we can taste cambodia

After spending time with some beautiful Ugandan orphans from Watoto Tuesday night, our girls are itching to go to Cambodia even more.

As we got in the van to go home, happy to have met new friends and sad to be leaving them, Ava said, “Is that what it will be like to play with the kids in Cambodia?” I smiled and said yes and felt a dull ache in my gut from wanting to be there so badly.

We set a goal a few weeks ago. To hit the $2000 mark in our Cambodia Fund by the end of January. We started the month at $1380, and while the younger two were all about the big goal, Livi was a little reluctant to aim so high. “That’s a lot of money. How are we going to do that?” I told her we’d work really hard and pray a lot and just see what happened.

We’re at $1723 with 5 days to go, and $2000 is so close we can taste it.

THANK YOU to those of you who purchased beautiful little personalized thermal totes for $8 (among other things) from my friend Shalla and 31 Gifts! You still have 3 days left to buy something–and we get 25% of your purchase! Shalla told me today that she threw in an order she already had, and we’re up to $200 total (so $50 for the Cambodia fund!). I’ll bet we can get it even higher!

Click here to read more.

And there are always S-C-R-A-B-B-L-E magnets!! I’ve been having soooo much fun making those! They’re just 25 cents a magnet + $2 shipping. E-mail me if you’d like some.

And now… drumroll… the girls and I made some really sweet Cambodia photo cards tonight. They’re 4×6 photos on 5 x 7 cardstock w/cool green envelopes (the cards don’t open–you just write on the back). And you can buy a pack of 5 for $5. That includes shipping (U.S. addresses only) and 2 bonus cards/envelopes.

I didn’t feel right selling cards with the kiddos’ pics on them, so the photos are mostly beautiful Cambodian scenery and random beautiful Cambodian people. HOWEVER, your 2 free bonus cards have some cutie-patootie kiddos from our orphanage on them (with their names). Cool?

So $5 = 7 cards/7 envelopes + free shipping.

The easiest way to do this is to click here to donate $5 via paypal, and I’ll get your cards mailed to you ASAP. Or you can e-mail me, and I’ll give you my address to send a check.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for helping us get to Cambodia!! We couldn’t do this for a second without you!!

20 thoughts on “we can taste cambodia

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  4. Sharon Meekins


    I just want you to know that my heart is so happy and excited about your family getting to Cambodia! You all are such an inspiration to me!

    Much love and blessings to you,

  5. Jeanine

    I would like to buy some totes, but would like to look at all the colors. When I clicked on the different colors, the bag that is shown didn’t change. Can you tell me how to see the rest of the colors?
    Sounds like a great fundraiser!

    1. Marla Taviano

      Great question! If you click on “view catalog” and then go to the last page (p. 42 maybe), I think it shows all the fabrics there. Let me know if it doesn’t work! Thanks, Jeanine!

      1. Jeanine

        OK, thanks! I just bought 6 thermal totes. These will make great teacher gifts!
        Blessings to you and your family as you prepare, save, and raise money to go to Cambodia. We have a 10 year old adopted daughter from Vietnam, so that area of the world is very dear to our hearts. We will be praying for you!

  6. Kelli

    Just did $20! $15 for my scrabble tiles and $5 for cards!

    Tell your girlies I am sooo proud of their hard work to get to Cambodia!

  7. kendal

    we’re hoping to take our boys to the dominican republic with us this summer. and they.can’t.wait. chris and i have been three times….i want magnets, but i need to think of what letters. will email later.

    1. Marla Taviano

      How exciting!!! Take your time on the magnets. They’ll be here when you’re ready. Well, except for the letter H. I have one left, so if you need it, hurry! 🙂 (hoping to get more soon)

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