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ten on ten : january 2015

Our ten on ten {a day when I follow along with a bit of sunshine & take ten pictures on the tenth day of the month} was a lovely Saturday. It involved a baby sprinkle {shower} for a sweet friend, organizing the garage, legos, kids playing, coffee and ended with an evening at my moms and a yummy family dinner. Aaron chopped up our Christmas tree for out green bin and the remaining holiday decorations were finally tucked away for next year. It was the perfect weekend day…relaxing and productive and even allowed for some intentional connecting with family and friends. Truly those are the best kids of days for me…a little social, a little productive, a little relaxing and a lot of fun. Blake continues to delight our hearts and as he is approaching 6 months and it’s hard to believe we ever lived without him! Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend of doing all sorts of fun and relaxing things too!

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Catching up…

It’s been a busy holiday season with a baby, an ongoing cough and busy big kid stuff. And while it has been twinkly and cozy and fun i am warn out. Lots to report, post, share…but it can wait. For today I’m trying to rest and simply linger in the hope of a tiny baby born to change the world. To become “God with us” and the prince of peace. An everlasting Father, mighty counselor and friend and redeemer and comforter and Savior. Thank you sweet Jesus. I hope you know this hope I speak of but if you are new to the things of God or want to know more please drop me a line. I will do my best to get back to you and/ or pray for you!

Wishing you tidings of comfort and JOY! Hope Santa fills your stockings and there is plenty of nog to go around…Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

To follow along with my daily life you can find me on Instagram {username: everydayVALENTINE}! See a few of my Instagram photos from the past month below! Xoxo

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my dear friend nicole

Hey there! Have I told you about my dear friend Nicole?

She has been in my life for years but took off for South Africa just before we moved back to the Bay Area. Bummer for me. But wonderful for tons of adorable and loveable orphans in South Africa. That’s right. She is working as one of our church’s missionaries living and serving at the El Roi Baby Home in conjunction with the Refilwe Community Project in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nicole is currently caring for 12 babies between the ages of 4 months and 2 years old and is managing a team of 9 local and international Aunties who help tend to the babies 24/7. Nicole also sits on the management team for Refilwe and plays a crucial role in helping care for the spiritual and practical needs of all the international volunteers that live and serve at Refilwe.

I just love her so much and cannot think of very many people who are as well-suited for their job as she is.

So are you curious about how you can support her?

First, check out her blog: http://nicoleshopefuladventure.blogspot.com/

Next {if you live locally} please come to a holiday boutique that our MOPS is hosting this weekend. My mom, sister and I are all selling items to support Nicole. 100% of our profits go to Nicole to use for her and her sweet babes. That’s right…100%…so come buy our stuff. If you have been to one of her fundraising events you are familiar with her jarred treats and notebooks…I will have those available to by at our table as well! The boutique will be held at Valley Bible Church in Pleasanton, CA.

And finally,  please join in praying for Nicole in all of her roles at Refilwe, that God would uphold her in strength, wisdom, grace and love as she cares for the precious babies at El Roi and all the members of the Refilwe community.

 
 
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{she reads truth}

Have you heard about She Reads Truth yet?

If you haven’t heard about it you need to run…not walk…to your closest device and check it out. If you want to learn more about the things of God and grow deeper in his word with a community of other women this is the place for you.

It’s a beautiful, articulate, life-giving app & website with devotions from God’s word. The app is beautiful; it has the entire bible for reference & devotions and gorgeous screen savers. The website has the same and more as you can study along with their ever-changing studies {topics vary from a specific book of the bible such as Titus to general study topics such as Hospitality}.  You can follow along with the current study, look up past studies or order one of their printed study journals if you prefer to write it out. The She Reads Truth team has brilliantly decided to have different artists create these packs and truly wants it to be a place where a community of women can learn more about the things of God. The artwork can be purchased & boy is it fun to check it all out.

Go check it out HERE!

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{ten on eleven}

Try as I may and try as I might to remember to do my favorite monthly project {ten on ten}…sometimes I forget. Actually I didn’t know what day it was yesterday {while on a quick 4 day weekend getaway} and so the tenth came and went. But in the spirit of the project I went ahead and took my ten pictures today instead…on the eleventh. Today we were traveling back home from a quick weekend  in Southern California to see our BFF’s {and my Aunt & Uncle}. It was the perfect mix of good catch-up time, belly laughter time, delicious food around big tables, dirty fingernails, no sleep, baby obsessing and little hearts playing sweetly as adopted “cousins” and friends. My heart is full.

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