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Maybe We Are Just Spoiled

This was originally posted on July 15, 2015 on We are THAT Family and is being reposted with permission.   We stood in the hair care aisle and her eyes were as big as the moon. “Go ahead, choose one,” I urged her. She stood still- looking half afraid, half helpless. I put my hand on… Read more »

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Papillon Enterprise

  I first heard Shelly Clay’s story when I became a Compassionate Entrepreneur with Trades of Hope, and I cried. I cried the second time I heard it too. And the third time. The work that Shelly Clay and her staff are doing at Papillon Enterprises in Haiti is incredible. Who knew that something like… Read more »

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The Economics of Love

A friend of mine once said to me, “I only work now, so that one day I won’t have to”. We shared a good laugh about her statement – a sentiment of how many people define what it means to make a living. If I’m honest, too, I share this idyllic effect of what life’s… Read more »

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Who We Are: Imagine Goods Sustainable Supply Co.

  Imagine Goods began in 2006 as a non-profit with the goal to empower survivors of trafficking in Cambodia. Founders Aiyana Ehrman and Michelle Kime are self-proclaimed “accidental entrepreneurs,” in that their true intent was simply to bring hope and a sense of purpose to survivors by giving them the opportunity to work. As Imagine… Read more »

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Darn Good Yarn

My daughter once asked me to teach her to knit. I did what any self-respecting mother did, I went to the library and rented a video. It turns out I was not adequately prepared. Most people talk about how the simplest thing to knit is a square or a  basic scarf. I, however, defied the… Read more »

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Thistle Farms

As I walked in the doors of Thistle Stop Café in Nashville, TN, I immediately felt the calm. I don’t know if I can fully describe it – it FELT peaceful…like a bit of an oasis. I was introduced to the work and ministry of Thistle Farms by a friend who lives in the Nashville… Read more »

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Trades of Hope

Being a mom to two small girls changes things. It’s changed things for me. These girls are wise little sponges of imitation, and they are soaking me up. With these tiny shadows tailing me I can’t help but think long and hard about the kind of woman I am – about what kind of little… Read more »

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Hosting a Noonday Collection Trunk Show

Hosting a Noonday Collection trunk show is one great way to make a twofold difference! As Christians, we are called to seek justice by helping the poor, the oppressed and the orphans. Through Noonday Collection, we can do all three when we buy and promote their beautiful products. Noonday Collection started with an adoption journey. Jessica Honegger sold… Read more »

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FAIR TRADE FOR THE WIN

  Up until several years ago, I hadn’t really thought too much about where the products I purchased were coming from.  With the availability of cheap, trendy clothing (hello, Forever21) and handy online shopping, I had fallen into a state of “ignorance-is-bliss” when it came to spending my money.  And to be honest, for a… Read more »