Breaks My Heart...

From the speaker I heard last weekend...

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RescueHer... have you heard of it?

Have you ever heard a story that touched your heart in a certain way that you had to do something because of the information you took in? Well, this was certainly one of those moments for me and I have to share the story with all of you.

RescueHer is about human trafficking. I've seen it in a movie before, you try to tell yourself its a movie, its not real, but your heart knows better... I knew when I saw the movie that it is very real and happening today... what a nightmare. I had no idea what I could do though, especially since I just saw it in a movie, so I just tried to push it out of my mind. Well last Saturday a lady came to our church and shared a story with us...

A man was going to India, while he was there he heard of an auction going on. He figured he'd get a van to fit his treasures in and brought $5000 to spend. (you would think you could get some beautiful furniture for that!) When he got to the destination of the auction and the auctioneer said "and our first item up for bid"... up walked a girl on the stage. Girl, after girl, after girl. This man who thought he was buying actual items was now praying to God and asking Him what to do, which girls should I buy. He only had $5000. So he felt led to buy the youngest girls. Girls started for a $100. He ended up buying girls for $500. When he was about out of money he decided to go "check out." Then one of the last girls up for auction was in the back and when she was called to the stage, the good man noticed that she was struggling very much to get to the stage... she had just been beaten, bleeding, bad leg, barely moving. The good man was going to head to help her out but the translator said "No! If he were to help her, no man would bid on her and she would be immediately killed behind the stage when the auction was over." When her bidding started the auctioneer smirked and started her off in mere cents. No one bid. The good man spoke up and said I'll pay $500! He was asked why in the world would he pay $500 when he could have her for $1? He said she's worth just as much as every other girl and wanted her to know she was just as worthy. So the man got his girls and took them to a doctor and then to a safe home.
How horrible is that that these innocent girls live in this kind of nightmare on a daily basis? Can you just walk away from a story like that... ignore that you ever read or heard it??? What can we do to help? Well there are organizations out there to help these individuals who are trafficked. This is where Rescue Her comes in.

From RescueHer site:
"The horrible things that are happening everyday in this holocaust we call Human Trafficking are hard to imagine. Little children being sold for sex; some as young as 4 years old. Every 30 seconds another child is captured. 32 billion dollars every year is made off the bodies of young girls & women in sex trafficking...

There are many amazing programs and ministries around the world that are rescuing children from the horrors of trafficking. But they need funds to keep going and to take care of the children they rescue. They need food, education, psychological help etc. We are raising money through ZOE coffee and our other initiatives and sending it directly to help these children. Our desire is to raise a TON of money from people all around the world that CARE and shower these ministries with all the money they need to rescue as many as they can!"

Please check out RescueHer's website and the about us HERE. A couple of the ministries they donate to is SHE Rescue Homes and Sower of Seeds. Look into the other ministries as well and support the one that tugs at your heart.

RescueHer does sell a few things to raise money (if you LOVE coffee join their club), but really do we need more things??? I say give as much as you can, go without a treat for a day, think of someone else who really needs your help before buying more things for yourself. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the little extras we are fortunate enough to be spoiled with, but please share a little, give someone else hope. Everyone deserves a safe environment and I believe God has us here to do our part. Anyway, think about it...donate a few bucks if you can. If everyone put in $2 it would help! Thanks so much for reading!!!

Have a blessed weekend!


Our Weekend

Our weekend flew by like most. Saturday was spent working on projects for our church and then that night I went to listen to a speaker and watch a fashion show. (I have lots to tell you about the speaker but that deserves a separate thought out post.) Sunday was a nice relaxing day. We decided to enjoy some outdoor family time.

I love the peacefulness of the outdoors and listening to the birds sing!

We went on a family bike ride. This picture makes me laugh. Kaelyn looks so tiny with just her eyes showing. :)

After biking around for awhile it started raining on us... not lightly either. Good thing K was in the cart that had a plastic shield to cover the front. I had a hard time seeing and when we finally made it back to the truck hubby was laughing at me and told me to look in the mirror. I had mud splattered on my face! I was beautiful! Ha, ha! It was fun even though I was drenched and polka dotted with mud.

A good thing about the rain... it made wonderful puddles for Kaelyn to play in!

I have to say yay for the $1 rain boots I found at a garage sale. Worth every penny. She loves them and puts them to good use as you can see.

Then David went on a swim to do more training for his triathlon and half ironman coming up. Glad I didn't have to get in the water. Burr!!!

Instead I took lots of pictures of the beauty around us.


Enjoy Your Weekend!

I bet if it doesn't rain all weekend K will pick me more bouquets! Nothing like getting fresh, cheerfully colored flowers every day (for free!). ;)


Be Strong in the Lord

My newest inspirational print. Life isn't always easy. Everyone has their own journey with difficulties laying in their path, but knowing the Lord is there every step of the way and that His power is the greatest... it helps. Faith can change our outlook and with His help we can overcome our obstacles.


Nuisance or ...?

What some of us may consider a nuisance, others (like children) may find it to be quite magical. Kaelyn's favorite flower...

She picked several bouquets for her mommy!

I love seeing the world through a child's eyes. It is so delightful. Watching her get excited about dandelions made me think of Mathew 19:14, "For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Young children see the beauty... they are amazed by all God's creations... why do we seem to lose that amazement as we get older? We overlook the treasures right in front of us because we get so busy doing other things.

Thank you Kaelyn for the sweet reminders of God's beautiful creations all around us.

