two days

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{thank you}

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.

the post where i show off my video-making skills

or something like that.

Apologies for my sweaty gross self, my wooping and hollering, and the squeaky sound coming from The Crew. Watch it anyway and pass it on! THANKS!

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9 days left in our campaign!

where does the time go?

This post quickly turned into a smorgasbord of topics. My brain is a little {lot} scattered lately.

Holy crap! This year is just flying by {even though there are moments it’s not}. Things have been so crazy-busy around here with the end of school, you would think I would be relieved that it’s summer break. And maybe I would be if our week’s were not filled golf, track, soccer, dance and you name it. I guess with four kids, that should be expected? I also have regrets over not sticking with any sports after junior high… i was super-shy and moved a lot.

We had branding at my Dad’s place last weekend, which is one of our favorite times of the year. Great friends, family, and fun, although my heart couldn’t help but be a little sad that Cyndee wasn’t there.

Danny, being Danny:


My brave, courageous husband rescued this l’il baby:


Speaking of babies, some of you know that my husband had a reversal a few months ago. Why is it that when we are TRYING to conceive, it just doesn’t happen, but when we are not, BAM! Baby! Life handed me a low-blow this week when I was late by almost a week. A WEEK. I am NEVER late. Except for now. When we are trying to have a baby. MEAN.

Remember when Bridger raised $5,622 in 90 days for a freshwater well in a much-needed community? Well, today he got to decide what he wanted to have his plaque say. It will be engraved and hang wherever the well will be {we don’t have that info yet}.

Scorpion Well: Water Change Everything -Bridger, 7

It’s so… Bridger! :)

While we are on the subject of charity: water, the kids and I are doing our “homemade” race this weekend at the bunkhouse. The plan was originally to do the San Diego RnR race, but it just didn’t work out. So it’s 13.1 miles for me, 3.1 for the kiddos. Wish us luck! We are still hoping to raise enough money for yet another clean water well, as of this minute we are at $1,143 out of a hopeful $5,000! You can donate securely here:

We are finally gaining some ground on our home improvement projects, which puts us one step closer to selling this house! We have hopes of building this house when we find the land that catches our eye, wherever and whenever that may be. The thing about moving is that you really get in touch with what works and doesn’t work for your family. We are soooo excited to start planning! Scouring pinterest does not help with my impatience, either.

So, what’s new with you? Have any exciting plans for this summer?

45 days. {giveaway}

45 days to reach our goal.

45 days to raise enough money to save lives. 1 BILLION people do not have access to clean water.

45 days to fund a project that will help women and children spend less time walking miles and miles for {dirty} water, which will enable them to spend their time being educated and bringing in income for their family.

45 days to make their days so much better and brighter.

photo by J & S Lang

I’ve been thinking and thinking of ways to raise money for these people, how to give these children a chance at life. Besides just running. I have channeled my inner-crafter-that-i-never-knew-i-had. I’m making things. Pretty things. {of course, even if you don’t like pretty things, you can just simply donate here}

Like these bracelets:

and these cute bobbies:

The bracelets are made of jersey knit and are currently available in aqua, chocolate brown, black, and camouflage. {note: camo is only printed on one side of fabric, so their is a mixture of white in the bracelets, but I personally think it adds to it and I love}.

The bobby pins will come in a set of 2… colors and sizes will be a surprise! Variety of circle, square, and heart buttons {turquoise, pink, brown} on a flowery cut-out from a vintage dictionary!

Or maybe you would like a simple charity: water bracelet. Black with white lettering.

Last, but not least, let me tell you about Ariah Fine. He is a father of two and has a mission of teaching children who have the privilege of clean water more about those who do not. To serve this purpose, Ariah wrote the children’s book Clean Water for Elirose. He donates the profits from all sales directly to clean water projects. He first contacted me when my son, Bridger, gave up Christmas to fund a water well. We have been in touch ever since, and he is working with me to sell his books and the profits will go to our campaign! Read more about Ariah on the charity: water blog. These books would make great gifts to the children in your life, teachers, and libraries!

How to make your purchases?

All are $15!

  1. Donate directly to our project: Send me an email {} with the products you want and mailing address!
  2. Send the money through paypal {}. Make sure you put the products you want and mailing info in the comments of the transaction!
  3. Send me a check directly through snail mail. Email me for mailing info {}!

If you live in the Mandan/Bismarck areas, I will deliver products if you prefer, otherwise all orders will be sent out via USPS. Also, if you are going to Fitbloggin’ in a few weeks, I can also deliver, if you wish!

Now, for the giveaway!

I am giving away one the above products to {two} winners!! Winner’s choice!

