Wednesday, March 22, 2017

raffle winners 2017

World Water Day Cherry Pie from Megan McCluskeyGigi Orsillo
$25 Starbucks gift card from Sandi ElsberrySondra Brasfield
One month of nutrition and exercise training from Courtney CassadaDarcy Ciambello
Batch of infamous Chocolate Chip Scones from Courtney CassadaJanna Umfleet
2 hour Organizing session from Jessica BairJan Jones
Ghana Greeting Cards - 6 total cards & envelopes by Libby HarmsAlice Tannehill
Bracelets from Satya JewelryMegan Beute
Dozen cupcakes from Sassy Sweet DesignsAlice and Clementine Bolton
$25 Starbucks gift card from Jon ElsberryMelissa Martynyuk
Noonday Funky Paper Bead Bracelet from Katie MorganDiane Reynoso
"Give You Child the World" by Jamie Martin from Holly PackiamDawn Khederian
Young Living Breathe Again Roll-on from Laura ClappElaine Elsberry
Young Living Peace & Calming Oil from Laura ClappElaine Elsberry
Young Living Thieves Oil from Laura ClappJenn Gorrie
Hand Spun Pottery Piece from Raleigh TilmanMelissa Martynyuk
Two JJ Heller CDs from Melissa MartynukTawni DeYoung
1 bottle of 2014 Proper Syrah from Mandy HouleAlice Tannehill
Chicken enchilada meal from Mandy HouleStephanie Kunstle
Livful T-shirt and 2 bottles of Akiva mosquito repellent from Matt ElsberryLaura Schwarz
Music Camp from Kelly RolletMelissa Bolton
Rodan and Fields sunless tanner and body moisturizer combo from Amy StroupCourtney Cassada
Homestead basket from Katie MorganMegan McCluskey
Rita Salazar Painting - "Hope" 12"x12"Elaine Elsberry
Wreath from Elizabeth TaylorTori Walden
Ghana bag, Starbucks $10 gift card, bookmarks and "Every Bitter Thing is Sweet" from Erin HarmsJaena Hardin
$50 Beauty Bar gift from Megan MccluskeyTawni DeYoung
Lotion Bar Cafe Basket from Holly PortHeather Gardner
Haircut and Style by Marlene Youngblood from Megan MccluskeyKelly Rollett
Haircut with a free beer, wine, or specialty coffee at Locals Barbershop from Megan HardreElliott Orsillo
"Diana's Well" painting from Micah FowlerEllen Goad
$100 Amazon gift card from Melissa BoltonJen Patterson
90 min Massage by Arturo Mendez from Laura FowlerJessica Lundahl
2014 Proper 3 pack from Mandy HouleLindsay Driscoll
Photography Session (San Antonio area) with Holly PanterMatt and Rocio Elsberry
Provencal dinner for 4 from Stephanie KunstleBrenda Holmes-stanciu
Photo session - 30 min, natural light with 7 edited images including print rights (Colorado Springs area) from Aimee JonesKatie Morgan
Favorite things basket from Gigi OrsilloKelly Rollett
$100 Till gift card from Megan MccluskeySandi Elsberry
$100 King Soopers gift card from Megan MccluskeyLindsay Walker
Photo session and 11x14 print (Colorado Springs area) from Sandra ElliottMegan McCluskey
45 min photo session and digital copy of all edited images (Colorado Springs area) from Megan HardreNancy Houle
Photo session & 3 high-res digital images (Washington DC area) from GlorriePhotoKrista Cone
1-2 hour photo session with two outfit changes and online gallery of 35 images (Colorado Springs area) from Kasey KingBrenda Holmes-stanciu
Favorite Things basket from Jody LandersLaura Fowler

