For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift from God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared for us in advance to do.
Ephesians 2:8-10

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Amazima is right

In case you aren't familiar with Katie's ministry,AMAZIMA, you will want to check this out. I am always sooo moved and AMAZED by people who really do it. Really give up EVERYTHING and follow Him to meet the needs of the fatherless and widowed. Katie did, at 18, she moved to their land and adopted them there, beautiful daughters.

Just in case you were feeling a little comfortable in your bubble.... remember much of HIS work isn't in our bubbles or even our bath tubs !

Katie's Story

Katie's Blog

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wanna Help Rebuild Haiti?

I was listening to KLTY this evening and heard about an incredible charity, Food For The Poor.  They, along with KLTY, are working to feed and rebuild Haiti.  I had NO IDEA that a new home could be provided for a poor family in Haiti for $3,200.00...  Wow..  I'm pretty sure my bathtub cost more than that.  Sickening.  Once again, God convicts me.  What made me think that I even needed a bathtub that would cost more than a NEW HOME for a poor family?  Thank you God, for breaking my heart.  Forgive me for my selfishness and greed.

If you're interested in giving toward a new home for a poor Haitian family, check out the link.

An Update on CTPCC's Spring Fling by Leah Howard

Well the Spring Fling has flung! What a spectacular evening it was from the triple chocolate fountains with the decadent donut tower to the melodious young voice of Destinee King and the delightful silliness of Jason Earls. After we placed our bid at the silent auctions, we returned to our extravagantly decorated tables to be greeted by the delicious aroma of homemade lasagna. The night was filled with radiant colors, sweet aromas and inspiring music. The first annual event raised approximately $5,000 making the Spring Fling a raving success! Thank you to all who were "Wild About Life" and served, donated, or participated in any way! We look forward to Spring Fling 2012 with great anticipation!!

Thank You!!

Thank you for serving this ministry with excellence.  CTPCC Spring Fling would not have been possible without your serventhood.  Thank you for supporting life!
CTPCC Staff & Volunteers

Friday, May 20, 2011

Free Kidz Sportz Kamp- OUTREACH

This is a great outreach to kids who might not be able to afford expensive sports camps, and could benefit from the meal,  attention, and love of Jesus shared this FUN week of the summer. Mission Chicks will be preparing the sack suppers. If you would like to help, let us know at

Kidz Sportz Kamp

June 27th - July 1st

Stephenville City Park

Kids Completed

Grades K - 6th

5:30 -8:30 pm

Sports sessions, by current and former collegiate athletes, high school players and coaches!

Sack suppers, bible study, and rally time!

Call for details


or download registration online


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Prayer for Children

We pray for children who put chocolate fingers everywhere,
who like to be tickled, who stomp in mud puddles and ruin their new pants,
who sneak Popsicles before supper, who erase holes in Math workbooks,
who can never find their shoes.

We pray for those who stare at photographers behind barbed wire,
who can't pound down the street in a new pair of sneakers,
who are born in places we wouldn't be caught dead,
who never go to the circus,
who live in a x-rated world.

We pray for children who bring us sticky kisses and handfuls of dandelions,
who sleep with the dog and bury goldfish,
who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money,
who cover themselves with band-aids and sing off-key.

We pray for those who never get dessert,
who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,
who watch their parents watch them die,
who can't find any bread to steal,
who don't have any room to clean up,
whose pictures aren't on anybody's dressers,
whose monsters are real.

We pray for children who spend all their allowance before Tuesday,
who throw tantrums in the grocery and pick at their food,
who like ghost stories,
who shove dirty clothes under the bed and never rinse out the tub,
who get visits from the tooth fairy,
who don't like to be kissed in front of the carpool,
who squirm in church and scream in the phone,
whose tears we sometimes laugh at,
and whose smiles can make us cry.

We pray for those whose nightmares come in the day,
who will eat anything,
who have never seen a dentist,
who aren't spoiled by anybody,
who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,
who live and move,
but have no being.

We pray for children who want to be carried
and for those that must,
for those we give up on 
and for those who don't get a second chance.
For those we smoother with kindness,
and for those who will grab the hand of anyone
kind enough to offer it.

