Welcome to Day 2 of our 40 Days of Birthday Gifts! (And congrats to Cheryl, yesterday’s winner of a tube of Ava Anderson Dream Cream!)
Super-excited today to introduce you to a gal I’ve got a lot in common with. We even share blood. My dad & her mom are siblings, just a few years apart. And I won’t go into it all here, but we used to NOT LIKE EACH OTHER EVEN ONE LITTLE BIT.
And now? WE LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH.
(Those are the exact words I used to begin my blog post three years ago when I gave away one of Jen’s gorgeous beaded crosses. Why mess with a good thing?)
(PSA: If there’s someone in your family you don’t like very much right now, who knows? Maybe someday you’ll be the best of friends. Anyway.)
Let’s talk about my cousin Jen’s GORGEOUS BEADED CROSSES.
First, the boring part (not really): The crosses are made with a variety of colored beads (glass, acrylic, paper, faux pearls) and are hand-wrapped onto a cross form with petite metal wire.
(Oh my gosh. How in the world??)
Basically, Jen is a CREATIVE GENIUS.
And a really good dancer (even at 40 weeks pregnant with twins), but that’s beside the point.
The “We’re All in This Together” crosses feature recycled magazine beads handmade by women in Uganda.
As you can see from the pics, you can use them as home accents, Christmas ornaments, bouquet adornments. They make GORGEOUS gifts.
And they’re great for anyone, but do you know who I think would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE one? Your sweet, precious grandma who loves Jesus & is so hard to buy for.
And I LOVE this part:
Fifty percent of the profits from the sale of the “We’re All in This Together” crosses are donated to Amazima Ministries to help feed children living in the slums of Uganda. Each cross purchase will provide approximately sixty (60) meals for a child in Uganda.
Twenty-five percent of the profits from all other crosses will be donated to Kiva.org and provide micro-loans to business-owning mothers in Uganda – giving them the hope and opportunity to use their talents and abilities to lift their families out of poverty.
OH MY WORD, YES.
In honor of my birthday, Jen is giving away YOUR CHOICE of ANY 3.5 inch cross from her Etsy shop! (excluding heirloom & custom) $28 value + FREE shipping in the U.S.
All you have to do to be entered to win is go to Jen’s Etsy shop, pick your favorite cross, and leave a comment telling us what it is! Easy!!
And, if you don’t win, YOU SHOULD BUY ONE. Because you’re supporting Jen’s beautiful family AND a beautiful family (or many families) in Uganda. That’s STILL WINNING.
And generous Jen is offering 10% off any order through September 25! Just use the code MARLATURNS40. Woohoo!
I’ll leave you with these super-encouraging words from Jen:
It can be really hard to feel like you’re doing “enough” to serve the poor when so much of your time as a mom is spent serving your own family.
There are two things I’ll say to that: One, don’t miss this precious season of raising, training and loving the children God has placed right in front of you. Allow it to be a time for God to mold you into the example He needs you to be for your kids so that as they grow, they can be witness to and involved along side you in loving others.
And two, try to find something that you can do with the talents, time and opportunities you have right now (however small those “mites” might be). Pray about it and see what ideas God gives you.
Okay, friends! Head on over to Jen’s site, pick your favorite cross, & leave a comment! We’ll draw a random winner 24 hours from now!