Better Life Bags // Making Life Better

I want to tell you all about this company I am so very excited about. It's called Better Life Bags. Rebecca is the founder and owner and I had the privelege of meeting her at The Influence Conference last month. We only talked briefly but I could tell right away that her passion for helping people was oozing out of her heart. I asked her a few questions about how I could improve my t-shirt business and she was so so helpful. I didn't really know much about BLB before I met Rebecca but meeting her and hearing a tiny bit of her heart made me want to know more.

Justin bought me the Molly Messenger bag for my birthday and I LOVE it. And knowing that part of my purchase helps women in Detroit be able to work who otherwise wouldn't, makes me love it even more.

Want to give a meaningful handmade Christmas gift this year? You'll get a stunning bag but more importantly you'll help make someones life better. In order to get your bag by Christmas, you're order must be placed by December 5th. 

Check out this video to learn more about Better Life Bags.

Go here to check out the amazing handmade bags made specially by Rebecca and the women she's reaching with the love of Jesus. 

Must reads for young women

Just wanted to plug a couple of great books real quick...

If you're a young woman (middle school, high school, or college age) these two books are must reads. I haven't read them myself yet but many people I trust having been raving about them. I plan on reading both and will let you know what I think, but until then... go pick up a copy!

I feel like a hot mess.

Hey all five of you loyal readers. I'm pretty much here just to vent here today. My life right now feels like a hot mess. And I don't like it.

There's been a large amount of change for us in a very short amount of time. I don't recommend doing such a thing. It's not wise. But it's where we're at. We didn't PLAN on all of these changes happening within a month of each other, it just kinda did. My husband resigned from his job at our church, our 22 year old friend Niki moved in, and we were placed with a four year old foster child. The four year old boy requires a lot of attention and energy which wears the heck out of me. When we filled out our foster care application we specifically requested a boy, age 0-2. The first call we got on October 4th was about a four year old boy who needed a home. We choose to say yes. The experience we are currently having with the foster care system is not what I pictured. I'm sure it's never what you picture but what I pictured was being called about an infant or at least a child younger than our two and a half year old. But sometimes life throws you curves. Or the Department of Child and Family Services does.

So here I am. A stay-at-home mom to two boys, ages two and five. One who came from my tummy, one who did not. One who is very easy for me to love, one who is not. Just being honest, friends. This stuff is hard. Some days I want to run far, far away. Some days anger comes out of me that I didn't know was there. Some days I just don't know if I can do it anymore (the foster care thing, not life). Some days I loathe the idea of doing it all over again the next day.

What gives me hope is that I know this is only for a season. Everything in life is only for a season. Short or long, still a season. I am thankful for the friends who have come alongside us and given us support, money, food, gift cards, babysitting, hugs, and allowed us to vent. We need those people desperately.

Our friend Niki has moved back to Des Plaines and we miss her dearly but the chaos in our home isn't an ideal growing environment for a twenty two year old girl. She comes back to hang out with us often and that makes me happy.

I'm bummed that I haven't been able to blog much lately. It's a fun outlet for me. But in this season, I honestly don't feel like I have much to say.

So I'll probably be silent for a while until I feel like I have something productive or at least positive to contribute to the blog world.

Thanks for listening to my 'hot mess'.

Change is for everyone.

This election day really has me thinking a lot about change. That's what everyone is hoping for right? Change? Those who voted for Obama are hoping that the next four years will be different. Better than the last four. Those who voted for Romney are also hoping the next four years will be different and better than the last four. Change is a good thing. Being the President of the United States of America is probably about the most influential position a person can obtain. The person who holds this position has the power to bring about A LOT of change. Regardless of whether it's good change or bad change, it's still change.

I believe we all have a desire within to change something. To make a difference. To help someone. Just because we don't have the most powerful position in the world doesn't mean we still can't do something to infect our world with positive change.

What do you want to change? What's your passion? How do you want to make life better for other people?

For me, my passion has always involved poverty. Ever since high school I've always been drawn to poverty. It's what makes my head turn. It's what makes me cry. It's what makes my heart beat faster.

It's why, when I was 18, I packed hundreds of sack lunches with friends every Sunday night to hand out to homeless people in Des Moines, IA.

It's why, when I was 19, I moved to Brooklyn, NY all by myself to serve the poor in the inner-city.

It's why, today as a stay-at-home mom, I'm selling t-shirts. It's not quite as 'risky' as the former but it's what I can do now, in this season of life. Although at times it faded because of my own selfishness, the passion to do something about the poverty in our world, has not gone away. The desire to help change the world for someone else, still burns inside me.

My desire is to bring change for those who may not be able to create change for themselves. I may not be the President of the United States but I can still do something. And so can you.

It can be something as simple as selling a t-shirt that in return, helps provide clean drinking water to those who don't have access to it.

Give some clothes away to a women's shelter. Buy school supplies for an under-funded school. Foster a child. Make a meal for a widowed neighbor. Buy some grocery cards for a single mom. Buy someone a car. Give some money to a friend in need. Invest in someone who needs a friend. Love someone who's hard to love. 

Our human nature is to 'store up' for ourselves. God's nature is to pour out so that the 'storing up' may be seen for eternity.

What's you passion? How do you want to make a difference?