Weekend links (& an update from the Philippines)

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Back in July I had butterflies in my stomach for several reasons:

We were moving to a new house, traveling around the world as a family for the summer, working toward the abolition of child trafficking while there, and I wanted to invite you readers on the journey with us somehow.

Whew, it was a lot to take in.

Having never done any type of fundraising before on this virtual space, I didn’t know what to expect. But your response blew me away. Your generosity, your concern, your passion for education.

All children deserve a chance in this world–You understood that, and through your giving you fueled more children having a chance at life and freedom.

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Even since we’ve arrived home donations continue to come in! (And no, it’s not too late to give if these girls and this cause falls on your family’s heart.)

The girls at the Round Home are now enjoying the home library we purchased for them–with titles in all age ranges, in English and Filipino–available for them to read all day every day.

Thank you so much for not only embracing our family’s work with Love146, but for also partnering with us in the cause of abolition and restoration.

(If you missed any of my posts this summer, you can find them all here.)

Now on to our weekend links:
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What Helen Keller and our time in the Philippines have in common

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This month I’m blogging from the Philippines on behalf of Love146. You’ll understand today’s post more if you’ve also read the others:

“There is joy in self-forgetfulness. So I try to make the light in others’ eyes my sun, the music in others’ ears my symphony, the smile on others’ lips my happiness.” ~ Helen Keller

Helen Keller and the Philippines. The two will be forever connected in my mind.

When we arrived here five weeks ago I was finishing up Keller’s The Story of My Life. Her journey of triumph over literal darkness amazed me–from the depth of challenges she had to overcome, to the lifelong help she received from Annie Sullivan, to the courage and compassion she showed by her desire, in spite of severe disability, to make a difference in the world.
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How to talk to your kids about modern-day slavery

How to talk to your kids about modern-day slavery
This month I’m blogging from the Philippines on behalf of Love146. If you’ve missed any posts in this series, head here to catch up:

Over the past two weeks as I’ve written about modern-day slavery and our family’s personal mission to abolish it, a few readers have asked questions like these:

“How much do your kids actually know about your husband’s work with Love146?”

“How do I talk to my children about an issue as dark and complex as this one?”

This post addresses those questions, providing ideas about how to approach this topic with your own family. I’ve categorized the thoughts below by age range, but please keep in mind that our kids vary drastically in their development.

Some will be ready for information at an early age, some late. I tend to veer toward the better late than early philosophy–especially when I’m giving advice to so many of you–but you are the expert in your home so adjust as needed.
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The abolition of child trafficking and exploitation. Nothing less.

Love146: The abolition of child trafficking and exploitation

This month I’m blogging from the Philippines. If you missed last week’s post, head here to read and catch up. Thanks!

I had no idea one sleepless night would change the direction of my family’s life forever. But that’s exactly what happened.

Seven years ago, having recently become a mom, I woke at 2 am. Nothing unusual, except this time there was no baby screaming. I couldn’t go back to sleep, though, so I took out my journal and started writing. Suddenly a thought came into my mind:

“Go work with Love146.”

It sounded important, but I hadn’t anticipated finding my life’s calling in the middle of the night. So I just wrote the thought down and went on with life, never mentioning it to anyone.

A few weeks later, my husband Steve came home from work. “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” he said.

“Rob Morris.”

Rob Morris–as in the president and co-founder of Love146? We had met him once before and Steve just happened to “run into him.”

Within a few months we were moving cross-country to start the work of our lives.
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Education that nurtures, education that heals

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education that nurtures, education that heals

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
~ Nelson Mandela

I first discovered the healing power of words during my tween years. As hormones began to swirl and adolescent concerns loomed large, books became a secure haven for me.

Between the worn and creased paperback covers of Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and many other titles I traveled beyond my minor childlike burdens and found my feet firmly planted in a dream world where anything seemed possible.

Great thinkers since the dawn of time have discussed education’s ability to nurture, develop, and restore. Through inspiring words, minds find freedom and grow to new levels.

Some of our families begin homeschooling in need of a healing education. Maybe our children have suffered in an environment of stress–where love of learning has evaporated due to pressure to perform. Or perhaps we recognize a curious spirit in our little ones, and want to do all we can to kindle that curiosity instead of deaden it.

But for thousands of children around the world, education’s nurturing potential goes far beyond even these important concerns.

It can mean the difference between literal slavery or freedom, no possibility or a future, feeling like you have no worth or knowing that you matter.
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