April 20, 2011
Day #75: Give to a Farmer in Armenia

Back in February we gave loans to 5 entrepreneurs through Kiva. Kiva is a microfinance website that makes it easy to lend small amounts of money to people with low-income around the world. Some of those loans have now been partly repaid. As funds are repaid, they go back into your Kiva account. From there, you can either […]

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April 19, 2011
Day #74: Give Help to Fix a Roof

We pulled into a Walmart parking lot this afternoon in Knoxville, TN. Tomorrow we are headed to Bristol. I backed our fifth wheel in on the far side of the parking lot in the midst of 9 semi-trucks and 6 other RVers. After setting up the fifth wheel, I noticed a man standing on a ladder […]

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April 18, 2011
Day #73: Give at a Messianic Passover Seder

This evening we celebrated Passover with a group of about 100 people here in Nashville. Passover commemorates the story of the Exodus when God brought the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. It is a celebration to remember and be thankful. Some of our friends from Nashville led the evening. They invited us to join them […]

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April 17, 2011
Day #72: Give Your Family Rest

***We have committed to give our family rest each Sunday. Read more here.

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April 16, 2011
Day #71: Give Hand-Me-Downs

Today, we spent most of the day with friends. They have two kids who are roughly the same ages as our girls so everyone had a great time. We ate pizza together for lunch at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. It was like a giant indoor greenhouse - full of flowers, water fountains, and restaurants. Then, we all […]

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April 15, 2011
Day #70: Give with The Salvation Army in Nashville, TN

When you think of The Salvation Army, what comes to mind? I immediately think of two things: (1) the bell ringing outside of stores during the Christmas season and (2) a thrift store. This morning, my family and I met Amanda Grieves (Human Resources and Social Media Manager) at the Nashville Area Command. After being […]

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April 15, 2011
Day #69: Give with Cottage Cove in Nashville, TN

We volunteered today with Cottage Cove and were happy to meet a staff excited about helping kids to succeed. Cottage Cove is a non-profit organization that offers activities for K-6 grade kids after school each day (M- F). Activities include Bible studies, music, art, games, field trips, and individual tutoring. And the services are completely free! […]

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April 13, 2011
Day #68: Give with Beautiful Feet Nashville, TN

Over a month ago, we received a request from Melissa Irwin in Nashville. She invited us to come serve with a new charity startup called Beautiful Feet Global Outreach. As it turns out, we arrived in Nashville yesterday. Unfortunately, our timing isn't allowing us to get together. Melissa (also the founder) boarded a plane yesterday. She is […]

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April 12, 2011
Day #67: Give a Book by Reading a Book

Our family recently discovered WeGiveBooks.com. We Give Books is an amazing resource for families of young children. It's like an entire children's section of a library on my computer. For free! Today, Stephanie and I traded off reading handfuls of books to the girls from this website. In addition to being a totally free online […]

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April 11, 2011
Day #66: Give a Positive Review

It is amazing how powerful words can be when someone is talking about you. Especially in those times when you are trying your hardest, a negative remark (even from a stranger) can be discouraging. Conversely, it takes only the slightest amount of positive feedback to lift your spirits. We are in Adairsville, GA tonight, but […]

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April 10, 2011
Day #65: Give Your Family Rest

We stopped for the day in Richmond Hill, GA to visit my younger brother, who is stationed at Fort Stewart. ***We have committed to giving our family rest each Sunday. Read more here.

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April 9, 2011
Day #64: Give with Habitat For Humanity (Bldg Team) in Kingsland, GA

I met a team of volunteer construction workers this morning at a Habitat For Humanity work site in Kingsland, GA. Habitat For Humanity is a Christian Housing Ministry that has helped build over 400,000 decent, affordable houses and served more than 2 million people around the world. The 3-bed 2-bath house we worked on today is being built […]

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April 8, 2011
Day #63: Give to a Home Improvement Project

The campground owners of Walkabout campground are remodeling. The house where their family lives (on property) is a full-on construction site. Today, Troy (Walkabout owner) and I removed all the popcorn ceiling from inside their 3-bed, 2-bath house. We scraped off the popcorn texture and made the ceiling smooth. How did that popcorn stuff get […]

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April 7, 2011
Day #62: Give with Habitat for Humanity of Camden County

I've heard the name "Habitat for Humanity" a thousand times, but today was the first that I have ever done anything with the organization. Habitat for Humanity is known for building and renovating houses for people in need. The majority of the funds for the houses comes from the ReStore, a thrift store where people […]

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April 6, 2011
Day #61: Give Flowers For a Garden

Today was story hour at the public library. Stephanie stayed with the girls and I headed to the other side of the library to take advantage of the quiet environment and free WiFi. When the storytime was over, the girls proudly showed me two pots of flowers (there had been a special guest from Lowe's […]

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Our Pledge

We hereby pledge:

- To spend intimate, quantity time with our family.
- To actively help the poor, the sick, the lonely, and the helpless.
- To value, protect, and advocate for children.
- To de-emphasize the importance of “stuff” in our lives.
- To bring publicity to good causes and good people.
- To live with intentionality, as if this year was our very last.
- To observe the needs in our country/community – and then do something about them.
- To give – every day.

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