a month for hope

Random Sunday (Day #15)

This is going to be a random blog. Just a fair warning before you get in too deep.

We went to downtown Franklin to see A Dickens of a Christmas yesterday. You wouldn't really believe it unless you see it with your own eyes. Franklin is the most quaint old town ever. You just expect to see the entire cast of Leave It To Beaver drinking milkshakes at the old diner counter at any moment. It's pretty cute. So yesterday was no exception. There was dancing in the town-square, an amazingly-cheery Santa, people dressed up in period pieces and Ghosts of Christmas past wandering about. Again, you might not believe it unless you saw it. Here is a little visual proof:

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We grabbed some food afterwards and decided that it was a perfect day for me (Kate) to continue my training of trying to like beer. So I had 2 beers--can you believe it?

photo 4Ok, they were maybe the tiniest beers known to man but at least I tried. I settled for a glass of red wine but hey, I really did try. I will like beer someday. I will.

I woke up this morning somehow having a chest cold. It feels like there is an elephant camped out in my airway and I'm coughing all the time. Unclear about how this came about but not too thrilled about it.

Saw this sign in the Miami airport. Thought it was pretty cool. Hope it's there all year round...cause that's what we all need more of...peace & love.

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How about that Beyoncé surprise album? That was pretty sweet. Love when stuff like that happens. Well done Beyoncé. We haven't listened/watched it yet...we hear it's good.

I have watched a plethora of Christmas movies and I will not stop! I won't! I'm almost through all of them and will just start them all over again! Technical question: Is While You Were Sleeping a Christmas movie?

A Month For Hope is half-way through. Have you donated yet? It'd be super cool if you did! We need this money to help take care of these kiddos in Africa that are super, super awesome. So donate some money & you can get yourself your very own Houses of Hope Africa t-shirts!



Ok--I think I need a nap. I need my chest cold to go away. I've got 15 days left in 2013 and I'm determined to make them all awesome. Isn't it weird that despite circumstances YOU have the power to create happiness? You can really choose happiness. It's not always easy or maybe the popular choice but man, choose it! Claim it. Make it yours. Claim peace & joy & love. Make them yours and then give them away.







A Month For Hope! (Day #2)

9153350510_e8ce07d46b You may or may not know that half of our hearts are half way around the world...in Africa...where we spend time every year with the amazing kids at Houses of Hope Africa...an organization that Kate's dad started to care for the orphans in Southern Africa.


Sooooo many of you have been asking about "A Night For Hope" this year (if you don't know what that is, check out our last A Night For Hope concert recap from 2012) that we are are excited to announce this year that we are doing A MONTH FOR HOPE...a whole month dedicated to raising money to care for these kids for the next year. We have a BIG goal this year which is good because HOHA is growing and doing awesome things over there!

Like most everything, we cannot do it alone. We need your help to reach this goal. We always feel like when we are over there spending time with these kids that you are all there with us. So many of you have already donated money, sent hand-made items for the kids, sent friendship bracelets, etc....we are really all on this team for hope together.

So thanks so much for already being awesome!

Check out A MONTH FOR HOPE and help us spread the word...

1. You can Buy a T-shirt. (Really cool shirt designed by Emily Coey)

2. You can bid on an Ebay item. (autographed memorabilia and what not)

3. Or you can just give straight up Cash money :)

4. You can help us spread the word by following Houses of Hope Africa on Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr.

5. PLEASE... re-tweet, share and re-blog (this is seriously SOOOOOO helpful!)

Every little bit helps...so THANK YOU!!


Thanks for believing in hope with us. Lots of love.