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Help for Haiti: $200

We gave $200, from our emergency/savings fund, to Compassion’s efforts in Haiti. We think this wise financial stewardship, in the eternal sense. We hope to worship with those Haitians in heaven. Now, I’m off to link to this on other blogs, so others will give more of their own money.

Here are a few thoughts on giving while I’m at it:

Giving to the poor is an essential part of Christian morality. I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I’m afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, and amusement, is up to the standard common of those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little.

If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things that we’d like to do but cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them. (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)



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spud! deal

Here is a great way to get high quality food for less. Groupon’s Portland deal today is $50 worth of organic delivery from spud! for just $25.  This can be used anywhere spud! delivers. Go here to purchase.

(If you aren’t familiar with Groupon the basic premise is that a business offers a great deal and if enough people, a big enough ‘group’ of people, purchase the deal, it is ‘on’. Usually 50 or so people have to participate which never seems to be a problem.)

Here’s what I would buy with my credit, for a total of exactly $50:

Thundering Hooves Lamb, Stew Meat, 1lb  =7.99

Organic Noris Dairy Beef Patties, 3 lb x2     =28.78

Applegate Farms Organic Sliced Sunday Bacon, 8oz  =4.69

Applegate Farms Organic Turkey Burgers, 10oz  =8.54

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Disappear. Reappear.

We’ve disappeared for a bit to give birth to a beautiful son, enjoy our family, and build in to our community.

In early September I gave birth to our second son, little Mac. He was a little slow to make an appearance, a full two weeks after his due date, but he was well worth the wait. Our boys are a continual source of joy, and we are so thankful for the privilege of parenting them. (Even if we have to say that a loud to remind ourselves sometimes. They are still children and we are still selfish.)

We’ve also been building relationships in our church community. Not always easy but we are thankful for the Lord’s grace in that process.

I look forward to sharing a little more often now, especially about our ongoing healing from depression and our adventures in the kitchen.