Archive | June, 2010

New “Pick Your Country” Products – Dri Fit & Hats!!

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New “Pick Your Country” Products – Dri Fit & Hats!!

Posted on 30 June 2010 by Kari Gibson

We have new “Pick Your Country” products for your adoption fundraisers and mission projects available.  I have been asked many times to run in marathons or mini runs to help raise funds for adoptions, and I decided it was finally time to help.  I’m not going to start training, but I want to offer you Simply Love running shirts for your teams.  I will cheer you from the sidelines!!  You can order Men, Women, and Youth Dri-Fit Wicking shirts with [my recommendation Design B] Simply Love on the front and the country of your pick on the back.  You can pick any design and pick your team and pick your marathon… it’s all up to you.

We also have 2 new hats available for Men & Women with a simple, bold statement. [Destroyed Military Hats] The hats will be available to my crazy blog readers when I return from Africa.  Pre-order today!!  Colors – Woodland, Stone

If you are interested in using any of my 4 Simply Love T shirt designs and new products for your adoptions or mission projects, please email me to receive the “Pick Your Country” Introduction packet.  Once you decide to move forward with your fundraiser, you can purchase the package on my blog and start raising your funds!!

Available Dri-Fit Shirt Colors:

Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL


  • Columbia Blue

  • Dark Green

  • Gold

  • Kelly

  • Maroon

  • Navy

  • Orange

  • Purple

  • Red

  • Royal

  • Silver Grey

  • Teal

  • Vegas Gold

  • White

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PS: I Hate It Here {Crazy Summer Giveaway}

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PS: I Hate It Here {Crazy Summer Giveaway}

Posted on 28 June 2010 by Kari Gibson

As I sit here writing this post, my daughter Hannah is at summer camp.  We have received two letters from her and thankfully she starts both off with “I love camp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’m NOT homesick!!!!!!”  I’m a big fan of the hilarious new book , a collection of letters from kids living the nightmare wonderful camping experience.  They borderline crazy and funny and laugh-out-loud pleas to rescue them from camp.  We live next door to a big crazy summer camp, so this book really hit home with me!

OK, my crazy readers…. lets have some summer fun and throw a giveaway party!!  I loved the book soooo much I did something kinda crazy. (you know me) I contacted the author, Diane Falanga and guess what… she emailed me back!  Seriously, I’m just a little giddy to say the least!  I told her I was going to have a giveaway and shout out to my mom readers about her new book.  She graciously contacted her publisher and I received 2 books in the mail- just for you!!!


Just leave me a comment – that’s all you need to do to enter.

2 Winners win:

A brand new copy (from the publisher!!) of P.S. I Hate It Here: Kids’ Letters From Camp.  This is a fun book for parents and kids to read & laugh out loud together!!  I will randomly pick 2 winners later this week.

Added Bonus:

Also, you can share with me your own summer camp stories- the crazy memories you cherish or something your kids did or said to make you gulp!  You can even share an actual ‘Kids’ letter from camp.’  I want to hear and so does author, Diane who will peek at all the comments you leave!

About the book:
For every parent who’s ever received a letter from a homesick child or anybody who’s ever written their parents with crazy requests from their bunk, will delight with hilarious and heartwarming real-life letters.

More than 150 letters cover all the imaginable scenarios of sleep away camp, from acing the cabin lice inspection, to rowing in the “ricotta” race, to breaking the bad news about a retainer lost in the wilderness. These letters reveal that kids are wittier and more sophisticated than we might assume, and that the experience of being away from home for the first time creates hilarious and lasting memories.

Meet Author Diane Falanga

is a humorous look at homesick kids during summer camp. These real letters are laugh-out-loud funny – everything from forgotten necessities (a strapless bra, five bucks for a lost tooth, a tennis racket) to desperately pleading their case for going home. Factio caught up with North Shore author Diane Falanga to talk about her inspiration for the book, her favorite moment working on this project and her favorite places in Chicago.

FACTIO MAGAZINE: Tell us about the book!

When my daughter, Bianca, was 8 – she was determined to go to overnight camp. My husband and I thought she was too young – but she was very convincing and presented a seemingly rational case. So, we shipped her off! Then the letters started to arrive.  The first one was a hilarious, hyperbolic rant about how the counselors had made her “scraper, sweeper and maid” b/c she couldn’t stop crying. I found this so funny that I instantly started calling friends to read them Bianca’s letter. Everyone seemed to have a camp letter of their own to top this one. An idea was born.

