What's Up Wednesday-2.26.20

I'm linking up today with Sheaffer and Shay for What's Up Wednesday.  


Today, is a bittersweet day in my heart.  On February 26th, 2017, my dear friend, Manda Maxwell, went home to be with Jesus.  This day on the calendar always tugs at my heart.  I know she'd never come back to earth if given the choice.  She's healed and fully whole in the loving arms of her savior, but I'm missing her a little more today.

What We're Eating This Week...
I shared all about what we've been having for dinners lately.  You can see it all in this post.
What I'm Reminiscing About...
 My girlfriend, Manda, who truly lived out her faith each and everyday she battled cancer.  I'm remembering her life and all the fun times we got to spend together.




In honor of Manda's life, her parents started the Manda Strong Foundation, a nonprofit organization that comes alongside young moms battling cancer.  Manda had a strong support system who was doing lots of things on the side...dropping off fun family night baskets, having Santa stop by to deliver presents, delivering meals, Christmas shopping, and much much more.  Manda's parents saw how that support system helped ease the pain and make life a little easier for Manda.  She got to soak in more of those "mom moments" because she had this great support.  The Manda Strong Foundation helps mom create lasting memories with their families by coming alongside them to help financially as well as meet many other needs.

What I'm Loving...
In 2015, Manda and her mom, Cindy, were the guest speakers at a women's event at our church.  I LOVE that we have this on video to rewatch ourselves and to share with you.  If you've never watched Manda's story, I hope you'll take time this week to watch.  I pray your heart will be touched by my friend, Manda.

What We've Been Up To...
Just TWO MORE DAYS until the Oh, What a Night Gala presented by the Manda Strong Foundation.  I've been on this committee for the past year meeting, working, and planning this event.  Our tables are all sold, the band is arriving, and the food will be there!  I wish you all could come!  

What I'm Dreading...
Nothing at the moment.

What I'm Working On...
The Bestie Breakdown!!  What do you think of the new graphic?
Shay and I realized after Episode 1 that we had tons of work to do as well as so much to learn so we've been digging into the podcast world


What I'm Excited About...
After Shay and I mentioned the gala on The Bestie Breakdown, our podcast, I had some questions from readers who have been invested in Manda's story and were anxious to contribute.  While the gala fundraiser is a local event, we've made a big goal to raise $20,000 for moms battling cancer today in Manda's honor.  If everyone skipped their Starbucks today and donated just $5-$10, we could easily meet our goal.  If you'd like to join us in helping moms with cancer make some life long memories, simply head to Manda Strong to donate today! 

What I'm Watching/Reading...

Still working my way through this one.  :)

What I'm Listening To...
This soundtrack has been on repeat in my car.  Is it because all six of us love it so much?  Absolutely not.  It's because a sweet four-year-old uses her manners when she asks to listen.

What I'm Wearing...
The only thing still in stock from above is the leopard peplum top on the right.  I'm wearing a medium.

What I'm Doing This Weekend...
How I'm feeling right this second about my weekend.

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...
Our Spring Break getaway happening in just one and a half weeks!  This vacation is gonna look a little more like this...
with all eight!

Remember, we'd love to for you to be a part of helping those Manda Strong moms today!  You can donate here to help us meet our goal in honor of our Manda!

Thanks for reading today!
XO

4 comments

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

THAT GRAPHIC!!!!! Y'all are CUTE! Now let's raise some money!!!!

Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said...

I love seeing all those old pictures of you girls! I so regret not joining the life group when we first joined the church! I missed out on so much. :( And I'm loving that adorable graphic of y'all!! That Inspired Chick

Simply Tish said...

I LOVED your first podcast and LOVE your new graphic! What program do you use for all your graphics on your blog? They are so cute!

Mix and Match Mama said...

Those pictures of Manda...my heart. She was the absolute sweetest.