Monthly Archives: November 2010

Truth Pandemic

By | Orphan Care | One Comment

Have you ever thought of yourself as an advocate? Project HOPEFUL believes in you and invites you to partner with us as an advocate for orphans with HIV/AIDS. There are an abundance of opportunities for you to make your mark on a child’s life in a positive way.

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What are you reading?

By | MommyHood | 9 Comments

I have a week home with the kids for Thanksgiving holiday and I want to tackle some new books- novels, fiction or non-fiction… I want to know what you are reading.  Share the title and why you love your favorite book in the comments. Top Bestseller List Hardcover Fiction Top 5 at a Glance 1. TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson 2. THE CONFESSION, by John Grisham 3. INDULGENCE IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb 4. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson 5. AMERICAN ASSASSIN, by Vince Flynn Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5 at a Glance 1. LIFE, by Keith Richards with James Fox 2. BROKE, by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe 3. UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS, by Portia de Rossi 4. EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others 5. ME, by Ricky Martin Paperback Trade Fiction Top 5 at a Glance 1. HAPPY EVER AFTER, by Nora Roberts 2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON…

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Crazy Twietmeyer Family

By | Adoption | 9 Comments

I raced to Target this morning to buy hot off the press People Magazine!!!! I ripped through the pages and found what I was looking for… a 5 PAGE SPREAD about the Twietmeyer family (Kiel & Carolyn and their 13 amazing children) It was a little embarrassing blubbering through the check out line, but I’m just soooo proud of this crazy family! I asked Carolyn to share a little about why they decided to tell their adoption story to the world.

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Mommy DIY + Glowbird Craft

By | MommyHood | 2 Comments

My family is coming to town for Thanksgiving and we have some fun crafts planned for the kids.  Zoie and Annie will love making these adorable glowbirds with help from their big sisters.  If each cousin makes a glowbird- we’ll have a table full of the crazy gobblers glowing bright for Thanksgiving dinner. Create a flock of these bright votive holders: they’re a great project for kids and, filled with battery-operated tea lights, a luminous addition to your table. Materials Hot glue Glue gun 1 1/4-inch wooden doll head (available at craft stores) Small glass bubble votive holder (ours is 4 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches high) Brush Mod Podge Tissue paper Scissors Tacky glue Beads Instructions Apply a dab of hot glue from a glue gun to the wooden doll head. Then adhere the head to the votive holder. Brush Mod Podge over the head and body, then cover them with overlapping tissue paper scraps. Apply another Mod…

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4 Reasons I Co-Wash Zoie’s Curls

By | MommyHood | 13 Comments

Help… the winter has caused Zoie’s curly hair to be extra dry.  What is your favorite leave in conditioner or creme to keep things soft all day?  Leave your suggestions in the comments.  Thank you moms! I’m sooo not a hair care professional, but I learn a lot about Zoie’s curls and coils reading Happy Girl Hair Blog.   This crazy hair guru blogger mentions co-washing in many posts, but I had no idea what she meant, so Mr. Awesome googled it last week.  I was surprised to learn I had been doing it all along and it’s really good for Zoie’s hair.  I thought it would be fun to have a little hair competition and find out what your favorite products are for curls, swirls, straight, thick, frizzy or wavy hair.  God gave all our darlings a unique crown of beauty!  I love mom’s advice about hair care.  I want to always be open to stretch and grow… just like…

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Wednesday WOW Recipe + Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

By | MommyHood | 3 Comments

“This tortilla soup tastes better than anything you can get at a restaurant. And it’s healthy too! Don’t let the long list of ingredients fool you. All you do is dump everything into the slow cooker and walk away. Garnish with grated Cheddar, avocados, and a splash of fresh lime juice.” Ingredients 1 pound shredded, cooked chicken 1 (15 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, mashed 1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce 1 medium onion, chopped 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups water 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 bay leaf 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro 7 corn tortillas vegetable oil Directions Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles, and garlic into a slow cooker. Pour in water and chicken broth, and season with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and bay leaf….