FM: What did you love most about the project?
Reading through the more than 3,000 camp letters I collected from kids around the country. Sharing some of the gems aloud with my 16-year-old son, Blake, Bianca and my husband, Mark. The letters made for great dinner conversations.

FM: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
DF: In the case of P.S. I Hate it Here! Kids’ Letters From Camp — definitely from my daughter.

FM: What are your favorite places in Chicago?
We live a couple of blocks from Lake Michigan and beautiful Gillson Beach. That’s my hang-out.

FM: What are your favorite places worldwide?

DF: Besides fabulous Chicago … Italy – all the way. My husband’s family lives in a little town along the Amalfi Coast, Massa Lubrense. We spent some time with our kids all through Italy last summer.  This summer we’ll be back – hiking the Cinque Terra and in Sicily, too. Hiking and mountain bikinig in Moab, Utah is also pretty spectacular. And Telluride, CO – winter, spring, summer or fall – is a favorite place, too.

FM: What are people surprised to know about you?

DF: That I’m so darn short. Having a loud voice and a big laugh gives the illusion of height.

FM: What was your biggest career moment to date?
DF: Initiating the Heart Homes Initiative of Designs for Dignity. We reclaim gently used furnishings for people who are in need in Chicago.

If you would like to learn more about the summer camp Hannah is attending- check out this link!!!  It’s a summer sports Christian camp called Kanakuk!

Hannah’s Kamp Pics:

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Crazy Links {A few things I think are great!}

Posted on 26 June 2010 by Kari Gibson

Every week I post a few Crazy Links I think are great and you get to share your Crazy Links, too. You have 2 ways to share with other readers-

  • Linky Tool Thumbnail (open for 1 week)
  • Also leave a comment with your link URL and a brief description of your favorite thing you want to shout out. You can share your favorite posts, projects, mommy craziness, or fundraisers… the link is up to you!!

My Crazy Links:

  1. My friend Sallee sews for adoption my favorite dresses Poppy Dips and she’s having a fun Patriotic sale!!  Take a peek- Poppy Dip Blog.
  2. My friend, Shari Stroup is President of Room for One More- an incredible organization that advocates for orphans and adoption.

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What Were They Thinking?

What Were They Thinking?

Posted on 25 June 2010 by Kari Gibson

I love this photo I took recently of my parents.  I want to know what YOU think they were thinking?

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Guest Bloggers – I Need Your Posts by July 4th!!

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Guest Bloggers – I Need Your Posts by July 4th!!

Posted on 24 June 2010 by Kari Gibson

Due date coming up soon… I need your guest posts!!

Please email me your guest blog posts by July 4th- ready, set to go.  If you make them “blog ready” for me, that will save me time & craziness.  Thanks so much!! :)

I wanted you to know what “blog ready” means (I’ve confused a few of my crazy friends) I just need it edited and ready for me to copy and paste.  That’s it:)

I love my crazy readers and want to invite you to blog for me when I’m on my mission trip to Africa in July?  I will be in Uganda and Ethiopia for 14 days and want you to entertain and support and encourage and inspire while I’m gone.  Yep- I’m asking early to start getting things organized.  Here’s a few things I think would be great… YOU PICK:

  • Crazy Doesn't Cover ItAre you a crazy mom or dad or parent-to-be or happily single?
  • mom post- anything for moms
  • Do you like to write funny, crazy, inspiring stories?
  • Do you advocate for adoption or orphans?
  • Do you have parenting advice on subjects that help with day to day craziness?
  • Do you love to cook and share recipes?
  • Do you have any DIY Mommy activities for the summer?
  • ANY thing fun & crazy you want to share… sky is the limit.

If any of of these subjects make you want to be my crazy bloggy guest for a day, please leave me a comment on this post and add your email… I will contact you.  All I need is your “completed post” and some pics or video to match your subject or clip art + your URL link + 1 horizontal pic I can crop for the thumbnail at the top of post.  Deadline for guest posts- June 30th, but you can send sooner!!!


