Ringing in the New Year

Blessings to all.  I am hoping that you have all had a very Merry Christmas, and will have an equally blessed new year.

I have been away from the blog for a bit, I always seem to have things on my mind that are important, but I do not know how to put them in words.  After the vendor blender, I took a little sabbatical from the foundation, so I could put some much needed focus on my family.

We have made it through another Christmas.  It was bitter sweet for me, because I was recalling last Christmas day, when we were flying out of Minneapolis, on our way to New York, to eventually land in Port-au-Prince Haiti.  The kids were all so thrilled to be opening their gifts, and I was wishing that I had more to give to those that were not opening anything in Haiti.  I have been struggling with the culture difference as it applies to my children.  They are so acclimated to how we do things here.  My struggle is hurting their young hearts and feelings with no physical gifts to open and enjoy, so that we could do more for the kids in Haiti.  What can I do to help them understand the needs there?  Elaina is only 1, so she really could care less.  She loved opening the packages, but didn’t really care all that much about what was inside.  Faith and Lydia are 3 and 5, and fully understand that they get to open packages on their birthdays and Christmas, but I have no idea how to show them the needs of others.  Cameron (16) has been to Haiti, and is old enough to understand, and he really didn’t ask for anything for Christmas from us, but also did not suggest that we give his gift to others in need.  Emily is 12 and Madelyn is 11, they have not been to Haiti and only know what we tell them, but it is still a competition with their peers on who got what.  My prayer is that one day they will want to take care of others before themselves, but I do not want to pressure this and have them resent me later.

fundraising

I have had several ideas pass through my brain with more fundraising opportunities for the foundation.  We have been blessed enough with the money needed to build a house for Madam Dautilus, and also blessed enough to help out a few widows near to home.  My hope is to keep raising this money, to keep doing more of the same.  Thank you to ALL for your very generous gifts to the foundation this last year.  We here at the foundation know what a sacrifice it is for you and your family and appreciate it hugely.

We are planning our next trip to Haiti this April, and I am hoping for volunteers to get a few projects completed before we leave.  I am looking for some creative hands that may be able to put together some salvation dolls, make some dishcloths for the widows, and donate some items to take with us.  We would like to bring formula, diapers, feminine hygiene products, and the little bottles of shampoos and goodies that you may be collecting from your various hotel stays.

We also have some members of our next team that are still in the fundraising process for their trip in April.  If you feel led to donate to these members please visit the donate now link on the website.  You can dedicate any donation to a specific need by commenting in the notes line in Paypal.

prayer

I also would like to ask for your prayers for me personally, for our small family on the board of 7:10 Foundation, and for the foundation.  We need direction and wisdom on how to raise the money and how to disperse the money.  I need the wisdom given to me on teaching my own children the difference between needs and wants.  Please pray for the country of Haiti, and the people that live there.  The Lord listens and hears our prayers.

Mark 11:24-25

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.

 

Please feel free to “comment” below, your prayers, advice etc.  🙂

Tis The Season

Vendor blender success…..  well, I see it as a success because we ended with more than we started with.  We had some pretty amazing vendors spend the day with us, and helped us bring in some much needed funding for our foundation.  It was a fun day, with a lot of diversity in product set up for the show.  The silent auction was a HUGE success, and that could NOT have happened without all of the generous donations from the vendors and area businesses!  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for all that gave for this awesome auction.

 

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We are in the midst of a very busy season, and I know from experience how easy it is to get distracted, and forget the real meaning behind this season.  We are trying in our house to put more emphasis on Jesus this year, and what it means to give rather than to receive.  We are not putting up a big tree this year.  Not because I don’t love the tree, we just simply do not have the room for one this year, with 8 bodies living here.  Instead we are decorating a bush….  I know, I said a bush.  We have 25 ornaments hung across our window, with a card.  Each day one of the kids will pull the ornament and put it on the tree, and we will complete the task on the card for that day.  The kids are so excited to see what is in the card each day.  Simple things like read a holiday story, or watch a holiday movie, and then more involved things like making a meal and delivering it to a widow.  The kids have gotten Christmas cards ready to send to the military, and will be sharing their favorite bible verse/story during a devotional time tonight.  We have worked it out with our families, so that Christmas day we can stay home and celebrate in our jammies, and not travel or put a ton of thought into spending the day elsewhere.  This is one of the greatest gifts that my family could have given.  Our Christmas Eve service at church is more of a sharing time for our church family.  We get together and sing and share testimonials, share scripture.  It is an evening service so we can all come home with the thoughts of Jesus and the reason for his birth fresh in our minds as we drift off to sleep.  I know that the kids will still have visions of Santa on their minds also, but maybe they will not be consumed with the commercialism as much this year.  My 5 year old is so excited to bake a birthday cake for Jesus this year, I beam with pride when I see her enthusiasm.

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I would ask all of you to remember the reason for the season. Giving makes us all feel good, whether it be to our kids, or our community, or other countries. Giving the smallest gift can make us all feel good.  My prayer is that while we are giving we are thanking God for the reason we have the ability to give.  He sent Jesus, to live and die for you and me.  We have been given a huge gift in Jesus.  Thank you to all of you that have given to 7:10 Foundation…. your gifts to us are returned as gifts to others.

If you are looking for that gift, for the person that has everything, please consider purchasing a gift of Medika Mamba in that persons name.  You can use the “donate” button on our website, and note that this is for a gift of Medika Mamba (MM) and who you would like the card sent to.  www.710foundation.org 

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Blessings to you all this holiday season,

Tanja