Easy way to help a great organization!

March 27, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I recently wrote a blog about my favorite purse and where it came from. There is a great organization in Haiti that is changing women’s lives one at a time. Here is a small glimpse of what they do from their website:

“Each week over 100 women come through our center as part of our various programs.  These women live day to day just trying to make it through and feed their children.  Many are just trying to survive.  Our program changes that.  Women who have never earned a dollar in their lives are now earning money as they sew.  Women who had no parenting skills are now taking better care of their children.  Women who could not read and write are now learning to.  Women who have had no prenatal care are getting the attention they so desperately need.  Women light up when they hear the sound of their baby’s heartbeat for the first time.”

These women are learning to sew and selling these great purses!

Here are 2 ways you could help….

1.) You could throw a purse party and help sell these great purses! Go here to sign up!

2.) You could also help us gather fabric and thread! Here is what they need:

“we can always use thread and fabric…..we are in need of light weight upholstry fabric with matching contrasting fabrics.  We like to have the fabric in atleast three yards or more.  For thread we need heavy duty threads (quilting) in every color you can think of….JoAnn’s has 99 cent thread.  They don’t keep it with the “good” stuff…I have had to ask for it when I am looking for it.”

I would love to be able to send a ton of supplies to these women. Does anyone have any of these supplies that they could donate? Does anyone have coupons to fabric stores that we could use? I and several other women are going to start collecting from anyone who wants to give! Can you help us get the word out? If you would like to give items please email me at marisjbush@gmail.com.

Thanks for all your help!

oh yes and this is a picture of my purse that I love so much!

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What is your top 5?

March 25, 2009 at 3:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Tonight I found a great online spiritual gifts test. We have been talking about them at church. I have taken tests in the past but I really wanted refresh my mind of what mine are. If you don’t know what your spiritual gifts are then how can you use them?? Sometimes I get forget what God has put inside of me and compare “what I am not” to other people. Sometimes I feel like I am all heart and no brain! It was GREAT and so interesting to see what my gifts are and to see how they are already being played out in my life without me really realizing it! I pretty much had a 5 way tie between:

Giving, Exhortation, Poverty, Leadership, Writing

I took the test twice and had the same top 5. I am very excited to have a better understanding of what my gifts are and am propelled even more to use them to love others!

If you want a better understanding of your spiritual gifts this is a great resource!

http://www.kodachrome.org/spiritgift/

Help out by buying a print!

March 23, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is from my husband Steven’s blog. He is selling one of his wonderful prints for an organization that helps out with adoption funds! Please go to his blog and order this print! Its for 1 week only!

Limited Edition Print Being Sold to Support Adoption

For one week only  my photograph, ‘The Only Magic I Still Believe In Is Love’ , is being sold on a website called www.wallblank.com. Wall Blank is donating 100% of the proceeds in order to support the wonderful ministry of Abba Fund. Abba Fund is a ministry that helps people adopt by offering them interest-free loans. The cost of Adoption can be overwhelming, but Abba Fund is there to help people like yourself and I in this process. Abba Fund makes it possible for people to make an incredible difference in the life of a child through adoption.

If you have a heart for adoption and a heart for helping…now’s your chance. go right now to www.wallblank.com and PURCHASE a limited edition print of ‘The Only Magic I Still Believe In Is Love’. They are only printing 150 prints and selling them for $25.00. Get yours while they last. After they are sold out there won’t be anymore printed anytime soon. I won’t receive any money from these prints. Maris and I simply believe in Adoption, and we want to do all we can to help other families experience this tremendous joy. These prints could raise $3,750 for Abba Fund. Let’s get this done!!!

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“This world is a dark and broken place. It is full of hurt and dying people that are imprisoned by the merciless enemy of poverty. Wars, hate, racism, religion, hunger, poverty, and greed encompass a fallen world full of fallen men. There is a lack of faith, hope, and love. There is a need for restoration and renewal. There is a need for justice and change. Many live as if there is nothing left to hope in. Many live as if there is nothing left good to believe in. I have to believe that there is good left in people. I have to believe that we can make a difference. I have to believe that we can bring change to this broken world. I have to believe in justice. I have to believe that there is hope. I have to believe in love.”


Marks of a True Christian

March 18, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Is this just good advice for us? Is this reality in our lives? When reading this do we question if our lives look like a “true christian?” This is pretty convicting!

