2012 Christmas Gift Guide at Keeper of the Home

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Christmas gift guides have been around a long time. But, this year we’ve decided to take what makes us stand out in the blogosphere (providing inspiration, information and resources for a natural, healthy lifestyle) and use it to ease your search for the perfect gifts to complete your list. Do you prefer to buy gifts that are handmade? Eco-friendly? Made with pure ingredients? Sustainably made or sourced? Support small business owners? Our goal is to build a list of great companies that carry just the […]

Looking Through a Child’s Eyes

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I am often in awe of how God has blessed children with eyes that are so pure and innocent. Yesterday morning, I sat down on the couch to show my 4 and 6 year old the pictures from my recent trip to the Philippines as a Compassion Blogger. I found it difficult to look at the pictures without becoming emotional. I’ve experienced a lot of different emotions this week since returning. Simple, I know, but I can’t get over how clean it is everywhere around […]

Is Compassion International a Good Investment? A Husband’s Perspective.

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**Many of you may have realized that I was blessed to have my husband, Ryan, come with me on my trip to the Philippines last week. Though we hadn’t originally planned for him to join me in writing, he was so impressed by the answers to all of his questions (someone on our team referred to him as the Barbara Walters of Canada!), that he simply felt compelled to write and tell you what he found.** Growth in business does not happen by accident. Everything […]

How to Pry Open Swollen Eyes

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I’ve been hugged more this week than I probably have in the last year. I love it, but really? I’m just getting to the point where I want to go home and hug my own kids. Ready to go home or not, this week has been full of good times… I’ve had a rockin’ ride in a Jeepney, had some unique cultural lessons, had a larger-than-life dancing Jolli”bee” flirt with me, driven through the countryside in a relaxing Pedicab with Simple Mom, and drawn letters in the air with […]

Because I’m Afraid That I Will Forget

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I was washing some of my dirty clothes in the hotel bathtub this morning. Sweating profusely every day will make you go through what you packed in your suitcase in a hurry. As I knelt over the tub and scrubbed the clothes, I was taken back to images of Filipino women squatting beside pails of soapy water, washing their families clothing by hand. “When I get back home”, I thought to myself, “I won’t complain about my cruddy old washing machine and dryer anymore. I’ll remember how […]

Of Rubber Boots, Self Pity and Ladders

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I met a woman who has water flooding her house, up to her knees, for 9 months out of the year. She has to wear rubber boots inside while she cooks and feeds her family. She has two sons, and one is registered as a sponsor child with Compassion. She also actively serves and teaches the 9 and 10 year olds at the very same child development center that her son goes to in Velenzuela. It struck me today that the churches here in the […]

What the Hands and Feet of Jesus Look Like

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Weary to the bone, and emotionally upside down, my brain feels saturated with images and stories, but firing on too few pistons to really tell them. That’s where I’m at as I attempt to write this post and somehow convey to you the brokenness and the hope that I saw and felt today. Beautiful, brown baby faces. Mamas being taught how to practically care for their little ones, keeping them safe, healthy and happy in the midst of poverty and want. Cheerful courtyard, painted by […]

What Does It Take to Change a Life?

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Though rather bleary-eyed from a day and a half of travel and far too few hours of shut eye (but thankfully enhanced by an amazing breakfast and stellar cup of coffee), our group headed off to the Compassion headquarters in the Philippines this first morning of our trip. The goal was to learn more about Compassion International as an organization. I was inspired by the passion of the people working in the office, their obvious love for the children and their joy at seeing lives […]