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Vote for the Change Islands Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary

Just hoppin’ on the blog quickly today to let everyone know about this fantastic little place called Change Islands tucked away in Newfoundland (my mother and husband are from there). The island is a beautiful spot full of history and wonderful people…and the Change Islands Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary.

And right now, you can vote (quick registration required) for the Pony Sanctuary in the Aviva Community Fund to help them get funding for a new barn to house the ponies and continue the work that they have been doing to maintain the Newfoundland pony population and revitalize the community of Change Islands, Newfoundland.

Did you know that Elizabeth Taylor owned a Newfoundland pony as a young girl?

And that the Governor General of Canada visited the ponies and his wife named one of the ponies “Kate” after the Duchess of Cambridge?

“Kate” still lives at the Sanctuary.

The woman who runs the sanctuary and cares for the ponies is my husband’s aunt (shown below with my daughter).

VOTE FOR THE CHANGE ISLANDS NEWFOUNDLAND PONY SANCTUARY!

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That’s my daughter when she was two with her grandfather and her great aunt (the lady who cares for the ponies).

The Changes Islands Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary has made it to the Aviva Community Fund Semi-Finals.

Please VOTE and help them win!

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Big Sister getting to know a Newfoundland Pony with her Poppy on Change Islands.

If you ever have a chance to visit Newfoundland, a visit to the ponies on Change Islands is something you won’t want to miss!

Change Islands Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary

My mother and husband are from a small town on a small island in Newfoundland. The island is called Change Islands. It’s a beautiful spot full of history and wonderful people.

I didn’t appreciate it when I was young and had to spend my vacations there, away from my friends in the city. But as I get older, I can see the beauty and peacefulness that that rock in the middle of the ocean has to offer.

I can’t do it justice in my writing (at least not yet). So I will share with you an article about a pony sanctuary that has been built on the island to help increase the quickly dwindling  numbers of Newfoundland ponies. The woman who runs the sanctuary and cares for the ponies as if they were her children is my husband’s aunt.

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Big Sister visiting the ponies on Change Islands with her Poppy and Aunt Netta.

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Big Sister getting to know a Newfoundland Pony with her Poppy on Change Islands.

If you ever have a chance to visit that part of Newfoundland, a visit to the ponies on Change Islands is something you won’t want to miss.

Five Minute Friday – Here

Linking up with Lisa-Jo over on her site today.

It’s Five Minute Friday. The word is here. Here’s how to play:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back to Lisa-Jo’s site and invite others to join in.
3. And then, absolutely no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community...

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Five Minute Friday – Home

Linking up with Lisa-Jo over on her site today.

It’s Five Minute Friday. The word is home. Here’s how to play:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back to Lisa-Jo’s site and invite others to join in.
3. And then, absolutely no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community...

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Tips For Raising More Charitable Children

I had the pleasure recently of receiving some tips from Alison Smith, co-founder of ECHOage.com, about ways to help children become more charitable. This is something that I’ve been working toward with my little ones since they entered the world.

I started by setting an example. I give of my time, I donate to charities, I give at church and I try to verbally express to my children the message of charity. But it’s tough. I do what I can at home to instill these values in my children, but I’m a working mom and my children spend most of their time in daycare and school. The adults in charge of these environments do their best to instill values in the children in their care as well, but they may not be doing it the way that I am and so, the message is inconsistent.

What I felt I needed was a better understanding of what children believe about the concept of charity. Alison’s article below was very helpful: Continue reading

My Blog Anniversary(ies)

Yeah, this is a hard one to nail down.

Today, I got a little note from WordPress.com:

Happy Anniversary!

You registered on WordPress.com 1 year ago!

Thanks for flying with us.

Keep up the good blogging!

WordPress does better than some husbands. (Not mine of course. He’s a die-hard romantic and never forgets our special day.)

But the reason I say that this anniversary thing is hard to nail down is that I don’t have just one when it comes to blogging and this here little blog. I have three. And they are…

A great big THANK YOU

Voting ended today for the Circle of Moms Top 25 Canadian Moms.

I didn’t make it into the Top 25.

But I made it as far as #32. And that’s because of you. Thank you. Continue reading