2. Kim at NewlyWoodwards. She also has great projects and apparently we like the same designs, since one of our inspiration rooms is exactly the same.

3. Kristen at We Are THAT Family. Kristen is such a beautiful person, inside and out. Right now she is on a mission trip with Compassion, International. You can read about it on her blog.

4. Heather at Mrs. Southern Bride. She and her husband are absolutely precious. I love reading their date night stories and looking at her photography.

5. Brittany at Superwoman. She is currently doing a series called "31 Days to a Healthier, Happier You!"

6. Anne at Fiona and Twig. There is so much eye candy on this blog! Her vintage style is right up my alley.

7. Sasha at Lemonade Makin' Mama. This girl is hilarious. Hilarious, I tell you! And she has the cutest kids. And the cutest blog.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Compassion

If you don't follow "We Are That Family", well--you should. It's a great combination of DIY projects, deep insights, and real experiences. Right now, Kristen is in Africa on a trip with Compassion International, and she is blogging about her trip. I just finished reading her second installment, "True Religion". It made me weep over my own selfishness and sinfulness. How many times a day to I think about what I need, what I want, what I can have? But how many times a day do I think about others, especially the ones who are living with nothing and desperately need my help? Not many, I can tell you. Because although, if you asked me I would tell you that I completely believe in charitable giving--not just your tithe, but above and beyond out of the abundance of God's blessings--how many times do I live that out? How many times am I actively searching for ways to bless other people, through financial means or with just my time? I can tell you that it is a small fraction (minuscule, probably) of how much time I spend thinking of "me". I know that I'm not alone on this--I believe it is a struggle for everyone.

At the end of her post, Kristen asked us to consider sponsoring a child through Compassion. At first, I balked, because I know how many organizations take advantage of those willing to give and use much more than necessary on administrative costs and other garbage that the sponsored children will never even see. After doing some research, I found that Compassion is one of the highest-rated charities by BBB and Charity Navigator; I feel much better knowing that our money will make it to a child in need. So I clicked on her link to see the children. It is heartbreaking to look at their little faces and read their stories, knowing how much suffering they endure. I cried more. I asked God why I had been so blessed while some people have nothing, and why my heart is so stinking sinful.

Then I read this on Compassion's site: "God can use you to help ease the pain of a child in desperate need." It made me so thankful to remember that even though I am selfish and self-seeking, He can still use me. He wants to use me. And really, what is a measly $38 a month? A couple of nights that we don't go out to eat? Or a new sweater that I don't buy? As much as we have been blessed, I know we can squeeze $38 out of our budget every month. I ask you to look at your budget and see what you can spare. It's not just money, either; you write and receive letters and information on the child you are sponsoring, which is honestly the most exciting part to me--personal contact. A relationship. Please ask God to show you if you are being faithful in your giving, and if you are giving with your heart and time as well as with your finances.

P.S. Our little boy's name is Joseph! I am so excited to receive our packet.