When I started Kiwi and Hope I knew I wanted to support all things orphan prevention, orphan care, and adoption. I’m coming up on my first business anniversary and I’ve gone through a ton of growing with my business, in myself and spiritually. After starting my business I kept counting the days until I could help a family raise funds for their adoption. I would dream about the day I could bless a family with some financial assistance and prayer support.
I’ve been following Grace and Salt on Instagram for a while now. I started following their story when they had just arrived in Africa to adopt Ollie. I kept following along while they worked to keep Ollie healthy. I prayed along with them and the Instagram community as Keary was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I rejoiced when Keary was able to return to Africa and they started fostering a sweet girl named June Bug that also has Type 1 Diabetes. I marveled with Justin, Keary, Ollie, and June Bug when God gave them the opportunity to adopt June Bug.
So, when Justin and Keary shared that they were starting the adoption process for June Bug I knew that they were the perfect family for me to help. I know it might sound a bit confusing, but because Ollie and June Bug aren’t siblings Justin and Keary have to start from scratch for June Bug’s adoption. Because of June Bug’s Type 1 Diabetes the adoption process is being expedited. That’s great, but they only have a short period of time to raise $35,000.
When you make a purchase from Kiwi and Hope for the months of September and October 10% of my proceeds will go to Justin, Keary, Ollie, and June Bug. Right now I’m having a special deal. The first 3 people to make a purchase by this Sunday at 6Pm PST I will donate an extra $3 on top of my normal 10%. I’ve already have one person make a purchase so that means their are only two opportunities left to have an extra $3 donated.
Maybe your an essential oil gal and need a way to carry oils around without making a huge mess. Then, the essential oil pouch would be perfect for you. A key fob would be the perfect accessory to brighten up a pair of key. I have so many different items you are bound to find the perfect fit.
Image via: Grace and Salt
Tomorrow I start a new part-time job. I’m going to be a nanny again. I know what your think, “wait, what? Your going to nanny again? I thought you weren’t ever going to nanny again.”
How to Make Scones
Last year I had this itch to make raspberry white chocolate scones. It might have been the fact that raspberries were being harvested everywhere I looked. Or it might have been the fact that there is this local coffee shop that makes some super yummy raspberry white chocolate scones. I decided I wanted to make the scones with fresh raspberries, but that would require me to wait a whole year. The thought of making the scones became the thing I looked forward to every time I thought of summer.
I’m in love with Sevenly’s CAUSEBOX. I’ve been a subscriber since the beginning and could not imagine a better box subscription to get. Sevenly donates $7 to a charity they already work with for each CAUSEBOX (I choose Show Hope). I like to shop for ethically produced items and work at making life better for others. There are so many companies that produce ethically made products that it can be really easy to miss
Honestly, I think CAUSEBOX 03 is my favorite one so far, it had the perfect blend of jewelry, yummy treats, and fun unexpected surprises.
The lovely people at Sevenly did a post that highlights everything that’s in CAUSEBOX 03. To see that post go here.
Today, I’m going to share my 3 favorite items
Today my husband and I are visiting my family for a few days. Then I’m going to be driving back to California to spend a little over a week with my family and I fly back home mid-week. At first we were only going to see my family for a few days but then my mom offered to pay for a flight home if I was willing to drive back to California with them.
I’ve been dealing with a pretty bad case of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), hormonal issues, and symptoms of depression for the past few months. Honestly, I don’t think I’m depressed…yet. I can defiantly see some symptoms developing and I don’t want that to happen.
I rally have no idea how my mom knew I needed a change, but see did and I am super thankful. I know this trip won’t cure everything, but I’m hoping that this trip will have me a chance to see what my next step in getting better to be. I don’t know if that will look like me seeing a therapist, diet and exercise change, or medication, but I do know that I want to feel consistently happy.
Can you guys pray that all the transitions I’m going to be going through (there are 4 transitions happening in 5 days) go as smooth as possible? Transitions have always been hard for me. I don’t know if this has to do with how I’m wired or the fact that I’m from a divorced family. I do know that when transitions happen my insides seem to coil up and I can’t seem to relax. I don’t expect the transitions to be bump free, but I would love just a little peace.
