World Water Day 2018

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I have a good friend who works for Lifewater, a Christian nonprofit dedicated to bringing clean water, improved health, and the hope of the Gospel to unreached places.  When we get together and talk about work, I’m talking about designing window displays and she’s talking about traveling to remote regions of the world, dealing with spiders the size of her hand, and providing lifesaving water programs for villages.  Both are important jobs (ha!), but… you guys, she is impacting the WORLD!

Did you know that 800+ million people don’t have access to safe water?  That’s about 1 in 10 people on earth, or twice the population of the United States! You can help change that!

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10 Facts About the Water Crisis

Download the fact sheet to view sources for statistics.

  1. 100 million families are stuck in a cycle of poverty and disease because they don’t have access to safe water.
  2. More people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war.
  3. 2.4 billion people, 1 in 3, lack access to a toilet.
  4. Water-borne diseases kill more children under the age of five than malaria, measles, and HIV/AIDS – combined.
  5. In developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.
  6. Women and girls spend up to 6 hours every day walking to get water for their families.
  7. The average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water is 3.7 miles. That is 19,500 steps, every day, just to get water that is making them sick.
  8. 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases.
  9. Time spent gathering water around the world translates to $24 billion in lost economic benefits each year, furthering the cycle of poverty.
  10. Every dollar invested in safe water and improved hygiene and sanitation results in eight dollars of increased economic activity.

World Water Day is Thursday, March 22nd.  For just $40, you can change a child’s life forever with clean water.  Plus, on World Water Day, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact!  Will you join Lifewater in being the hands and feet of Jesus to the world?

Casual Fridays

I love Fridays!  Even thought its a homeschool day for us, its generally a lighter load and so close to the weekend that it almost feels weekendish.  I’m less stressed knowing that relaxation (or fun) (or both!) are coming soon!  So these posts are filled with random, not super important, Friday-esque details: lighter topic, no stress, things that I find funny, and I hope you do, too!

I’m on the hunt for a new pair of athletic shoes, but not for actually being athletic in!  I have a pair of shoes I work out in now, and want to just have another fun pair for wearing around.  I love New Balance, their fun colors, and retro vibe, but I can’t decide which pair I like best!  Will you weigh in for me?  I’m open to other colors, too, but these were the first ones I found.

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New Balance 697 Sneaker (rose) New Balance 696 (sage) New Balance 520 70’s Running (pink) 574 Serpent Plus (dusted peach)

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Actually, while I was working on this post, I found a really cute pair of sneakers that I’m going to try for a fraction of the price, from Target!  They haven’t arrived yet, but I sure hope they fit right!

Also, I swear I wear things that are colors other than pink!

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One of the perks of having older kids is introducing them to things that Sean & I find hilarious, but when they are little just wouldn’t make sense.  Around here, we’re big fans of stupid humor! Like The Three Amigos.  Also, random videos, like the SNL skit on Beyonce’s Single Ladies video, featuring Justin Timberlake.  I think this video is hilarious!  My 12 year old, Lily, got a letter board for Christmas and quoted the best lines from the skit on it (above).

On the topic of movies and videos for older kids, I would love some suggestions from you guys!  We generally go pretty clean with our movies, but are relaxing a bit with language for our oldest.  If there’s any sexual material, we either skip it or pass on the movie or show entirely.  Abbie from M is for Mama gave me a bunch of recommendations recently, but I’d love more!  My girls and I recently watched You’ve Got Mail (per Abbie’s suggestion) and they loved it and it was so clean!  As a family, we have been watching the old reruns of Tool Time.  While Tim makes some slightly more adult remarks, they are generally above the kids’ understanding, and we all enjoy watching it.  A friend recommended a short series recently called Dr. Thorne (its free with Amazon Prime!) and our whole family enjoyed it, even our 10 year old son.  So what about you – do you have any good clean shows you can suggest?

Any weekend plans?  We have a 4 day weekend (woohooo!) with very few plans – my favorite!  I always have several projects running at once, so maybe I’ll get to finish one of them…