Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Summer Fashion and a Giveaway



#Ginghamstyle + Funky, chunky, Olivia necklace (handmade in Uganda!) = Perfection

It's the circles with the squares. That combination completes me.

I'll exercise my flabby, ill-used brevity muscles and simply say that I'm in love with my new bling and especially with the message and ministry behind it.



I'm reminded all the time, in a hundred different ways, that we are all brothers and sisters. We're all a family, hemispheres and latitudes be danged. This little dude, my newest nephew, fresh off a plan from Uganda, is already making my world a little smaller and a whole lot brighter. He's extra-ours now, but even before he came, he was our brother, our son, our neighbor.

When you satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your night will become like the noon-day. 
- Isaiah 58:10

One of my favorite things about blogging is that it has shown me so many different ways of connecting with and caring for our sisters and neighbors across the globe, through companies like Noonday Collection. Read their story and shop around.

Then come back here and tell me something I should know. Anything at all. Because I love you, man. And I love hearing you chatter at me. One of you will win an Olivia necklace just like mine! (The gingham is on you.)

PS - Olivia also works with a purple fedora. FYI.


129 comments:

  1. Hi Shannan - that is a GORGEOUS necklace but seeing you wearing it makes it even more beautiful!!!

    Your sweet heart for Jesus is SOOOO inspiring and your beautiful blog posts have tremendously encouraged my heart!

    The thing you should know is that YOU'RE AWESOME, You're being used by the Father in a GREAT way and that the Father takes TREMENDOUS joy in who you are!!

    Have a GREAT day - the BEST is still to come!

    Hugs, Heidi

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  2. Little dude is precious, and obviously gets his layering skills from his auntie:)

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  3. You can start your own business with them for just $399! I'm actually seriously considering this!

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  4. Love the necklace, love the Noonday collection website and love this blog!

    Something you should know: We have recently made a lot of life changes. Giving up excess, living below our means to give more, in the ridiculously detailed process of getting license to foster parent, telling random people about Jesus. Things we never did before in our comfortable, upper middle class, American Dream type Christianity. We've abandoned that Christianity now are seeking Jesus more than ever before. The more I study God's word, the more I realize this is NOT radical living, but rather a call to die to self and love Jesus more. But amongst our peers, we stick out like a sore thumb, eyebrows raised and scoffs coming from some of the most faithful church attenders. And it gets lonely. Then I read your blog and there you are living each day sacrificially and it is a reminder that we are not alone. That we haven't lost our minds and God is calling others to do things that require faith and being uncomfortable. I can't thank you enough!

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    1. "The more I study God's word, the more I realize this is NOT radical living, but rather a call to die to self and love Jesus more." YESSSSSS!

      Thanks for the reminder that we're not alone, either!

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  5. What you should know Shannan: my 7 year old daughter is named Olivia. Swear.To.God.

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  6. Your heart for others is inspiring. And you rock the necklace!

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  7. You should know that we should have a reunion with Sarah and Chuck...in pure Michigan...think about it. xoxo.

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  8. What you should know about today-- my 19 month old might be the funniest person I've ever met. And I have some pretty funny people in my life.

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  9. You should know that in some way each and every blog post you write impacts my day and life! I always find some tidbit! Thank you for sharing your gift and life with us! Keep doing what you do...PLEASE!

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  10. What a cute little dude!! and you are rockin that necklace! with or without the hat!

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  11. hi Shannan! I love Noonday! I bought two of their bracelets from Paige. It is nice to know we are helping others when we make a purchase! The Olivia necklace is super cute and you look adorbs in it! As always, I love your writing! Thanks for sharing! Oh, and you are rocking that fedora hat!

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  12. You should know that I have a newfound love of tea towels and you are just feeding my addiction with this beautiful site, friend.

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  13. You should know that I am addicted to popcorn and we had to cut our only tree down in our urban backyard and I am grieving like I lost a family member.

    You should also know that next time you are in Ohio, I would love to bring you some salsa and let our kids play together!

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  14. Hi Shannan! You should know that I love your Blog and it lifts my spirit every day!