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Inner Beauty Series: Defining Beauty.

By | My Life Is Crazy Too | 4 Comments

Webster defines beauty as, “qualities that give pleasure to the senses or exalt the mind.”  If someone were to ask you to name a “beautiful” woman – given the world’s standards of beauty – it would be a simple task.  We can all think of women who by society’s definition would be deemed as beautiful.  Every magazine, billboard, and commercial bombards our senses with images of beautiful women on a daily basis.  Like many women, I wrestle with insecurities in the area of appearance, body image, and just measuring up.

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3 Mission Trip Winners Testimonies

By | Mission-Hearted | No Comments

I’m sooo excited to personally introduce you to the 3 crazy missions trip winners!!  God gave away 3 trips and hand picked these amazing women to travel to Ethiopia with Visiting Orphans in February 2011 to love and serve and minister to orphans.  I’m truly overwhelmed by God’s passions and miracles… He really does make the WILDEST dreams come true!  I asked each of them to share their feelings about winning the trip. #1 Bridget Bowen: I would first like to thank Kari for starting this amazing miracle.  Even one year ago, I did not know Ethiopia would be so important to me.  I always knew I wanted to adopt but had not planned out any of the details.  This summer my husband and I started to process for adoption from Ethiopia.  I soon learned how much Ethiopia and I needed each other.  I feel truly blessed to have been picked for this trip.  I have read books and studied…

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Adoption Guest: The Journey

By | Adoption | One Comment

We bounce over rough bare ground that our driver convinces us are actually roads.  Now at a slower pace the crowds of people actually start to notice this large vehicle bounding along.  I catch the eye of a young boy playing with a hoop and stick.  Yes, running along pushing the hoop with a stick.   Thoughts of time travel and Colonial Williamsburg flood my brain but then I catch his fascinated brown eyes.  They grow wide into a fixed stare as they look deeply into mine.  A wide smile emerges displaying his glowing white teeth as we move past.  As my eyes leave his I see his mouth open and hear him shout at the top of his lungs “frenge! frenge! frenge!”  This chant now follows us down the dusty road passed by the yells of children the chant traveling faster then we can traverse down these dusty paths.   With a smirk our driver tells us they are chanting “white…

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Wednesday WOW Recipe + Poppyseed Chicken

By | MommyHood | 6 Comments

Happy 17th Birthday Michael!!!  I’m making your favorite dinner tonight- thanks for being the BEST son in the world!!  We are so blessed to have you in our family… your spirit, laughter, courage, energy, heart and love for the Lord is a daily reminder of the gift God gave us 17 years ago!! I’m one proud mom- watch my son LIVE on our local news- HS building a well in Ethiopia!! This is hands down my family’s favorite Fall recipe.  My son begs and pleads for Poppyseed Chicken on a weekly basis.  I don’t know if it’s the combination of crunchy Ritz cracker crust and creamy chicken, but everything works together like magic. Ingredients 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – diced 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream salt and pepper to taste 3 cylinders Ritz crackers, crushed 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds 1/2 cup butter, melted Directions Preheat to 350…

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The Ripple Effect – 1 More Missions Surprise!!

By | Mission-Hearted | 9 Comments

God chose 3 people to go on the Ethiopia Missions Trip in February 2011!!  I have nooo idea how God picked the 3 blessed winners, but He is perfect in His ways!!  This was a God ordained miracle!!  I believe this is a divine appointment for … Bridget Bowen Randi Shetley Lori Smith “Oh, my goodness….where to start? This is SUCH a celebration in a long journey of God changing me and refining me and getting me to surrender to Him. I am so at peace with the craziness we are considering as a family right now. Carolyn knows our story. Adoption, disruption, a constant & confusing tug on my heart to go back….riddled with closed doors. We surrendered the dirt of our lives to God and He has been faithful to plant beautiful perennials there….they just keep blooming and come back bigger, stronger and more gorgeous each time. YOU have blessed me by YOUR faithfulness. I am so inspired.humbled.in.awe!…

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