Monday, May 13, 2013

// hope for uganda

it was an early morning in lake placid, ny. the house filled with a bunch of women was sleepy and quiet. my humongously pregnant body decided it didn't want to sleep any more so i tiptoed out of my bedroom to make coffee and wait for my new friends to wake from their uninterrupted glorious slumber. but i found jami snuggled on the recliner seat, sipping coffee, and reading her bible. i asked her why she was up so early, it wasn't even 6:30am.. she said she was used to waking up early to be with the word before her day started. this woman had a morning without responsibilities and she opted to wake early to pray. i knew i liked her.  

i got to know many things about jami that weekend in upstate ny (and even more in the many months since ) one of those things is that she and her husband bill are committed to the Lord. they believe in spreading the gospel and going to whereever He sends them. (they take all four of their kids on mission trips to mexico and i think that's the coolest thing.) for that reason, jami's husband is headed to uganda with their church to love on people in Africa. 

i'm honored to help them raise funds to make this possible. some lovely ladies have donated awesome items from their shops to help make this trip possible for the merediths. read on some words from jami and go to her blog to enter to win!


Uganda

today is the day! the day you get to see all the goodies up for grabs.
aaaand, i'm nervous. there i said it. i feel better already.

if you read my post from last week you know that hubby is part of a mission team going to uganda this summer.
we are thrilled to be able to participate and can not wait to see what the Lord does.
the team will be traveling with children of the nations spending time teaching and loving on children in group homes. they will also be visiting refugee camps, building a laundry facility and planting fruit trees.

the children they will be spending time with have been displaced by AIDS and war.

just the thought of it is heartbreaking to me. so many children with no parents and without a home. i long to look into their little faces. to tell them Jesus loves them. to tell them i love them.
for the time being, however,  i feel called to send my hubby off with as much support and prayer as possible.

will you pray for him and the entire team? pray that everyone they come in contact with will see and feel the love they have come to bring.

we are also in need of financial support. some wonderful friends have rallied behind me to make this fun giveaway possible. i am beyond grateful for and humbled by their support.

please give what you can. a little. a lot. every dollar is appreciated.

here are all the entry details:

*all of these items were donated by the shops and persons listed. this giveaway is open to US residents only. anyone of course, is free to give, however the gift sets will be shipped to US winners only. everyone can enter this giveaway once by leaving a comment with your name here and telling me that you shared this giveaway via twitter/facebook/instagram.
after that? $10 per comment/entry. click the "donate" button at the bottom of this post to donate through paypal. donate $20 leave 2 comments. donate $100 leave 10 comments. easy peasy right?
**please leave your email address with at least one of your donation comments so i can contact you if you win. the winners will be chosen using random.org and announced on monday, may 20th.


ok! let's get to the good good stuff.


there are 2 sets of prizes. so 2 winners! holla!

set #1

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set #1 includes:
- color pop necklace, feather necklace & aqua vintage inspired earrings from happy days
- gray and white polka dot infinity scarf form lovelylittlewhimsy
- 1 necklace from heathers happys, winner's choice
- 2 prints from blossom&vine, winner's choice
- 10" teal wreath with fabric flowers from small town joy
- $20 target gift card


set #2

maryuganda set2a set1c

set #2 includes:
-2 necklaces & 1 needlepoint from hope homemade, winner's choice 
- 1 print from blossom&vine, winner's choice
-1 7" twig & flower wreath from florero
-1 necklace from heathers happys, winner's choice
-1 print from katygirl designs, winner's choice
- key necklace from salvage517
-$20 target gift card

bonus set
ok, a little bonus for you. because we are so grateful for everyone's support there will also be a winner of these fabulous items!

-a custom designed blog header from danielle burkleo worth $35.
forjami

  - a custom made clutch from jenni carlisle{@ragamuffinbeauties on instagram}
jenni1

one more thing...
my dear friend carina has come up with another way you can support us.
for every arrow necklace purchased from her shop she will donate $10 to our uganda fund.
you can't really beat that.
carina3

well there you have it!

please visit all of these shops. these are some truly wonderful women.

and will you spread the word? tweet, facebook, instagram, blog about it? we would be super grateful.

thanks friends!

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