By Ina J. Hughes

Urgent Need In The Dominican Republic

Urgent Need in the 
Dominican Republic

Since last fall, Grace School (Colegio Tia Tatiana, Herrera, DR) has experienced an unusual drop in its number of child sponsors.  This means that we do not have sufficient donations to provide love and care for the 419 children in that school.

Why is Grace School so important?  
Herrera is an inner-city slum where earning fast money, not education, is the priority.  This means that children are encouraged to join a gang, prostitute themselves, or work a "day job" to help the family survive.  This situation is even more dangerous for the nearly 38% of students at Grace School who are orphans.  
The ministry of VisionTrust in this school is bringing the love and hope of Christ to these children and is producing Christian men and women who are ready to serve their nation as leaders and role-models.  As the leading VisionTrust program in the DR, it is working!  Just this past January 90 children asked Jesus to be their Saviour!

What can you do to help? 
We need to raise at least $1,950 per month to continue this great ministry without eliminating key services like a daily meal.  We have 419 children in this program and only 350 are currently sponsored.  Here are 3 ways you can help us

1.  You can sponsor a child for $35 per month
2.  You can help us find sponsors by requesting child packets to show your friends or church
3.  You can do a Change DRIVE to help us supplement the deficit until we find sponsors.

If you are interested in sponsoring a child or helping raise awareness please email
Thank you! 

A life that has been changed....

When Miguel was 8 years old, his mother was killed.  His life shattered around him as he tried to understand why a man who claimed to love his mom would do such a thing.  His grandmother took him into her home, although she herself was extremely poor and struggling to survive.  

Thankfully, Miguel was being sponsored to attend Grace School (Colegio Tia Tatiana, Herrera, DR).  There he was showered with the love of God and his needs were provided for like food, clean water, school supplies and counseling.  By God's grace, today Miguel is a happy and healthy 6th grader who likes Math, loves to draw, and is experiencing the love of Christ in action.

This information provided by an advocate for Vision Trust

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Local Widow Need

Through the nursing home ministry of Mission Chicks, God revealed a need in the life of a sweet elderly woman.  This woman lives at Community Nursing Home where we visit twice a month.  Today, two mission chicks walked into this woman's room and found bare walls, tables and window sills.  All she had to bring life into her room was a very small vase of fake flowers.  She told them how proud she was of those flowers, so it was very obvious that she would LOVE some decorations for her room!  This sweet elderly woman has no children or family.  She only has one friend that comes to visit her on occasion.  We as mission chicks intend to visit her EVERY time we are there!

As a gift from mission chicks, we would like to give her a large fake flower arrangement, two framed pictures for her wall, and three small decorations (such as stand up crosses or pictures) for her window sill or table.  We will give these to her in the name of Jesus on our next visit which is Tuesday June 7th.

If you would like to provide one or more of these items, new or gently used, then please email us at  Thank you so much for your willingness to serve!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Nursing Home Ministry!!

Hello Chicks!

Tomorrow, Tuesday May 17th, is our next visit to the Community Nursing Home on the Northwest Loop. We will meet there at 10:30 am in the foyer. If you would like to join us for the first time, please bring your driver's license and social security card or number for the background check. We had a blast two weeks ago and found out some great opportunities for outreach within the nursing home. We can't wait to see you there tomorrow at 10:30 am!! If you have any questions please email us at

Friday, May 13, 2011

TOMORROW-Canned Food Drive for Postal Service

This Saturday, May 14th, the postal service is having a canned food drive for all the local charities here in Erath County.  All you have to do is place canned food in your mailbox or beside your mailbox.  That is all you have to do!  They will pick it up and deliver it to the charitites.  Please consider what your family can do to help.  This a great opportunity and truly it is SOOOOOO EASY!  Hope that you will be a part!

