Help for children affected by the typhoon in the Philippines

As you are probably aware, Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines last week.  According to UNICEF 1.7 million children are believed to be living in the typhoon”s path and more than 10,000 men, women, and children are feared dead.  Thousands of children and families are displaced and need help.

Compassion is an important charity organization to me, as longtime readers of this blog know.  What you might not know is that one of our family”s Compassion children lives in the Philippines with her family.  It is funny how deeply a child”s simple crayon scribbled drawings and wobbly letters on a piece of paper can carve them right into your heart, isn”t it?

My family has been waiting anxiously for any news about Joanna and her family, which understandably will be slow to come as communications are down and there are more urgent needs and higher priorities, such as providing food, shelter, water, and medical care to those who need it.

I”m thankful that there are so many great organizations already in place in this part of the world, that there are those who answer the calls for help when needed.  However, as I pray from the comfort and safety of my home, for our Compassion child and her family, and for everyone in the Philippines affected by this devastating storm, it doesn”t seem like I”m doing enough.

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Celebrations of Light: a Wintertime Family eGuide

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Note:  I’m a contributor to and an affiliate for this project.  Thanks!

We are entering into the darkest time of the year.  The days are shorter and colder and it is a season where we often turn inward, focusing more on our home and family.  When I was asked to contribute to an eguide about celebrating warmth and light for families, I was honored and eager to participate because I know those are things I strive to bring to my own family this time of year.

Liz, of A Natural Nester, whom I have worked with before, has written The Celebrations of Light Family eGuide as a compilation of ideas and inspiration for creating memorable & meaningful wintertime traditions with your family.

Creative and easy-to-follow, in pdf format, this guide is based on the “celebrations of light” she been honoring with her family for years.

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What we can learn from our kids about admiration

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When Jillian and I were at Crafting Community last month, we were privileged to interview Todd Oldham of Kid Made Modern.  During the interview I remarked how one of the neat things about being there was observing how one child’s project would lead to another child’s project and how there was a chain of inspiration.

Todd replied, “Exactly.  You know, being a fan is one of the most important things we can be as humans, as well as being interested and really being able to be thrilled for someone else’s beautiful effort.  You know, we perhaps all have some moments of jealousy or wistfulness, but if you can really be a fan and honestly admire others, that’s a wonderful attribute.”

When was the last time you were really thrilled for someone else’s beautiful effort?

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The Friday Five: 5 of my favorite Simple Kids holiday posts

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It is Friday, friends.  Wow!  Not only that, but here we are turning the page to November and I really, truly (though I know everyone says it every single month) do not know where all of the time is going.

In a few months I’ll be celebrating four years as the editor of Simple Kids.  That completely blows my mind!  I feel so new at this, so green, and yet, here is this little blog that I’ve been writing for longer than one of my children has been alive.  Wow.

For today’s Friday Five I wanted to simply share five of my favorite Simple Kids holiday related posts.  These are near and dear to my heart, or just fun, or special to me because of the time in my life when I wrote them.

I hope you’ll enjoy them, too.

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