Bidding Summary


Total Bids
World Water Day Cherry Pie from Megan McCluskey0
$25 Starbucks gift card from Sandi Elsberry17
One month of nutrition and exercise training from Courtney Cassada18
Batch of infamous Chocolate Chip Scones from Courtney Cassada7
2 hour Organizing session from Jessica Bair8
Ghana Greeting Cards - 6 total cards & envelopes by Libby Harms11
Bracelets from Satya Jewelry7
Dozen cupcakes from Sassy Sweet Designs9
$25 Starbucks gift card from Jon Elsberry10
Noonday Funky Paper Bead Bracelet from Katie Morgan3
"Give You Child the World" by Jamie Martin from Holly Packiam7
Young Living Breathe Again Roll-on from Laura Clapp16
Young Living Peace & Calming Oil from Laura Clapp17
Young Living Thieves Oil from Laura Clapp36
Hand Spun Pottery Piece from Raleigh Tilman7
Two JJ Heller CDs from Melissa Martynuk3
1 bottle of 2014 Proper Syrah from Mandy Houle21
Chicken enchilada meal from Mandy Houle37
Livful T-shirt and 2 bottles of Akiva mosquito repellent from Matt Elsberry25
Music Camp from Kelly Rollet7
Rodan and Fields sunless tanner and body moisturizer combo from Amy Stroup4
Homestead basket from Katie Morgan10
Rita Salazar Painting - "Hope" 12"x12"33
Wreath from Elizabeth Taylor3
Ghana bag, Starbucks $10 gift card, bookmarks and "Every Bitter Thing is Sweet" from Erin Harms1
$50 Beauty Bar gift from Megan Mccluskey5
Lotion Bar Cafe Basket from Holly Port4
Haircut and Style by Marlene Youngblood from Megan Mccluskey5
Haircut with a free beer, wine, or specialty coffee at Locals Barbershop from Megan Hardre2
"Diana's Well" painting from Micah Fowler3
$100 Amazon gift card from Melissa Bolton22
90 min Massage by Arturo Mendez from Laura Fowler4
2014 Proper 3 pack from Mandy Houle13
Photography Session (San Antonio area) with Holly Panter1
Provencal dinner for 4 from Stephanie Kunstle4
Photo session - 30 min, natural light with 7 edited images including print rights (Colorado Springs area) from Aimee Jones3
Favorite things basket from Gigi Orsillo11
$100 Till gift card from Megan Mccluskey44
$100 King Soopers gift card from Megan Mccluskey41
Photo session and 11x14 print (Colorado Springs area) from Sandra Elliott2
45 min photo session and digital copy of all edited images (Colorado Springs area) from Megan Hardre4
Photo session & 3 high-res digital images (Washington DC area) from GlorriePhoto11
1-2 hour photo session with two outfit changes and online gallery of 35 images (Colorado Springs area) from Kasey King1
Favorite Things basket from Jody Landers18
TOTAL515

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Erin and Libby Harms


my truly wonderful sister in law erin, is donating this adorable purse, ever bitter thing is sweet by sara hagerty and a 10 dollar starbucks card! 

and her daughter, libby is donating a set of handmade ghana greeting cards.  these are so nice to have and libby's Africa art is beautiful and shows her perspective of their time spent in ghana.

we're selecting winners tomorrow night! 



jody landers and her ginormous favorite things basket

the first world water day that i participated in was in the spring of 2011.  i was potty training ashton kate and i remember reading jody's posts about it and feeling so grateful for the opporunity to have a sustainable impact on the water crisis while i was stuck at home setting timers and wiping up pee.

i dug up my very first post about it for you guys.  you're welcome.

jody was a champion advocate and a trailblazer for so many of us to think outside of our four walls. and i continue to be so thankful for her support and the amazing baskets she offers for the raffle.

this "basket" is really a giant shipping box that is full to over flowing! and things keep coming in.  i cannot possibly post pictures of all of the amazing stuff inside this box, but if you head to this link you can see what's inside.  

Jody's Friends and their Favorite Things Basket

donate 50 bucks here.
go bid on jody's basket here. 

thanks you guys!

Monday, March 20, 2017

homestead basket and noonday bracelet

i played club soccer with katie i highschool (her dad was our coach!) for 5 years!  we have just recently reconnected via the interwebs and i am so thrilled that katie wanted to join the raffle this year! 

Noonday Collection funky paper bead bracelet.

this adorable bracelet is still available for a 2 for 1 bid! plus if you bid before midnight mountain time you'll get your name in for a Mary Kay Time Wise Miracle Set.




A "homestead" basket: a jar of homemade dill pickles, summer in a jar (peach jam), a hand knit dishcloth, a monogramed (personalized!) burlap hoop, a can of pickled watermelon rinds and a loaf of homemade bread (if in the Colorado Springs area)




BIDDING SUMMARY


Total Bids
$25 Starbucks gift card from Sandi Elsberry13
One month of nutrition and exercise training from Courtney Cassada13
Batch of infamous Chocolate Chip Scones from Courtney Cassada5
2 hour Organizing session from Jessica Bair2
Ghana Greeting Cards - 6 total cards & envelopes by Libby Harms10
Bracelets from Satya Jewelry3
Dozen cupcakes from Sassy Sweet Designs6
$25 Starbucks gift card from Jon Elsberry2
Noonday Funky Paper Bead Bracelet from Katie Morgan0
"Give You Child the World" by Jamie Martin from Holly Packiam2
Young Living Breathe Again Roll-on from Laura Clapp13
Young Living Peace & Calming Oil from Laura Clapp13
Young Living Thieves Oil from Laura Clapp13
Hand Spun Pottery Piece from Raleigh Tilman2
Two JJ Heller CDs from Melissa Martynuk2
1 bottle of 2014 Proper Syrah from Mandy Houle13
Chicken enchilada meal from Mandy Houle27
Livful T-shirt and 2 bottles of Akiva mosquito repellent from Matt Elsberry8
Music Camp from Kelly Rollet2
Rodan and Fields sunless tanner and body moisturizer combo from Amy Stroup4
Homestead basket from Katie Morgan3
Rita Salazar Painting - "Hope" 12"x12"33
Wreath from Elizabeth Taylor1
Ghana bag, Starbucks $10 gift card, bookmarks and "Every Bitter Thing is Sweet" from Erin Harms1
$50 Beauty Bar gift from Megan Mccluskey3
Lotion Bar Cafe Basket from Holly Port4
Haircut and Style by Marlene Youngblood from Megan Mccluskey5
Haircut with a free beer, wine, or specialty coffee at Locals Barbershop from Megan Hardre0
"Diana" painting from Micah Fowler0
$100 Amazon gift card from Melissa Bolton9
90 min Massage by Arturo Mendez from Laura Fowler2
2014 Proper 3 pack from Mandy Houle4
Photography Session (San Antonio area) with Holly Panter0
Provencal dinner for 4 from Stephanie Kunstle4
Photo session - 30 min, natural light with 7 edited images including print rights (Colorado Springs area) from Aimee Jones2
Favorite things basket from Gigi Orsillo3
$100 Till gift card from Megan Mccluskey32
$100 King Soopers gift card from Megan Mccluskey40
Photo session and 11x14 print (Colorado Springs area) from Sandra Elliott0
45 min photo session and digital copy of all edited images (Colorado Springs area) from Megan Hardre1
Photo session & 3 high-res digital images (Washington DC area) from GlorriePhoto0
1-2 hour photo session with two outfit changes and online gallery of 35 images (Colorado Springs area) from Kasey King1
Favorite Things basket from Jody Landers5
TOTAL306

