Monday, October 10, 2011

And Now For Something Completely Different...

Hey Guys,

I'm about to do something really weird and it might freak you out a little, but I think we need to have a heart to heart. I love this blog and all the people that read it. Like LOVE. But I have this little issue. And that's that I have this double life going on and I don't know if I can keep it up much longer! Here's the scoop. I am just one person, and like all people, there's lots of facets to me. Oh, yes, I'm a complex gal. You see as you know me I'm all Adoption Girl and Save Africa and everything. And that's true and real. But there's another part of me you don't know. The truth is that there's more to me than that, and my blog just has to show it or I'm all stifled. So here's the real deal. In addition to being Adoption Girl, I'm also a sugar fiend, a design nut, a photographer, and avid Flylady enthusiast, a Christian, and a mess. And I think it's time you got to know the real me. Because I bet most of you are just like me. If you really want to talk adoption all the time there are so many awesome blogs that do that. And if you really want to talk recipes and crafts and design all the time there are so many awesome blogs that do that. But if you can handle it, I'd like to do both. Maybe the internet has room for something like that. We're still going to give $1 every week to a new family adopting from Africa. That's the whole point, people! We'll do that on Monday, but every other day we'll be talking straight from my heart. Of course there will still be adoption and Africa and Jesus in there because I'm still writing it, but if you don't mind, right now I'd like to talk about rice krispy treats. :)

The Modern Marigold is one of my favorite blogs and Amanda has started doing this super fun thing where every week we have to actually DO something we saw on Pinterest and blog about it. Then we link up. And I just have to play! So this is what I did. Brown Butter Pumpkin Spiced Rice Krispy Treats. Kind of lame because that's what Amanda did last week, but I was out of inspiration and they just looked pretty good. And they were, really good. I recommend. They were easy peasy and the kids thought they were fancy, but not too fancy to eat a whole pan in one day. Here's the pin I found it on. But here's another rice krispy fave. Cake Batter Rice Krispies. I love those.

Now, hang with me while we try out this new weird format. I really want to get to know you guys too. I'm sure Lindsay, our mama of the week is freaking out right now, so if you haven't given your $1 yet, please do to reassure her that it's all going to be ok if we cut up a little too! We're going to be a dynamic group of girls that can whip up a wicked rice krispy treat and still fund an adoption a week. No problemo! Right? Can I get an amen if you don't think this is way too wacky?


  1. God bless you, Beth. I apologize if this is too honest, but sometimes we need a break from the CONSTANT thoughts of adoption. With pregnancy, we eventually get that great glow and our hair is impossibly full. With adoption, we don't get that "glow" until the referral, I'm guessing. And it's a long road to that point. So rice krispie treats, design, holiday crafts...lay it on us!

  2. Dear Beth. Go for it. You are a gifted ambassador, but also a gifted writer. My thought is maybe you'd like two blogs. One to make people cry, and one to make people laugh.

  3. Oh my gosh... cake batter rice krispie treats? No. no. no can do. {yes! yes! do I have any rice krispies left??} Thanks for the shout out, girly. I'm all about the personal stuff on your lovely bloggy. And by the by I am a flylady enthusiast, too! :)

  4. I think this is a great idea and those rice krispy treats look yummy!

  5. I may be the lone man out on this, or maybe there are a lot of other people who will agree with me but not want to comment. I guess I was really excited about the Give1Save1 concept, and thought of it more as a movement and an entity in and of itself. I never saw it as a blog. We can all agree that each and every one of us are complex people, and we can be sure that the voice behind Give1Save1 must love chocolate just like every single one of us! (because we all do, right?) But when I thought of Give1Save1, I thought of a place where people who are passionate about caring for orphans could come together in large numbers to show that support. I never thought of it as a blog. Of course, a blog could be one aspect of it - or could be linked to - but I just never envisioned it that way. I know when I go to my favorite knitting websites, I expect to find things that have to do with knitting, not with motorcycles. There are so many personal blogs out there that we all follow that are personal and have to do with everything the blogger decides to put on there. Those aren't the blogs that get huge followings, though the followers are very loyal. Then we all know the "365-days of crock pot cooking" blogs that had millions of followers because the whole blog centered on the main idea: crock pot cooking.
    So, I guess what I'm saying is that I'm not sure what you should do. If you want to turn this into a personal blog, then that's great. I'll still follow and give because I believe in the main idea. However, I see it as limiting the vision, because new visitors will have a hard time separating 'you - the person' from 'Give1Save1-the concept". It goes from being a ministry that can encompass all of us, to being about you. Which is not to say we don't want to know about you - but don't you have a personal blog that we can check up on for that?

  6. I am so glad you came out of the closet honey! You are a complex and beautiful lady with enough room in your heart to help fund adoption, do awesome things for your family and show people how much you are just a mess sometimes like us all. I like the new format.