Whoa...somehow I lost six days this year. Apparently in my world, yesterday was Day 357...and I know tomorrow is New Year's Eve...that makes today Day 364. Whoops! That's what I get for not blogging everyday! Ha!
Yesterday, I received the following comment from AndeMski...
"Are those North Face jackets? They make great jackets and backpacks... I have one of each. Also, I was wondering where you got your girls' bows. I LOVE big bows and the only place I can find them is at Dillard's."
First of all, I am always so surprised when I get a comment from someone I have never met. In my head, there are about 10 people who read this blog...and there are times I cannot imagine why those 10 would even want to read about our life :o)
But, I am glad there are readers out there :o)
Anyways, back to the comment...Yes, they are North Face jackets :o) All of the girls...and Mommy and Daddy got North Face jackets for Christmas. Baby Boy got another Columbia jacket...he was cool with that :o) North Face jackets are awesome. Sunshine got a purple one, Little Pumpkin got a blue one, Sweet Pea got a pink one, hubby got a black one and I got a brown one. I exchanged the little girls for the next size up and they are on order from the company. They should be here next week! Yay!
The bows...yes, I LOVE BIG bows. In my opinion, the bigger the better. I also believe there is no such things as having too many bows. There is a motto around our house, "Mommy's girls wear bows."
I get most of my bows from a local shoe store...Shoe Connection. I don't think I have ever bought a pair of shoes there, but they have an awesome bow selection. I also get a lot of bows from a local store in downtown Paragould when we are in town...Room to Grow. It is a second hand store, but they carry a few new items...such as bows :o) The bows are a little less expensive there. I also really like bows from The Toggery, a local children's boutique. The place where the girls get their haircut, Pigtails and Crewcuts, also has great bows. Occasionally, I get bows from Dillards...but not very often. However, one of my favorite bows came from there...the blue one Sunshine is wearing in the above picture.
Sorry AndeMski, since you aren't from around here, I know that was not much help, but maybe you have similar stores in your town?
As you can tell, I like bows and I like to talk about bows. Bows make this world a better place :o)
Since tomorrow is the last day of 2011, I thought I would share a few of our favorite "charities" we like to donate too. You know, just in case you are looking for some ideas of where to make your last minute end of the year contributions or maybe for some new ideas for 2012 :o) Btw, all of the following places have online donation buttons...so easy!
**Of course, your church is an obvious choice.
“A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD." Leviticus 27:29-31
Then with extra money we want to donate, here is our top picks :o)
**Dillon International. That is the AWESOME adoption agency we used to adopt Little Pumpkin. Dillon allows you to specify where your donation will be used...we choose Vietnam...duh! Ha! There are tons of children living in Vietnam right now that are in desperate need of food, shelter and an education. Since adoptions are shut down in Vietnam right now, there isn't a lot of humanitarian aid going to the orphanages :o( We are praying adoptions open back up this spring!!
**Giving it back to Kids. Y'all this organization is amazing. Visit their site and look around...they do some pretty great things for kids in Vietnam. They provide bicycles to kids to help them get to school, support for pregnant women, orphanage support, surgeries, wheelchairs and the list goes on and on and on. Great stuff!
**Gladney Center for Adoptions. This is the adoption agency we used to adopt Sweet Pea. One of the main reasons we chose this agency is because of their commitment to humanitarian aid. They do SO MUCH for the kids "left behind" in the countries where they facilitate adoptions.
**Kisses from Katie. If you haven't heard about this girl, GO TO HER BLOG NOW. She is unbelievable. God calls us all to care for orphans...that girl understands that and lives it. Seriously unbelievable.
**The CALL....aka Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime. I can safely say, I do not think we would have ever become foster parents if it wasn't for The CALL. Our minds and hearts were open to orphans. When I first heard of The CALL, we had adopted internationally once and were in process to adopt a second time. We were shocked to learn of the HUGE need for good, Christian foster homes right here in our city. I believe the presentation lasted for about 10 minutes one night at church, we were hooked at minute two. Ha! If it weren't for The CALL, we probably would have missed the incredible blessing of Baby Boy, as well as the other foster kids that have passed through our home.
**The Dorcas House. This is a new one for me. I wasn't very familiar of this great ministry until Sunshine's second grade class went to visit a couple weeks ago. The work they do there changes lives...for this generation and the next. The women getting help at The Dorcas House give me hope...hope that one day a mother of one of our foster children will be able to turn their life around.
What are your favorite charities?