like a spring whose waters never fail

well. right about now this all feels impossible. 15k toward the piping system is not even really within reach, let alone 100k for the entire project. on my run this morning i felt the Holy Spirit reassure me that He hears the longings of the hearts of the people in the remote villages of uganda.  no one is out from under His watchful eye. He has overcome.  the battle is already won.  and now we just get to participate in the mysterious way He chooses to redeem and restore.  through us.  it's remarkable really.

the stories of despair and devastation because of the water crisis run right along side the stories of hope and life.

i'm reminded of diana.  her fierce eyes.  her determined and proud smile.  i remember the way my heart pounded hard and loud as i read isaiah 58 to her, grasping her hand and blinking back tears. 

"i will give you a full life in the emptiest of places.
you'll be like a well watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. you'll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. you'll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,
make the community livable again."


when 15 year old Micah Fowler sent me the following picture of a painting that she did for the raffle this year i couldn't believe how beautiful and perfect it was. sweet micah has been in my life for the majority of hers.  i remember the potty training (sorry micah!), i remember when her mother couldn't get her to stop sucking her fingers, i remember christmas dates at fargos, and science experiments she did for my kids and am so proud and honored that she would donate something like this for this year's raffle. 

i call it "diana's well" and it will be added to the bidding page today.  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Rita Salazar, Elizabeth Taylor, Raleigh Tillman, Jessica Lundahl, Jessica Bair

These 5 friends are offering services and/or products from their personal businesses. They are incredible women and I am so proud to have their great products on the bidding page this year!

2 hours of organizing from Jessica Bair



A dozen cupcakes from Jessica Lundahl



A hand spun mug from Raleigh Tillman



An original painting from Rita Salazar

listen to what rita says about this painting:


The Yellow Rose symbolizes hope and a new beginning. This 12x12", original oil painting can be yours! Bring hope and a new beginning to those who need fresh, clean water in Uganda.




A hand made wreath from Elizabeth Taylor

this wreath is made from a vintage hymnal!  how cool is that?!


Saturday, March 18, 2017

incredible story!

My brother always has his hands in something innovative and trans formative.  if you have a second, watch the video, it's truly inspiring and i am so proud of matt!

check out his new venture and his donation to the raffle!


Matt and his business partners have started a new company called LivFul. Their brand new product "akiva" is set to clear EPA approval and be on the market in the US by early next year. They are offering a t-shirt (immediately) and the two of the first bottles to be sent to the raffle winner (as soon as we have approval)!

Our mission is to save 200,000 lives per year from mosquito and bacterial borne diseases. Our first product, "akiva" is a mosquito and insect repellent that:

  1. Is based on an amino acid (B Alanine)
  2. Is DEET Free
  3. Up to 16.5 hours of complete protection in cage testing (200 mosquitoes in a 2ft by 2ft cage)
  4. Feels and smells more like a moisturizer than a repellent
  5. Protects against ticks, chiggers, flies, lice, bedbugs (basically any biting insect)



Water Raffle 2017

when water for people was visiting western Uganda and trying to figure out the best system for getting water to these 4 villages, two women over heard the plans to pipe water closer to their families.

they immediately sought some extra work at a nearby farm and in 5 days they each proudly contributed 10 dollars toward this new piping system.  becky straw (co-founder of the adventure project) says that each family from these villages is giving what they can to make this piping system a reality.

these brave, hard working women gave what they could in 5 days, and this raffle is going to follow their lead.

5 days. 15k.

because of an astounding match from one days wages, every dollar raised starting today will be matched. turning our 15k into 30k.

you know, in heaven none will be thirsty.  and so today, this week, we fight to restore a bit of order to this old, dusty earth.

we fight to bring heaven here.

may these loaves and fish multiply into miracles.

you will find the bidding page with all of our amazing raffle items here.

after you look through the items and submit your bids, go here to donate.

if you are the very first one to bid on an item, your name automatically goes in twice for that item!

we will draw winners at 8pm mountain time on world water day, wednesday, march 22nd.