Made in the PNW Holiday Pop Up Shop

Made in the PNW Holiday Pop Up Shop

Tomorrow we host our very first pop up: The Made in the PNW Holiday Pop Up Shop. As we’ve been prepping every last detail, I’ve been thinking about why we would choose to use our limited emotion and energy resources to put on a holiday shopping event.

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A response to Selma

Tonight I experienced an advanced screening of the film Selma. Never before have I felt such a seething anger, my jaw clenched as tears streamed down my face. The emotions I felt from watching innocent men and women beaten and killed compounded with all that I didn't allow myself to feel at the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Emotions I didn't feel because I didn't try. Emotions I didn't feel because I stayed out of it.

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Etiquette and noticing people

Hello friends! I am now 16 days away from marrying my best friend and I honestly can't believe how much planning a wedding has taught me. I never knew that dream weddings come with a higher emotional price tag than financial one or that it's possible to spend a half an hour staring at two different wrapping papers before deciding which one best communicates your appreciation for your bridesmaids. But what I was most surprised to learn was what a simple set of rules I learned as a child could truly mean to someone when used well.

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Easter Part 1

Hey internet friends! Can you believe Easter is just over a week away?

For as much dreaming and planning and manual labor and emotional energy it takes to put easter in Promiseland together, I have been working hardest at trying to stay present. I don't want to miss Easter. I don't want to wish it would get here and get gone already.

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Tearing It Down


The hardest part of building environments for kidmin is that the environment is temporary. You spend weeks dreaming, planning, creating, and building only to turn around and take it all down again. You give everything you have to create a beautiful space and then you have to deconstruct it and decide what gets stored and what…[gulp]…gets thrown away. In city kidmin, there is no storage. The majority of my creativity is spent figuring out where to hide my creations, my treasures. The thought of 10 hours of work going in the dumpster makes my stomach churn. Continue reading

Celebration of Hope: One Church Many Hands

It's here! Celebration of Hope 2014. A time when all of Willow join together to learn about and serve our global church. This year's theme is One Church. Many Hands. I can't begin to tell you what it does in my heart to teach kids that they are part of a huge community of believers and we can do a lot of good with our many hands.

Here in Promiseland, we're learning about our church partner in El Salvador. And what better way to learn about El Salvador than to turn the Promiseland room into El Salvador?!

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Pallets!

We've seen them all over Pinterest. Nothing could be "cooler" than repurposing a pallet to make a coffee table or headboard.

Well this week, I decided to put pallets to kidmin purpose. You would think it would be simple: find a pallet, tear it apart, use the wood to make something new. Not. In. The. City.

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