Fabulous Friday

Opps. I sat down to write this….oh about 8 hrs ago. Talk about memory leakage!

I’ve been busy with the animals, cleaning house and baking more cherry cobbler since my neighbor picked me another gallon of sour cherries. Don’t you wish you had a neighbor like that! He really is super and since his wife died of cancer several years ago, I like to treat him to tasty treats every now and then.

Image from Three Irish Girls

Image from Three Irish Girls

I found this really fabulous site if you are in love with color and yarn. I am having so much fun just looking. It makes me want to break out my dye and my roving and start dyeing….but that’s for another day.

Image from Three Irish Girls

Image from Three Irish Girls

I hope you’ll stop over to visit my shop today. All your clicks help move me up in the search engines.

I hope you have a wonderful joy filled weekend.

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Fabulous Friday!

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A lot of rain makes you grateful for every day that the sun shines!

It’s a Fabulous Friday and I want to remind you to visit my shop; Butterflies & Bumble Bees!

By doing so you bump me up on the search engines….and don’t forget that all of my proceeds…yes, all….go to supporting women’s coops in India to raise them out of poverty and give them hope for a new life.

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THERE CAN BE NO KEENER REVELATION OF A SOCIETY’S SOUL THAN THE WAY IN WHICH IT TREATS ITS CHILDREN.

Nelson Mandela

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80 MILLION is the number of orphaned children in India. I don’t think we can ever wrap our minds around numbers that large. But when you go and you see the countless orphanages then you know this is a problem the size that only God can solve through you and me.

I call them Throw Away Children. Two year olds on the street begging for food. Twelve year old girls sold into prostitution slavery.

When I go, I can’t help but weep. These children crave love and attention just like any child does. The difficult part is that there’s just not enough of you to go around.

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CHILDREN ARE OUR MOST VALUABLE NATURAL RESOURCE

Herbert Hoover

I never learned this little fellas name, I called him “Baby”. He was only 2 yrs old and his father died. His mother came to the orphanage asking if she could work and if her child could live there. He was the youngest child and at the bottom of the pecking order. He had great needs to be held and loved, just like any child. There were many days when he sat on my lap while I’d swing on the swing set. He loved it. So did I. He was extremely easy to get attached to and I often said that the airline wouldn’t notice him if he just sat on my lap. When I said my good byes, his mother had him dressed so nicely in a little suit. She kept pushing him to me. She wanted me to take him to America. It broke my heart. I’ll never forget that day as long as I live.

I’ll never forget these children. These Throw Away Children.

I’m trying to make connections to return to India. My heart just yearns to be there. Honey said he wouldn’t mind if I went for 1, 2 or even 3 months. I’m trying to get there this spring. And then possibly I can go back when the cows dry up in the winter months. That would work out perfectly. But we will see. If Papa wants me to go then I’ll go. If not than I’ll wait. My visa is good for 6 more yrs. My health is almost perfect except for a few little hiccups. So we’ll see. Hey if you want to go, just let me know.

I’m trying to convince Honey that we could live there and be “house parents”. He’s not too keen on the idea. For now we will continue to support children all over the world. We have one in Rwanda, one in Guatemala, and one in Peru. And we had one of our sponsored children graduate in Indonesia. We also support two women missionaries in India. And then I have My Shop, Butterflies & Bumble Bees where I donate my proceeds to buying sewing machines for women in India.

Jesus said, “where your treasure is there your heart will be also.”

There are many organizations that you can partner with. Gospel For Asia is one that gives 100% of the funds to the child or missionary. Compassion International is another that we have been sponsors with for 15 yrs. Then there are orphanages that you can directly sponsor a child through. Children’s Fellowship of India, Boys and Girls Christian Home, Crosspoint of India are just a few that I am aware of.

It doesn’t take much to provide food, shelter and clothing for a child in the 2/3 World (yeah, it’s no longer the 1/3 World, more than 2/3 of the world live in extreme poverty). For less than $30 a month you can support a child in India. That’s 6 Starbuck coffees! Most of us spend that just eating out 1 time.

You will be glad you did.

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I really hated wearing a Sari.  This was a special occasion when one of the buildings was being dedicated.  It was around 100* and under the Sari is a petticoat.  You talk about hot, I had puddles around my feet!

p1010302Walking 1 mile to the local public school.

The big boys really look after the little guys. They’re just like brothers.

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Most prefer not wearing shoes. Yeah, that’s dung….that’s another reason for the parasites the children have.

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Meal time is always orderly and the boys wait while everyone is served and then they pray. It’s truly an amazing sight.

p1010346I called this guy “little old man”. He was always soooooo serious and had hair everywhere! Boy could he pitch a ball!

p1010365This is Raj. He spoke very good English and was such a good boy who needed lots of attention and love.