If your browsing through my shop you’ll probably notice that many of my make-up bags and zippered pouches have a heart on them. One day I was playing around and just spending some time creating. During my creating session I decided add a felt heart and I ended ip loving it. I shared a picture on Instagram with my people and they also loved the heart.
As time when on I was trying to think of ways to make my products stand out. To make my products unique and special I decided to add the heart as a feature to each and every make-up bag and zipped pouch I make. So, if you happen to see any items without hearts know that those items are on their way out and won’t ever be back.
I think I fell in love with the added heart because it stands for what Kiwi and Hope is all about. Kiwi and Hope is about loving those vunerable to becoming an orphan, those that are orphans, and people that want to a adopt. The heart also stands for the love I put into each and every product I create. Since I can’t meet each and every one of you I hope that when you look down and see the heart you think of the individuals you are impacting with your purchase.
Tomorrow is the unofficial middle of our Sumer 2015 Cause. So far I haven’t any sales so I can’t give you an update on a dollar amount to be donated, but I wanted to share a little more about one of the Mocha Club project’s: Orphan Care.
I choose Orphan Care as our project because it stinks to have lost one or both parents and then have to worry about things like food, safety, education, etc. That is a lot of a little brain and heart to deal with. If a child had to worry about food, safety, and education there leaves little time to be a kid.
What I like about the Mocha Club’s approach to Orphan Care is that they focus on taking care of all aspects of a child that is an orphan. On top of taking care of their food, education, providing a safer location, Mocha Club also really cares about the children’s relationship with Jesus.
Also, the Mocha Club is doing their part to prevent more orphans by funding and installing a clean water system for one of their schools and their community. In underdeveloped communities unclean water can encourage water born illnesses. If a child and or their parents get a water born illness in an underdeveloped community it can be very hard to get better because of less access to medical care and the fact that you usually need clean water to stay hydrated.
Remember, I will donate 10% of my monthly profit to help the Mocha Club continue with their orphan care project.
In my last post I talked about being enough the exact way I am. I think the challenge with fully believing that is that I can always play the “if only I was a little more____” game. The problem with playing that game is that God doesn’t play that games. He plays the “you are fine just the way you are” all the time.”
I wish I had the perfect formula for you and could say that I knew exactly how to not play the “if only I was a little more ___” games.
If you’ve been around here you might have figured out that self esteem is a huge struggle of mine. I feel like I’m winning the self esteem/ “if only I was a little more___” game when I lean into Jesus.
You might now be thinking “what the french toast does she when when she says lean into Jesus?” Sorry, I used an annoying Christian phrase on you. When I say lean into Jesus I mean, spending time with Jesus. I like to spend time with Jesus by reading a devotional, praying, or creating.
And, I’ve also learned that I must keep repeating to my self “I am enough.” My brain and heart are super stubborn and seem to believe stuff when I say it out loud multiple times a day.
One of the hardest things for me is believing that I am enough just the way I am. I’ve always felt like a 3ed wheel, that people are being just nice enough to me so that I don’t get my feeling hurt too much, or that I’m an inconvenience.
If people liked me more then I would fit in and not feel as awkward. If people liked me more then I would fit in better and blah, blah, blah. Here’s the problem with thinking and believing all those things: those statements are false in so many ways.
I can keep believing those things, but the truth is:
I am enough exactly way that I am (including all my “flaws”).
Let me say that one more time.
I am enough exactly the way I am.
I am enough exactly the way I am.
How do I know this?
The Bible tells me in Ephesians 2:10 that I am God’s master peace, that God created me to do his good works and he wants us to walk with him.
Guys, try and let it sink in that God took the time to think of me. God sees me as good work and not as a 3ed wheel, or as an inconvenience.
HE sees me as me
HE sees the good and bad in me
Here’s the point:
HE sees me!
*Here’s the Bible verse I paraphrased:
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Eph. 2:10
I highly encourage you to read the verse and more of the Bible to make sure I’m telling you the truth.
Come back by one Monday for Part 2 of “Believing That I Am Enough.”