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Thursday, April 16, 2009

barefoot birthday

We certainly had fun with our barefoot day in support of TOMS shoes and their efforts to bring awareness to the fact that:
 Shoes are a simple answer to obstacles many face everyday:

* Fact #1: In developing nations, children walk for miles to food, clean water and medical help.
* Fact #2: Cuts and sores on feet can lead to serious infection.
* Fact #3: Often, children cannot attend school barefoot.
* Fact #4: In Ethiopia, approximately one million people are suffering from Podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring disease caused by walking barefoot in volcanic soil.
* Fact #5: Podoconiosis is 100% preventable by wearing shoes.

Driving around today
the girls and I at the grocery store
grabbing Abe some diapers

 stopping by Teesie's Attic to get some more TOMS- they are the best!! Stop by the Highlands to check them out if you are in the area!!! 

Not sure this is exactly what the "going barefoot" for a day was meant to look like, but it is my dear Avery's 10th birthday and we celebrated by getting our toes done!!  Hey, we were barefoot alright! :)

Ave, I can't believe how quickly you have grown.  You are an incredible gift to your father and myself- your tender spirit and willingness to help out here amaze me.  You are wise beyond your years and your baby brother is blessed to have his sissy that loves him so much.  We are most thankful for your tender heart for Jesus!  We love you sweet girl.  


Henley on the Horn said...

What a sweet post. I had received the email about barefoot day as well! Toms are great. I really loved what you said about your dear Avery!

Anonymous said...

I went barefoot as much as I could getting ready for our yard sale :) Happy birthday sweet Avery we (Brandon, Ava and I) love you so, so much! (and Tobus and Tikki)

Kari said...

Happy Birthday Avery:))
Loved the fun "feet" pics. Zoie loved being barefoot all day, too. I got my 1st pair of TOMS today!!
Sooooo fun to inspire & get new shoes!!
Can't wait to meet your family the next time you're in our neck of the woods!!!

Sohailah said...

I found you through Gayla's site. I'm currently here in Kenya ( and you are so right about barefeet - jiggers are a HUGE problem here. They did a Jigger Digger Day in November and provided shoes for over 100 children that live in a slum area they have a Feeding/Education program in.

Amy Jo said...

Love the pics of your sweet tootsies! What a GREAT thing to do - and to have your kiddos be a part of it. Thanks for sharing! And a very Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter. My girl is turning 11 in a few weeks. Goes by fast, eh? Sweet blessings, Amy in OR

Holli said...

what a GREAT post! and a fun day barefoot!

Candy said...

Nanny & Bunty love you beyond your imagining, Avery.
Your heart shines for Jesus and manifests in your many acts of service to your family, especially little Abe.
I am so looking forward to celebrating your birthday and God's great gift to us all in your life as we spend some time together today.
With so much gratitude for your life!

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl! You are loved beyond words!

Lori said...

I love this post!!! Everything about it!

Happy birthday Avery - I loved skyping w/you the other night! ;)

I'm shocked they didn't kick you out of the store - good for you!

Kelley and Robin said...

Happy belated birthday ave!!! Love you!!! hope to see you soon!!!!!!!!!!


Kim said...

LOVE your post. Total cuteness! Happy Birthday Avery!

Ellen said...

We went barefoot for some of the day. It's harder than I thought! I actually went to Teesie's Attic today to try on some TOMS, but they didn't have the color I wanted. They are the COMFIEST shoes, though.

Amy said...

Happy Birthday Avery! Really cute post with some sweet feet pictures!

Oatsvall Team said...

i am so bummed that i forgot about this day ... you totally need to remind me next year ...

total confession ... my parents gave each child $10 for Easter and i bought the new mutli color poka dot TOMS ... hee hee ... my kids don't need anything and my CAMO TOMS have almost had it I wear them so much ....

love ya always

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