Trip to the Amish Farm

I love the beautiful country side of my hometown. We have a large Amish community in my town that stems from the even bigger one in Lancaster, PA. Many of them speak German or Dutch along with English. They’re very nice people but keep to themselves. Anyway, they bake the most amazing breads and pies! However, this particular day we went to buy flowers from them. They had a wonderful selection of colors and types including hydrangeas (my favorite). Enjoy the photos!

~Liz

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C_WonderI found the cutest store the other day at Tyson’s Corner Mall! Its called C Wonder! The preppiest, most unique store I’ve ever been in. It reminds me of Tory Burch, but less expensive. I drug my dear boyfriend to the store with me and he politely, sweetly followed me around while I browsed.

Here are a few of my favorite finds (photos from the C Wonder website and Pinterest, links included loves!) Comment, like, share!

~Liz

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Child_SponsorshipLast April (2013) I saw an ad on my newsfeed for child sponsorship. I remember my parents did it for a little girl in Kenya until she was a legal adult. Her name was Ketray. Through the $35 a month my parents sent to her she got to go to school, buy clothes, help fund her family farm, and gave her school supplies. We got pictures and letters from her and sometimes her family telling us about their lives and thanking us for our help.

3 Kids’ Lives Changed by the Kindness of Complete Strangers

I had been wanting to find someone to sponsor on my own but didn’t Costa_Ricaknow where to look or begin. I wanted to be led to it by God anyway. And I finally was. I found a little girl who was 6 years old in Costa Rica who desperately needed help. Her parents couldn’t afford school for her. I agreed to sponsor her on the spot.

A Year later, I’m still her sponsor despite difficult financial times for myself. This little girl is the cutest thing! I’m really blessed to sponsor her. I’ve gotten letters from her mom and drawings from Elizabeth (my sponsor child) as well.

One of the most interesting things to learn about her was her love for painting! Its her favorite thing to do at school. I find it interesting to think that I’m investing in a future artist for only $35 a month. I’m also investing in the future of Costa Rica. The more educated a group of people are, the better off the society is as a whole.

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Deepak, my parent’s sponsor child!

After a few months of sponsoring I decided to become a child ambassador for World Vision International, the charity I sponsor my child through. I have to get 10 children a year sponsored. My parents volunteered to sponsor a boy in India named Deepak. He’s 3 and has the cutest little pouty face we’ve ever seen. His family and even neighbors have written to my parents thanking them for helping the family and Deepak.

My parents’ good friends also decided to sponsor a child. They went to my sponsor page and chose a child in a very unique way. The lady had just lost her dad and he had absolutely loved to visit South America and volunteer his time helping the poor. She entered in his birth date and selected a country her dad loved to visit. The first child that came up was a little boy named Joseph. Her dad’s name was also Joseph. They committed to sponsoring him immediately.

In case you’re wondering, World Vision has a very good track record of transparency in their funding and where it goes. They have a 5% overhead and spend 12% on fundraising. The other 83% goes to children around the world. You can find this information on their website.

World_Vision World Vision also organizes trips for sponsors to meet their sponsor children abroad. While it does cost the sponsors money, World Vision takes care of the entire trip. All you do is go and meet your child. You can also send packages or small letters to them. Some countries have different restrictions on what can be sent and how much but for the most part small packages are accepted.

A wonderful aspect of this organization is the easy way you can communicate with your child. Once you World_Vision sponsor a child, they give you log in information for your own site to check on your child, their community, and their progress. You can also email them through the site and they will write back via snail mail. For every holiday, World Vision will send you a letter for you to sign that usually has some sort of activity for the sponsor child to do such as coloring a picture. You send it back to World Vision and they get it to the child. This process takes several months but excites the younger kids.

A note about the organization- it is one of the top 10 largest charities in the USA. They are Christian based, HOWEVER, they will not discriminate against or drop children who are not Christians. In some countries they work in, it is illegal to be Christian so there can be no direct religious messages to the kids. In these places, the charity tries to use their servant attitudes and kindness to bare witness of their faith to those people.

There are still thousands of kids that need someone to volunteer for them. Would you or someone you know be willing to do it? Visit my sponsorship page if you’d like to have a look at the children who are waiting for someone to sponsor their future. Take the plunge because I’m glad I did!

Comment, like, and share with your friends!

~Liz


Friday Night Festivities

ConcertI live in a slightly southern area of Maryland. By this I mean that people think they’re born southerners but really have no idea how far north we actually are. They embrace southern values and certainly love the country lifestyle of raising a family on lots of land, four wheeling on the weekends, and sweet tea.

One thing that many of us look forward to in the summer is the River Concert Series near historic St. Mary’s City. Its a lovely event that sits on the water. The orchestra plays lots of classical music and even a few new pieces. Every Friday night is a new theme. Last night it was Bach. Fourth of July weekend it will be Big Band music and the 1812 Overture in sync to fireworks over the water!

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~Liz

Here are a few photos from last night:

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My friend Jenifer and I!

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On the way to the concert!

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Our little picnic!

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On the water!

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Our cider drink!

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Overlooking the bay!


Aren’t these so neat? Really pretty and unique looking! Has anyone ever seen these? I think the candle is soy in itself but the shell its sitting is made of sand or something like that.


Bring to the Beach
As beach season is well underway I’m planning a lovely beach vacation to the Maryland eastern shore. I stock up on beach wear and summery things usually 2 seasons before it begins (that’s when things from the previous summer season are on sale) so I have everything I need already! However, am I really ready?
The one thing I forgot was sunscreen at a decent price. Since I forgot something, chances are so did you. Here’s a little visual list of things to remember to bring with you for your next beach vacation!
~Liz