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  15. Never before have I seen such gingham versatility as you manage to achieve with that shirt - its such a regular on FPF, its getting to be pretty iconic. Perhaps you should have called the blog Gingham Gal?? Or not.
    The necklace is super cute - thank you for introducing us to the amazing work of Jessica and the Noonday Collection. It never ceases to amaze me the incredible things people do. Totally inspiring
    You should know that I never normally enter giveaways - I always feel guilty somehow? I dont know why just do.
    You should also know that since reading your blog something in me has shifted and quite remakably so. I wouldn't share this with everyone (guess I kind of am by writing it here - uhhh) but for a long time, I have been fearful of motherhood and all it brings. I was scared of failing I guess. But your faith in God and your amazing and family (along with a few grounding moments of my own) has made me see that motherhood is possibly the most precious thing in the world and for the first time ever (I am 34 and thought I would never feel like this) I realise I dont want to miss out. Love and faith will see me through. I finally realise I want all that motherhood brings and I am learning to trust in God along the way.
    So thank you. You should know that sometimes the smallest of things can have the most profound effect on others.
    Your blog had quite an effect on me.
    Sophie

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    1. Favorite comment EVER. Perhaps. :)
      I'm honored and sort of, "really???!" because it's pretty zoo-like around here most days. But I'm glad my heart somehow rises up to the surface! You will be an awesome Mama. I can tell already.
      Also, your thing about my gingham busted my britches straight up.

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  16. You should know that I love reading your blog daily and Noonday has some very cool jewelry! Love it!

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  17. I bought a baby swimming pool just a few minutes ago. This afternoon is going to be EPIC. Hint: There are ruffles galore on the babe's swimsuit!

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  18. I love the necklace. I have the perfect yellow gingham shirt, or the million striped shirts in my closet.

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  19. you should know you are in good company, for ck loves gingham too.lol. and I'm on a hunt for one for R.

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  20. You rock that fedora! I keep trying, but to no avail. : ) I have the gingham, now I just need the necklace.

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  21. I need a new necklace! Yummer!! Love your tiny's!

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  22. I love the Funkypaper Bead necklace and that little guy. He is adorable. You look like a super model.......love the gingham style.

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  23. You should know I am on a budget (or trying to stay that way) and the first thing I always cut is clothing for myself because I actually hate shopping (especially for shoes, that's weird, right?!) ... and then I look at these necklaces... sigh...

    Might need to take my tupperware selling skills and transfer them to Noonday - thanks for telling us about them!

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  24. Love Noonday. I was headed to Created for Care (You really need to go this next year!) and started chatting to a woman at LAX with a great bag... it was a Noonday bag. She worked for Noonday. And she was going to Created for Care too! Of all the people I could sit next to, it was another adoptive mama... who shared a heart for orphans.

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  25. oh wow. the bengali sunset earrings are stunning. and so outside my box. but in a good way. I'd love to win!

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  26. Yours is my favorite Internet stopping-point every day! You are winding down so many interesting roads, and I'm thrilled to be along for the adventure!

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  27. Yours is my favorite Internet stopping-point every day! You are winding down so many interesting roads, and I'm thrilled to be along for the adventure!

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  28. How about a few somethings? Because I'm feeling extra-happy and chatty today.
    1) I just went to my first noonday show about a month ago. Got a pretty scarf and a tea towel - and I just love 'em.
    2) This morning, I had my first social worker appointment for our adoption homestudy. If possible, I left feeling even more excited than when it began.
    3) I love your comment about your new nephew being "extra ours" - it really spoke to my heart in just the best way!
    4) I'm a new follower, here thanks to Small Town Joy :)

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    1. So excited to hear about your journey! Soak it all up!

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  29. Adorable little boy, great cause, fun necklace/giveaway.

    Hm...something you don't already know? Of all the blogs I read and follow, yours always moves me without fail. I think you are a credit to the Christian faith, Shannan, and I love the messages you share here on this space.

    Peace out - you rock the necklace and gingham!

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  30. You look so perfectly summery in that combo! And so happy! That Olivia necklace is beautiful and I HAVE an Olivia so that would be serendipitous to win. ;)

    Let's see...I am obsessed with the Chobani Yogurt Flips. Like CANNOT get enough of them. I totally bought the peach/chocolate/pistachio one today at Target and then took a plastic spoon from the cafe because there was absolutely no way I was waiting until I got home to eat it.

    How's that for random?! :)

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  31. Seriously wish we knew each other in real life. :)

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  32. Here's something - I have that same shirt! And also one in yellow.

