Sep 13, 2011

Happy Moon Festival and a small 30 day update

We are releasing our lanterns tonite....there is so much excitement here.  Hope you enjoy your beautiful moon and celebrate if you choose.  We have enjoyed making new things from the things we have found in our pantry/freezer.  It has made for some fun times during dinner.  We also have enjoyed adding new recipes to our big book of goodies.  I am so thankful that this challenge came along.  There had been so much stirring in my heart about somethings having to change around here.  It wasn't making my heart very happy.  This challenge came along and God seemed to speak to my heart to say..."if you can do this for 30 days why not always" My mind and heart seemed to switch and it feels great.  Yes.....I would love to not cook everyday.....yes, I would like to buy everything that my children want and don't even know they want but I find cute. But God needs our money elsewhere, there are too many children that must stay in orphanages for too long.  Men and women can't feed their babies because they are battling addictions or joblessness. I want to redirect our childrens thoughts to others and not themselves.  We are going to discuss a charity we would like our money to go to locally (we sponsor babies in China, but felt we needed to do something local) and we also hope to spend our time there too.  Wish us really isn't that bad. Maybe you could join us next month.

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Kayce said...

Perfect words to encourage us all Shelley! We can do this always...with Gods help and with much prayer. You're doing an awesome job!!

Anonymous said...

wow. This is good stuff. We are trying really hard to not spend. We did go out for our son's 13th birthday, but he didn't have a party and it was cheap.

I have not bought any books in weeks. Books are my weakness. It is hard not to be envious of others though. I struggle with that. I see all of these girls on blogs in cute clothes and our DD wears cute clothes, but none of the designer stuff. I know that is so shallow, but it is what it is.

Anyway, I first saw this challenge on your blog and now I've seen it on several! I'm definitely paying attention!!!

Thanks for sharing.

Christie said...

You're doing so well! I'm so glad you took the challenge - we're halfway there, and if you read my post from today, you'll see that I'm of the same mind that you are...

Awesome job girl!

Every call has a beginning. A quiet moment when God whispers a promise to a mother’s heart . A holy place where a father bows and faithfully accepts the journey set before him. A miraculous morning that unexpectedly dawns… Casting its first light on a chosen threshold. A gentle knock..a closed door opens, a sacred invitation sent by the Father.. leads to the other side of the world. Where lonely hearts stare out orphanage windows praying for someone to care.. and then one morning, on an ordinary day an orphan’s life changes... God sends them a second chance...Through you..
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