Basic Needs

A few weeks ago I had a garage sale.  Of course afterwards I was left with clothes and some other things that were worth more than just going to the trash with.  I never know what to do with them because I know someone could use them, but who and how will they get them.  Well I just happened to run into a friend who informed me that Graham Street Church of Christ has a clothing and food pantry that is always in need of clothes.  Especially kids clothes, which is what I had.  She also told me that purses, shoes and some decor is good.  That was such a relief.  The name is Basic Needs and they are open on Thursdays from 10-1 pm.  This is when you can shop or drop off your goods.  They are across form the police station in a brick building with a red door.  Try and remember this place when you need somewhere to go with things that no longer fit or just ready to get rid of.  This a great cause for our community.  If anyone else knows of any other place that does the same thing, let mission chicks know so we can post about it.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Canned Food Drive for Postal Service

This Saturday May 14th, the postal service is having a canned food drive for all the local charities here in Erath County.  You can place items in your mailbox or outside beside your mailbox and they will pick them up and deliver them.  This is a great opportunity to support charities here and you really do not have to do any work.  Simply take the canned goods to your mailbox.  Not hard at all.  Let's make a difference by giving just a little.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Local Need: Mason Devine


Mason Devine is a 2 year little boy from Stephenville that sustained 3rd degree burns on his feets and hands and 2nd degree on his bottom.  His mother was outside with him and he accidentally got in the fire pit that was still hot from the night before. She immediately rushed him to the ER and from there he was careflighted to Parkland.  They  will be coming home tomorrow.  They had minimal insurance and have a little girl that  is 3 to take care of in  the home.

Please pray about how the Lord would lead you to help this family! Meals, gift cards, money, prayers...and anything else you think would help can be sent directly to the family at:

 107 Greenview Drive Stephenville, 76401

 If you would like to contact the mother her name is Megan. Her ph # is 254-595-2084

Thank you in advance!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Back the Blocks: Feature#3, Children like Victoria


Mission Chicks will be featuring some of their heart captivating posts. 
To Support the Blocks

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

Children like Victoria...

I wanted to introduce you to someone. Someone who I don’t want to be overlooked in this world.
Someone who I don’t want you to say you didn’t know about.
Someone who I don’t want you to just read about, then click the page and go on with your every day life.
Someone who needs you to know she exists.

I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you. John 14:18

I believe with all my heart that Jesus keeps his promises. To you, to me and to children like Victoria.

I believe that the very reason He went to the cross, was to take our place and to make a way for us to be adopted into His family- so that we wouldn’t be left as orphans- with no hope. Because we couldn’t do it on our own- and neither can Victoria.

Victoria is one of the newer babies that reside at Eagles Nest orphanage in Guatemala. Victoria is special not because she is missing part of her ear, not because she is having seizures and they don’t know why, not because she is one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen- but because she is a child of God and her life matters just as much as mine- and just as much as yours.

Victoria’s story is one that has the finger prints of God written all over it because it is a story of hope. Hope for the future, hope for healing and hope of knowing the one who created her.

It is believed Victoria was most likely relinquished by her birth mother because of her special needs. Victoria is missing her left ear and has a partial right ear. After some testing it was discovered that she does have her ear canals but it is still not confirmed whether or not she can hear for sure, although observations suggests that she may not.

Victoria is tiny- weighing in at only 6.8 lbs at age 3 months. Yet despite her special needs, despite her having seizures-she is a fighter. She is beautiful, she has a purpose and she is a child of God.

The other day someone told me they would ‘love to help support the Lords mission work in Guatemala but their money was tied up in other things’. A few minutes later they were talking about the doggie day care they had put their pet into so it wouldn’t be lonely while they were at work. Now, don’t get me wrong- I love dogs and all. But I couldn’t help but to think that often times we have our priorities messed up. And the worst part is, we don’t even see it.

So I’d like to challenge you.

Challenge you to sit down and look over your checkbook. Nobody else has to know, nobody else has to see- just you and the Lord. And I want to challenge you to be really honest with yourself and be honest with God- because he already knows it anyway. Could you possibly give up eating out once a month and help be a sender instead? Could you forfeit having your nails done? Could you maybe give up a couple trips to Starbucks a week and instead bring hope to children like Victoria? I guarantee you if you invest in His kingdom the reward will be so much greater than any dinner out you have ever eaten. Bold on my part to ask this of you? Perhaps, but I know Victoria is so worth it.