    PS - I like you. I just do. :)

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  33. I stop here first thing every morning ~ well, after I've got my coffee in hand. If you haven't posted, I check back at night. Wouldn't want to miss a syllable. I'd really like a tablecloth like your shirt, and I've been teaching myself to sew ... so I could make one!

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  34. I love reading your blog. It is my pick-me-up when I need to read something funny, clever, witty, happy! I became interested in it because I too have adopted. I have a sweet little 7 month old boy! Also, I just hosted my first noonday trunk show last night, so I immediately recognized your necklace. Thanks for being such a fun part of peoples days!!

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  35. So I have the gingham. Clearly, I also need the necklace. Something you should know: Go ahead and continue to write about Ohio because it makes me feel happy in the best way since I live about 20 minutes south of La Fiesta (we don't go there nearly enough), and I spent a large part of my childhood on my Grandpa's farm in Covington. Happiness.

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    1. My dad was born and raised in Covington! Spooky!!!! :)

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  36. Love the necklace and I love your blog!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  37. I need that bubba nephew, actually I have 3.5 bubbas already, so "need" may be a lil exaggeration. Love Noonday's stuff and obv everything it stands for. I'm a totally fan of everything you stand for sister, especially the salsa and tortilla chips, this is why I married a Mexican.:O Good day xoxo.

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  38. Something you should know: All the way down under here in Aussie Land, I read your blog everyday because I feel a kindred friendship with you. From your 3 cuties,to your salsa lovin' moments and I enjoy hearing about them all. You're a style queen on a budget, just like me..Bring on the Gingham and shovel out the love...xxx

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  40. OOPS,sorry Shannan, I posted my comment twice,guess I was just making sure it arrived..(ha ha)..xx

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  41. You should know that I love to make my own salsa.

    My favorite - an easy peach salsa: Cut up some juicy, ripe peaches, finely diced red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and hit it with salt. No measuring in our house - we just do it till it looks good. It's delish with strawberries instead too! And you can get fancy and add jalapeno pepper if you want some more kick. It's better if you let it sit for a bit, but I can never wait... I think it totally counts as dinner when eaten with a whole bag of tortilla chips. Fruit salsa = a happy heart.

    Mel

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  42. That sweet nephew! Oh my!

    I miss you.

    xxoo

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  43. Here's another organization you should know about - www.3cordshaiti.com. All of their work is done by women with limb differences. I happen to love that!

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  44. Oh your lil Guy is adorable and I would scoop him up and take him home in a heart beat!What a stylin lil guy too :)

    You always have great style, love the necklace and what a great site! I see a few things I would like to order myself as a bracelet, yellow/grey scarf and a handbag!

    Thanks! Kim

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  45. You should know we my husband and I are 24 and 27 and saving every single month to bring home sweet babies from Africa, Asia, and beyond someday! Can't wait until we have "extra-ours" tiny people running around.

    You rock lady!

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  46. You're cute. That is all.

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  47. What a precious new nephew you have! We are in the process (going on three years now) of adopting a baby girl from Ethiopia! I just love you by the way and have added you to the "people I want to meet in person in my lifetime" list. (:

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  48. You should know that God is doing something crazy with our family and we are really feeling He is about to mess up our "having it all" suburban bubble -- in a fabulous way. Your family's story is an encouragement to ours.

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  49. You ROCK. Your style inspires me and surprises me all at once, and I wish I was as daring. I LOVE necklaces, and LOVE the story behind these.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  50. You know what I want for dessert tonight? Your nephew's cheeks!!! OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!

    You should know that I triple *lurve* you and your gingham.

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  51. #fedorahottie

    You should know that I can't wait to hug that funky chunky neck of yours!



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  52. You should know that . . . . Hmmm you write in a way that encourages and gives me hope! ;)

    xo ellie

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  53. Hmmm...what should you know? My husband and I started calling our two boys: The Brainiac and the Maniac. I'm sharing the nicknames with you, because I think they may suit YOUR two boys as well!

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    1. Sorry, I forgot about everything else when I saw that hat.

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    2. You look fab. Really like Noonday stuff. Great company. Great cause.
      Still waiting for school to get out here in the PNW...have MERCY! Just 2.5 more days!

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  55. Oh I just love Noonday! I was just browsing there last week, good stuff.

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  56. You should know that the email letting me know you've posted a new entry comes in the wee hours of the morning when all is still and sleep is the deepest. I hear the ding, roll over to see what's up, smile and actually look forward to the obnoxious alarm going off so I can frolic in the Flower Patch. Love your fashion and especially your heart style.