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How do children spell LOVE?

TIME

Won’t you consider sponsoring a child or visiting an orphanage in India. You’re life will never be the same.

You will be the one who is blessed.


“As you’ve done to the least of these you’ve done it unto me.”

Jesus Christ

My 2008 Christmas Letter

From our Home To Yours, Merry Christmas!

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I decided to write my annual Christmas letter here on my blog since just about everything we do has gone electronic. So why not my Christmas letter. Besides that, I have so many new friends from near and far right here on the web.

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As we always start off saying, I can’t believe that Christmas is here again. Our family has seen big changes this year. Our children are taking some of those big kid first steps that will leave our lives here forever changed. But we embraced those changes, at first with tears and now with joy. “Hold on to everything with open hands!”

First we saw Becca accepted into the YWAM (youth with a mission) photography program in Germany. She was excited to spread her wings and fly off on her 24th birthday. After being in Germany for 4 months she is now preparing to go off to Africa where her team will use their photographic skills to document the extreme poverty in that part of the world. After returning to Germany in April they will publish their work in efforts to raise funds for those they ministered to. So, keep in touch with me here and I will of course let you know how you can contribute to this worthy cause if you feel led.

Becca and her friend Leah

Ben is at the community college where he’s just passing time. A dear friend of mine calls him a “rolling stone”. Ben has always and still does have a free spirit. He still has a passion for music and plays electric guitar for the worship team at his church. He still loves to serve the lowly and will be off to New Orleans again this winter break to help rebuild a strangers home that was destroyed by Katrina. His long term plans are always changing which is probably nothing new for a 20 yr old young man. And he is a man. He ventured off to hike the Appalachian Trail for 4 days alone this summer marking his 20th birthday. His health was iffy then but he conquered this giant. Only to do another hike with a friend covering 27 miles of mountainous terrain in 2 days! He is still battling Lyme Disease, but is improving with a stronger immune system. For the moment he’s “training” with thoughts of entering the Special Forces of the Marines OR joining the local Police Academy OR venturing to Alaska and living the wild life with the wildlife!!!! Gun in hand, living day to day! What a guy!!! That’s our Ben! He rolls in every once in a while to grab some food and clean clothes but is mostly on his own, working at the church and enjoying life!!!

Honey & I will celebrate our 27th anniversary this March!!! Wo how did that happen? God has done amazing things in our marriage and we are enjoying our time together in our empty nest! Not to say that this jump into an empty nest is easy after having my kids home with me forever! It’s getting easier to pass by their bedrooms and offer up a prayer for them without tears. The house does stay clean longer, but with Boomer and Lady it’s an endless battle with dog hair. Boomer has lovingly acquired the name Lazarus! Constantly keeping me caring for him. Lady is wackier than ever and now with our newest additions….5 chickens, she is on daily guard!

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Honey is still working on stuff that I can’t talk about…so I won’t. He’s busy around our little place trying to get the ground ready for a barn/shed to be delivered. We spent endless hours clearing our back 40 this summer. Tons of multiflora rose to be wacked out. A gazillion poison oak trees to kill. Hours of mowing. Home repairs. You know the routine. Now he’s enjoying his hibernation months sleeping and resting for the upcoming spring and summer. He is the love of my life and one woman shouldn’t be allowed to love this much!!!

Me, well I’m enjoying and rejoicing in my new found gloriously miraculous healing. It’s been almost a yr since I’ve had huge breakthroughs using herbs and food to heal my body from Chronic Lyme and 3 co-infections. My doctor has proclaimed me his “healthiest patient’!!! How cool is that!!! See miracles still happen!!! I’m a living testimony and I hope to give others hope to heal! I’m enjoying this Christmas like no other. I have energy and motivation that surpasses many years past. I also turned 50 in October!!! Dance on!!!!!

Becca and I launched my website, Butterflies & Bumble Bees; my labor of love for Dalit women in India. I’ve been studying herbalism for the past year and am developing some of my own remedies which includes my favorite Chai Tea that I learned to love in India. As well as preparing my own tinctures and lotions and salves that seem to be a hit with my sisters friends.

AND now I’m becoming a cowgirl!! We bought 2 Jersey heifers so we can have our own supply of raw milk, raw cheese, raw cream, raw butter……..Raw dairy has played a huge roll in my healing! Of course since we have to have calves to have milk, I’ll sell my calves to help pay for hay or we’ll put meat in the freezer! And who knows I just might throw in a sheep or two!!! I do love lamb and you know I love fiber!!!

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JOY is 2 months old. Isn’t she the cutest ever.

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Gerdy and I were introduced in a torrent of rain! She’s almost 2 yrs old.

