A Full Heart

November 22, 2012

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And I want to say thank you so much for stopping by and reading this little blog and that I value every kind comment and email that comes my way. Sometimes, when the demands of life and family tug me in different directions, I always come back to reassessing the importance of blogging. But I think I’ve found a formula that works for now, so thank you for your feedback and words of encouragement!

2012 has been good to our family, with great health (no broken bones this year!), food to fill our stomachs, clothing on our backs, no fender benders (phew), and another year of watching my beautiful children grow. And I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this already, but back in California, both my job and Ryan’s felt the pinch (though death-grip is more accurate) of a sluggish economy. The past couple of years have been filled with challenges and a great deal of hard work and late nights, but just recently Ryan landed a new job that will relieve most if not all of the stresses we’ve been carrying for some time. My heart is so incredibly full from this unexpected opportunity.

So in the spirit of thanks and of giving, I thought this would be a good time to share some ways to give with a few of my favorite international aid organizations. If you’re not familiar with these causes, I invite you to check them out and possibly make a difference in someone’s life:

International Justice Mission (IJM)
IJM seeks to provide legal services for victims of abuse and disenfranchisement. The number and frequency of aggressors committing acts of rape and violence with impunity is absolutely horrifying. Proper legal representation isn’t an option for many women and children worldwide, but IJM is steadily building a presence internationally so that ultimately, perpetrators are sent behind bars.

I’m sure you’ve already heard about Kiva! But I had to mention it because micro-financing can be so powerful in changing a business idea into a money-making enterprise that can lift a family out of poverty. You can loan as little as $25 to help an individual start their small business of a general store, bed and breakfast, dressmaking, etc.

Plan International
Sponsor a child in a developing country or contribute to Plan’s Because I Am a Girl campaign, which advocates education, opportunity, and gender equality for girls worldwide.


  1. Comment by Mom on November 26, 2012 1:46 pm

    I’m proud of you … Love you so much.

  2. Comment by Lisa on November 27, 2012 12:39 am

    Great post Jenn! I love the work of the organizations you are highlighting. -lisa

  3. Comment by Liz - Marry Me and Fly Free on November 28, 2012 7:42 pm

    Jenn, Congrats on all the big changes going on in your life! Happy Thanksgiving – I am thankful for your great blog. You make it look so easy. Keep up the great blogging!

  4. Comment by Rachel on November 29, 2012 1:01 pm

    Love your site (just found it today!), and the organizations you are highlighting in this post! Please let me know how I can subscribe to your blog via email. Can’t find a link on your site. Thanks!

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