Archive for the ‘Gift Giving’ Category

Toddler Tuesday: Homemade Christmas Cards

One of the ways I often like to personalize things is with a homemade card.  For Christmas, we sent home two large flat-rate boxes filled with wrapped gifts.  Each gift had a free gift tag attached.  Inside each box I also included a homemade card with a short poem inside (written by yours truly).  Since […]

Birthday Pancakes

Last week we celebrated a very special day in our household.  Yes, it was Oliver’s FIRST birthday!  It seems like only yesterday we were speeding through the driving snow and praying we’d make it to the hospital in time.  But, I digress… To celebrate Oliver’s birthday, I decided to make birthday pancakes.  I’d spotted these […]

Congratulations to the Winner of the Necklace and Earring Set Giveaway!

There were 53 entries in last week’s necklace and earring set Sparrow Fund giveaway.  The winner was Jerusha of Hands Full on Purpose.  I was delighted to see that she, like Kelly, has recently adopted a child from China! When Brad and I lived in China, we spent at least one Saturday each month at […]

Necklace & Earring Set Giveaway Deadline Extended Through Cyber Monday!

Have you entered my Sparrow Fund Necklace & Earring Set Giveaway yet?  If not, hurry up and post your comment at the bottom of this post or last Monday’s post by Kelly Raudenbush.  Tell me which design you like the best on The Sparrow Fund’s Etsy page.  That’s it!  Easy peasy.  If you want to […]

Guest Post: The Sparrow Fund (And A Giveaway!)

I was simply searching for an African doll. That’s all. After adopting our daughter from China, we felt called to do something specifically to give support to adoptive families. So, in the spring of 2011, we launched The Sparrow Fund to give grants to adoptive families specifically for pre-adoption counsel, medical reviews of their referral, […]

How to Find Inexpensive Greeting Cards On-line

When I was young, my parents required us to make birthday cards, mother’s day cards, and father’s day cards prior to the appropriate holidays.  My mom is an artist, and she likes encouraging us to be creative whenever possible.  When we were little we really enjoyed this opportunity to show off our artistic and literary […]

How We Save on Big Ticket Items

Every year our respective families approach Brad and I, asking us what we would like for Christmas.  Due to our nomadic lifestyle (5 homes in 5 years), many typical items for a young couple just don’t work for us.  Aside from gifts for our two children, we live with a minimal amount of possessions.  This […]

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