Here is another one of His creations I'm super excited about...

Ground cherries!!! The greenhouse didn't have any last year so I was completely bummed as they are one of my favorite summer treats. (Thanks to my grandma who hooked me when I was little.) So this year when they had them I got enough for my grandma and me. I can't wait!

(We finally had a day this week that got into the 80's, Yay! I LOVE the heat!)

Have a great weekend!


Exciting News!!!!

First of all I hope all you mama's had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. I sure had a blast spending a day with my mom and the weather was gorgeous! Couldn't have asked for a better day.

Ok, now on to the super exciting news. No I'm not expecting, but my artwork is in a new shop, Fiddlestix!!! I was contacted via etsy about this new store and Shelly the owner liked my work enough to see if I would want to sell a variety of work in her shop! Yay! So the weekend before last when I said I was so crazy busy this was one of the reasons. When I dropped my stuff off at the store I fell in love with the shop... it wasn't even all put together yet. Shelly does an amazing job decorating and her personality... lets just say you can't help but like her! :)

When I took my mom out for the day, one of the stops was Fiddlestix. Here it is...
Isn't it adorable? Its just a sneak peek cuz wouldn't you know my camera died right after I took the first shot of the inside! Boo! The next time I go back though, I'm making sure my camera is fully charged so I can share more with you. :)

For those of you that live close by, this shop is a MUST SEE!!! The energy and talent in the place radiates! It makes me smile just thinking about it!
Here are the directions: 727 South Broadway Suite #2, Watertown SD
When you turn onto Broadway off 212 its one of the first little shops on the left side of the road.


Meet My Mom

I want to introduce you to the person who inspired and encouraged my creativity at a very young age and continues to be one of my biggest supporters... my mom, Shari Haufschild. She does amazing watercolors; see for your self...

It was my mom who put the art show together. She did all the planning, got the location, did all the advertising, did lots of printouts for show pieces, setup (my hubby, dad and I did help with that part) and then tear down (all the artists helped with that) and got all the display parts back were needed. It was definitely a lot for one person to handle but she did amazing!

Ok, now for a closer look at her artistic talent! :)
Her pieces are even better in person. The one above has such an energy to it and I love the birds. Then the one below is so detailed and has great depth! She has lots of beautiful paintings, these were just a couple I had on my computer.

And my all time favorite, a book she wrote and illustrated with her watercolors for my daughters first birthday!!! I was shocked... for one I didn't know she wrote stories, and two the illustrations are fabulous! Kaelyn of course loves the book too! I'm really hoping to work with her to get some more smaller books made so people can purchase them for their special little ones on etsy. The story and illustrations are absolutely precious!

I hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of her work. I have to say I'm certainly blessed to have her as my mom. I'm also super excited to take her out on a mother daughter day tomorrow. We're having professional massages done, going out to eat and then off to look at art! Yay!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and to all you mom's, Happy Mother's Day... you definitely deserve a nice relaxing day! ♥


Art Show Continued

Some more photos from last Sundays Art Show...

Roger Wermers is getting a closer view of the challenge pieces. :)
Here is one of the challenge groupings. The little photo that is hanging on the left side is what all the artists looked at to make their artwork. (Yes, I was the odd ball... the one on the lower right. Ha, ha. I like to think I'm imaginative! You can read more about Dream Spirit HERE.) There were a total of seven challenge groupings.

This was one of the pieces from the onion challenge. Doris Symens-Armstrong is the artist... her work is amazing! I must say my photos don't do any of these pieces justice... they are much richer in person.

Each artist plus a few more that weren't involved in the challenge had an area to show some of their work.

The paintings in the background above are done by Roger Wermers. He knocks out paintings faster than anyone I know. His enthusiasm and artwork is inspiring!

These precious pastels are done by Sylvia Keszler. She's a sweetheart and her work matches her personality. ;)

Roger Bommersbach recently started watercolor painting. He's been impressing everyone with what he comes up with.

Here's a view of part of my display. Can't tell my daughter is one of my big inspirations. Ha, ha!

I love the feel of Judy Edenstrom's work! Splashes of color, kind of abstract but you can still tell what it is. The photo of her grouping didn't turn out... darn it! At least you get to see a glimpse.

Here's the birthday girl, Jodi Spilde, with some of her watercolors. You probably remember me blogging earlier about her. She is one busy painter and crafter! You can see more of her work HERE and on her blog HERE.

Wila Christensen did this GORGEOUS peony painting! It really makes me want to paint a flower! You can also see a little bit of a quilted runner made by Charlene Phiel in the background... her work is beautiful too!

So that was a little bit of the show. Beautiful quilts, photography and sculptures were also displayed along with several more paintings. It was a lot of fun to see! (The food was really good too!)


Busy Weekend

{a glimse of the art show}

It was an exhausting weekend but it was fun too. One of the big events (yes there were more but I'll share that later) that took place was the art show on Sunday which was put on by my mom! She did a fantastic job and worked so hard on it. A special thank you to her and to all those who came... it really meant a lot to us artists having you there!!!

These are most of my art club friends. (A couple had already left and a couple others weren't able to make it.) As you can see there is quite a range of ages... I'm the baby of the group but I have so much fun getting together with all of them! There's nothing quite like spending time with people who share the same passion as you... they get you in a way that other people, including family members don't. These people are great inspirations and soooo much fun. Age seriously goes out the window. :)

I'll try to share more about the art show soon plus more weekend happenings.