Romans 12: 9-21    “Marks of the True Christian”

9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope,  be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20To the contrary,”if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Passage from biblegateway.com

Family

March 17, 2009 at 7:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I just recently took a trip to Nashville and had some great Q.T. with the fam. I was able to take August to meet my 2 living grandparents for the first time. It was a very special time for me!

Here is my sweet sweet grandmother meeting him- everything she said he laughed at!

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4 Generations!

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I love this woman! 🙂

This is my grandfather meeting him for the first time! His name is Henry, my dad’s real name is Henry and August is named after both of them. August Henry Bush 🙂

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pop-and-a2 I love this one!!

And of course we had great time with my parents and brother! Its hard living so far away but the time we do have is so precious. We had lots of fun with the little man!

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Daniel and A

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Nana and her favorite little guy!

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Pops/Budro with his little man! I love this picture 🙂

Fun times in Nashville!

My Favorite Purse

March 17, 2009 at 4:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

A while back I bought this purse:

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I LOVE this purse! I bought it to support the Heartline Woman’s program in Haiti. Aaron just wrote about the impact that this ministry has on these woman’s lives.

“These women then sell their purses (through Heartline) and are able to make a personal profit off their products. They end up owning a sewing machine, keeping a portion of the profit and saving some in a personal banking account. In every practical way, they are learning skills and crafts to provide income and savings for themselves and their families. And they are incredibly skilled at it.”

I really love this program. They are empowering women by teaching them life skills. They have a website that you can check out here.

Inside of every purse they attach the name of the artist who made the purse. I always look at her name and think about her. Well tonight as I was looking around the Haitian Creation website and I found her!!

World meet Suzanne!

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“I am 33 years old. I am married and have two sons – six and three years old. My husband’s name is Menes Abellard, my sons are named Sumens and Menes Junior. We live in an area of the city called Pernier. I was born in Cayes, in the southern part of Haiti. I have three brothers and one sister. My whole family moved to Port au Prince in 1980, but then moved back to Cayes in 1987 when the city became too dangerous. I finished High School and then returned to Port au Prince for more education. I have attended trade schools for secretarial work, language, pastry cooking, and some sewing. I would like to become a business woman. I attend church in Port au Prince called Church on the Rock. Through all this I realize that in Haiti only God can make you realize your goals. I know someone who is older than I but never found work anywhere so they are not able to make anything for their family yet. I have been blessed! Even if we are suffering from something else God will take care of that, for He said I’m with you until the end.”

I love supporting these women! Please go to http://www.haitiancreations.com and support the women who are making these beautiful purses!! I am trying to talk Steven into letting me support Suzanne again!! 🙂 🙂

The Story

March 15, 2009 at 11:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

“No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a story. It’s an adventure story about a young hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne- everything- to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!

You see, the best thing about the story is- its true. There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big story. The story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.”

-Sally Lloyd Jones from the Jesus Storybook Bible

My amazing husband

March 11, 2009 at 5:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

My amazing husband took these tonight! I have been dying to see his skills put to work on our little man. I am sooooooooooooooooooo excited about these pics and will probably always consider these as my favorites! Thank you Steven sooo much for such a sweet gift. This is August at 5 1/2 months old!

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I am so in love with both my boys!!!!!!

Mom Help

March 10, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Alright mom’s I need some advice. When August was first born he had a hard time sleeping until we bought this sleep positioner. He loves this thing!

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He sleeps on his side but has obviously outgrown this positioner. He has a very difficult time falling asleep on his back but will fall straight to sleep on his side. He is to big for this and at night rolls over the sides and wakes up. We are currently waking about about 5-6 times a night (every night). I am at a loss. Should I try and find another positioner to help him sleep on his side or do I just quit it cold turkey? I know he can’t use this thing forever but he LOVES it.

Any ideas? We are loosing sleep and I am afraid it will develop into a habit of waking up a lot during the night time but it is so difficult to get him to sleep without it. What would you do?

the overlooker

March 8, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

“He who grows in grace remembers that he is but dust, and he therefore does not expect his fellow christians to be anything more. He overlooks ten thousand of their faults, because he knows his God overlooks twenty thousand in his own case. He does not expect perfection in the creature, and , therefore, he is not disappointed when he does not find it.”

Charles Spurgeon

I think this quote could go for non believers too. The judgment of others does not lie in our own hands.

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