I also need a new June, July, and August Adoption Family… leave me a comment or email me. I need a few things:  photos, gotcha video (if you have one- HTLM code), and a few paragraphs WHY adoption has made a difference in your life, family, etc.  Also the challenges you have faced

and joys and miracles.  The post is meant to inspire and encourage, but also show the real side of life.  You can make your “adoption post” as long or short as you want.  Add 2-3 sentence testimoney of what adoption means to you.  That’s all I need for you to be a crazy adoption family!!!

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Let Me Be Your Crazy Billboard

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Let Me Be Your Crazy Billboard

Posted on 22 June 2010 by Kari Gibson

My Crazy Readers, it was so much fun for me to show off your fundraising projects when I was in Haiti.  It was a joy to give them away to the amazing people I met there that fervently serve orphans.  I’m traveling soon to Uganda and Ethiopia on my mission trip with Visiting Orphans and would LOVE to be your billboard.  I will show off your fundraising products via photography or video, wearing, giving, or sharing them with others in Africa!!  When you see me wearing your products in a future post… leave a detailed comment and description of where readers can purchase your products.  I will also add a LINKY TOOL for you to share where to purchase your projects.  I get many emails a week from readers who want to support your fundraisers!

If you are interested in me being your billboard in Africa- leave me a comment for my mailing address.

Deadline to send me your fundraising projects- July 4th!!

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Miracles in Sierra Leone

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Miracles in Sierra Leone

Posted on 21 June 2010 by Kari Gibson

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Crazy Links {a few things I think are great!}

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Crazy Links {a few things I think are great!}

Posted on 19 June 2010 by Kari Gibson

Every week I post a few ‘Crazy Links’ I think are great and you get to share your Crazy Links, too. You have 2 ways to share with other readers-

  • Linky Tool Thumbnail (open for 1 week)
  • Leave a comment with your link URL and a brief description of your favorite things. You can share your favorite posts, projects, mom craziness, or fundraisers… the link is up to you!!

My Crazy Links:

  1. My Huggie Jeans Diaper Giveaway winner, Marti gave me the shock of a bloggy lifetime today!!  I was at camp for my daughter’s closing ceremony.  Zoie saw the cutest little baby boy and wanted to go say hi, so we walked over and I started talking to the baby and his dad.  THIS BABY WAS MY BLOG WINNER!!!  His foster mom and dad were at the same camp, at the same time, and I almost fell over with crazy shock!!  Is that a God thing or what!!!  We talked for hours and honestly had noooo idea we lived close by!!  I love bloggy land!  Take a peek at Marti’s blog.
  2. My good adoption friend, Becky Burk is making me 4 crazy badges for my blog posts.  She is very creative and her buttons, badges, and bloggy help is a treasure!!  Take a look-
  3. Just for fun- Little Miss Matched!! This is a crazy pack of socks that are mismatched from the start.  My daughter Hannah loves them.
  4. New Simply Love Morocco is named “Ani”Simply Love Armenia is named “Paleeg”  Please support this amazing family’s adoption – Love an orphan blog!

Looking crazy in Huggies Jeans Diapers!!

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My 799th episode of Finding Nemo

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My 799th episode of Finding Nemo

Posted on 17 June 2010 by Kari Gibson

I have the joy of riding around town with a 2 year old, 13 yo and 16 yo.  The majority of the time Zoie and I are together zipping from Target to the park, but there is only one thing you’ll find playing in my van.  I just hit my 799th episode of Finding Nemo!!  I can sing every song with Zoie, repeat favorite lines, even sniffle again and again when Dory reminds Marlin to just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.  Do you know how many life lessons are in Finding Nemo?  Well, I do…

I’ve counted every one of them:  Love conquers all, never give up, fish are friends not food, family is worth fighting for, obey your dad, don’t fall off the wagon, stay strong and courageous… fear not, don’t bang on a fish tank… the lessons go on and on.  I shamelessly admit, I boo hoo everytime Dory begs Marlin to let her stay with him despite his broken fishy heart “I look at you and I’m home”, or when Dory remembers Nemo after bumping into him and triggering her short term memory loss.

But, my all time favorite part of the story is when they are riding on the East Australian current with Crush, the 150 year old sea turtle, who helps the overly cautious dad understand that there comes a time we have to let go and allow our children to conquer life on their own.

snifffff sniffff

Everyone needs a Dory in their life.  Dory was always a motivational, uplifting, and encouraging friend to Marlin.  She was a happy fish, not a sucker fish.  She saw the positives, not the negatives.  She knew how important it was to help a friend and stick with them through thick or thin.  She saw life as half full, not half empty.  Dory knows that life is an adventure!  Ha!  Are you still impressed … I told you I watched this video 799 times!

