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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Loving Our Neighbors and Planting a Garden

I spent hours Thursday morning shoveling out my driveway from 15" of snow.  After that, I had epic sledding time with my son.  I say epic, because he might as well have been climbing Everest as we walked back up the hill in snow almost to his waist.  Why?  Because I love him and I love my husband who was working from home.

I spent what felt like hours Thursday night tearing apart, cutting apart, and peeling apart all the little pieces of the Angry Birds Valentines my little guy picked out for his classmates.  He'll sign his name to every one of them all by himself.  There are 22 and he is only 5.  That's no small feat.  Why?  Because he loves his friends!  We even have gluten free Angry Birds fruit snacks to attach.  Why?  Because we love the little girl who happens to have Celiac disease and never want to leave her out.

When Jesus was asked to identify the two greatest commandments in all of the Law he answered simply:  Love God first, then love everyone else - just like you love yourself.

I don't know about you, but I love having some clean clothes to wear, good food to eat, and a safe place for my child.  Shouldn't I want at least those same things for others.  Last year, part of that laundry issue was taken care of when a water point for the Maubane Community in South Africa was fully funded in 12 HOURS!!  You can read about it here, at

Lisa-Jo has a deep passion for the people of her South African homeland, and some orphans in particular.  She also has a passion for those of us who are not "just a mom".  Sister, if you say you are just a mom, let me tell you you are so much more.  You are a world changer.  You save civilization from becoming utterly barbaric in under 20 years.  AMAZING!!!

So here's how we are going to our neighbors a world away.  We are going to raise $150,000 between Valentine's Day and Mother's Day by the grace of God Almighty.  I have a strong feeling this is His work anyway and we are being invited along for the ride.  You wouldn't want to miss that would you?

"This plan has been a year in the making and the goal is to raise $150,000 to fund the entire project between Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day – because love is more than a date on the calendar, and it never leaves anyone out. And Mother’s Day is a 365 days a year adventure, always worth celebrating."

Phase 1: Community Vegetable Garden {watered by the water point you all built last fall} [FULLY FUNDED]
Phase 2: Community Kitchen and Welcome Center
Phase 3: Community Outreach Hall
Phase 4: 12 Classrooms
Phase 5: Playground  [FULLY FUNDED]

You can also purchase one of these beautiful vintage dictionary necklaces from Krafty Kash necklaces for $24 and $12 will go towards the project.  You can choose from FAMILY, BRAVE, or PRAY.

So let's get started.  I've already placed a handy little widget over there on the right for you to donate right now.  Let's do this thing and love, because it's more than a date on the calendar.

For the Five Minute Friday this week we have (for Phase 1):  GARDEN

Mary, Mary quiet contrary, How does your garden grow?  That's the first thing that pops to mind.  The second is that I don't have one and I want one.  sure, I have the land - but I'm not at the land to tend to it.  Where I am at - there's no space for a garden.  I grew up with a garden, while I didn't care for some of the work, I did love the rewards.

Gardening is a long-term thing, not a quick trip to the grocery store.  There are seeds and weeds to contend with - the creation and the curse all in one act.  There is the waiting, the withering, the fruit (or vegetable as the case may be).  Then the dying starts all over again.

There's a satisfaction that comes with growth.  We have it in ourselves and we nurture it in others.  It is gradual, but entirely significant.  I guess my garden really only grows when I water it.  I need to go find my watering can and get to work.

(Sorry you were subjected to that, I'll use the time of day as my excuse and nudge you one more time to go donate.)  Blessings!!

Linking up with so many lovely other heart-sisters (and a few brothers) here:
Five Minute Friday


  1. I love that you got to have an epic sledding time with your son! It sounds like you are planting sweet things in your garden - care for your son - and your son's friends - loving others is the most important ingredient in this garden:)

    1. It really is about care and the 100 different forms it takes.

  2. I agree with bluecottonmemory!

  3. How much do I love that you said "We are going to raise $150,000" GOING TO - that preached to me, sister!! Thank you thank you for your tireless faith, Amy.

    1. Did you see that part about being by the grace of God Almighty? His work cannot be stopped. Thank you for your endless vision and not being afraid to lose face!

  4. I love that we are doing this huge God thing together, sweet friend! How fun to lean in and watch and see the Harvest that comes from this little planting! (Did ya see what I did there?)

    1. HA! I did see that! It's thrilling, isn't it!

  5. Amy,
    what great to check it out....Thanks :)

  6. P.S. Forgot to happy you had an "epic" time sledding with your son :)