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Hey friends!

It's finally time to reveal the ol' Seeds For Change website.

Check it out!!

There's lots of info to peruse. Take your time. Drink in all the pure non-profit goodness.

Then donate! HA! I had to say it.

Do you know what you can do to help out? Purchase tickets to our fundraiser!! You can do that right on the website. How convenient is that? And if you are not able to attend the event, you can still donate on the "donate" page. We make it easy. You're welcome.

And for those of you who are sick and tired of the SFC posts, I apologize, but it's for the kids!!
I promise the next post will be pictures and stories from the life and times of the Hildens. It will be awesome.

the hand of God

I'm back to tell you about just how evident God's hand has been in this whole "starting a non-profit" endeavor.

The concept for Seeds For Change started at a coffee shop on a napkin. It was mapped out by my dad and his friend Joe as an idea. They wanted to see the at-risk youth of St. Louis Park have a place to go after school to get homework help, to play basketball, to be kids.
This idea has evolved and grown and become a real thing! We firmly believe that this was really God's idea from the beginning. He has blessed every step along the way.

An integral part of the process has been the involvement of Diem Design. Perry and his team at Diem have been incredibly generous with their time and resources. They created a beautiful website (which I'll be sharing with you soon!), invites for our fundraiser, hand outs, letter head, you name it! It's amazing how you so quickly identify with a logo. They created this for us:

God has provided in so many other ways as well. Joe has a contact that will be preforming at our fundraiser: Sheila Ray Charles, daughter of the late Ray Charles. Yep. I know. Cool right??
Also - the space and dinner for the fundraiser were DONATED to us. What?? Yes. Seriously.

It has been truly amazing to see God at work in and through this new organization that He obviously wants in existence. Please keep us in your prayers as we learn more about what it means to reach at-risk youth.

Check us out on Facebook!

Seeds for Change

Dave and I have been busy little beavers with a few things. One of them being a brand-spanking new non-profit that we are helping to start. It's really the brain child of my dad and a friend of his, but Dave is on the board and I've been doing some of the administrative work to get it off the ground.

It's called Seeds for Change and we are SUPER excited about it!!

The organization is going to encompass a few different things, but the main project is an after school program for at-risk youth.

Here's a little blurb from our hand out
"Seeds For Change is a non-profit organization committed to help change the lives of youth by helping them face difficult life situations. Many kids find themselves on the streets after school, and end up engaging in destructive behavior, crime, and other negative activities. Seeds For Change seeks to change the negative direction of these youth’s lives and provides support in the areas of education, social and interpersonal relationships, character development, and preparation for life after high school."

Sounds cool right??

Our big fundraiser will be November 11th and tickets are just $30. There will be a silent auction and Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray Charles) will be preforming. Let me know if you are interested in coming!

The website is not quite finished yet, but check us out on facebook in the meantime.

I'll be back soon to tell you about how God has orchestrated this whole thing into being and all the amazing things that have been happening!

pumphouse creamery

My love for ice cream runs deep. I blame my parents for this. Growing up we frequented little ice cream shops in the area and with each visit my love for ice cream grew.
So when I heard about Pumphouse Creamery, it took every ounce of self control not to hop in the car and drive there that very minute. I was probably at work anyway.

Our friend Lee was in town from California. Perfect excuse for some ice cream, no? Not that I need an excuse.

There are so many reasons why I love Pumphouse. Here are just a few:
They source local ingredients, including organic cream.
They make everything from scratch
They use biodegradable containers

Here is an excerpt from their website:
"In order to produce the freshest quality all-natural ice cream possible, we focus on sourcing our ingredients from local farmers and businesses who are committed to conservation efforts and the advancements of food integrity."

"In addition, we do not purchase bases or mixes pre-made, everything here is made from scratch. In the age of processed foods, it’s good to have a homemade treat that is wholesome, delicious, and brings us back to the way food should be."

Ummm....they're awesome.

Pumphouse Creamery
4754 Chicago Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

hellooooo blog world

I said HELLOOOOOO blog world (what about bob style)

It's been a while.

We've been busy.

And sometimes I don't feel like blogging, ok??

The next few posts are just going to be on onslaught of pictures. On a recent trip to the cabin I finally had some time to sit down and organize all the pictures on the computer. That was a job!
Anyway... lots of pictures.
You have been warned.

I'm not even going to tell you what these pictures are from. Although the red, white, and blue sprinkles on these delicious pretzels might give it away.

Please excuse my shirtless grandfather. It's his cabin, he can do what he wants.

And no cabin trip is complete without some rope swing time! Seriously - every summer time cabin post will have rope swing pictures. I'm just saying.

Grandparents fishing together. How cute are they??