Of course, I have to brag and let you know that Zoie knows more lines by heart than I do.  She adores Nemo and giggles, screams, and dramatically animates the story from start to finish.  I can’t wait to start up the van and swim with Zoie and the crazy cast of fish for my 800th episode!!!

What video do you endure enjoy watching over and over with your kids?

If you haven’t watched the amazing video Finding Nemo in a long time… take a peek at this short trailer.

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Tom Davis’ Priceless Book + Coffee {GIVEAWAY}

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Tom Davis’ Priceless Book + Coffee {GIVEAWAY}

Posted on 15 June 2010 by Kari Gibson


  1. Kate Gosling 6/15
  2. Suzane 6/16
  3. Linda Faulkner 6/17
  4. Eunice b 6/17
  5. Donna C 6/16
  6. Patty 6/16
  7. Leigh Littlefield 6/15
  8. Kimberly 6/16
  9. Joni Sweet 6/17
  10. Carmen Drunckeniller 6/15

Winners, email me your mailing addresses to send you Priceless and coffee with a cause!!  Please add WINNER in the subject line.  Thank you everyone for your prayers and support to stop this atrocity around the world.  We can all partner with Tom Davis and make a difference in the life of an orphan.

My Crazy Readers,  I’m throwing a big GIVEAWAY party this week for Tom Davis’ book Priceless!  I’m crazy about this book and I want you to join the craziness too!  I have 10 prizes for you to win.  10 Priceless books + 10 bags of Saint’s Coffee!!

Priceless3DI will pick 10 winners!!  Priceless is not just another great novel, it’s a novel with a priceless purpose.  You can check out to learn more about advocating for orphan girls in Russia and all over the world.  Your purchase of a Priceless book will help support Tom Davis and HopeChest’s ministry as they work fervently to eliminate sex-trafficking and exploitation of orphans.

A special word from Tom Davis- “Every single person can do one thing to help kids caught in trafficking. Making a commitment to pray is a huge thing because nobody prays for these girls. The key is to get educated then get involved. This is one of the darkest forms of evil in our world, but it’s where our light shines the brightest!”

How do you enter the Priceless + Coffee Giveaway?

You Pick 1, 2, or 3… or pick all 3!!  You get an entry for each pick you choose.

  1. Copy and paste one or both of the 2 buttons Tom gave me on your blogs or websites- She Is Priceless and Saint’s Coffee.
  2. Shout out the Priceless giveaway on your blogs, FB, or email blasts.  Ping away!
  3. Don’t forget to let me know in the comments your name, email, or blog URL.   You have my permission to use the photography and videos used in this post to promote on your blogs!!  They make a powerful statement for your readers.

I don’t have a blog… can I still enter?

Noooo worries, if you don’t have a blog or website, just leave me a comment and share with me why you want to win the book and coffee.

What do you win?

I will randomly select 10 winners who will receive 1 Priceless book and 1 bag of Saint’s Coffee!!!!!!!!   I will end the contest when we reach over 100 comments or more by the end of the week. I want to create a big crazy buzz for Priceless!!  Will you help me?  Let’s make a difference in an orphan’s life today!

Giveaway Buttons to copy & paste on your blogs:

(if you are having any problems with the 2 buttons just copy them off the right side column of my blog)


A stunning collection of photography from Tom Davis’ trip to Moldova and Russia this year:

Tom Davis with Priceless girls!! (notice their necklaces you helped sponsor!!) ” The girls are from our young mother’s program in Russia. Some of them have been rescued, but for most, our programs have helped to prevent them from getting caught. See and”  Tom Davis

She is Priceless!!

This is a hot spot in Kostroma for sex traffikers to lure their victims into slavery.

Tom Davis told me that these men are traffickers sitting behind him at the cafe.  So sick and disturbing the darkness right out in plain view blatantly sex trafficking priceless girls in Russia.

Feel Informed….

Check out these ministries in Moldova- Home of Hope and Beginning of Life are in it for the long haul.

Moldova Trafficking Stats

1. The majority of women and girls that are trafficked come from rural areas. Over 10 percent are under 18 years old, some as young as 12 years old. Traffickers recruit women and girls through different strategies.