My prayer for Victoria is that while she may not ever hear a word a say to her- she will HEAR the VOICE of God through our actions. Mine and yours. Some as goers and some as senders.
If you’d like to help us bring the love to Jesus to children like Victoria please consider partnering with us through prayer and financial support of just $25 a month.

Prov. 19:17 When you help the poor you are lending to the Lord--and he pays wonderful interest on your loan!

The above post was written by Amy

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Back the Blocks: Feature #2, Stop Limiting God


Mission Chicks will be featuring some of their heart captivating posts. 
To Support the Blocks


Stop limiting God

I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I have had people say to me “Oh I always wanted to adopt but we can’t because________ and then they fill in the blank. Typically that blank includes them feeling like they do not have enough time or money.Can I just tell you that I understand? I understand fearing the lack of money and lack of time. As I have said in the past- we are not rich and of course with seven- soon to be eight children- are days are full. However, what I have discovered is that while on paper it doesn’t make sense that we can ‘have’ as much as we have and get as much done as we do- the only thing I can say is- it is God’s will and He can and will provide.

Following God’s will for your life is no simple task. It takes effort. It takes time- time with God and time reading His word. We have to make a conscious effort to align our priorities with God’s priorities and examine them often. It takes a willingness to forgo our plans and follow His. It means staying in constant relationship with God- seeking Him for the answers. It means running to God- instead of google. 

In the past, as each child entered our family- whether through birth or adoption, inevitably we would always say ‘this one is the last one'. 

We laugh at ourselves now.

Laugh that we tried to limit God.

No more.

No more telling God when ‘we’ are done. Now the ball is in His court. Our lives are completely His to do with as He wishes. No more holding back. No more restriction. We threw out the excuses, let go of the fears and the what ifs. We are trying our hardest to live in complete willingness and obedience- always remaining open to what or who He brings our way. 

Having said that, I do believe that God wants us to act in a responsible manner. We have to use the good judgment he gave us when it comes to how we spend our time and our resources. We have to continuously examine our lives- again aligning our priorities up with Gods. We have to be responsible- to God. Not responsible to our bank account and our lifestyles that we cling to so tightly.

For us, and I believe for many as well, it comes down to being painfully honest. Most of the time what it really it boils down to is our laziness or unwillingness to make changes. Our unwillingness to let go of a few of life’s luxuries- that we cling to out of selfishness. Not an easy pill to swallow I know, but that is a part of that self examining we need to do. I am not saying this is always the case- but perhaps something that needs to be carefully examined in our lives.

Sometimes, often times, following God’s plans for your life including makes changes, giving up, sacrificing. Perhaps God is asking you to examine your life- how much time are you wasting watching TV or sitting on the computer? I know that each time Todd and I open our homes to a new child we have to sit down and really take a long, hard look at our lives and reevaluate the way we are living. Where are we spending our time and our resources and are those things important to God? Sometimes we have to give things up that we like to do in our spare time- to have more time to spent with our children. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices, like giving up having our nails done, eating out or a game of golf. Because after all, one day we will all stand in front of God and He will ask us what we did with Him- what we did with the cross. God knows that you and I know there are 147 million orphans in this world. And honestly, I’m kind of embarrassed that we often put our comfort before them. We turn our backs and go on with our lives- the lives God gave us- and do nothing. We don’t want to give up our cable TV, the 45+ shirts hanging in our closet (and we still have ‘nothing to wear’) our iphones, our golf game, fishing or hunting equipment, our 2nd automobile, eating out, or anything else really. We want to have it all and then some.We complain we are 'broke' and stressed out. And I wonder if perhaps God is trying to teach us something?

Because one thing I can promise you is that one day when we stand in front of God and He asks us what we did with the cross- He will not be impressed with our iphone or that our nails looked good.

Perhaps it boils down to us needing to let go of our constantly trying to impress or prove ourselves to everyone else. Maybe we need to quit worrying what others will think and just live the life that God created us for. After all, it’s our life-and we get to choose what we are going to do with the cross. The decision is ours and we are the ones who will be held accountable for it. Who are we trying to please? God or man?

Or maybe it’s about fears? Fear that it might cost you something? Fears that the child God gives you won’t be perfect? Can I ask you something? Are you perfect? 

