Mother’s Day Get Away Fundraiser

Mother’s Day Get Away Fundraiser

Friends, family, and even strangers have been AMAZING in helping us raise funds for our adoption, and I could not be more excited about this next fundraiser! It’s a Mother’s Day Get Away!!!

Here’s the how it works:

For every $5 you donate (through our secure paypal account at paypal.me/shaler ), your name will be entered into a drawing for a Mother’s Day Get Away package. So, for example, $10 will get you two entries… $25 will get you five entries… and so forth.  Entries will be accepted until midnight EST on May 7, 2016. On Mothers Day (May 8, 2016), I will use a random generator that will select the winner. The winner will be announced at 8:00 a.m., in time for the winner to reveal this awesome Mother’s Day gift to the recipient. And it’s not just for moms! Enter to give to your mom, enter to give to an aunt, enter to give to your grandmother, enter to give to your sister, enter to give to a friend, enter for yourself (you know you deserve it)…just enter!!!

You can also receive extra entries by sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram after you’ve donated. Just comment on this post and let me know where you shared so I can count them!

PLEASE NOTE: If you’d like to be entered without donating, send an email to doctorlaurelshaler@gmail.com. Donations are not tax deductible. Only open to those with a mailing address in the lower 48 United States.

SO…wanna know what’s in this Mother’s Day Getaway?!? Pictures and descriptions below!

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Your get away starts with an Amazon Fire! Want some time to read or write? Finally watch a movie or have a moment to check your email? Browse the internet or try and finally defeat candy crush? You will definitely want to enter this give-away for a chance to win an AMAZON FIRE for just $5. It’s a tablet that’s small enough for your handbag, but packs a bigger punch than your phone. You’re gonna love it for your getaway and every day use!

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Before you head out with your new Amazon Fire, get cozy and pamper yourself on your getaway with Mary Kay moisturizing spray lotion and mint bliss energizing lotion for feet & legs. But don’t stop there. Go ahead and slip your feet into the adorable cozy Old Navy socks. Thank-you to Michelle Brown for these great donations! Check out her site HERE.

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Comfort for your getaway also includes this incredibly soft tee shirt, absolutely perfect for Mother’s Day. Thank-you to www.somebodysmama.com for their generous donation! (They will send the winner the size of your choice.) Are you willing to donate just $5 to help me become somebody’s mama?

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Now that you’re all dressed up for your getaway, let’s set the mood with the smell of, what else, COFEE! This great smelling candle was made in South Carolina and donated by the sweet ladies of the Easley, SC, Evening MOPS Group. This coffee can be consumed at night, and won’t keep you awake!

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On your get-away, you may want to read or write…both are good for the heart and soul! In your giveaway, you’ll find a signed copy of Logan Wolfram’s book Curious Faith: Rediscovering Hope in the God of Possibility. Thank-you LOGAN for sharing this compelling message and for the the beautiful words you’ve written inside the book for the winner of this giveaway. Logan is the executive director of Allume, which is where I picked up a lovely journal with the beautiful words Joy for Today inscribed on the front. Here are some close-ups of these two great items:

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And last but not least, check out this gorgeous bag to place all your new items in from Givington’s (http://store.givingtons.com). Everything you see pictured will fit inside this beautiful cream, grey, turquoise, and yellow handbag, perfect to carry year round! Thank-you to Givington’s for donating this for our fundraiser!

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There you have it! An amazing group of items perfect for a Mother’s Day Getaway…to be used on Mother’s Day or any day thereafter! ;) So, please ENTER today and share with your friends. Because we all know a woman who deserves this getaway…and because every donation counts in this fundraiser. THANK-YOU for supporting our adoption! To learn more about our adoption, join us at www.drlaurelshaler.com/adoption-journey/ or https://www.facebook.com/shaleradoption/. God bless!

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The Importance of Pinwheels

The Importance of Pinwheels

“Children are a heritage from the Lord.” ~Psalm 127:3

Have you seen those blue pinwheels all over this month? They’re in front of lots of businesses in my hometown. Some days spinning like crazy as the wind blows and other days stagnant in the 80 degree April heat. You may have seen them, but do you know what they mean?

They represent Child Abuse Prevention Month. And you’re seeing Pinwheels for Prevention. When folks see these beautiful blue pinwheels it sparks a curiosity to see what it’s all about. I was curious too. When I looked up some facts about child abuse prevention, I was reminded of some important truths* that we, as a society, too often ignore.

(1) It’s critical that fathers are involved in the lives of their children. Our culture says children don’t “need” both a mother and a father, but that is simply not true. Children thrive when they have a loving and supportive mom and dad. Fathers should be encouraged (and allowed) to be involved.
(2) Parents need support…they need to know they’re not alone. I especially think of single mothers who are doing it all, and really need this type of community. How can you support parents in need in your circle of influence?
(3) Parents need to stay actively involved with their children. The more positive interaction parents have with children, the less risk there is of abuse happening.
(4) If a parent is at risk of abusing their children or a child is at risk of being abused, intervention needs to happen immediately. Don’t be afraid to call the child abuse hotline in your area before it’s too late.

We can never forget that children are a heritage from the Lord, and we cannot turn a blind eye to child abuse. So, get a pinwheel, stick it in your yard, and let your neighbors know that you’re invested in child abuse prevention. Maybe you’ll spur them on to get involved too.

*Information obtained from the following website: http://www.americanhumane.org/children/programs/child-abuse-neglect-prevention/child-abuse-prevention-month.html

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Justice Isn’t Blind

Justice Isn’t Blind

Have you ever heard of Lady Justice? If you’ve watched “Judge Judy” you’ve seen an image of her in the intro…a statue of a woman wearing a long gown, holding scales, and blindfolded. Sound familiar? At the end of the intro, Judge Judy takes the place of Lady Justice, except she lifts her blindfold to wink.

Really, justice being blind makes sense. It shouldn’t matter your race, gender, economic status, or any other factor…justice should be distributed impartially. In other words, punishment and rewards should be fair.

It’s no secret that they’re not.

The results of a trial don’t always depend on the facts of the case, but can depend upon the defense, the prosecution, the judge, and/or the jury.

The promotion at work may not be given to the hardest working person, but perhaps to the one that butters up the boss the most.

The election outcome may not depend on the will of the people, but on the impact of the media (ahem).

The bottom line is that, between humans, justice isn’t fair or blind.

But what about God’s judgment?  It’s fair, but certainly not blind. It’s hard to wrap my mind around this. According to Romans 6:23, the just and fair punishment for our sin is death, and yet the gift of God is eternal life. In other words, we deserve death but we are given life. It’s a gift that comes from God, with His eyes wide open. You see, He knows all about us. He knows our every thought and action. He knows our every sin. Yet, He loves us anyway. He loves us so much that while we were still sinners, He sent Christ to die for us (Romans 5:8). Did you catch that? He knew we were sinners, but He died anyway.

You see, God wants us to live forever with Him. There is only one way to God, and that’s through Jesus. Romans 10:9 tells us that if we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved. This lifesaving, eternal message is for everyone! God doesn’t discriminate.

In a world filled with so much injustice, it’s important to remember that while justice from God isn’t blind, it is totally fair. More than that, it’s merciful. And while God’s mercy is impossible to comprehend, it’s something we should never turn a blind eye to.

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