Friendship Bracelet

Bracelets for days :)

So we are having a GREAT time with the kids at the Houses of Hope! The kids are seriously such a fun group :) We have made crafts everyday, sung songs, played games in the sun, and gotten tons of hugs...we've even had our hair braided numerous times! They have all LOVED the friendship bracelets too...We sat them down and told them how we told our friends about them and that that's who made the bracelets for them! Needless to say, they were so excited...we had so many bracelets that most of the kids got one on each wrist or an ankle too. We have been trying to document as many of them as possible but here are a few to start with :) Thanks again for sending your love with us to these kids...they need it!


First Friendship Bracelet Picture!

So, Kate's dad, Bill, took a trip up to Zimbabwe and took a bunch of friendship bracelets with him to pass out to the Houses of Hope kids up there. He snapped a awesome is this?!? We have the rest of them with us and will be passing them out to the kids that we see this week. We are SO excited :)



Friendship FRENZY!! you know that we thought you guys were all cool and awesome already...but after evaluating the IMMENSE, CRAZY AMOUNTS of friendship bracelets we received to take with us to the kids at the Houses of Hope we are absolutely, positively blown away by your absolute coolness and generosity :) THANK YOU SO MUCH! Some of you even sent other items because you didn't feel creatively inclined to make bracelets...and that was awesome too!  Seriously...we are so excited to get over there and give the kids their bracelets. We are gonna be taking as many pictures as possible--so we will do our best to document the bracelets on their precious little wrists!

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this fun project with us. Looking around we are so blessed, by SO much....we are looking forward to sharing some quality time with these kids.

Again...thank you. Pat yourselves on the backs for making this a HUGELY successful bracelet-making mission. Tell your friends and neighbors and ice cream man that you made some kid in Africa super happy.


More updates coming soon.

Love to each of you.


Operation Friendship Bracelets!

Hello everybody! If you follow us on Twitter you've probably seen our tweets about making friendship bracelets this past weekend! Our friend Meghan had an awesome idea to make friendship bracelets and take them to the kids at the Houses of Hope. A few of us are taking a trip to Africa pretty soon to go hang out with the kids again and we thought that we could make some for the kids, but also teach them a fun craft!

So, if you want to make a bracelet or two and send them to us before August 2, 2010, we will take them with us and give them to the kids!

All you need to do is head over to your local craft store and buy a bunch of this thread: (it's not too pricy either--a BIG package for under $4):

Then, either find a friend to teach you or go & watch this handy how-to video....

You can experiment with all different patterns etc....this is one Jill is currently working on:

It is kind of time consuming...but we have also felt it's kind of therapeutic :) We've turned FRIENDS on in the background and tied away!

The end result is a bunch of these:

So, if you feel so inclined to make one of these bad boys--send us your bracelet to this address:


P.O. Box 176

Wheaton, IL 60187

Feel free to include a letter if you'd like...we promise to take all of them with us and share them with the kids.

Lots of love and friendship bracelets...

j&k...and meghan!