Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Best Pep Talk We've Ever Heard

"We can cry about it or we can dance about it.
We were made to be awesome. Let's get out there!"

The world is waiting for you to pursue your dreams.

Get out there!

By the way, you can get out there with Awake & Alive at the Hope Gala on February 23! It will be a night of friends, dessert, wine, entertainment, and opportunities to give hope to the children of Ethiopia. 

You can find more info and RSVP here.

Can't wait to see you there!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Notes on Notes: Ben Howard

We've been hooked on Ben Howard for some time now and with the cold outside, this video gives some hope that things will eventually thaw out. Enjoy.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hope Beckons

Cold, chaotic, damp
Still Peace whispers my name
Your word is my lamp
I will never be the same

Hope beckons all deftly
With education, no more cries
New beginnings speak softly
Drowning out the lies

“You’re worthless!  You don’t matter”
So loud the torment screams
Yet breaking through the blather
Calls the Creator of dreams

With courage, we journey on
Warmth is here in this place
We are more than just pawns
We are the human race

-Danielle Black, Co-founder

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Encouraging Stories

Cards on the table, this service can be tiring and thankless. But today we were encouraged and we need to share it.

We got to chat with the man that started the Bright Future program in Ethiopia (who is now living in the U.S.).

After recently returning to Ethiopia and visiting Bright Future Academy, he provided a report of what he saw.  We love what we heard. 

Children are transforming and coming out of their shells, beaming with confidence, growth, and promise. The little faces we saw in September have changed in a matter of months. These children are going to change their community and the world.

We wanted to share this small glimpse of victory with you because, well, it would not be possible without you. Thank you.

So whatever your day may have been like so far, know that transformation is occurring in small homes in a community in Ethiopia, and children are given hope.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Notes on notes: William Fitzsimmons

We may be a bit behind on this one (this was released in 2009), but we thought it was still worth sharing. If you haven't already, meet William Fitzsimmons:

If you have an artist you have stumbled upon that is worth sharing, we are always expanding our playlist. Please share your favorites in the comments below!