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October in All Its Glory

I woke up on Saturday with the shocking realization that it was already halfway through October. As a teacher and parent, September is a vast wasteland of trying to reconnect with my many roles as a working mother. Between the half dozen back to school events scattered throughout the month of September, packing lunches, wearing… Read more »

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Encourager: Trade of Hope in Haiti

I’m pretty sure I could write enough about my sudden trip to Haiti to fill up the entire Encourager and it still would not do the experience justice. And yet, I can encompass the experience with one word: Beautiful. My application essay began, “I have seen enough poverty to last a lifetime, and I’m not… 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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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 »