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So excited for tomorrow! This will be my THIRD time speaking to the Mom2Mom Batesville group of fabulous women. I can’t wait to see friends and make new ones.

I’ll be walking the moms, step by step, through the process to organize their pantry and closets. These two areas are sometimes the quickest and easiest areas to organize in the home. Taking the time to organize your pantry and closets can lead to a decrease in stress and save you time and money.

Need a speaker for your next event? I’d love to chat with you. Send me an email at stephanie at GivingGal (dot) com . I look forward to hearing from you!

The relationship between this young woman and homeless man began with a simple smile. A small gift that cost her nothing. It would forever change his life. In the most dire of circumstances, Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho had a BIG DREAM that he never gave up on.

We all face challenges and struggles pursuing our dreams, but there is always hope.

Take a few minutes to watch this video. I’d love to hear how it inspired you!

Tonight I volunteered a couple of hours for the United Way of Porter County. I worked on their float for the Popcorn Festival and lets just say a lot of glue and popcorn was involved. They even let me use a drill!flowers

Volunteering comes in various forms and I always meet wonderful new people. The two hours flew by as we laughed, constantly noticing popcorn stuck everywhere.

When I arrived home my favorite flowers were in a vase above t
he kitchen sink. Boy was that a quick return on my giving investment:)

I don’t give to receive, but more often than not, I’m blessed beyond what I have given.

I’m on a bus from Midway Airport back to Indiana. I’m tired and want to be home. I don’t want to talk to anyone. And then it happened. I had to switch buses and there stood a U.S. Army soldier. I walked over, shook his hand and thanked him for his service. The bus I was waiting for was late so I decided to stand and chat with him. It’s amazing what you can learn about someone in ten minutes.

He just finished basic training in GA and he’s only 17 years old. His parents had to sign off on him entering the military because of his age. He is entering his senior year of high school so while his friends were having fun this summer he was in training. After he graduates he’ll head to OK for more training and then back to Indiana where he’ll be stationed.

He joined the military because it’s in his blood and something he has always wanted to do. His father and grandfather were both in military. And not only is he going to do his four years, but he wants to make a career out of it. It’s his goal to become an officer some day.

I was so impressed with this young man. God bless his parents for allowing him to follow his dream. I thank him and all of our men and women for their service and sacrifice.