Tuesday, December 8, 2009

giveaway winner & giving hearts

First things first, the winner of my personalized book:
Annette who said... Love the pictures! I would love to have this book! I need a new book for inspiration!
Yay! Annette email me your snail mail addy & enjoy! :)

In 2004 on Christmas morning Collin and I traveled with a service group to Honduras. It was by far my favorite Christmas... we traveled with dentists and dental assistants to provide free dental work for the orphans and other people in need. As well as painting, building shelves, playing with the children etc. (A couple pages from the album I made when we got home from our trip. So glad I wrote down memories & thoughts from our service excursion.)
I can remember such intricate details from our trip because it was a life changing experience that I'll never forget. Someday I hope to go back with our family but until then there are other great opportunities to serve & give back...
For one, Becca is raising money for Juvenile Diabetes research with some ebay auctions. This foundation is something that is very dear to my heart since my dad battled this since he was a little boy until he finally passed away when I was 15. The technology and research has come a long way which is a blessing to many, many families.

There is another auction that my best friend, Mary, told me about & my new friend Jeannie has organized. I donated a bunch of scrapbook supplies. Also an autographed copy of my book! Bid in the comments for my book. There is a lot of really great stuff to bid on so check it out-all the money raised goes to Rally for Rafe. A family whose dad is battling cancer and they need our help and support.

Lastly, another great way to help is to make cards of encouragement, love & hope for eight sick children & their families. (A great family activity.) Thanks to the fabulous Jennifer McGuire who started Cards For Kids.
One of the children in Jennifer's card drive named Kate is battling brain cancer. She is such a sweetie & it was hard to visit her site with out tears filling my eyes. Crystal was so kind to design a digital kit "Kit for Kate" where all proceeds go to help her family with medical bills. It is such a darling kit! Check it out you digital divas... !

There are so many ways to give this holiday season... I love Stephanie's idea of doing something everyday to teach her girls how to have giving hearts through service, praying, learning. We are doing the same thing here at the Kartchner home... yearning to feel the true spirit of Christmas. xo


jeanbean said...

Liz you are so amazing and have a huge heart! Thanks so much!

Tiffany said...

I totally agree Elizabeth. There is another blog called The Owens family who is doing a Babylegs fundraiser. Their 3 year old boy died before Thanksgiving after battling Mitochondrial disease since birth. It hurts my heart just writing it. But the family is asking friends to purchase babylegs (from anywhere) and send them to the Owens family so they can give them to the children at the hospital their baby boy spent much of his life at.

There are so many ways to give back. Thanks for posting this!!!!

kristina proffitt said...

Thank you, Elizabeth. ;)
BIG hugs to you!

Angie... by the said...

Congrats on the win! cool! Hey Lizzy, are you still coming back to the online class? We're all waiting on pins and needles. Can't wait to see what the giveaway is over there!

stephanie howell said...

you rock. xo

Vanessa (aka V, Nessa, oldschool) said...

my son also has diabetes...a VERY worthy cause...thank you

Leslie said...

I tried making the rosettes myself for a corsage tee and it came out looking less than fabulous...would you consider selling some rosettes you made and people could sew them on thier own tees.....like me!!! I want one so bad and want to have one for my sis for X-mas cause she likes them too!!!!

SuZeQ said...

You have a heart of gold. Thank you for your compassion. Annette, congrats ... you're so lucky to have won THE book of the year. Okay, gotta 'fess up - wish it could have been me. Maybe another time.

lisa said...

I just wanted to say, I love this post. Thank you so much for sharing.

Jen Fox said...

happy wednesday!

another fun way to celebrate all of those little ways like stephanie (or, really, one more thing to add to your plate...) is to put the daily activity in a sealed red envelope the kids get to open at dinner time. my friend, cristin, does this with her children. they anticipate gathering and finding out what they get to do after dinner... some nights it might be something as simple as sleeping under the tree (okay, so that' not service related, but it makes for great family time!)

thanks for all the links... we'll definitely help out in as many ways as we can!

Wendy Buhrley said...

I would love to know what group you went to Honduras with. My hubby is a dentist and I would love to do something like this! Love your blog!