Or maybe it’s fear that it might be hard? Honestly though, do any of us have so much control over our lives that nothing but good will ever happen to us? Has life ever been completely easy? 

So whatever it is you decide to do with the cross- whether it be go on a mission trip, foster children, volunteer at a homeless shelter, adopt, teach Sunday school or whatever- go ahead and do it for Him. Stop limiting God. Drop your plans. Loose yourself for Him. Because you may just find that when you finally loose yourself -you may truly discover who you really are.

My prayer for each of us this Thanksgiving is that we clearly see each and every one of our blessings. Then as we reflect on those blessings, we thank God for them- and then hand them right back to Him. All of them- especially the ones you are most thankful for. Then, sit back and watch. Sit back and be amazed at how when you are fully and completely offer your life to Him- you will have more to be thankful for than ever before. 

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Back the Blocks: Feature #1, What if He meant you?

This Post is borrowed with permission from building the blocks blog

Mission Chicks will be featuring some of their heart captivating posts. 
To Support the Blocks


What if He meant YOU?

Sometimes, we find it easiest to look the other way.

Sometimes, we believe He isn't talking to us.

Sometimes, we figure someone else will do it.

Sometimes, we blow it off as someone elses responsibility.

But what if... God meant for you to do it?

As we were talking to someone the other day about support for our mission work we heard the all to common comment of 'go ask this church- or go ask that church'.

But what I sometimes think we forget is WE ARE THE CHURCH.

And often times we use the church as our excuse to not have to do what we are called as individuals to do.

We hide behind the title 'the church' and forget the church is made up of individual Christ followers who are all to do their own part.

Because after all, He is a personal God.

Personal to me- and personal to you.

While the church as a whole is powerful enough to knock out the orphan crisis- it's going to take all of us to do our part to make it happen- or it never will.

And yet all too often we sit and we wait...

For someone else to take care of the problem...

For someone else to give...

For someone else to serve...

For someone else to do something about it...

And we excuse ourselves of our individual responsibility.

When perhaps He was talking to us all along...

In the past I have talked a lot on my blog about our ties to money- and what the Lord has been teaching us. As we are raising funds for missions, more than ever before, our eyes are being opened to our cultures connection to the almighty dollar.

And more than ever before- I see how clearly it is the one thing that is bringing us, as a nation, down.

Our love for things...

and our love of self...

Over our love for Him.

I came across this picture the other day and I felt like someone punched me in the gut. I wondered how someone could just look the other way and go on without doing something to help?

But then it hit me..

Aren't we, in essence, doing this exact thing when we- choose that $6.00 latte over giving to missions?

When we choose to take a family vacation instead of giving our tithe?

Choose to have a pedicure over sponsoring a child in need?

Choose to look the other way as the homeless man sits on the corner begging for our help?

Choose a bigger house over adopting a child?

Choose to do nothing- when we could do something?

Choose not to respond.

Roman 14:12 tells us "Each of us will give an account of himself to God."

Belonging to a church isn't enough.

Each one of us, individually, are accountable to God for what we have done for the poor, the helpless, the widow and the orphan.

I once heard someone say the only thing worse than being lost- is being lost and knowing there is no one looking for you. As the body of Christ I believe the Lord is calling each one of us- as individuals- to open our eyes and LOOK. Look for the need and act.




Take it personal-

Because He does.

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My own little world

What is the population of your world?
My family
My friends
My church

......hmmmm, that was pretty much mine, until recently anyway

Better yet what is the population of His?

Mission Chick's Local VBS

Hey chicks,

Wanted to give you all a little more info on the VBS we will be having at the Mobile Home Community off of 205. 

The dates will be June20th-22nd from 5:30-7:30 each night.  We will first post flyers on all the homes a week before the VBS to invite ALL children - 6th grade to come! Thanks to 3 wonderful churches and organizations we will be serving a meal to every child that attends! yay! We will be doing the Lifeway New York theme VBS. We will have opening ceremony, songs, crafts, break-out small group bible lessons and many more fun activities for them to be apart of!

