Monday, February 25, 2008

We Need YOUR Help!!

Hi Friends and Family!

As many of you know, Josh and I are headed to Zambia, Africa this summer (July 20 - Aug. 3) with Family Legacy Missions International to serve as camp counselors to orphaned children at "Camp LIFE!" We will be working directly with the orphans of Zambia each day: Playing games, teaching Bible lessons, singing songs and most importantly, sharing Christ’s love with them. We are SO excited and humbled about this amazing opportunity! You may not know that of the eleven million people who reside in Zambia, over one million are children who have been orphaned due to the ravages of AIDS and other poverty-related diseases. Zambia has the highest per capita orphan rate in the world and 50% of the country is under the age of sixteen. These statistics are just bone-chilling to me. The Lord has laid a heavy burden on our hearts for these precious ones...and we can’t wait to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of Zambian children to further the next generation of this young country.

On Sunday we went to our first team meeting for Camp LIFE. We learned a lot more about what our time in Zambia is going to be like...we're definitely getting more and more excited about going each day! This year, 10,000 orphaned children are expected to attend Camp LIFE over 8 weeks. On Thursday of each week, each child is given a brand new pair of tennis shoes. Many of the children come to camp with no shoes or worn down shoes they had to borrow from a friend. So as you can imagine, receiving a brand new pair of shoes is quite amazing to them! Each year a company has been able to donate enough shoes for each child, but this year the company is only able to donate 6,000 pairs...which is a ton of shoes, but not enough for 10,000 kids. So, we need to raise 4,000 pairs of shoes in order for each child to receive a pair. Josh and I have committed to provide 100 pairs of girls tennis shoes...size 2 or 2.5....we'd love to get more, but 100 is our goal. We could REALLY use your help in doing this.

If you're interested in helping out, please leave me a comment or send me an email at mindyrives at gmail dot com (I had to spell it out so I don't get spam!). We need to have all of the shoes by March 29th, so they can be shipped to Zambia in time for Camp LIFE. We are collecting girls tennis/athletic shoes in size 2 or 2.5. They need to be unused tennis/athletic shoes...any color/style will do. Target, Payless and Wal-Mart are great places to find affordable shoes. You can drop the shoes off at our house, mail them to us, or we're happy to come pick them up from you if you live in the DFW area....whatever is easiest for you.

So here is the re-cap...

-Need: 10,000 pairs of shoes
-Have: 6,000 pairs of shoes
-We've committed to collecting 100 pairs...hopefully more!!
-Girls tennis/athletic shoes (UNUSED)
-Size 2 or 2.5
-Any color/style will long as they are tennis/athletic shoes
-Drop off at our house...mail them to us...or will come pick them up from you (in the DFW area of course!)
-Deadline: March 29th!!
-Leave a comment or send me an email if you're interested, so we know how many pairs of shoes to expect
-Pass this along to anyone you think might be interested in helping!

Thank you so much for helping us...and the children of Zambia!

Mindy and Josh

"But you, O God, do see trouble and consider it to take it in hand. The helpless commits himself to are the helper of the fatherless." Psalm 10:14

Thursday, February 21, 2008


This blog is stinkin' ROCK! I'm so excited that more of my friends are diving into the blog world! And I'm so happy to have another blog to stalk!

The blogging crocodile and shrimp...crocodile, I'm expecting big things from you on this new blog of yours! :)

And...our husbands...who enjoy reading a good book together with the sand between their toes...

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Lucy Lee Horton!!!

Today is Lucy's 26th Birthday!! Yeah Lucy!!!!

This weekend we took a girls' trip to Nacogdoches to celebrate Lucy's birthday!! Talk about a good old time in the oldest town in Texas....yee haw! "Great party" Lucy! We LOVE you!!! Here are a few pics from our lunch at Shelley's Cafe in downtown Nac...

The whole gang....

Gillean, Lucy, Me and Tori...Gil came in from L.A. to surprise the b-day girl!

Mary and Brenda....thanks for hosting us Mary!!

Caroline, Karen and Holly

Luce and Mandy

Lucy blowing out her birfday candles...

The Horton Hotties...

Good times...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!!

This is the 8th Valentine's Day that Josh and I are sharing together...Ahh, how sweet. :-) Our first Valentine's Day was during our senior year of high school. Josh came to my house to pick me up for school dressed head to toe in RED...spandex and all. it was adorable. I love you honey!!

In honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I do a fun post and share with you the highlights video from our wedding day.

Wishing everyone a great day today!!


Happy Birthday Wes Rives!!!

Wes Rives is the big 2-3 today!! Wes, this one's for you....

Ladies...he's available.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Happy Anniversary Jimmy and Jill!!!

Today my brother and sister-in-law are celebrating 8 years of marriage! Way to go Jimmy and Jill!!! Happy Anniversary!!! I love y'all!!!

Remember when I couldn't stop crying on your wedding day.... :-)

I love this picture of them....

Precious family...

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Posh Pooch

Chloe got a hair cut today...she was in desperate need of one...looks like her mom might be in need of one too! My do is looking a little rough in these pics...Sorry! I can't afford to take care of my own hair when my dogs haircut cost $57. Goodness gracious...I should get into the dog groooming business...I could call it "Mindy's Mutt Cuts." Good idea?? I think so!! Marina...will you join you can extract the...well, you know what. :-)

Hope y'all had a great day today...obviously, mine wasn't too exciting since I'm blogging about my dog's haircut and possibly breaking into the dog grooming business.

Sleep tight!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Budget...I cringe at the word.

Josh and I have been working really hard this week on (finally) setting a budget. Luckily, we haven't had to live by a very strict one over the past 2 1/2 years....except for that one year we spent in DC...but we didn't have any how were we suppose to set a budget?! But now, it's time to start and we're already having a hard time with it...or at least I am! Our goal is to start living on Josh's salary alone...or as much as we we can start preparing for the future...whatever that may hold. For our variable expenses like food and entertainment, we've decided to start using the "cash envelope system" instead of putting those things on our credit card or check card. We also each have a "Blow" envelope with money that we can use (or blow) on whatever we want. I'll have to use my "blow" money on things like Starbucks, mani/pedis, impulse buys at Target, iTunes, clothes I want (don't need), etc. The thing is...I only have $100 in my "blow" money this month....shucky darn. So, we'll see how this goes...I'll keep you posted.

Well, I'm off to bed. I have to get up early in the morning to meet with my personal trainer...don't worry...he's not in the new budget. Again...darn.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Trying to figure all of this out...

So I created my blog on Saturday...and today I attempted to personalize it a bit. I need some help, but my husband is too busy playing Halo online with his dork of a friend, Chris Simmons. I guess they're both dorks, since they wear an ear piece, so they can converse online about the aliens they're trying to kill. But, whatever. Enough about that. So, now I'm going to attempt to add a few recent pictures to this post. I've never done this we'll see if it actually works. Sorry I don't have anything interesting to share today....I'm still trying to get use to bare with me! Enjoy the pics and sleep tight!

In Aspen, Co after my dad's times.

Josh and I with Jimmy and Jill (my brother and sister-in-law)

My momma...isn't she cute!

The Rives fam at Christmas...the boys were wearing matching sweaters except Josh...of course.

Kalie and Cole (my niece and nephew) at Enchanted Rock...we made it to the top!

Chloe does Colorado!

Me and Ice Man...

Saturday, February 2, 2008

My Innagural Posting I go....I'm an official "blogger." Cool.