Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Personalized Gifts

Christina and I had so much fun creating the Thanksgiving Gift Guide.  

Here is the next gift guide in our Handmade Holiday series.  This gift guide is all about gifts you can personalize.  When you give a personalized gift it's not soon to be forgotten.  

I love talking gifts. Do you have a memorable gift that really sticks out to you?
We have one more gift guide all about stocking stuffers coming soon! 


Handmade Thanksgiving Gift Guide

I'm so excited to be joining forces with my dear friend Christina from Colorado Crafts to create a series of Handmade Holiday Gift Guides to feature some of the best in handmade giving for this holiday season.

While Christmas tends to get all the gift giving fun, we couldn't leave Thanksgiving out of the party.

So for our first Handmade Holiday Gift Guide, we are thrilled to share with you:

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Thanksgiving Gifts

We have some of the best fall and Thanksgiving items from handmade artisans.

Be watching for more gift guides to come.  Do you own a handmade business or know someone who does?  Interested in taking part in one of our Handmade Holiday Gift Guides?  Send us an email we'd love to chat - everydaysummit @ gmail.com


Mom Speaks

I was reading in Genesis 1 this morning.
I was struck by the creation story: God's actions, and then the reaction to his actions.

I made a list.
God said...it was so.

This one stuck out to me.
Isn't this how I act, as though I have this power?

Mom speaks, and it should be so. Right?

I've been in a rut lately.
Demanding a lot more than showing.
Rushing about and commanding orders instead of stopping, slowing, savoring and joining.

I'm not God.
I know this.
But don't I sometimes expect the same results: speak, and what I say will happen?

Maybe I need to stop trying to speak things into being, and instead start praying for them to change.
If the God of the universe can speak and the water separate and land appear, certainly he help a child with a rotten attitude.

But God didn't just speak and move on.
He saw...He saw that it was good.

A piece I often miss.

I'm missing the seeing. Time to slow down. Time to start seeing and savoring.


5 Tips to Motivate Your Reluctant Hiker

"Picture this: it’s a beautiful July weekend morning. The mountains are calling, and you must go. There’s only one problem. One of your precious kids is sitting on the trail (or in the parking lot), refusing to go a step further."  Read the rest over at the Colorado Springs Moms Blog.

So excited to be a contributor for this new blog focused on moms in Colorado Springs. Make sure to head over and check it out. Lots of exciting things in the works and some amazing moms ready to share their hearts, tips and tricks, and lots of local information.  


The Unmaking

Hello Friends,

I've been busy creating, writing (more on that to come), and enjoying every bit of summer I can.  My heart has been heavy though.  Two friends walking different but oddly similar roads that makes my heartache.

I've watched these two women as they walk through these struggles and have been humbled by the grace, perseverance and peace that they've walked with.  Rarely have I seen people watch with such grace in such difficult situations.  Choosing to not become bitter, to continue to pour out love even in the most difficult of circumstances and to continue to take a step forward everyday, refusing to be buried in the circumstances. While I certainly pray their situations take a miraculous turn in a different direction I've been so honored to watch and learn as they have walked these difficult roads.

I was introduced to this song recently because a dear friend of ours is the drummer. But as I was listening to it this morning I was struck by how fitting it is right now.  I hope it can be an encouragement to you too.


Stand Together

Have you read this post yet?  Into Iraq #2  from Ann Voskamp 

If you haven't I urge you to click over and take a read, but come back and let's do something together...stand together.

If I can be completely honest, when my friend Angie messaged me and shared about how this post stirred her heart and I went to read it, my gut instinct was to look away.  Because closing my eyes to this happening and going about my own business with my family so far removed from this crisis would be easier.

It's easier to look away.  I feel helpless, a bit guilty and like anything I could think of doing to help would be a dismal attempt at actually making a difference.

Then I read Ann's words: 
"They need someone to have enough courage to not turn away. That is us."

I thought to myself can't I just do that?  Can't I just have the courage to not turn away? 
So often I feel like what I have to offer is too small to make an impact (especially in a situation like this) that perhaps I do nothing at all.  I say a prayer, push it to the back of my mind and try to forget such unfathomable and dire circumstances exist.  

But this time my friend Angie @ Angie Lindley Artistic Engraving and I decided to do something. 

So we have a challenge for you: to take our small offerings and bring them together to make a big impact in one woman's life.
The Preemptive Love Coalition is a not-for-profit that seeks to help empower women to defy ISIS. $1000 will give one woman a business start-up grant so she can provide food, water, shelter, clothes, and healthcare for herself and her family.
So here's our challenge:

One week : $1000 : Life Change for One Woman

We are looking for 40 people to give $25 each to https://preemptivelove.nationbuilder.com/empower . 

Every person that donates will receive a free sterling silver, heart charm with the word "love" hand engraved on it from Angie Lindley Artistic Engraving. (one charm per household)
For every $25 you donate, we will enter you into a drawing for a free mug of your choice from Everyday Summit.

Want to take the challenge and stand together?
*Click on the link and donate to Preemptive Love.
*Email me, Lindsie (thisabode @ gmail.com) and let us know that you made a donation of $25 or more so we can enter you in the giveaway and get you your charm. Please include your mailing address so we can get the charm sent to you. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.
*Share this post to spread the word.  The more small steps the bigger the impact.

Let's stand together and help to empower one woman to take a stand against ISIS.

You can read more on the Preemptive Love Coalition blog about what it looks like for one woman to receive a business start up grant.
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