Bridger’s charity: water video debut!

Encourage your children to think beyond presents this holiday season. Give a child water. Water changes everything.

Clean Water for Christmas

two days

watch. love. share.

{thank you}

to our water angel

I tell him that someone anonymously donated $500 to his Clean Water for Christmas project during the night’s sleep. He falls to the floor in shock and disbelief.

smiles. tears. lots of hugs.

overwhelming feelings of gratitude and love.

That $500? Will bring 25 more people safe drinking water, but oh so much more. TWENTY-FIVE children will have a greater chance at life. They will have the opportunity to grow and learn and pass on love and generosity. It’s so much more than just money. It’s LIFE. That’s like the twins’ entire classroom of 3rd graders being given a brighter future.

The sky is a little bit more blue today.

The sun a little bit warmer.

Thank you, secret water angel. Thank you.

Thanks to all of you for every kind word shared, every dollar donated, and every ounce of encouragement to my little boy. Our hearts are growing bigger by the day, and there are no words that can express our gratitude.

Merry, MERRY Christmas.

{if you wish to give Clean Water for Christmas, go here}

you capture {festive}

I simply cannot believe that it’s December 22nd already! Just this morning, we loaded up the truck {and trailer!} and sent Justin, Kane, the dog, and two cats to work. The kids still in school, the other cat, and I will follow tomorrow or the next day. How we are all going to fit in our tiny little home-at-work is beyond me.

This is the warmest Christmas in North Dakota that I ever remember. There are only a few remnants of snow from a brief flurry we received a few weeks ago. North Dakota. Not a white Christmas. Pure Crazy!


Our youngest little man is swearing off Christmas presents for the 2nd year in a row! Last year, he raised $5,622 for charity: water, and a clean water well is currently being built in Ethiopia! How awesome is that? This year, his goal is TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. Bridger currently stands at $1,317 raised for people desperately in need of water. Did you know that a child will die every 15 SECONDS due to a lack of safe water? If you want to help Bridger change that statistic, you can donate on his secure web page, just click on the photo below!

Flipping Out

I saw this mitten garland on the Land of Nod website and fell in love. I swear, I turn instantly happy every time I see it!


Christmas balls:


Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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it takes a village.


This boy.


This little, blue-eyed boy with a BIG heart.

He steals MY heart.

His wish this Christmas is not for an iPod, Pokemon, or Legos. The one item on his Christmas list?



To raise $10,000 for clean, safe water for 500 people.

It takes a village, friends.

Can you help?

Will you help? Will you share his story on your blog, on Facebook, and through email? Or place a Pig with a Purpose at the center of your family gatherings this week?


Let’s harness the power of OUR VILLAGE to help another village thrive. We can do this, I know it.

Clean Water for Christmas.


Happy Friday, friends! What’s new? Are you constantly running around trying to get things done and wishing there were more hours in the day, like I am?

Do people even READ my blog any more? I have noticed that when I don’t write a lot, the comments kind of taper off. Weird. Note to self: Write more blog posts. So, if you’re still around, say HEY! in the comments! What’s on your Christmas list? What are you doing for the holidays?

Here is my week, in iPhone photos:

Saturday morning, we were having our laid-back, lazy morning and I came across this post from one of my favorite ladies in the blogosphere. I cried. I read it to the twins, then might have cried just a little bit more.

The twins, looking at the photos in the post:

The twins and our “pig with a purpose”:

We got our hair done, my roots were getting dang skanky, and the twins were looking like they were born in the wrong decade:

We played with a box. A big box. There may or may not be a child in there during this photo.

Bridger has been busy singing his little heart out at 539 different concerts this week. We got to have our own special “lunch date” on a school day!

Do you like my outfit? Pajama pants? I channeled my inner-person-of-Walmart for that one. My shoes are pretty darn cute though. I have them in gray and brown.

