Skip to main content

It's time to give.

I am a very passionate person. There are a lot of things that I love and one of the things I love most is giving. It brings joy to my heart that words simply cannot express. I wish we had tons and tons of money so we could do more tangible things for others. We do what we are able and the Lord always provides and blesses us in ways we could never have imagined. Chris and I have been doing one thing for almost a year now that is saving lives and costs us $0.
It's simple, fast, painless and priceless.
We are blood donors. We go in every 56 days and donate blood at St. Josephs hospital and it goes to CHOC (our children's hospital). I will tell you the first time I went I was nervous as all get out. I hate needles, I can't stand looking at blood and I am not a fan of hospitals. I will also tell you that when I walked out of that hospital my heart was swelling with joy. I knew that I had just given the gift of life to someones baby.
I went to donate again yesterday and after filling out my paperwork and getting my blood tested I was told where my blood went. The first bag of blood in August went to a 6 week old baby boy. My second bag of blood in November went to the same baby boy at 4 months old. You know me and my sappy sensitive heart, I cried. Not just because I'm sappy but because I put myself in that baby boy's parents position. I can't imagine what it would be like to have a child so sick that they need a blood transfusion at the tender age of 6 weeks and 4 months. He is obviously fighting something serious and you have no idea the joy and the absolute honor it is to know that I am helping him in his fight.
Chris is going in to donate next week and we can hardly wait to find out who his blood when to. Maybe he has been a match for someone and is helping them? Maybe he has helped save several lives? It's exciting and it's quite humbling.
I want to challenge each one of you to give a little more of yourselves this year. It doesn't matter what you do, just do something that will better others. Giving blood is giving life to someone in desperate need and it only take an hour of your time every two months. I strongly urge you to make an appointment at your local hospital. All you have to do is google your local hospitals blood donor center and you're set. If you are in the Orange County area then I'm going to make it easy for you.
Give the blood bank at St. Joseph's a call at 714-744-8721 
They are soo kind and even give you juice and warm chocolate chip cookies! Mmm
I especially want to encourage those of you who are parents. You know how precious little lives are. Help a family in need and make an appointment.

           Little old me giving blood...and look! I'm smiling!
Can you imagine how many lives would be saved if everyone who reads this blog gave blood?
No excuses people. Well, there are a few exceptions (if you have or have had cancer in the past 5 years, been to Africa in the past year or have a STD) other than that we can all donate. Yes, even those of you who are low in iron and all that jazz. I am low in iron and I just have to make sure I take my vitamins and eat foods that are high in iron a week before donating.
Let's get to it and save lives. Also, I am going to be putting together a blog of all of you who go out and donate (even if it's only 1 time). So, when you go please send me a picture of you donating and I will add it to this blog and enter you in an awesome giveaway.
I told you I'm passionate about this.
Hope to see your face in my inbox soon :)

Comments

Anonymous said…
jesus loves me

Popular posts from this blog

Goodie Girl Cookie Pop Tarts

Summer is in full swing and Kate and I have a super fun, easy and delicious breakfast or even dessert idea for you to make!  First things first, go find some Goodie Girl Birthday Cake and Magical Animal cookies. They’re gluten free and to die for.  You can make this recipe gluten free by replacing the All Purpose Flour with Gluten Free Flour. Or if you want to skip the homemade dough all together you can use pie crust in the refrigerated section at the grocery store! 
Here’s what I did..

HOMEMADE POP TARTSYIELD: 9 servings PREP: 1 hour COOK: 25 minutes TOTAL: 1 hour 25 minutes These are simple and SO delicious! A flaky, buttery pastry with strawberry and brown sugar cinnamon fillings, and they’re frosted, of course! INGREDIENTS:For the Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Filling½ cup light brown sugar1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon4 teaspoons all-purpose flourFor the Strawberry Filling¾ cup strawberry jam1 tablespoon cornstarch1 tablespoon waterFor the Pastry Crust2 cups all-purpose flour1 tablespoon granulated suga…

The best iced coffee, ever.

When Chris and I went to Mexico this past winter we quickly become addicted to their  blended espressos. I found myself craving them when we got home so I played around with a couple of instant espressos and ended up making the best iced coffee, ever. 


What you’ll need.  Medaglia D’oro instant espresso Water IceCoffee creamer of your choiceHeavy cream + caramel Trust me on the instant espresso. I tried them all. This is the best. I get it at Kroger. I’ve also heard Walmart carries it as well as trusty amazon. 
Step one.  Get your ingredients out. 

I fill my glass up halfway with water and pour a capful of instant espresso in. 

Mix it real good. 

Time to cool it down. 

Now comes the sweet part. 



This next step is money.  Lordy. 

If you’re feeling really naughty you can add caramel sauce.  Do it. 

If you’ve been wanting the recipe for the BEST homemade caramel ever then you’re in luck.  This is the recipe from my mother in law.  It is life changing. 


Ta-Da! 



Tag me on Instagram at @southernatheart so I …

Family Room DIY makeover

Remember that one time my husband bought a tv wall mount and then I decided we needed a new tv stand? And then it made me realize our dark furniture would look way better if I lightened it up? And then it was time to get rid of the old dark throw pillows and dark rug? And then all of a sudden that fireplace looked so out of place. So we gutted it. All because we put the tv on the wall! 
Here’s a little walk down our DIY family room makeover. 
Before


I started with this old corner cabinet that i got for free years ago and painted chocolate brown.  I dusted her off and went to town with chalk paint. 






Then I got rid of the old dark rug and started changing out our throw pillows. 


Then it was onto the fireplace.  Before






Chris took out part of the wood floor to extend the floor of the tiny fireplace. 
We also cleaned out the fireplace and sprayed it with cream paint that can withstand 1,200 degree temperatures.  And then we sucked out the old volcano rock and put in this fire glass from amazon.
The…