2. Direct contact, when women and girls, or their families, are approached by traffickers. The traffickers are often women from the same village who have previously worked as prostitutes or have been trafficked abroad and became traffickers. The family is often paid money in advance and the woman or girl is expected to earn the advance and pay back the family’s debts.

3.Advertisements are placed in the press, offering jobs abroad. The advertisements directed at young women offer jobs as waitresses or house help, but more often bluntly state that the jobs are for those willing to work in the sex industry.

4. Tourist agencies offer full migration services from arranging passports and Schengen visas to transportation and work contracts. There are more than 3,000 tourist agencies, of which only some 140 have an official license to operate.

5. Job agencies. Out of a total of 100 job agencies, only fourteen have official licenses and these mostly hire men for construction work. Only three agencies offer jobs to women as waitresses and nurses. Others offer illegal work. Some of these enterprises are run by organised crime groups and operate as covers for trafficking.

We are wearing Simply Love Moldova T shirts.

Congrats to the Shaver Family who are in the process of adopting a little girl from Moldova!!  You can help support this family buying a shirt at their blog.

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I’m Crazy For Tom Davis’ Priceless

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I’m Crazy For Tom Davis’ Priceless

Posted on 14 June 2010 by Kari Gibson

I read in 24 hours!  I’m thrilled to help launch the Blog Tour and spread the word to my readers about this incredible fictional account of an orphaned girl trapped in the sex trade.  Tom Davis rocks!!  He found the way to take a very deep subject that most of us have little or no knowledge about and brings it alive in a riveting novel.  I talked to Tom on the phone yesterday and admitted that this was my first Tom Davis book I have read (gasp!)  I know, but my only excuse is a 2 year old Princess named Zoie who keeps me occupied day and night.  I vowed to read everything in his collection!!  What’s really crazy, he told me that if you read the book in your book club… he will meet with your group via Skype or conference call to discuss the book and the hope of making a difference in an orphans life.  We are all .“Child sex slavery is one of the most hideous crimes possible. Diving into the stories of young children who have lost their childhoods to brothels, pimps, and johns is beyond heartbreaking. The more you learn, the more unsettled your spirit will become. The learning resources here are designed to unsettle your spirit and empower your actions. You will know the work of the enemy, and it will leave a stain on your spirit. Move from here to Act on behalf of these children. You are their hope for prevention, for rescue, and for restoration.”  Tom Davis

If you have read Priceless, I want to know what you think about the book?  You can share in the comments your own book review. (thanks!)

{Priceless Giveaway}

Starting tomorrow on my crazy adoption blog!  I’m giving away Priceless books + Coffee!!!  Come and play!!

  • 1.2 million children are trafficked every year; this is in addition to the millions already held captive by trafficking
  • Every 2 minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation
  • The average victim is forced to have sex up to 40 times a day
  • The average age of a trafficked victim is 14 years old
  • Sex trafficking is an engine of the global AIDS epidemic
  • By 2010 Sex Trafficking will be the number one crime worldwide

Children's HopeChest

For the full Priceless 5 day devotional CLICK HERE.

Movies To Check Out:

  • Born Into Brothels (2005)
    Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitues who work in the city’s notorious red light district.
  • Taken (2009)
    A former spy relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been forced into the slave trade. (
  • Trade (2007)
    Film about two different girls from very different backgrounds who are both sold into prostitution and the sex slave industry.

Recommended Organizations Fighting Sex-Trafficking:

Bring Sex Trafficking Into Your Community

“The Orphan Experience” is a mixed media, multi-sensory art exhibit that brings you face-to-face with the realities of sex trafficking.  Sign up to request more information about how “The Orphan Experience” can bring sex trafficking to your community. Tom Davis, CEO of Children’s HopeChest and author of Priceless is available to speak to your church or group about this important topic. Schedule a time for Tom to bring this message to your community.

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Donation List for my Mission trip + Itinerary

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Donation List for my Mission trip + Itinerary

Posted on 12 June 2010 by Kari Gibson

My crazy friends, I need your help to collect donations for my mission trip to Uganda and Ethiopia (July 18-Aug. 1) I’m asking you to help me with donations that will go directly to the orphans I visit- hand delivery of love.  We received a long list from the many projects and orphanages … it honestly made me feel overwhelmed!!  We are visiting hundreds of orphans in Africa!  Their needs are soooo desperate!!  The orphans need so many things, but also fun things to play with!!  We will also spend the day serving and loving the women at Fistula Hospital (A Walk To Beautiful) I would love to have a beautiful, colorful purse to give to each women.  These can be new or hand made (thanks Tiffany)

When do I need the donations?