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  57. Wow - what beautiful jewelry but the message is so much better. I love the 'hope and a future' this company provides. You should know - I love the way you rock gingham and big, chunky jewelry - I think I could rock that look, too! I can see a purchase from noonday in my future....

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  58. You should know I love Noonday and all they are about and this necklace!

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  59. I love the noonday story! I really want to do something to help people in my isolated, rural community shop with "purpose"...noonday is certainly an option I will consider. Thank you for sharing...you should also know that you are a constant inspiration for me!

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  60. You should know that there are people who read every post but never comment because commenting on a phone is a pain. Sorry about that. But we love your blog just the same!

    You should also know that the best way to pick a watermelon is to look for a dried shriveled stem. If the stem is still green, it's under ripe. If the stem is completely gone, it's over ripe. :-)

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  61. You are just so dang adorable :P

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  62. You should know that I just forwarded this post and the "Story" of Noonday Collection to my niece.. who just came back from a 6 month speaking tour across the USA to make people aware of the "Global Poverty Project" ... a lot of the same amazing compassion for others who are making a difference!!! Thank you so much !!!!! Terri

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  63. Something you should know...I use your story often in a study we are doing of When Helping Hurts, Toxic Charity, etc, as we try to learn how our small sunday school class should take action!

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  64. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your necklace!

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  65. He's just precious.

    I finished the book about our friend Joy this week. Many tears were shed as I "heard" her voice through her journal entries. I miss that girl and her heart for missions. It will be three years in August. You remind me of her with your passion for people. Thanks.

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  66. Umm so that last picture? you're beautiful and I adore your outfit :-)
    ps - I will never ever post any pictures of any of my outfits on my blog. . . . y'all dont even want to know how unfashionable I am haha :-) Also, I have lots of Sabo updates for you!

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  67. I love love love the color of the necklace!! And I'm happy to have found you on FB after a long break from all blog- reading! :)

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  68. I am obsessed with that necklace. I don't normally wear jewelry, but when I do... I make it statement. love.

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  69. LOVE the necklace...it looks so beautiful on you! Love reading your inspiring, encouraging and fun posts....be blessed!

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  70. My wife would love that necklace! You are right, we are all brothers and sisters and Jesus loves us so much!

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  71. The necklace is darling! We have 4 kids, and God has put in my heart to adopt one day. Thanks for your encouragement and exhortation.

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  72. Your nephew has got some swagger already! lol
    God bless you for your ministry. I am from Africa as well, and he is so blessed to get to have a godly family. God bless you! and I would love that necklace! lol

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  73. Love the necklace and the gingham and the necklace. You should know that every post you write teaches me something new about possibility. Sometimes in a way that makes me aware that I am a little too comfortable and safe. You inspire me to open up and let go of the safety net to look for the really beautiful things in life. You are a truly beautiful mother and a role model to me.

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  74. Saying yes is a powerful thing! Love the product!

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  75. Gorgeous. Something you should know...put feta, lemon juice, salt and pepper, fresh chopped tomato in a bowl and eat it with pita chips or put it on top of fresh bread or on top of a chicken sandwich or veggie burger.

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    1. Okay, then! I'll do it! You talked me into it!

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  76. Love the necklace and the company. I've got a super orange gingham shirt it would look amazing with.

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  77. You should know that I am always always inspired by your words and honesty. God bless!

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  78. Loved your post about the strawberries from the other day! It was so encouraging to hear that my kids aren't the only ones who decide to be *ahem* less than peaceful when I'm trying to be an awesome mama! :)

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  79. The company is great. Your house is adorable, inspirational, and comfortable. These are all the things I want our cottage home to be when we begin to redecorate in a few years. Thank you for sharing your passion for others, with others, in this blog!

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  80. You should know that the blue in your gingham shirt is strikingly similar to the color of my pond on a sunny, blue skied day.
    I could text you a picture if you'd like.

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  81. You should know not everyone, or even many people, can pull off the fedora. But pull it off you do. In spectacular fashion.

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  82. Hi there! You should know that seriously tried the salsa recipe from above by Casa coliberi and you should pick them...it was wonderful! My usual afternoon snack is usually el pinto green salsa or granny Smith Apple's and peanut butter

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  83. You should know that I am scouring all of my local consignment shops for a rockin' gingham shirt to wear with my (hopefully!) Olivia necklace!!