We will need LOTS of helping hands during these 3 here is a list of needs:

-------at least 30 volunteers (bring your whole family)
-------VBS break out teachers
-------We need 3 groups to provide a craft for 100 each night (If your church did not get to help with the meals...this would be a great outreach)

Im sure there will be more needs as it gets closer but I wanted you all to go ahead and get this on your calendars!!

Please sign up to volunteer via

Can't wait to see what the Lord is going to do!!!! It's going to be AWESOME!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Simple Comforts

Sometimes I think it's easy to take simple comforts for granted. 

When I was 17 yrs old there was a time in my life when I didn't have a place to live.  The first few nights of this time was spent sleeping on a playground in a park.  I didn't sleep much those nights because it was so uncomfortable and I was so cold.  Thankfully this period in my life was short lived.  I love my bed, my blanket and my pillow. 

I recently got back from a mission trip to Cruz Blanca Guatemala where we built 90 beds for families in the village.  Not only were the children there dealing with the uncomfortable fact of sleeping on the hard ground, but were dealing with sores and diseases from bugs biting them at night. 

The next morning, mother's were gathered around finding they shared the same story of their children going to bed at 6pm the night before because they were too excited to sleep in their new bed to wait any longer! 

If you would like to read all about my trip and see pictures of those precious children you can visit my blog at:

The Blocks

I would like to introduce you to the Block family. They are truly living out the gospel. I have only gotten to know Amy and her family through her blog and email, but have been so moved by her commitment that I wanted to share about them.

They have just sold their home and are raising support to care for orphans full time in Guatemala.
They need 147 families to sponsor them for $25 a month. You don't have to take my word for it, check out their blog. This family's compassion and servanthood will blow you away!

We will be featuring several of Amy's posts here for the next few weeks! Get ready for God to speak to your heart!

Todd & Amy Block

Todd and Amy are the parents of nine beautiful children, four biological and five through the miracle of adoption. Because of their adoption experiences from Guatemala, the US foster system and Ethiopia, the Lord opened their eyes to the children around the world who are orphaned, abandoned, helpless and at risk.
Once their eyes were opened the entire family became passionate about reaching the lost and vulnerable. In 2011 the Lord called them to do full time mission’s work in Guatemala, back to the very orphanage from which one of their daughters was adopted.
Todd, Amy and seven of their nine children will be serving at Eagles Nest orphanage helping with the Manna Feeding program, the Sports ministry, the Christian school and serving the orphans in the children’s home. The heart of their ministry is discipleship and as a family they desire to share the love of Jesus by loving others the way He loves them.  
Todd graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Parks and Recreation management. Amy graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Social work. 
Home church: Paradise Baptist Church, Caddo Mills, TX

Monday, May 2, 2011

May Meeting Tonight at Texas Bank 6:30pm

Join Us
Mission Chicks
-May Meeting-
Pregnancy and Single Mother Care

Monday May 2nd
Texas Bank Community Room

Please Bring items for the CTPCC mom's shop!!!!

Find out what Mission Chicks are all about, find out how you can get involved, have your heart touched for the cause of Christ!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Sparrow Fund May Fundraiser has begun!!

The big fundraiser starts today and we could not be more excited!!  We have 33(!) amazing stores who are participating in our first annual May fundraiser.  To learn more about The Sparrow Fund visit this post.

That's 33 businesses that have generously offered to donate 10% of their total sales for May to The Sparrow Fund.

33 businesses who are publicly supporting adoption, adoptive families, and the work of The Sparrow Fund.

And we could not be more excited!  Thank you all so very much!!

Of course this only works if you shop....

The button below will take you to a listing of the businesses that are participating in the fundraiser.  Some of the businesses are well known and some not so much, but all have amazing items and all have a heart for adoption.

So go shop knowing that for once your shopping will do an even greater good.

And share the news.  Grab this button and put it on your blog.  Post about the fundraiser on Facebook.  "Like" The Sparrow Fund on Facebook and watch what the Lord is doing.  Become a follower here and make sure you check  in on fellow Sparrow board members, Kelly and Ashley as they will be posting every day on their blogs about the businesses and some of their favorite things from them.

Support us and help us build the nest.