his understanding

IsaiahThe month of January, I am joining a group of writers talking about risking rejection. Thank you to Amy Sullivan for encouraging us to move out of our comfort zones. You can read her risk and all the links to others here.

Last week, I sought to take a risk and say no (not an easy feat for me). I can’t say I was totally successful. I said no to one thing, while finding myself in another spot, as a substitute. I tried, does that count?

The next two weeks I will talk about risks that are intertwined with writing. Let’s be honest, I am a worrier and a doubter. Every day I hit publish on here or somewhere else I feel so vulnerable, I can barely breath. Also, I very much love writing.

There has been a lot of risk involved and an unbelievable amount of rejection.


My risk this week is trying again.

Last winter, Kids Can Press, Citizen Kids donated an entire set of books to About Proximity. They were unbelievably generous and believed in our message.

citizen kidI worked to put together a series of play groups involving the books. They were super fun; games, interactive activities, a big dose of families making a difference. I gathered up my proposal and met with someone at the public library. They have a wonderful auditorium space. I thought it might be a worthwhile addition to their summer offerings.

A week later I received a no. Saying no is hard for me. Receiving no is hard. I tend to think the worst of myself and my ideas. (This did not fit their themes.)

I packed up the books and slid them in their box under my desk. The great moral of how I did not give up never happened, because I did just that. I felt very sad and did not keep trying.

My risk rejection this week is to gather those books and the plans up again. I will commit them to God. If I don’t find a home for them, we will line my street and fill up my house. I can’t wait to write about them this summer.


His understanding when we are rejected is so great.

His ability to not grow weary of us and our hearts is so great. They are everything to him.

Summer Reading = Make a Difference

summer reading

Summer is coming!!!

That means its time to break out the slip-and-slides and do a happy dance. (I know the beauty of summer wears off when the sibling fighting begins.) But, for a moment let’s join together and embrace the beauty of the approaching moment.


Reading can be a big part of summer break.

Summer reading = Make a Difference

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1. Read Creating Room to Read:

Add Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy to your reading list.

John Wood left a lucrative career at Microsoft to found the non-profit Room-to-Read, one of the partners of Girl Rising. The heart of this book is the stories of the students who are changed when given the chance of literacy.

Consider saving your giving bank change and participate in the students helping students program. 

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2. Visit We Give Books

Read digital books on-line with your family. Through your families reading efforts books are donated to We Give Books charity partners around the world! Share the gift of literacy!


3. Check out my Make a Difference Kids Books board on Pinterest. 

Head to your local library and add some of these books to your summer reading list. Kids relate to other kids! We are giving them a great gift when we open their eyes to the greater world and how they can be involved. I can’t wait to keep adding to this list!

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4. Learn more about Reach and Out and Read 

Reach and Out and Read is a non-profit that incorporates books into well-child exams and partners with medical providers. At your child’s next well-child exam share this non-profit with your health care provider. Sometimes families just need a little extra encouragement to make literacy an important part of their home.

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5.  Spend some time exploring Citizen Kid Central

Kids Can Press has some of amazing books for kids about global issues. I’m working on some fun story times with this series, generously donated by Kids Can Press to About Proximity! On the website you can watch videos that correspond to the stories.

What is your favorite book series from when you were young or for your own kids? 

Involving Families: Ryan and Jimmy

Kids can make a difference!

Ryan and Jimmy and the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together By: Herb Shovelier is a book your family will want to read together. The book is geared toward 3rd-6th graders. The book is part of the CitizenKid Collection of stories to encourage kids to make a difference globally.

In first grade, Ryan Hreljac of Kemptville, Ontario learned that not everyone in the world had clean water. He sought to earn the money to buy a clean water well. After a newspaper ran his story, his work received international attention. He was able to fund a clean water well in the Agweo Village in Uganda, Africa. His school became pen pals with students in Agweo. One student, a young orphan named Akana Jimmy longed to tell Ryan thank you in person. Ryan was able to travel to Uganda and meet Jimmy. The book is about their friendship and the difference they have made.

The story continues as Jimmy was abducted by the LRA, a resistance group in Uganda. He escaped to his friend, the project coordinator of Ryan’s Well. After time and paperwork, Jimmy was able to come to Canada and live with Ryan’s family. They now have a foundation called the Ryan Well Foundation.

The Foundation website also has school curriculum ideas and clean water projects you can be involved in.


Be encouraged by a friendship and the power one life has to make a difference!