This is our FOURTH year organizing the Story Spark Holiday Project. We have had tremendous success and increased our impact each year!
In 2020, we raised $1150 and provided gifts to 65 children in Amarillo.
In 2021, we raised $1500, collected more than 120 in-kind donations, and provided gifts to 125 children total.
In 2022, we raised a little over $2000, collected over 100 in-kind donations, and provided gifts to 201 children total!
I am thrilled to have your support in increasing our impact in 2023. Please help in any way you can:
- Donate today!
- Spread the word!
- Message me if you want to support in some other way!
It’s that time of year!
As soon as we had our first freeze and some snow, a beloved tune and lyric wormed its way into my head, and it’s been swirling around like the powdery flakes in a snow globe ever since. “It’s that time of year, when the world falls in love. Every song you hear, seems to say…”.
Everyone who knows me, knows this is my favorite time of year. It radiates a magic filled with wonder, anticipation, fond memories from my childhood, and more recent precious memories with my own children.
We are also reminded that this time of year can be extremely painful and stressful for anyone experiencing hardship, loss, or separation. And so, many of us feel called to give, even more during this time of year. In the spirit of giving, I ask that you consider supporting the Story Spark Holiday Project.
Story Spark will once again curate gift sets that include quality books and related educational/play items for Amarillo children from low-income families during the holiday season by partnering with local organizations that serve children 6 weeks to 10 years old. Please visit this year’s GoFundMe page for all the details.
And thank you for your ongoing support!
Dearest friends and family,
I hope this finds you and yours well. For many reasons which I don’t wish to recount here, we have been through some challenging times in 2020 and 2021. As you may recall, despite keeping Story Spark closed during 2020, I maintained and deepened our mission while giving back to the Amarillo community through the Story Spark Christmas Project. With your support and generosity, we were able to provide carefully curated gift sets which included a book and related play and educational items to over 60 children from low-income families in Amarillo.
This year through the generosity of the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School community, we have collected over 120 books to date, but now it’s time to play Santa and purchase all the play and educational items that will transform each book into a more meaningful and hands-on learning experience. My hope is that you will again support this project by giving any amount you can and by spreading the news to friends and contacts who may also be able to give at this time. Thank you for helping me spread peace, love, and books! The children, their families and their teachers are so very grateful.
Visit, donate, and share the GoFundMe Page today: https://gofund.me/fbc45243 or click on the red picture above.
With much love,
“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” -Kate DiCamillo, children’s author
“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” -Mr. Rogers
I owe every single person who donated or in some way supported the Story Spark Christmas Project a huge thanks and update on the success of our efforts.
In truth, I find myself a bit speechless and my mind starts spinning when I really think about it. So while words fail me, let’s start with the numbers.
Continue reading Good Tidings: Update on the Story Spark Christmas Project
I am so proud and excited to announce a special Story Spark Christmas Project. I hope you’ll join me in helping make the holidays extra special by spreading peace, love, and books!
Our goal: to bring books and book-based learning opportunities into the homes of economically struggling families in our community in order to make this Christmas extra special.
Our mission: In creating Story Spark , our mission was to enrich the Amarillo, TX community by bringing together families, children, and caregivers through book-based enrichment [classes] that SPARK deeper bonds, curiosity, and a love of learning. While I am unable to hold classes during these times, we can still uphold our mission and support our community by helping get books and book-based learning opportunities into the homes of families who may be struggling with finances or overall family well-being.
Continue reading Turning the Page on 2020
We live in a big, beautiful world full of big, ugly problems.
Poverty. Undrinkable water. Dictators suppressing people’s voices and rights. Mass shootings. Lack of access to quality medicine or education. Loss of forests and rainforests. Irreparable damage to coral reefs and other animal habitats. Risk of mass animal extinctions. Racism. Bigotry. Terrorism.
I’m just touching the surface.
Continue reading Be the Change
Isn’t June a crazy month, or is it just me? Weren’t we just celebrating our mommas and springtime? Now, BOOM, it’s June and summer!
If your children are school-age, there are a million end of year events. Then suddenly, you’re pulling your hair out trying to keep them busy. And entertained. And fed. You can’t seem to keep the fridge or pantry stocked quickly enough. The sun is up forever, so they are up forever! And, why is there so much more laundry? But, also don’t forget (even though your brain is sizzling), Father’s Day is around the corner! And the father figures in our lives definitely deserve being celebrated too! Continue reading Books that Celebrate our Darling Dads and Fatherhood
On the first of May, I woke up and thought “Yay! It’s May!!! Oh! That means it’s almost Mother’s Day… Oh, no! Oh, yay!” My thoughts drifted.
First thought: What can I ever do for or give to my own mother that would come close to showing her how loved, admired, and appreciated she is… I mean aside from having my own kids, trying to raise them with similar values, and making sure they see/talk and share their cuteness with her regularly. (Best gift, ever, right?)
Continue reading Books that Celebrate Mommas and Motherhood
I used to read 50+ books each year. In a bound suede journal which my grandmother gave me, I proudly kept track of the titles I had finished, a running tally of total books read in a year, and a list of books to be devoured still. My New Year’s health resolution was how many books I would strive to read that calendar year.
Continue reading The Book Bug
As a little girl, I remember my sisters and I tagging along occasionally in the summers as my Dad visited his classroom for various reasons we often paid no attention to. While he might be doing an inventory of equipment and compiling orders of beakers, burners, and other scientific tools, we would explore the old and often empty building, climb up and down what we thought were dramatic staircases, play school, draw on the chalkboards, etc. My memories are foggy but happy ones.
Continue reading 3 Little Pigs, Play, and a Streetsweeper