10/22/12 .. big day.

I know, I know… I’ve slightly fallen behind on the Madeleine posts. So sue me. I’ve been busy with other things. Like the justalittlebitlouder Etsy shop… and let me tell you about it.

Years ago, I lived in Seattle. Weird, right? But I did. I spent a lot of time with the Reardons. They really love Jesus and they are important to me. They are in the middle of adopting two beautiful children, Tia and Raheim from a credible adoption agency.

A few weeks ago I was in Starbucks, reading a book and suddenly my heart was overwhelmed and I started crying for Rob and Amy and their kids – not just the ones I’ve met, but also Tia and Raheim. I prayed for the whole Reardon clan with my hands open and up – God what can I do? How can I help?

I will spare you the little details, but I put up some paintings on an Etsy store. All of the money will go to help their adoption. This one is my favorite:

It’s a quote from Donald Miller’s new book, Storyline.. but more on that later.

PLEASE buy these paintings, spread the word.. and join the group of people supporting Tia and Raheim.


Today is the birthday of some really important people in my life. Zac Hanson, Ernie Halter and Rhoda Boettcher. About a month ago, Ernie started a Kickstarter project hoping to raise $8500 for a “52 songs in 52 days” project. I talked to him the day it launched. It’s ending in a few minutes, and he’s acquired over $34,000 in support of his project. I’m not even making this up. Over $34,000 dollars. And I only pledged $52 of it! There are that many people willing to financially support Ernie and his dreams. I called him to wish him happy birthday and it was all just way too emotional for me. I. AM. SO. PROUD. OF. HIM! And so excited to see the 52 songs project start.

And today I bought tickets to see Allen Stone play at Mississippi studios on Wednesday. Remember Allen? I am SO. EXCITED. For all of the times I’ve seen Allen, I only have these pictures to show for it. This is sad, y’all.

What a day. I will definitely sleep well tonight.

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