Monday, April 18, 2011

I heart Africa Co.

When I came back from Ethiopia last year, I shared with my class all that I saw and experienced. Many of my students were shocked, heartbroken, and wanted to find a way to help. One student in particular made her own company (I heart Africa Co.) and began brainstorming ways she could help.

Watch this video of one of my third grade girls sharing her heart.


Don't you hate asking people for money? I sure do. It makes me all sweaty and uncomfortable. It makes me awkward, and I avoid it at all cost. It's not so easy to shy away from asking for money when your heart is in Ethiopia and all you can do is eat, sleep, and dream of being there again.

I spent this weekend fundraising. Luckily, we have Gina Payne to help us! She came up with phrases and the right words to ask people to buy things to go towards our trip to Ethiopia this summer. I think it went really well!! I was really annoying and bothersome, but I raised around $200! Now, I'm just waiting to see if I win the $500 grant for selling the most over the weekend! That would be a total of $1700, which is over half of the trip cost! What a blessing that would be!

$2000.00 is due May 15th! If you feel led to give you can go to:

***Just make sure on the 2nd bulletin you choose me as a specific team member . :)

Thank you!!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

To start a blog, or to not start a blog...that is the question.

Since I came back from Ethiopia I have debated whether I should start a blog or not. I'm not very good at keeping up with my laundry or grocery shopping, so I really doubted myself when it came to keeping up with a blog. I also know I'm not a talented writer like a lot of my "blogging" friend,s but I have decided to give it a shot.

I wanted to start this blog for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted a place to share stories about the orphans of Ethiopia. While I share their stories,  I hope you too can become heart-broken but hopeful for these children. Second, I want to keep everyone updated about my next trip to Ethiopia, which will be in July of this summer!

I hope you find yourself laughing, crying, and wanting to reach out to the beautiful orphans.