Sometimes I encounter obstacles in my life, but homelessness has never been one of them.
Sometimes my daughters feel challenged in school, but they will never take a test after sleeping in a shelter.
Sometimes my husband and I are recognized for efforts, but we've never been the valedictorians of our classes.
Check out the story of this Georgia teenager who didn't let anything get in the way of her education:
Stories like this one fuel my passion for organizations like HomePlate Youth Services. I've written a ton about serving meals for couch-surfing teens, but the staff help with so much more than dinners. Assistance with education being one of those resources.
My birthday is in 2 days and I'm asking all of you for a gift.
Will you contribute some of your hard earned cash to an organization dedicated to helping youth grow into stable adults? My goal is to raise $430 in honor of my 43rd year on this earth to help fund those vital HomePlate resources.
I couldn't ask for a more worthy present than giving a chance to a kid who may not have had any chances before.
Follow this link to donate.
HomePlate - Week 23
All I Want for My Birthday is...
Monday, June 17, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Like 98% of middle school girls in this country, I struggled with identity. While more of my peers came into their own during high school, I popped around from clique to clique.
All I want for my birthday is...
Why God Created Bloggers
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tomorrow is it. The day kids have been anxiously awaiting since Labor Day last September. For our school district, June 13 marks The Last Day of School. (Capital letters. The day deserves proper-noun status.)
5 Favorite Places to Volunteer with Kids
10 Ways to Encourage Compassion
“Saturday Lunches” by My Kids
Monday, June 10, 2013
I dare you to watch this video and not smile. And it's a commercial. It's not often I'm truly inspired by an advertisement, but thanks to my friend Kathy who shared the Holstee Manifesto on her Facebook page, I've found a life-reminder AND another company's ethics I can stand behind.
My favorite takeaways:
If you don't like something, change it.
If you don't have enough time, stop watching TV.
The only thing disturbing me a little is the sharing of ice cream. Blech. I can't even lick my kids' frosty cone, let alone a friend's. Or, God-forbid, a stranger's. Eww.
What stood out to you in this message?
Company Website: Holstee
Friday, June 7, 2013
So, it’s my birthday this month. I turn 43. There’s nothing particularly significant about 43. The age doesn’t warrant a huge party or a trip to Hawaii. But for me? I want 43 to be legendary.
The entire staff love on these youth who haven’t been shown a lot of caring in their lifetimes.
Ya' Learn Somethin' New Every Day