you did it.

A few months ago I shared about a very special little one who needed our help. Her name was Joy and she was in the loving care of Meredith and Morning Star Foster Home. But her heart was broken, and only a major corrective surgery could repair it. I asked y'all to join with me and Meredith, for Joy, to try to raise funds to pay for the life-saving surgery. Six days later, Joy was taken to the hospital for testing and evaluation. Then it was time for surgery. ... From Meredith: day of her surgery: Watching the sun rise in China, and preparing for our little … [Read more...]

Today is the day.

13 days ago it was my birthday. And I asked y'all to partner with me to help heal a broken heart. 8 days ago Meredith and I talked about who would be the recipient of this effort. The one who, right now, most needed it. And we decided it would be for Joy. As always, God's timing is perfect and, although sooner than expected, the day we've been working for has arrived. Today is the day Joy will receive what we hope will be her broken-heart-healing surgery. From Meredith: "Joy is going in for surgery that will hopefully completely heal her heart. They … [Read more...]

for joy

Look at this sweetness. The newest arrival to Morning Star. Meet Joy. Meredith and I talked a bit about this precious little one and her desperate need for corrective surgery in the next few months. And we both agreed, we should use the funds generated by the sale of So Loved to help heal her broken heart. From Meredith: "A new little one joined our family over the weekend.. and she's already completely stolen every single heart. She's 16 months old and her heart is so broken. The moment she was handed to me, she snuggled right in. Big eyes, the longest … [Read more...]

it’s my birthday and I want to do something wonderful. join me.

I love it when it's my birthday, because I get to do special stuff. Ask for special stuff. And usually, because I'm the birthday girl, I get what I ask for. Last year I asked y'all to join us in celebrating a new little one who would be joining our family. (Can you believe it's just been a year?) And before that I asked y'all to join me in supporting a sweet friend in bringing her daughter home. And y'all have never disappointed. You love others in a big, beautiful way. So here I am again, on my birthday, asking for something. But this year, I'm giving … [Read more...]

So Loved – in stock and some precious news

At the end of August, So Loved was relaunched to an amazing response. (Y'all are so crazy wonderful.) In just four months, over $2200 was raised, all from the sales of So Loved. My plan had always been to make the So Loved donation once a year - on July 31, Esther's birthday. But then came Meredith. And her babies. Meredith and I met online about 5 years ago, when we worked together for An Orphan's Wish. Several years later we got a chance to meet in person and last fall were able to get together again. This time for dinner. At my house. Brave … [Read more...]

Scarlet Threads: a Christmas giveaway

Ready for some fun? A bunch of fun? Me too. Okay, y'all remember last year, when I posted about the gorgeous Christmas ornaments from Scarlet Threads? And the heartbreaking story Carrie shared of Huan Mei and her horrific work accident that left her with a stack of devastating medical bills and without a job... her hardworking husband taking a job two hours away to provide for Huan Mei's care and their precious children. Well, Carrie shared with me recently that the ornament purchases y'all made last year helped Huan Mei and her family to have an amazing … [Read more...]

what she did

Isabelle has long wanted to have "Rapunzel" hair. Long. Flowing. Down to the small of her back. But she simply lacked the patience to ever get there. When it was time for a haircut, she couldn't resist. The weight, the heat... all made her long for short hair again. In the last year, though, something changed. She decided, no matter what, that she would grow it. No cuts. Nary a trim. Finally, her hair was long. And then she decided cut it. To give away. "So I could help other people if their hair was going away. Like, if there's a girl who needs hair, … [Read more...]

what they do.

They love kids. Kids without a mom and a dad. Kids with special needs. And they love them well. Meeting not only their day-to-day needs as well as their often-times complex medical needs, but their emotional needs, too. And that's not a task for the faint of heart. Last year An Orphan's Wish loved and served 28 kids in the CP/Residential Unit. 21 kids in the Clubfoot Unit. And 21 kids in the Special Care Unit. That's a lot of love. click above to read what AOW accomplished in 2012... ah-mazing. I wanted to share these pictures with y'all, … [Read more...]

the shirt

Lots of y'all have asked where to get the Cupcake Kids t-shirt for your kiddos to wear when you have your cupcake sale. Eeee! I am so excited for those of you who have already signed up for your Cupcake Kids sale - please take pictures and send some to me, m'kay? I wanna seeee! Okay, enough of me. Here is the link where you'll find all the Cupcake Kids gear. So cute! And, don't forget, we are giving away FIVE of these adorable tees. To enter, go to the Cupcake Kids website and sign up to host a sale or Run for Cupcakes and then come back here and let me know. … [Read more...]


Dang, y'all. I am so excited. Because today, I get to introduce you guys - my orphan-loving, big-hearted friends - to something else that is close to my heart. The Cupcake Kids. If you've already heard about the Cupcake Kids, you know why I'm so smitten with what they do - and why they do it. If you've never heard of them... well, you must. And because I love them and I love y'all, I'm determined for y'all to meet. Fall in love. And make cupcakes together. To help make that happen, I've got a fun, and completely adorable, giveaway in store. 1. … [Read more...]