A rainy day in San Pedro Sula. . .
didn’t stop us from playing with kids, walking the streets, baking bread ( wait till you see the oven!) and visiting families!
Loving the sweet faces and colors of Honduras!
Buenos Dias from Honduras!
Here this week visiting Compassion with Tenth Avenue North.
You’ve probably seen this on Twitter. . .Facebook. . .blogs etc. But I wanted to spread the new because
Today is the last day!
To partner with our Christmas Campaign ( where every child gets a gift) they are wanting to see kids get personalized Christmas Cards!
How great is that! You upload the photo and the design with Text. Dayspring will print and Compassion will translate !!
And they will HAND DELIVER the card to a Compassion child in Ecuador!
Here’s a bit more. . .
1. Personalize a card for a super special kid in Ecuador just dying to hear from YOU. Click the button “Create a Card” to begin!
2. Tell them what makes them so worth celebrating this Christmas season.
3. Include a photo of you and your family plus a little bit about you – kids LOVE photos!
4. Add to Cart and Voila – you’ve just created a Christmas message that will be hand delivered to a child in Ecuador. Our team will be there December 11-16!
Bless a child with a Christmas card today!
I just did our Card!
Thanks Dayspring for such an Amazing Idea!
I am sitting in the Miami Airport about to board for Honduras! Excited to go and see some lil Compassion faces this week!
And share photos with you there!
Maybe cause its dreary. . .foggy. . .and COLD out today in Nashville. . .
Maybe cause I have been struck with the Strep and in the house for the last week. . .
Maybe cause yesterday I watched a marathon of British ( inspired ) films: Notting Hill , Love Actually, Much Ado About Nothing and a fav THE HOLIDAY. . .
Maybe its the Christmas Decor that is slowly taking its place in my house. . .
It makes me dream of being in London & being with some of our best friends!
Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Nashville and I LOVE Nashville during the Holidays. . . Just wishing London Town wasn’t an 8 hr flight away today.
There is something about a BIG city during the Holidays? Do you Agreee? Do you have a BIG city fav this time of year.
London and New York ahhhhh Big city Christmas lights!
And don’t you just love this pic!! I took it on our last visit to London in 2009. We were sitting in a cafe just down from Trafalgar Square, when I looked out the window to find a classic London Cab advertising good ol Nash! I had forgotten how much I loved this pic! In fact it is being printed to a ginormous size and will be proudly hanging over my couch soon.
A N Y W A Y S. . .
The Holiday’s are here ( well NEAR!)
How are you getting ready. . .
Last week my friend Lindsey posted on Christmas Music. . . And I need. . . I NEED to say that I CANNOT stop listening to Mindy Smith’s My Holiday! Its been out for a while and for the last couple years it remains on constant repeat in our house! But Thanks to Lindsey’s readers I have added some new music to our playlist.
So if you are in the mood to expand the playlist check out the comments!
Also. . . Since Thanksgiving is NEXT week I needed to share another Holiday fav. Now for the record I am not a BIG candle / scent person.
However, NEST makes a Pumpkin Chai Candle that you are going to need burning in your house! Trust Me!
And Its time to get your Warm Hat, Toboggan, knit cap . . . whatever lovely name you prefer. Its time to get it on!
I am awaiting the arrival of my Krochet Kids Hat I ordered . . . If you are looking for a new hat PLEASE check them out. . .
You BUY a Hat YOU change a Life!
They are empowering women in Northern Uganda! Great stuff!
And you Can’t forget a scarf for your neck!!!
I love that my friends over at Mocha Club have started the FashionABLE campaign
Amazing Scarves made by Amazing women in Ethiopia!!
Well. . . This was a short Pre Holiday Loves List. I am sure there will be more to come!
Until then. . .
I am off to hang a wreath on my door.
Its the first step to this Holiday Home!
So this last month I was out on the road with Amy Grant on her tour
Amy has partnered with Compassion for a little over 20 years. Together with Synergy ( a great production / tour company in town) they put together a tour that was focused on raising awareness and sponsors for Compassion’s
This program is one of my favorites! And each night I SO enjoyed getting to share stories from my travels about the students I’ve met that have graduated university and are making a difference in their communities because of the work of Compassion!
The conversations each night were amazing!
And. . . the best part is we had one of our graduates from Kenya, Ben Mwangi, a former Compassion Child and graduate of the
Leadership Program share about his journey with Compassion each night!
And entertain us with his stories each day!
And let me just say. . .that never got old!
I was continually amazed watching him not only share his story each night but also watching him talk to people encouraging them to
and send a child through University in their country!
Each night there was a beautiful art gallery that the guys at Synergy put together and . . . I mean beautiful. . .
It was so fun to walk into each venue and see amazing photos and art displayed in the various lobbies.
and if I may take this next little bit of your time to totally geek out for a moment
About half way through the tour I was standing in the gallery ( which I had done every other night) but this night I decided to read the little blurb under a photo I really liked and I TOTALLY had a moment as I realized it was a photo by
One of my all time favorite portrait photographers. And seriously, this picture is stunning.
Amy was doing an ad for the Milk Campaign with Annie in the 90’s and in between shots Annie took a few photos of Amy and one of her daughters.
Okay done with the photo geek out. . .but I want you to stare at the photo for a sec.
Each night Amy & the band made it feel more like a living room then it did a venue
A really cool living room that just happened to be in some amazing venues
but you know what I mean. . .
And halfway through the night Amy would invite Ben up to join her on stage and share his story about
growing up in the slums of Kenya
how he joined Compassion as a boy, excelled in school and leadership and at 18 entered the University in Nairobi and graduated with a degree in Physics.
And now as a graduate he is spending about 9 months here in the states traveling and telling his story in hopes of getting others to sponsor and support Compassion.
Ben would end his story with a great challenge to those there and then he made his debut as a percussion player!
And after each night we would be full from a fun night and full from FOOD! ( and of course great bus conversation)
seriously Justin, our road manager, was pretty much a bus food connoisseur. He was sure to find each city’s . . .
But back to Ben =)
I was like a proud sister. . . So proud of him each night.
I LOVED watching sponsors want to talk with Ben afterward because I watched the story of Compassion become REAL to many many MORE people!!
So often I walk the streets surrounding our Compassion projects and various songs play through my head
Sometimes its the song that’s playing on a radio in a nearby house that can be heard through the streets
This day as we rounded the corner as surreal as it was
“When You Wish Upon a Star”
I let my flesh start to doubt, start to think. . .
Where do “Dreams come true” here??
But then other songs enter. Songs that quickly turn to prayers.
Prayers over the streets covered in trash and mud.
Songs about the Kingdom that turn to Prayers about the Kingdom.
The song that continues to be my prayer these days is John Mark McMillan’s
How he loves Us
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.
And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us all
I am reminded that these streets are covered by His Love
The Streets with tin front doors and cardboard walls
He Loves us All
These Streets are not their Home.
Making a difference in a child’s life
letting them know that