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Give a gift. Change a life.

Today is my birthday! And this year I’m asking for something a little different. Instead of presents, I’m asking for gifts for the children around the world through my gift catalog with World Vision. There’s a large variety of gifts to choose from: a goat, medicine, school books, fruit trees, clean water, a soccer ball… and the list goes on. If you feel lead to give towards my birthday catalog, please click HERE. Even if you don’t feel like this is the time or place for you to give personally, I have a request. Please share my gift catalog with your family and friends via Facebook, twitter, email, reblogging this or any other social media outlets. The more people who known about it, the more people who get a chance to give! This gifts are literally life changing and not just for the child who receives the gift, but for the whole community as well. It’s life changing for the giver, too.

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40


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Camping trip – Grayson Highlands

This last weekend John and I went camping in Grayson Highlands, VA with my mom and little sister. (my dad and other sister are in Samoa right now!) Anyway.. it was absolutely gorgeous, crisp and beautiful. It felt like we had entered winter though.. almost all the leaves had already fallen off the trees, and it got down into the 30’s at night.

We sipped more coffees and hot cocoas on this camping trip than almost all the others combined! =}

We walked down to the creek once the sun had come out and warmed up the air a little bit. I actually love hiking when its crisp cool air. I feel energized. :)

We stayed by the creek for a long time soaking in the beauty of it all. The sound of water splashing down over the rocks, the smell of the leaves..

But most of the time we spent next to the fire. Talking, reading, drinking hot drinks..

And did I mention we forgot our tent? We were so thankful, both days and nights the skies were beautiful and clear, no rain! Not just no rain, but the stars were absolutely spectacular. Striking.

And of course lots of marshmallow roasting and yummy s’mores.. :)

We love Grayson Highlands. It’s the closest place in the east we’ve found that resembles the west. The wide open spaces. The getting above timberline. That’s rare out here. And we love it. Feels like you can breathe.. and see.

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White Water Kayaking !

My family took the day and went to the National White Water Center in Charlotte to practice their kayaking. Hardshell kayaking is new to all of us except my dad and mom of course so dad wanted to get them into some whitewater after learning how to roll and brace and etc on their pond. I’ve never even been in a hardshell, and my IK is out of commission due to some holes in it, so I was simply the cheerleader, photographer and lifesaver. haha.





They flipped a lot.. this was their first taste of rapids in a hard kayak and they had to do a Class III right off the bat. But I was so proud of them! They all did really awesome.. and kept getting back in their kayaks and trying again. Sarah rolled herself back up at least 5 times!

I think this last one is my favorite shot of the whole day.. =D

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Trip to Albuquerque, NM

Cinnabon! I love flying. :)
Yes. This is the B.E.S.T restaurant in the whole entire world. Sometimes I have dreams about this place.

So many of my dear family all in one happy place. Reminded me of heaven..
Sandia Peak Tramway, the world’s longest aerial tramway.. overlooking the lights of Albuquerque..

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