Make a difference in a child’s life (walking for Love 146 update)

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We love walking! We are blessed to live in an area that is foot traffic friendly. Getting outdoors for a long walk around town or heading to the woods for a hike are some of our favorite family times, plus we really love getting in some extra exercise this way. Hooray for family fitness!

This summer, the kids and I have even more incentive than usual to walk. We have extra pep in our steps because we’re raising money for Love146 and have pledged to walk 146 miles this summer in order to raise awareness and funds for the fight against child trafficking.

I love the idea of Tread on Trafficking because it gives us something we can do to help. Our steps, and the generous donations to Love 146, make a difference in the life of a child and helps protect vulnerable boys and girls all over the world.

This is a lesson I hope my kids learn and take to heart. There is something they can do. There are ways to help. And, even as children, they can make a difference, too.

The kids and I would love your support! We’ve never done anything like this before and we’re half way through the summer but not quite half way to our goals for miles walked or money raised. We’re feeling challenged but optimistic.

June Fleck Feet for Love 146 update |

We are hoping the improved weather improves our efforts with the miles walked. We appreciate prayers, good thoughts, and encouragement as we work toward our financial goal.

If you feel moved to donate, you can do so at our fund raising page here. Thank you!

The family budget – July 2015 | The Family Budget

In this series I share our family budget, which includes the care and keeping for our household of seven (4 kids, 3 adults) as well as our debt free journey. This is what is working for us. Your mileage may vary.

I shared last budget update that we have travel coming up later in the summer so right now we’re keeping things extra simple and frugal, or what Christopher and I jokingly call “peanut butter and jelly” weeks, our take on Dave Ramsey’s “red beans and rice” budget saying.

The trip itself is paid for, but Christopher and I would like to have some extra money set aside, in addition to the kids’ normal allowance (which we’ve been encouraging them to save for the vacation).

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Indiana Bastille Day July 11, 2015

Indiana Bastille Day | giveaway! | SimpleKids.netBonjour! For the past few years, my family and I have attended Indiana Bastille Day, an amazing free family event held right in our hometown of Fortville, Indiana. We love this event and today I want to invite all of you to join us on July 11 from 11am to 11pm.

This giveaway is now closed. Enjoy Indiana Bastille Day, everyone!

We eat crepes, participate in the French Revolution (well, okay, the Fishers RenFaire actors participate and we cheer or jeer accordingly), learn about French culture and history, and get to know our neighbors, local historical groups, the police force and firefighters, plus we get to hear some amazing French music and the Ten West choir.

There’s a beautiful evening lantern walk and a fun laser light show to close the day, as well.

In an inspiring mix of global and local cultures, there are marionettes, painting in the park, a waiter’s race, the game petanque, and other fun French themed activities, crafts, and wares brought to you by the many talents of our area’s local artisans. It’s a great day to discover some new-to-you local businesses, learn about the French culture, and make new friends.

What does a small town in Indiana have to do with the French Revolution, you ask? Well, admittedly, not much at first glance. But, here’s the most wonderful part about all of this: Indiana Bastille Day is a lesson about what can happen when friends and neighbors come together.

You see, Indiana Bastille Day began just a few short years ago as a celebration in a local couple’s backyard. The wife is from France and the family held a Bastille Day event at their home to share French culture with their friends and neighbors.

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