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Shoe Style Saturday

Shoe Style Saturday 3

Spring has finally sprung….

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!


Heart of Haiti: A Woman Who Helped Me

Mom with the Three of Us
One of my favorite pictures of the three of us with my mother, it was our first snow

One of my mother’s favorite sayings is “Give me my flowers while I’m still living.” Meaning, don’t celebrate me and talk about how much you love me after I’m gone, tell me now while I can appreciate it.  I used to think that was such a hard thing to say until my father passed away a few years ago and I wrote a post about how much I loved him and would miss him.  Seriously, it’s so much easier to tell people you love them while they’re still with you and it’s better for the soul.  So, Mom, here are your flowers…

My sisters and I were raised in church.  In fact, we used to joke that when we were released from the hospital our first stop was the church.  Which really isn’t that far from the truth since we had to pass by the church to get to our apartment.  Anyway, suffice it to say, we were in church a lot.  During my early years, I thought everyone was in church 5 to 6 days out of the week, it wasn’t until my teen years that I realized we were, um, different.  That was also when I began to resent all the time spent sitting on those hard pews.

I wanted to be like the other kids in school ~ go to dances, attend parties, hang out at the clubs, listen to Michael Jackson or Prince, anything but gospel, but Mom wouldn’t let us.  Nope, we had to have ourselves dressed and ready for that 2 hour drive to church every Sunday morning and a couple of times during the week.  Yes, our church was 2 hours away from our house.  Do you know how hard it was to do homework in a moving vehicle?

As I grew older, I strayed from the path that she had set me on, I even tested pushed jumped way over the boundaries when I lived at home.  How she survived me, I’ll never know! But now that I’m older and have children of my own, I understand what she was doing and I truly appreciate it.

Mom, if you’re reading this, and I know you are because all moms read their childrens’ blogs don’t they, I want to thank you for the nights you spent listening to me as I recited the books of the Bible for Sunday school.  Had to earn that penny candy from Elder Osbourn.  I want to thank you for the hours that you spent praying that I would survive whatever craziness I had gotten myself into that day.  Remember the celebratory phone call on my 21st birthday because everyone was soooo happy/surprised that I made it?  But, most of all, I just want to thank you for helping me to learn the meaning of God’s love.

While heartfelt and truly appreciative of everything that my mother has taught me over the years (and continues to teach me), this post was written to raise awareness about the Heart of Haiti Project and how you can help women help their children through the purchase of handmade goods.

About the Heart of Haiti Project

Heart of Haiti

The Heart of Haiti Project is an initiative founded by Willa Shalit (daughter of Gene Shalit) and her company,Fairwinds Trading, a for-profit company that uses business as a strategy for economic empowerment of people, especially women, in the Majority World. The Majority World is where two billion of the world’s three billion people live, in poverty.

Through a partnership with Macy’s and their Shop For A Better World’ initiative, Heart of Haiti offers artisan-crafted decorative arts and jewelry for sale. All income derived from sales of the products on the Heart of Haiti site enhances an artisan’s family’s nutrition, educates children, and brings access to healthcare and dignity.

Information was taken from Clever Girls Collective.

To view the Shop for a Better World/Heart of Haiti collection in its entirety (including just added items for Spring), please click here.

Please use the Promocode:  CLEVERGIRLS to receive 15% off all Heart of Haiti and Rwanda Path to Peace products for Mothers’ Day gifts purchased between 3~8 May 2011.

Disclosure:   I was selected for this very special “CleverHaiti” opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity.  All opinions are my own.


Hey! I’m Guest Posting at Mom’s Toolbox


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Today I’m guest posting at Mom’s Toolbox for today’s Blogging Through The Gospels reading. So please head on over there and check it out!


What I Wore Wednesday #5

Join me for Shoe Style Saturday this Saturday!

I’m a shoe girl big time but I also love clothes, handbags, jewelry and makeup but that’s another story.  Anyway, I decided to create this meme as a way to challenge myself to wear every pair of shoes that I own as well as celebrate my love and yours for shoes.  So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners. For more information, click here.

Now on to this week’s What I Wore Wednesday…

What I Wore Wednesday

Wednesday's Work Outfit

Shirt ~ Deb’s
Hair Clip ~ Target

What I Wore Thursday
Thursday’s Work Outfit

Cardi ~ Charlotte Tarantino for HSN
Tank ~ Kmart
Ring ~ Pier 1 Imports


What I Wore Friday

Friday's Casual Outfit

T~Shirt ~ Adoption Mama


Monday's Hanging With Miss 17 Outfit

What I Wore Monday

Dress, Cardi, Shoes ~ Burlington Coat Factory
Bracelets ~ Target
Jeans ~ Kmart

What I Wore Tuesday

Tuesday's Work Outfit

Tunic ~ Susan Graver for QVC
Leather Cuff ~ the Bare Accessories

The Pleated PoppyWhat I Wore Wednesday was started by Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy as a way to force herself out of the stay~at~home/work~at~home mom wardrobe of tees and sweats.  Now others have joined in just because, well, it’s fun and it gives you ideas for different ways to mix and match your clothes.  And, seriously, don’t we all need a little inspiration? To join in, all you have to is take pictures of what you wore all week, post it to your blog and then let Lindsey know…  Don’t forget to grab her badge!

Disclosure:  I haven’t received any compensation for any of the products mentioned, I just like them and want to share where I purchased them.


Religious Civility, Where Has It Gone?

Silhouettes of Three Crosses

Image By Microsoft Clip Art

It’s been a couple of days since Resurrection Sunday (Easter to some) and I’m finally in a place where I can write this post without getting teary~eyed…

On Sunday morning, I woke up and checked up on all my people like I normally do.  I sent out “Happy Resurrection Sunday” messages to a few friends and family and then went on about my day.  Later that afternoon, I checked a couple of my usual online haunts (Facebook, Friendfeed and Twitter) to see what people were up to and was shocked at the level of meanness that people were showing towards those who observe Easter/Resurrection Sunday.  Out of respect and love for my Lord and Savior, I will not repost any of the comments, nor will I link to them, but suffice it to say, some of the comments were pretty nasty.

I realize that not everyone observes the religious aspects of Easter/Resurrection Sunday but I do expect a certain amount of respect for those who do.  I don’t know if I was just being hyper~sensitive that day but it seemed like every TV show and movie was questioning the existence of God over something trivial, so to log on to Facebook, Twitter and Friendfeed and see similar comments or derogatory statements from people I consider to be friends just stung.

In the end, I unplugged for the day and chose to focus on things I could control.  I’m not the type of person who shoves my religious beliefs down the throats of others.  I believe in Jesus and I have accepted Him as my personal Lord and Savior (my statement of faith is even posted on the left sidebar), if you have questions, you can ask me.  I do post things related to my faith on my blog, so my religious beliefs are not a secret nor do I want them to be.

I’m not naive enough to believe that everyone has reverence for that day but I guess I just thought people had a bit more, I don’t know, respect…

What do you do when friends or family belittle your religious beliefs?  Do you call them on the carpet?  Or do you just let it go?

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