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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Sometimes it’s hard to really make something like the tragedy in Japan seem real when we’re so far away.  We can watch the news, see the YouTube videos, but still it can be hard to even imagine the devastation and even harder to have the same heart that Jesus does when his people are hurting.  This blog is called REAL housewives for a reason… we’re trying to be real and transparent with our readers and even more importantly, living out a REAL, authentic faith in God.  So, I’ll be honest, I don’t always have the kind of compassion and burden for those that are hurting that I should.  I let myself and my life get in the way.
Japan does seem real to me because I’ve been there.  I’ve met wonderful people and I had the privilege to meet a family that has dedicated their life to serving the people of Japan. 
The Bengtsons
Please be praying for their family as they try to put life back together and offer hope to those hurting in Sendai, Japan.
 Last night I took a few minutes to look through some pictures from my summer in Japan.  It was amazingly beautiful and every person I met was incredibly kind.
 My primary purpose while I was there was to help take care of Dean and Linda’s two sons while they prepared for a move.  I also assisted Shauna (one of my dear friends and life-long role models) teaching English classes. 
 In addition to praying for The Bengtsons and Japan as a whole, I also found a cool, tangible way to help.  The Salvation Army has designed this great shirt and 100% of the proceeds go towards aid for Japan.  I looked into these shirts closely and due to donations the cost to produce them is almost non-existent, so the money is actually going to help.  I really like the shirt and it’s a good reminder that even after the media dies down, and the next big news event comes along, that the people in Japan will need our prayer for far longer.  So maybe consider ordering one as a way to help and a reminder to pray. 
Just a few gifting ideas for these shirts:
1- Teacher Gifts- I guarentee you the teacher will love it and it won’t be the same old
2- Christmas presents- yes, I know it’s VERY far away, but I think it would be a good lesson for my kids to give them one months later and remind them that we still need to be praying.  (I hope my kids don’t read my blog)
3- Graduation Gift- stick it in with some dorm stuff
If you’re looking for a place to provide support financially and aren’t sure who to go through, the organization that the Bengtsons have recommended, and are working with is CrashJapan and you can donate through that link. 
Have a great Tuesday!

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  1. Linda says:

    thanks monica!!! so fun to see your blog and the photos of sooooo long ago!! we are very thankful to still be here and be able to help. and we are thankful for all the prayers and support of people back home. linda

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