I need all my donations by July 4th so I can pack the 2- 50 pound duffles!!

Donation ideas I’m going to take with me (with your help:)

  • soccer balls (flat with attached pump)
  • underwear- all sizes for girls & boys
  • small toys – so every child can “own” something special
  • fingernail polish, ribbons, bubbles
  • 100 purses for women at Fistula Hospital (Walk to Beautiful) + flip flops, lotions, etc to stuff inside purses
  • school supplies- all kinds for young and older students at Korah Dump Project

I want to ask you to donate to my special project.  The 1st week in July, I will purchase the items and show you exactly how your generosity was spent.  I can pack 2 duffle bags with 50 pounds of donations.  I will purchase the remaining donations in-country!!  Every penny you donate will be used for “orphan care” and I will take photos of the children receiving your gifts of love.

Please pray for me and my crazy team as we prepare for 2 weeks of loving and caring and ministering to orphans!

Click Here for Orphan Donations!!  Ends July 1st!!

100% of your donations will go directly in the hands of an orphan.

My Africa Mission trip Itinerary:


Leave the States for Africa at 8:30 PM Eastern time from Dulles
Day 2-
Arrive in Entebbe at 11:40 PM. Head to the Sophie Hotel for the
Day 3-

Return Ministries Uganda & the Kampala Market for shopping.

Day 4-
Return Ministries Uganda & My Father’s House orphanage.
Head to Jinja for the night.
Day 5-

Canaan’s Children Home Nile Boat ride in late afternoon

Day 6-
Canaan’s Children Home in the morning and afternoon.  Amazima at
night to help prepare for the feeding program on Saturday.
Day 7-
Amazima Feeding Program. Dinner at the King Fisher Lodge.

Day 8-
Church with Pastor Isaac – Lead the children’s Sunday school
classes and select someone to preach a sermon (preferably a man).
Lunch on the road and head to EBB airport to arrive by 3:30 PM for
a 6 PM Departure to Addis. Arrive in Addis at 8 PM and head to the

Day 9-

Fistula Hospital in the AM. Shopping & Rest. (A Walk To Beautiful)

Day 10-
Korah Dump with Project 61
Day 11-

AWA Transitional Home & Kids Care. Dinner out at the Elephant

Walk restaurant. (This is were Zoie lived!!!)
Day 12-

Day 13-

AHope HIV orphanages. Dinner at the traditional Ethiopian

Day 14-

Hope for Entoto Impoverished Children program. Head to ADD

airport to arrive by 7:30 PM for a 10:00 PM departure back to the
Day 15
Arrive HOME

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My NEW Crazy Mission Trip 2011 – 10 days in Ethiopia!

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My NEW Crazy Mission Trip 2011 – 10 days in Ethiopia!

Posted on 11 June 2010 by Kari Gibson

Visiting Orphans 2011 Trips

Apply NOW! (click here)

A special note from Kari:

I requested this 10 day trip to open the door wide for working dads, stay at home moms, and individuals that find it challenging to take a 2 week trip due to work schedules and crazy kids:)  I want to ask you to pray about joining me and my dear friend, Kelly for an exclusive trip to Ethiopia to serve and love orphans!  This trip will fill up fast, so apply today for information at!!  The best is yet to come!

Dates: February 17, 2011 to February 26, 2011
Leaders: Kari Gibson and Kelly Blackwell- both moms have adopted from Ethiopia!!
Location:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Details:  This trip will be spent working with Kid’s Care orphanage, Mother Teresa HIV orphanage, AHope HIV orphanage, children living and working in the Korah city dump and a ministry for street children.   We will be packing and delivering formula for many different orphanages.  We will also spend the day at Fistula Hospital serving the women documented in A Walk To Beautiful.

This trip is ideal for moms & dads who have a passion for orphans, bloggy friends, individuals, families, and for those interested in taking a small group of people from your church.

Cost:  $3000-$3200 (varies depending on flight & individual travel insurance costs)

My crazy bloggy friends, do you want to join me?  Leave me a comment or email me if you have ANY questions about the new trip.

