More Smiling Donors


I know that it seems silly to some of you that I want to record the donations that take place during this adventure, but it is such a BIG deal to me. Partially because I need to get in the habit of keeping track of that type of stuff once our charity is up and running, but mostly because it thrills me to share all of the beautiful people that I have met over the past month. Seriously, I have connected with so many people, from so many different walks of life. And that is something that drives me to keep doing this…..the people. I have been reminded over the past couple of months of how many people are willing to share what they can, not because they are being forced to, not because they feel morally obliged to, not because they are selfishly seeking something in return. They give because they love their fellow man. And that is what this mission is all about.

Cory in Centerville, UT donated this beautiful entertainment center top. He lives right around the corner from my papa and it was wonderful to visit my old stomping grounds…love that town! I took several pictures of him with his donation, but when I pulled all of my pictures up, I was unable to find them…so here is the topper by itself. Cory, we will have to get a picture of you when we have our RV conversion party later this summer. Can’t wait to figure out where this is going in our bus…so many choices. Thanks, Cory!

Honey in Centerville, UT (did I mention that I love Centerville?) was just finishing up her yard sale on a sunny Saturday, when I showed up. Before I could ask her how much she would be willing to go down on this piece, she offered it for free. I then proceeded to share our family’s story and plans with her. Guess what! Honey had gone on a trip with her family to Central America as a young girl, too. She said that it was one of the best things she ever did. Honey is the 5th person that has told me that they did something similar to we are doing….and all have told me that it will be one of the best things that could ever happen to our family. Honey was ready to give birth to her 6th child any day. She also homeschools and is a practicing midwife…love this gal!
Thanks, Honey~for the physical donation and the spiritual uplifting! Good luck with your own adventures! 😉

Chris in Nephi, UT read about our family’s mission online and contacted me to donate some sheets of laminate. The weird thing was, I had her ad bookmarked online for several weeks, but could never bring myself to actually call on it. I kept hoping that I would run into someone giving away some laminate before we got to that phase of the conversion…talk about destiny! The laminates that she had to donate were great, but when I saw these ones, I knew that if I took the others, I would always think about how I would want these ones some day when we had enough money to splurge and get them. So I ponied up the $40 for 2 3/4 sheets of laminate and walked away grinning (these sheets run around $80 a piece new). Since Chris was willing to donate, I just had to take her picture…it is the thought that counts, after all. These will be used for our counter tops, tables, and any other areas that they will look great.
Thanks, Chris!


Sam in Taylorsville, UT is one very giving young man. I called him to let him know that I wanted these wooden shelves and ended up also taking home a great dewalt saw, a hammer (can never have enough hammers around with 6 kids who all want to help build), a crib mattress (might be used for Ryan’s RV bed, not sure yet), and a can of white spray paint. The only thing that I regret about visiting with Sam was the fact that his beautiful face is fuzzy in my amateur picture.
Thanks, Sam! Hope your move goes well!

Phillip in Taylorsville, UT was clearing out his storage unit and had this beautiful wooden entertainment center to give away. The only thing that needs to be fixed is the broken door and, since I have already had to glue several doors back together in our home (Ryan likes to swing on the doors), this wasn’t a big deal for me. I can’t wait to see where it is going. When I was unloading it with Mr. C, he commented on how beautiful it is and all of the many different ways we could use it.
Thanks, Phillip!

Stephanie in Draper, UT donated this buffet. She held if for me, even though I am sure she had several calls on it after she had told me she would hold it. And this thing was probably the heaviest item yet…we had to slide it across the pavement with 2 or 3 of her 7 kids helping us. This is going to be the bottom part of the master bedroom wall storage unit…perfect dimensions. Thanks, Stephanie (and all of your helping hands)!

This next week, I will be focusing on getting the rest of my garden in, getting all of my conversion components more organized, and hopefully I will be heading out to Illinois to pick up one of the buses I have been drooling over for the past few weeks. Yay!


For now, know that we are so grateful for the love and kindness that has been poured out from all those who have been supportive of our efforts….we love you all!


Gracias, mi amigos.
Pura Vida!
Mrs. C

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