How to enter:

I need your help getting the word out. I have a lot of money to raise in the next 45 days. I’m offering you these ways to enter:

  1. Share my project on Facebook, you can use this link:
  2. Share my project on Twitter, again, use this link:
  3. Blog about this project, feel free to use any of the above product photos in your post! Link to this post by using this link:
  4. Post this pretty little button on your site {copy and paste the code from over there —–>}

FOUR WAYS to enter! Easy! Make sure you come back and tell me what you’ve done!

There you have it! Four ways to win! Contest will end Friday, May 13th and winners will be randomly chosen and announced the following day! Good luck!

Thank you so much for all the help in spreading the word and donations.

There are no words for how much it means to me.


you capture:: youth



Miss Averie, acting like a diva

Did you hear? My husband, the kids, and I are collecting dollars and coins until we reach our goal of $5,000 {or beyond} to fund a water project in Africa.

{can you, will you, help us?}

We are making up our very own 1/2 marathon (kids are doing a 5K) and will spend the next 3 months training for it until race day on June 12th. We are very excited. Read more about our family here and why we are doing this here.

yuck water

yucky water

clean water

clean water


on our way to $5,000

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what if…

{happy world water day}

this morning, i showered. i filled up my bright green tea kettle with tap water and heated it on the stove for my coffee press. twice. all four of my kids went to school bathed. we brushed our teeth,  flushed our toilets, washed our hands.

but what if we couldn’t?

what if our water looked like this {collected from a puddle in our backyard}?

world water day

what if your child was one of the 42,000 that die each week from unsafe water and unhygienic living?


what if, instead of going to the gym to exercise, our exercise consisted of walking miles and miles each day to collect water for ourselves and our families? all the while lugging a jerry can weighing forty pounds when filled?

photos by friends, J and S Lang.

what if the life expectancy for you and your loved ones was only 39 years? in six years, my children would be orphans.

what if you could change this?

{we can}

our family of six is running to provide clean water for a community of hundreds. if 247 of you each donate twenty dollars, it will happen.

what if?

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meet the andersons {team: bunkhouse}

we are the anderson family. a bit dysfunctional, a pinch of crazy, but filled with love.

our little man, Bridger, rocked his campaign for clean water over Christmas. his grand total? $5,622. {thank you} our entire family has grown to admire and love the mission of charity: water. because of them, the people who believe in their work, and those of you who give your money to make these miracles happen, villages in developing nations can say good-bye to their dirty, unsafe, bacteria-ridden water and have a new chance at life. with our donations, these families are given access to clean water and educated on the importance of hygiene and adequate sanitation.

this spring, our family is running for water. we are making our own course at our most favorite of places {the bunkhouse}. mom and dad are doing a half-marathon {13.1 miles} and babes are doing a 5k {3.1 miles}. june 12th is the day.


meet the family:

this is Melissa. she enjoys seeing the world, capturing it with her camera and dreams of brightening the world through humanitarian missions. she spends a lot of her time on her four lovely children, and loves to watch her community {the sisterhood of the shrinking jeans} grow and inspire. sunshine makes her happy. she’s not a runner, but loves trying to {sort of} run for a good cause.

this is Justin. when he is not busy rockin’ the bakken and working hard for his family, he enjoys riding around and doing crazy tricks {giving his wife a heart attack} on his beast of a 4-wheeler. he surprised the wife when he agreed to do this little project with her. she’s a little jealous that he can not run for years and then just get out there and his legs go and go.

here we have Kane. he’s busy being a teenager {and all the perks that go along with teenage-dom}. he enjoys following in his father’s footsteps and likes things that go fast or shoot and football. he plans to smoke us during our race.

say hello to Averie. she is our little girl who isn’t so little anymore. when she isn’t dancing, you can find her texting, talking on the phone, daydreaming about boys and shopping. she was a bit slow to agree to this whole idea, because, hello, her legs will hurt. luckily, she is being a good sport and joining us on this adventure.

next we have Ashton. he is one of our twins and he likes counting things, golf, money and puffins. he gave his brother many allowances during his clean water for Christmas campaign. he has a heart of gold and is one funny guy. this will be his third 5k!

last, but not least, is Bridger. our other twin, he inspired us all by opening his heart and giving up his Christmas presents in hopes of helping children in Africa. when he is not busy trying to change the world, he enjoys creating lego masterpieces, drawing, soccer, and space. he completed his first 5k last summer {and beat me}.

i hope you will follow along with us for the next three months as we put our hearts and souls into training and fundraising. we are very excited and blessed to have this opportunity to help raise awareness {and money} for this great cause.

we’re a little excited, can you tell?

with your help and a little of this:

we can make this:

turn into this: here to donate.

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the true meaning

 of Christmas.

You can watch my baby in his video post over here today.

For a warm fuzzies and a giggle, watch the outtakes:

Your donation of $20 will bring an in-need person clean water for 5 years. The positive impact on their lives is priceless. Click here to donate.

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