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  84. I'm just commenting again to let you know that today I found the cutest maxi dress on sale at Kohls. And I bought it for an upcoming wedding date with my guys, and I would just be so much cuter with that necklace. ;)

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    1. I saw the BESSSSSSSSSSSST maxis at Kohls a few weeks ago! I never shop there. Perhaps that should change...

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  85. you inspire me to be brave! off to hunt down some unexpected combinations....

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  86. I love love LOVE this company that I had never heard of and just heard of because I've been secretly reading your blog and loving every minute of it and wishing I had the guts to say so but I'm shy - so HI, and thank you, and I think you're super rad.

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  87. Hi Shannan! What I want to tell you is...I'm the girl who friended you on Facebook and said that I was going to read "Hold Love Strong." I read it (on planes, sometimes with someone reading over my shoulder--I thought you'd appreciate that since you warned me of some of the language ;P) and I loved it. My heart also broke again for those who have no hope because they are surrounded by hopelessness. I was motivated yet again to show those people the hope of Christ. Someday, I hope that I get to talk with you about the book and urban ministry. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

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  88. gingham style! haha (i would love the necklace - what a great conversation piece and although i love Target's jewelry (clearance rack please!), it would be way more satisfying to wear something beautifully handmade with meaning!)

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  89. Here's something you should know. I reallllly love it when you do fashion posts!

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  90. LOVE that necklace! What a fun twist on the gorgeous "african bead" jewelry. They have some others that are equally as neat! I'm loving that my sister commented two posts above mine. Even 8 hours away from each other, we're doing the same thing at the same time, unknowingly.

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  91. (love your necklace and the dewdrop necklace)....something you should know...hmmm.....it's 6:03, I have to make school lunches, dry my dripping hair, and be out the door by 6:30ish for my teaching job.....instead I am catching up on your blog posts....a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

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  92. Did you know alpaca is warmer than wool ?? Yepper.
    fourms@mchsi.com

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  93. You are such an inspiration to me, as usual, to see and meet the needs of our neighbors; whether it is our next door neighbor or ones on the other side of the world. Each year it seems that your heart for others grows bigger and bigger and you instill in your readers the desire to be more, to do more. By the way, you were rocking the gingham and the WOW necklace! I would love one as well:-) Hope you and your kiddos continue to have a wonderful summer!

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  94. You should know that I have enjoyed your blog since January 14, 2010 (as per my bookmark)! Keep up the inspiring words!!

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  95. We want more details on the demolition! What's going on?

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  96. #gingham style is my favorite. ever.
    but you already knew that.
    i love this book, speaking of jesus by carl madeiras. i like reading about carl, listening to carl, and talking about him. #carlstyle might become a thing.

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    1. Just bookmarked this book. Because I believe every word you breathe. :)

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  97. You should know that you are admired!

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  98. LOVE the whole dern thing...especially the doll face at the top. :) That necklace is calling my name!

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  99. LOVE the whole dern thing...especially the doll face at the top. :) That necklace is calling my name!

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  100. LOVE the whole dern thing...especially the doll face at the top. :) That necklace is calling my name!

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  101. LOVE the whole dern thing...especially the doll face at the top. :) That necklace is calling my name!

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  102. Yes, we are all sisters and brothers. My husband and daughter are leaving in two weeks to live life with our sisters and brothers in South Africa.

    Thank you for living a life of love and generosity and inspiring me to do the same.

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  103. Thanks for encouraging me Shannan! Love the necklace! So fun for summer!

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  104. Also, in a weird probably stalker-ish way, last night I had a dream I was in an alternate universe with no children and a husband who traveled for work. (Um, neither of those things are true, but dreams don't have to make sense, right?) So my husband was taking a work trip to Indiana, and I was all, "Hey, I'll tag along because I have no real life obligations. And then I can just squeeze in a visit with FPFG." And we were both excited. The end.

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    1. Friend, no worries. I dream about weirdo stuff all the time, and sometimes they involve bloggers I have never met. True story. Reading blogs late at night makes for some magical/ridiculous dreams!

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  105. I may be too late for the giveaway. If so, no worries. But I'd tell you anyway that gingham + big, baubley necklace + fedora = fabulous. I love Noonday. Just got my first piece, an aqua bracelet, for my 40th bday

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