Ashton’s campaign to raise money for clean water ended yesterday. His grand total for his 3 months of fundraising? $1,100.10. Pretty awesome, huh? Bridger is still actively collecting money for his CLEAN WATER FOR CHRISTMAS campaign. I swear, he was the easiest person to shop for this year! You can give back by clicking here to visit his page!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

more than us

Ignore the bedhead and the momfail sugary cereal… HE DID IT!

We woke up this morning to a notification that Ashton had reached his goal!

$1,040 raised to bring safe water to villages in Ethiopia!

The smile on his face and beaming eyes? Priceless.

Way to go, buddy! I am so proud of you!

Thank you to all of you that encourage and love on my boys!


Clean Water for Christmas.

seven on sunday

*We are spending the long weekend with my husband at work. I know I’ve said this before, but it’s a little like a mini-vacation for me, albeit a white-trash mini-vacay. I don’t have to worry about cooking or cleaning or the 10 million things I should be doing. I get some work done here and there as I fight with the totally-inadequate internet connection, but we have a whole lot of this:

and that:

with a nap or two thrown in for kicks and giggles.

*Bridger and I worked on a blog for his ongoing charity campaign, as well as a FB page! Check them out!

*We also launched a new project he is working on to raise more money! Looking for Christmas ideas? Make a donation to BB’s charity: water campaign in your certain someone’s name! Bridger will hand-draw and send a Christmas (or holiday, or whatever) card for that person, informing them of your gift, as well as send you a personal, hand-made card! Who knows? They may be worth millions some day! :)

*My husband took the time to answer many of my questions on how drilling operations work and how they take many precautions to make sure that our water supply here isn’t in any danger of being contaminated by the whole process. Knowing how I need to see things to understand, he even drew me diagrams. How sweet is that? He even had a pot of coffee waiting for me when I woke up this morning!

*We had an early-November garage sale and donated all the money to the boys’ fundraisers. It was freezing-ass cold, but we got rid of a lot of clutter and made $300!

*Someone decided to play a little trick on me the other morning. These nasty grubs were waiting on my beloved aeropress when I went to make my morning brew. This was AFTER I had cleaned up a crap-tastrophe left for me from one of the lovely animals, so I already had the heebie jeebies. I screamed and demanded the twins come remove them. Being the manly men that they are, they refused to touch the critters. I poked them and discovered they were RUBBER. Funny.

*This little guy has had his first-ever choir performance. I just die every time he puts on his uniform. LOVE.

Ready to head to the performance:

instaFriday {october 21}

Another week has come and gone {where did it go?}!

We started the weekend off with having some friends over… They have twin boys as well, and the cutest little baby that I hogged for hours. The two sets of twins, kept busy with Wii:

This boy lost a tooth and woke up to find $2.00. He immediately asked me to donate it to his brother’s charity: water campaign {he’s giving up presents for Christmas to provide clean, safe water to communities in need}. He also has his own campaign!

We took a trip to the Pumpkin Patch with the kids… which would be great, only the wind was wicked and blowing hay and dust specks aren’t really that fun.

We left with a wagon full of pumpkins, then proceeded to pull out their guts and destroy them into masterful pieces of art. My pumpkin:

I bet you wish your husband had this tee in his collection! {no, he is not allowed to leave the house in it!}:

Soaking up the rays, before the sunshine leaves for the next six months:

How was your week? What’s new?

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My twins are raising money for charity: water, and would be so happy if you could help:
Ashton’s Thrilling Drilling Campaign
Bridger’s Clean Water for Christmas Campaign

if only money grew on trees.


This is Ashton. He is 8-years-old and loves to laugh. He likes fish and puffins, wrestling with his twin brother, and playing football and basketball. He also loves money. Like, a little obsessively. He can sit for hours and count pennies and tally coins. He once wanted to be a banker when he grows up, but then decided there was too much paperwork.


He has devoted three months of his time to raising money for charity: water. He hopes to bring in at least $600 to help purchase a drilling rig that can drill near 80 wells each YEAR in countries that so desperately need clean water.


A poem, by Ashton:

Can you help? Every penny counts. Just ask Ashton. Donate here. Or maybe you can help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter? Thank.You.

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