I will be photographing a medical mission trip in Kenya on my birthday this year — and that alone is the perfect gift for me. Because I won’t even be here to accept anything, and because I already have more than a fair share of blessings, I’m asking all my loved ones to remember me on April 6th by sending some love to the place I’ll be that day. Please donate whatever you would have spent on me to charity: water, to help build clean water wells in Africa!
Did you know that almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water? Every day, 5,000 kids die from water-related illnesses before they reach their fifth birthday. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections, and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world.
Every cent of every dollar you donate to my birthday campaign will be used to build clean water projects in developing countries. Charity: water funds their operating costs separately through a group of private donors, so 100% of all public donations will go directly to people in need.
We can help buy neverending drinks for an entire community — that’s got to be the most efficient 21st birthday ever. : ) Here is the link to my campaign – please take a few minutes to donate! Absolutely anything you can give is very welcome. Thanks, friends. Grace and peace and Happy Tuesday.
2,148. Little Weekend Adventures
2,155. being cautious of zonkeys and camels that could bite or spit, respectively
2,158. a tree that is A Challenge to Climb
2,180. turning around to answer Will and him not being where I expected him to be
(and because four just won’t cut it for this weekend…)
2,149. packing light
2,150. stretching legs at gas stations
2,151. boys jumping over trash cans
2,152. we surprised her
2,153. remembering how funny Clark Fraser is
2,154. Appalachian church planting, over breakfast
2,156. roaring at a little monster in a yellow t-shirt
2,157. swinging again
2,159. friends helping me up and down the tree
2,160. all the boys circling and plotting on the ground
2,162. our own frisbee-passing rules
2,163. the perfect day for my Adventure Vest
2,165. Emma sharing her yummy Coke float
2,166. “which” and “why” question games and liking the answers that I gave
2,167. old church pews in coffee shops
2,168. dipping my hand into a bowl of coffee beans
2,169. a perfect little potluck dinner with the people we’d want to be stranded on an island with
2,170. an off-campus Fudge Pie Night
2,171. traditions that keep us together
2,172. a very good find at Redbox
2,174. stumbling upon a dark empty ballroom
2,175. waltzing in a circle of boots
2,178. waking up in the exact same position I fell asleep in – a sign of a Good Night’s Sleep
2,181. crossing the Tennessee state line
I’ve recently been reminded of what this list is – it is an ongoing reminder that every gift, big and small, is from heaven. It is a call to slow down, to savor, to acknowledge, to say thank You. It is evidence that He is kind to us. It is breath. It is joy. It is praise.
Some of my friends at school have been asking me if I took the photos for these posters which are now hopping up around campus (and if that third one is of me) and the answer is Yes I Did. Except for the third one, which my beautiful sister Jo took of me. (Thanks again, J!)
I designed these for our Campus Ministry office, to promote an upcoming, two-part event for the women on campus. The theme is “best friends,” and our ministers will be exploring what a practical, daily, intimate relationship with our King can look like. It will be wonderful, and chapel credit will be bestowed, so all the Lipscomb ladies should plan to be there! It will be March 3rd and 10th at 7 pm – keep an eye out for an email with more info!
Thank you for asking me to do this, Caroline and Keela. I like working with you, and I love being friends.