Nov 22, 2013

Sexy "Christianity"

A few weeks ago an article popped up in my newsfeed on facebook (thanks Rebekah!) and I was intrigued.  The more I read it the more I loved it.  He is spot on.

“is the sense of abandon I have for Jesus costing me anything, or actually just making me more popular in the eyes of the people who I would like to be perceived by as more popular?” If at the end of the day I was kicked out of my family, homeless, friendless, moneyless, and hated… would Jesus still be enough? Because Sexy Christianity feels pretty good until someone throws a stone at you… or starts a thread of gossip about you… or sends you hate mail… or bullies your kid. "

Really the whole article is so very thought provoking and more than worth the read.

Go check it out:

Nov 18, 2013

Christmas giveaway

Want to hear something cool?

Tara (on the left) is 11 and was born with an extra chromosome (Down Syndrome)

My girl Kanani (on the right) is 5 and has several special needs. (if you are not familiar with Kanani read more about her here: About Kanani)

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Both have been waiting for adoptive families for years.  Both have rather large grant funds.  Both of these girls have another chance for more exposure and to grow their grant funds this Christmas.  Both girls are on the Angel Tree. Awesome right?  This is such a great opportunity for these girls.  And since this is such a neat opportunity it just couldn't be allowed to slip by without a little effort.

So it's time for a Christmas giveaway!  The grand prize is awesome.  Playmobile is so, so much fun and a classic for any child.  You know you want it.

The prizes

1) Brand new (in box) Playmobil nativity scene. 
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2) $20 Panda Express giftcard 

3) $20 Target giftcard

4) $10 Pizza Hut/Papa Johns giftcard

5) $10 Little Pim ( giftcard

How to enter

1) Donate $5 to either Tara or Kanani. Every $5 donation gets you another entry (ex. $15 to Tara = 3 entries).  If you donate $5 to Tara and $5 to Kanani you automatically get a bonus entry!

2) Sharing the giveaway gets you one entry.

3) Comment on this post and let us know how many entries you entered for!  If you would like to keep your information private you can email me at joannarist(@)hotmail(.)com and I'll make sure to enter you.
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Winner will be drawn when Tara reaches $210 in angel tree donations.
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Winner will be drawn when Kanani's reaches $160 in angel tree donations

Easy?  Yes.  Worth it? Absolutely. 

I can't wait to see what happens in the lives of both these girls.  And the suspense of who will win what prize is pretty great as well.  Ya know.  

So go donate $5 and join the fun.

Nov 16, 2013

Small things with great love - Operation Christmas Child

I'm not overseas or volunteering with anything super cool right now. And it's been easy to slip into the mind set that since I can't be physically doing big things right now that I can't do anything.  Which just isn't true.

Like Mother Teresa said..

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” 

At first I didn't feel like doing small things was worth it.  Not after I've rocked and cared for a dying child.  I'm not sure when or how it happened but it all makes sense to me now.  I'm in a season of small things.  Small things with great love.  And it's a good thing.  It's exciting and new.  It takes more work to look for the small things, to weave them into your everyday life.  I'm choosing to look for those small things.  Because they matter just as much as the big things.  Who knew??

If you haven't heard of operation Christmas child, you should (check it).  It was my 'small thing' for today.  And I can guarantee that it was just as important as any 'great thing' I could have done.

This morning I woke up with great plans to finally make the trip to the store and fill my empty box.  However in the span of about half an hour the lovely weather outside turned into a mini blizzard.  Complete with icy roads and high winds that make this city home. I almost didn't leave the house.  


After standing at the door whimpering for a few minutes I finally braved the cold.  

And I'm so glad I did.

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Small things with great love.

I'll take that as a challenge. 
Ni Hao Yall

Nov 12, 2013

He sleeps in a laundry basket

 Did you know that laundry baskets make babysitting easier?

They do.

Did you also know that laundry baskets make life cuter?

They do.

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Nov 7, 2013

I should be studying..but I'm not

It feels like a lifetime ago that I was joking with a friend about college..

"Ain't nobody got time for that!"

But yet here I am.  Trying my hardest to put together a last minute assignment on a long.gone.dead.guy.that.nobody.cares.about.  Oh, and this guy turned out to be a creep.  *face palm*

Let's just say my mind is not here.  It's a million miles away.  And I don't like it.  This college thing is not what I love, It's not my passion.  Will it become useful one day with my passion?  Is it a wise use of my time?  Most likely.  But right now I'm having a hard time settling in to this life mentally.  I want to go.  I want to be out there doing the stuff I love.  Life is short, I don't want to spend this short life not making a difference.  Does that make sense?

So basically I should be studying but I'm not. My mind isn't here.

Maybe one day my mind and heart will settle down.  But for right now, don't be surprised if I ditch this college thing and run.

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Kind of.
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