Thursday, June 16, 2011

MacKenzie's sign ~ with ♥

As promised...and with lot's of love painted sign (now on here! ) to help my niece MacKenzie raise the funds she needs to go on a humanitarian mission to Haiti~

Mac Kenzie just finished her freshman year at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA...(where she is also a member of their women's basketball team, which, by the way, just won the NAIA national championship!!!...but I digress...back to her mission...)

Along with other members of the Trinity Reformed Church of Orange City and with two other organizations... United Christians International and Promise for Haiti they will travel to Pignon Haiti, July 27th~ Aug 5th.

"An estimated 250,000 people were killed and 300,000 homes destroyed in the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the Port-au-Prince region January 2010, leaving 1.5 million homeless. Eighteen months later, roughly 700,000 are still living in miserable tent camps, with nowhere to go."

MacKenzie and her team members will be making cement floors and roofs for housing, helping at the hospital and a newly developed school. Knowing MacKenzie, she'll be putting her whole heart into this mission and I couldn't be happier to help her get there!

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On another note....

I've been on quite a ride since the June issue of Romantic Homes (this is a big part of why my blogging has been sporatic, to say the least!)...

it's been a whirlwind of sorts and has me thinking and rethinking alot of things~

all to do with Castle & Cottage and the kind of business I have and the kind of business

I want it to be.

Many opportunities have been presented, to the point of leaving me completely overwhelmed...what path I take, if any, remains to be seen but I just wanted to mention it here, as I am spending alot of time contemplating many things, many changes and

crossing my fingers

I make all the right choices!



Blondie's Journal said...

Bravo MacKenzie! What a great thing she is doing. She has a big heart!

I wish you the best of luck in whatever you choose to do, Paula. I know you will be a success!


Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

LOVE the sign and what a great mission! You know what is best for you...I will say prayers!

Growth is good but sometimes scary!

Lou Cinda

ShabbyESP said...

Love the sign!!! Good luck to McKenzie and her crew!!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a gorgeous sign, Paula! Great job and I love it. If I can remember my sign in for eBay I'll be bidding on it! : ) I hope she reaches her goal. I'm sure you will make the right decisions for you. It sounds like you've been putting lots of thought into this.

Victoria said...

How exciting Paula, you deserve every good thing that comes your way and I'm sure you'll make the right choice!

That's so wonderful that your niece is going to do this. I watch No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain and he spent time in Haiti with Sean Penn who does a lot over there. It truly takes a good heart to do those things! Good luck to her:)

Julie Harward said...

The sign is gorgeous and good luck to Mac Kenzie too. And to you, I hope all your dreams come true! :D

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

You'll make all the right decisions girl...
Listen to your heart.
Your signs are crazy good!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Follow your heart Paula...I'm so happy for you!

Your new sign is absolutely stunning! Good luck to Mackenzie and congrats to her on the championship!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Paula, The new sign is beautiful and with your talent there should be many doors opening for you! I know you must be very proud of Mackenzie.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the sign and I'm wishing Mackenzie much success on her trip! ♥ What a wonderful undertaking! ♥

Debbie said...

Hi Paula~what a gorgeous sign!!!
What a great niece you have!
Whatever you decide concerning your business, enjoy the time you will have doing it.

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

The sign is gorgeous!

Does your thought process have you considering leaving the blogging world behind? I hope not. Everything in balance......balance.....balance....say it with me......let it be your mantra.....

Jenny said...

What PJ said. Change is hard to embrace, but it seems like it's in the air. The times, they are a changin', can be a beautiful melody if you let it into your soul. May I just contribute via Paypal to your niece's lovely cause?

michelle said...

The sign is gorgeous Paula! I pray that all goes well for MacKenzie and that is so great that you are helping her out. I am so excited for you for all the new opportunities that are opening up to you. I hope that you are able to find the right path for you as well, I know that whatever you do, it will be amazing. :)

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Lisa said...

I see something exciting coming your way!!!!!! I'll cross my fingers with you.
And good for your niece, she'll have the time of your life, and learn so much.
I love your sign too, have you sold on ebay much? I don't think I've seen you there before. So much going on that I can't ignore anymore.
May our hopes and dreams come true!

And Paula, thank you!

injaynesworld said...

Mackenzie is beautiful and clearly loving hearts run in your family. As for all the new opportunities -- Woo Hoo! When I'm in that position I always ask the Universe to guide my decisions so whatever comes is for the highest good of all and things usually work out better than if I tried to figure it out all by myself. Wishing you much success!

Char said...

You can never go wrong when your heart is in the right place. You lovley Mackenzie will do great things in her mission and come home with a renewed spirit too.
You, my friend are doing great things yourself, and I wish you all the luck in the world as you sort out your path. I know this is a very exciting time in your business and you will come out of whatever decision you make, with flying colors. I will be able to say, I knew you when." Ha.
I am off to check out your ebay auction and see what I can contribute to a very worthy cause, Char