unexpected stories

It's Okay to Suck at Some Stuff

Yesterday I tried to make a dessert.  Oh dear unholy hobbit. My mother has the spiritual gift of baking.  I have the spiritual gift of sarcasm.  Yesterday I forgot that and tried to get out of my lane and make something with my own hands.  And it ended badly. I blame the internet.  Someone posted something called Crock Pot Christmas Crack* on Facebook, and while I usually scroll past all recipes  (…) READ MORE

Wildly Co. Ethical Children's Clothing

Are you looking for Christmas ideas for your kids?  Today I’m so excited to introduce you to Hayley Morgan, who along with her husband Mike has created a fun new line of ethical children’s clothing!  Here’s what she has to say about Wildly Co. Wildly Co. was created because we love families, we also know that kids go through a crazy amount of clothes. There wasn’t a one-stop shop where  (…) READ MORE

Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Being One in Christ

I like writing funny posts.  I want to write about poop and going to the bus in my jammies.  But once in awhile something wells up and it isn’t funny at all.  Sometimes things bigger than my coffee cup are broken.  And then words spill out here.  And this morning I woke up with Katniss’s song from Mockingjay in my head, “Are you, are you, coming to the tree?”  I  (…) READ MORE

The Root Collective

Today I’m excited to show you cute shoes that help people.  Shoes, you guys, shoes.  I did a double take when I saw these cuties at the Allume conference and may have drooled a little when I asked if I could feature them here.  Here’s what The Root Collective has to say about shoes: WHAT WE DO We partner with small-scale artisan businesses in marginalized communities to promote change through  (…) READ MORE

Trades of Hope

My friend Amy Tilson recently introduced me to Trades of Hope, a Fair Trade, “missional” business that was started by two women and their daughters.  They want to empower women around the world to change the face of poverty through home parties.  Or, in our case, a blog party.  So welcome to the party, friends!  We don’t have punch and cookies, but Amy is giving away a schweet, one-of-a-kind Guatemalan  (…) READ MORE

Sak Saum

Today I’m so excited to introduce you to Sak Saum!  I’ve enjoyed Sak Saum products for several years now, and I’ve asked them to tell you guys a little bit about their awesome company: Located in Phnom Penh and the Saang district of Cambodia, Sak Saum is a ministry dedicated to the rescue, restoration, transformation and rehabilitation of vulnerable and exploited women and men. Sak Saum is pioneering a model  (…) READ MORE

This Post Will Make You Grin

I 100% guarantee that this post will make you grin.  Even the Grinchiest Grinch cannot watch this video with smiling. Our kiddos at Adacar CarePoint have their new borehole, and they are just a little bit excited about it.  Take a look. Are you grinning?!?  That is what happens when communities partner together.  Gleeful, shrieking children playing in clean water THAT THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO CARRY ANYWHERE! And now we’re  (…) READ MORE