“Hi!” Brenna waved to the reflection on the side of the bath tub.
“Who is that?” I asked, and she exclaimed “A baby!”
“Noooo, are you a baby? Or are you a big girl?”
She grinned at me: “I’m Mama’s baby.”
OK, kid, you got me there.
My baby and her baby 🙂
A round-up of some of my favorite reads, events, links and moments this week…
I finished up Global Girlfriends at the very end of December, and it has changed my mindset and my heart so much. It is the wonderful story of one woman’s decision to take her $2,000 tax refund and turn it into an international business helping women artisans and entrepreneurs around the world, especially in poverty-stricken and disadvantaged areas, to market and sell their products on a global level. This was my first real introduction into fair trade, and I’m hooked.
“Each of us needs to remember that we can cause the butterfly effect if we choose to use our purchasing power on behalf of women in poverty,” author Stacey Edgar writes. Otherwise known as, women in the US are the world’s major buyers, and we can change lives and communities around the world for our fellow women and their families by directing our purchases to them, with fair wages for their businesses, skills and time. Read Stacey’s book! And check out the Global Girlfriend store and Stacey’s newest project, Among Women Collection.
As for new books, I’m starting the year off with Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze, Yes Please by Amy Poehler, and Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker. I’ve gotten in the (bad?) habit of reading more than one book at a time, depending on what mood I’m in, so I’m about halfway through all three right now.
Brenna’s favorite book right now is Llama Llama Misses Mama and we’ve been reading it on repeat with starting school this week!
I absolutely love this post from We are THAT family about teaching our children the value of working hard and of serving others, instead of making everything fun and about them all the time.
I stumbled upon this post in Emily Freeman’s archives, as I was going to bed one night, a day or two after I set a goal of sponsoring two children, and it completely jumped out at me and grabbed a hold of me. I love her beautiful story and the lessons she learned about expectations.
This powerful post from my friend Michele, as she faces cancer for the third time.
I’ve been calling her my “little snow bunny,” which always makes her giggle 🙂
A comfortable way to play games on the iPad, no?
She’s pretty snuggly after bath…
Connor asked Daddy to take a “funny face picture with Mommy” after dinner one night. Nailed it.
I admit that playing in the snow was practically the last thing I wanted to do on a cold afternoon… but his joy was worth it 🙂
“We have to get your shoes on for our adventure, Brenna!” I heard before I peeked into the room to see them preparing… I also caught him singing the Paw Patrol theme song to her when she woke up from her nap. He is definitely in the running for Best Big Brother.
And Brenna started SCHOOL! At drop-off on Wednesday morning, she was very nervous, but there were no tears! She willingly went to her aide to go do some puzzles, and she made sure to tell me several times that morning before we left for school “Mama, I want you to come back again.” I reassured her that I will always come back to get her. I’m so thrilled with how well school is going so far!
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