Open hands. Open hearts. Open Checkbook…

Happy New Year everyone! It’s a little late for me to say that I know, but I figure its better late than never right? πŸ™‚

I have been thinking a lot …a LOT…over the last few weeks about what 2009 entailed for Anthony and I. It was a life changing year for us for both our business and our family. Just to do a quick recap: We had a studio (out of our house) and it thrived…and then we closed it to bring things back into our home. God showed me that my work space needs to be where my heart is…and right now, at this point in my life, its at home. We worked with the mot amazing couples/families that we have ever had. We worked with the most amazing vendors we have ever had the opportunity to work with. We became regulars a our favorite coffee shop…it only took 7 years. πŸ™‚ We saw our friends have the most beautiful children. Our family grew and we had THE most beautiful child. ( πŸ™‚ hehehe) We put our house on the market. We sold our house. We bought our dream house. We move in next week…holy moly. We saw teens and adults receive Jesus as their savior. We saw our church change for the better. We saw love in a whole new way…a tangible, touchable way. We saw God be on time…like he ALWAYS is. We experienced a sense of family like never before. We were blessed beyond measure in 2009…and if 2010 is even half as good as this past year, Im already humbled and on my knees to praise God for His blessings.

Blessed is the only word I can come up with to describe this past year…and now to 2010. Anthony and I went to Target the day after Christmas to grab some diapers and we were both totally overwhelmed at how many people were out shopping! The first thing that popped into my mid was, “Seriously?! Only in America could we have a day of giving/receiving tons of gifts just to go out Β the very next day to BUY MORE!?!!?” Please dont get me wrong..I love LOVE to shop…but I just feel like monetarily there are a few things I want to do better this year than buy more stuff. So…we are launching a blog contest of a different nature today. Here’s the deal…

For the next 12 months, we will be selecting 1 charity a month to donate $100 per month to as a way of saying, “Thank you God for giving so much to us!” Here is where YOU come in…we need charities to choose from! I have several that come to mind right off the bat…International Justice Mission…Mercy Clinic of Athens…the Red Cross…lots of places. But we want YOUR input. You have until January 30th to submit, via email to melissa@melissapepin.com , the names and donation information to your favorite charity. We will put them all in a hat and draw out 12 different charities to donate to. We will then feature each charity on our blog at the end of each month and give people the info so that THEY can click to donate right here on our blog. For every person that donates, we will send you some fun MPP paraphernalia (t-shirts, coffee cuffs, an autographed picture of ME…okay just kidding about the last one. πŸ™‚ ). We are super excited about the opportunity to help other this year rather than just focusing on driving up our blog hits or looking “kewl!” We want to touch hearts…to show Gods love…and to help as many people as possible. Love is the movement people so lets get to moving!

*side note, the charity has to be an actual charity..we wont be writing checks to individuals who cant make a car payment or who need bus fair…but we have places where those people can get help too, so if they need help we are HAPPY to send info for them!

We love you guys …you faithful readers. We love you guys that trust with with your families and weddings. We are so excited to see what Gods got in store this year and cant wait to take you all with us! So, happy new year and lets get those charities some cash!

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