Wait till you see my new pink Wellies that Honey is giving me for Christmas! Oh I’m going to hate to mess them up!

I’m already enjoying my Christmas Ladies Artec Carhartt coat.

I told Honey that now all I need for Christmas is a BIG FORD 350 with a red bow! He laughed HARD!!!

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Life here at Peaceful Acres is good. We worship a glorious God and His Son Jesus. We pray that you will find the peace that only He can give, because he is The Lord of Peace; Jehovah Shalom.

Drum Roll Please…………..

And the winners are:

The Grand Prize goes to

Mary Jenkins

Runner up

Mary Jenkins

Second Place

Kimberly

Third Place

Mary Jenkins

Congratulations to all! Thanks so much for making this a great Grand Opening Giveaway!

Wow, Mary thanks for blogging and spreading the word about my little shop. I do appreciate all who have placed me in their sidebar. It’s truly a labor of love!

Ladies please contact me at shop@butterfliesandbumblebees.org I need your mailing addresses.

Thanks again to all!

XOX

MY GRAND OPENING GIVEAWAY!!!!

IT’S FINALLY HERE.

THE GRAND OPENING OF BUTTERFLIES AND BUMBLE BEES MY LABOR OF LOVE CHARITY!

I DONATE ALL MY PROCEEDS TO BUY SEWING MACHINES FOR DALIT WOMEN IN INDIA.  GO TO MY PAGE “MY SHOP” FOR EVEN MORE DETAILS ABOUT MY SHOP.

TODAY’S CELEBRATION IS IN HONOR OF OUR DAUGHTER, BECCA WHO WAS DEDICATED TO GETTING THIS WEBSITE UP AND RUNNING BEFORE SHE WAS OFF AND RUNNING TO GERMANY.

SHE WORKED TIRELESSLY, AND WAS MAKING CHANGES AND TEACHING ME ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW UP TO THE LAST MINUTE.  MY HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT FOR THE NEXT 7 MONTHS IS TO LEARN PHOTOSHOP!

TODAY IS HER 24th BIRTHDAY.  WHAT BETTER TIME THAN NOW TO HAVE A GIVEAWAY PARTY!

OK SO HERE IS WHAT I AM GIVING AWAY….4 GREAT GIFTS!

Click on any photo to enlarge and see the details.  Now you know why I call it a labor of love!!!

GRAND PRIZE

This poncho is 100% hand spun wool that is two tone.  It is my all time favorite!

RUNNER-UP

This is a 100% Alpaca custom designed and  hand knit fair isle snowflake hat lined with polar fleece.  It’s a X large.  It is also my fav.  A great Christmas gift.

SECOND PLACE

This is a 100% silk hand dyed scarf.  The blue and green is one of my best sellers!

THIRD PLACE

My favorite All Natural Lip Balm.  Scented with Bergamont and Sweet Orange.

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HERE ARE THE RULES.   YOU HAVE 3 WAYS TO WIN!

1.  Leave a comment below about why you want to win and that will earn you one entry.

2.  Post about my giveaway on your blog and be sure to link back to me here.  That will earn you an extra 5 entries in addition to your original comment.  I’ll take care of the extra entries.  If you want to use my graphic in your post then that will earn you an extra 5 on top of that! You can copy and paste the image at the top if you’d like.

Now for the biggy!!!

3.  If you post my graphic in the sidebar of your blog and tell me you did so in addition to the other 2 above, that will earn you and extra 25 YES I said, 25 extra entries!!!!  (If you click on the graphic shown here, you can copy and paste to your blog).  That’s way cool.  Thanks from the bottom of my heart.   Make sure you link it to butterfliesandbumblebees.org.

If this is all confusing….welcome to my world!!!  All in all, you can earn 35 entries!!!  Hope my math is right!  😀

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Please let me know in your comment if you posted about my giveaway and if you linked back. (I’ll be checking)  And especially if you put my graphic in your sidebar.  It’s all for a good cause.  I do appreciate all my faithful blogville friends.

The giveaway drawing will be on Friday, September 19th at 12 NOON The deadline for entry is midnight September 18th. I’ll throw all the entries in a basket and pull out 4 very blessed people.  You have the potential to win more than once!  Wow, how great is that!!!   You will be notified by email. Make sure you leave that when you post a comment.  Thanks so much.

OK, now it’s time to hear from some of you who are my faithful readers but never say a peep!!!  You know who you are!

I REALIIZED THAT YOU MIGHT NOT SEE WHERE TO LEAVE A COMMENT….CLICK ON THE WORD AT THE END OF ALL THE BLUE WRITING BELOW.  IT WILL SAY….____ COMMENTS.