A “Shout Out” for the Visiting Orphans Mission Trip to Ghana Aug. 2-12th.  They need 5 more people to join the team to make this trip happen!!  Thank you Jaime for making this information available to readers!!

Dates: August 2nd to 12th, 2010
Team Leader: David Sweet
Location: Accra, Ghana
Travel with Visiting Orphans as we visit the “spirit children” of the Northern Region of Ghana, home to the Dagomba tribe. The members of this tribe are considered social outcasts by most Ghanaians because many of them are poor and uneducated.  They are farmers who toil day in and day out to eke out a small living by raising crops such as maize and goundnuts (peanuts).

In the mud huts of the Dagomba tribe, death is an unwelcome visitor way too often. There is little or no accessible healthcare and the nearest major health facility is four hours away by bus.  Children whose mothers die in childbirth are many times seen as “evil” and are rejected by the father. Multiple births are seen as a bad omen and those children are usually shunned by their mothers and their villages. These are called “spirit children”.  Most of the orphanages in the Northern Region care for these “spirit children”, but there are also orphans living in remote mud hut villages.  We will visit three of these villages as well.

This tribe is considered an “Unreached People” group, which means that 93% or more have never heard the Gospel.  They are Muslim.  We will be doing hut-to-hut evangelism, sports evangelism, and orphan care.  We will also be helping to paint the local school and deliver school supplies to the children of the Dagomba tribe.

This trip is ideal for individuals, families of older children, and for those interested in taking a small group of people from your local church.

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Wednesday WOW – Best Cake Wreck

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Wednesday WOW – Best Cake Wreck

Posted on 09 June 2010 by Kari Gibson

I LOVE the crazy cake man, Buddy Valastro on TLC Cake Boss!  It’s summer and new episodes are already showing off his craziness.  If you are not a fan yet, take a peek at this fun clip video of cake bliss and you will be hooked!  In the meantime, I want to know if you have ever had a “cake wreck?” Share your crazy story with me.  I found this hilarious blog called Cake Wrecks.  It shows off some of the best wrecks out there in bloggy land.  Her definition of “what’s a wreck?” is messy:

“A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate – you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it’s simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I’m not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.” (Cake Wrecks blog) I don’t know if Buddy ever had a cake wreck, but we can tune in to find out.  The new Cake Boss season is 26 episodes long and will feature a return to the Valastro family’s roots – a trip to Italy. Included in the upcoming crazy cake creations are a cake in the form of a mechanical bull, a cake in the form of the stock market’s closing bell and a cake for National Train Day that was 25 feet long and 10 feet wide.

Valastro said the train cake really pushed the envelope. He takes great pride in all of his team’s cakes this season, calling them “bigger, crazier and, in my opinion, better than ever.”

Get recipes from the cake artists featured on Ultimate Cake Off:

Episode 1:
*Simply Cakes – Richard Medina
*Southern Lemon Butter Cake – Ashley Vicos
*Tahitian Vanilla Butter Cake – Tariq Hanna

Episode 2:
*Yo Ho Ho and a Cake Full of Rum – Mike Elder
*Yummy Yellow Cake – Bob Brougham

Episode 3:
*Butter-Chocolate Pound Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Raspberry Mousse – Norman R. Davis
*Chocolate Caramel Decadence – Clemence Gossett
*Gold Cake – Courtney Clark

Episode 4:
*Buttermilk Orange Blossom Pound Cake – Carrie Biggers
*Patty-Cakes White Wedding Cake – Pat Jacoby
*Red, White and Blue Cake – Tariq Hanna

Episode 5:
*Chocolate Chip Espresso Cake – Greg Marsh
*Deep South Chocolate Cake – Martha Hebert
*White Cake – Leslie Poyourow

Episode 6:
*French Vanilla Cake – Norman R. Davis
*Orange Pound Cake – Mark Randazzo
*White Velvet Cake – Rebecca Sutterby

Episode 7:
*Graham Cracker Cake – Anne Heap
*Raspberry Cake – Dana Herbert
*Simply Delicious Yellow Cake – Kate Sullivan

Episode 8:
*Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake – Mary Moy-Hochstetler
*French Vanilla Sour Cream Cake – Roland Winbeckler
*Southern Lemon Butter Cake – Ashley Vicos

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