My dad, Billy Ray Edwards, is spending his first Father’s Day in Heaven. Initially he was recovering from his stroke in April very well. He was determined and making progress, but complications from diabetes, dehydration, and eventually pneumonia weakened his frail body to the point where quality of life was dwindling and Jesus was calling him Home at 79 years old. We are so grateful for the assurance of Where he is and the knowledge of who he was. Continue reading →
Local THRIFT, CONSIGNMENT stores, and YARD SALES are great places to shop for deals. And clothing, etc. SWAPS are fun and purposeful activities for friend groups.
But if you want to know that the creators behind your clothing, accessories, home decor, gifts, etc. are being EMPOWERED and NOT taken advantage of, than consider this unique option:
You can get 25-50% discounts** on Trades of Hope Fair Trade goodies by joining us as an Affiliate or Brand Ambassador with a $24 kit (plus tax & shipping – through the end of JUNE!) and have all the perks of a Compassionate Entrepreneur without the pressure of building a team, doing regular events, etc. Just wear and share in person and/or on social media when you feel like it – BEST HOBBY EVER!
I had a genuinely good chuckle this morning at the humbling and ironic humor of parenting. My kids were trying to put into words the injustice of their sub-par lunches (which I make them pack and often from the dregs of what they can cobble together from the refrigerator and pantry) This was in comparison to other more desirable lunches that they have observed, apparently packed by, and I quote, “Moms Who Plan Ahead.” 🤣😜 (No disrespect, MWPA! I celebrate you and hope to learn more from you…)Continue reading →
Eric Eacker, a local Santa Barbara Firefighter and homeschool dad, is bravely battling prostate cancer. The bills, medical procedures, unexpected complications, and emotional stress are overwhelming. When I asked his wife, Carrie, what they could use right now, she said a family vacation to get away from it all. I would love for their communities to help give that to them! (And I know new financial needs have come up since, so we bless them to spend the money however they need it.) Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Please donate to my personal Paypal account (https://www.paypal.me/melsunuk) through the friends and family option, otherwise the they will take a percentage away. And I will send it directly to the Eackers.
I am thrilled to announce that – after almost 3 years with Trades of Hope – I am going on a Trades of Hope vision trip to HAITI! I will be traveling with 12 other Compassionate Entrepreneurs from around the country between March 23rd – 29th to visit our 2 artisan groups there.
Despite being a resource-filled country with beautiful people, colonization and natural disasters have caused Haiti to have an overwhelming number of “poverty orphans” – children whose parents turn them over to an orphanage because they can’t afford to care for them.
I have had multiple conversations with my fellow parenting friends over the years about how to maintain balance with our kids’ screen usage. My wiring has a difficult time micromanaging (especially four kids) with timers, charts, daily check-ins, etc. It’s very difficult for my personality to do the same thing every day – except breathe and that’s involuntary. I’m more of an “ideas” gal, so I came up with a little saying that I’ve generally stuck to. In the spirit of raising balanced humans, I typed, printed, and hung a little diddy that says:
“Read, work, and clean before you play or screen.”