So maybe this isn't like Oprah at all. Huh.
Anyway, here are three awesome, others-centered gifts our family received, and after viewing them with my own, little eyes, I highly recommend them to you.
Oh, and at the end of this list you will find another list (I can't stop, people, but on my honor, I'm finished with lists. Well, until sometime next week. Probably.). It's my top five posts from 2012. You know, just in case you can't get enough.
But first on with our fab gifts:
1. What the World Eats. Twenty-five families in twenty-one countries discuss weekly meals. Crazy, eye opening, powerful statistics, set-up in a pick it up and read it and then put it back down format. If you are ever in need of a gift for an entire family, this is it. Go ahead, pin this book. You will be searching for it later.
2. This ring by Lightbridge International. Serious, serious home run on sassiness and you support women and orphans in Cambodia. Lindy, I know I still have a Christmas ornament I need to send you from 2006 (it's the little orange tent), and I don't think I've called you on your actual birthday ever, but I love how you love me. I never want to take this ring off. Bury me in it. *Important note about the ring in the comments.
3. You and Who T-shirt from Auntie Sara. Think TOMS of T-shirts, only cooler. When you buy a shirt designed by a local artist from the US, the cause that artist supports receives funding. I would show you a pic, but there is no way the hubby is getting out of bed on this New Year's Day to show off his new shirt. Trust me. It's fab.
1. So Long Self-Checkout. The post in which I commit to take the long way because I want to know and love people better.
2. On Being Generous with Vulnerability. In this post, I show my little bit of crazy to the world. Apparently, you people like crazy.
99 Ways to Serve Your Family and Others at Christmas. See, I list because you actually like lists. This post proved if you create a list and a graphic, they will come.
4. Portable Projects and Partying with a Purpose. My friend, Loraine, told me to write this. It's for all of you who want to get involved in the lives of others, but live in tiny towns and therefore, your resources are limited. Cheers to tiny towners!
5. From Over Three Years to Under Three Minutes. My daughter was diagnosed with a rare lung disease when she was three months old. This year she ran her first 5K, proving stories of hope and miracles should be told over and over and over and over...
And one last highlight of 2012 I happen to love. I organized a flash mob at my sister's wedding. This video doesn't do it justice and the sound is bad, but that doesn't change the fact that we rocked it out.
Linking with Jo-Lynne Shane and other lovelies for a 2012 recap.
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Happy New Year, friends. I'm glad you are here.