Archive for August, 2010


August 31, 2010

And….ladies and gents…

Pam Ricklin is the winner of the August Mug Shots contest!

Who doesn’t love a little Mambo No. 5??!

Thanks for playing ๐Ÿ™‚

Broke* Wrap Party Pics

August 26, 2010

Go check out Todd’s blog with AWESOME pictures from the Broke* Wrap Party last week!

It was an amazing night…let’s just say that night Kate was passing out post concert treats..i.e. oatmeal cream pies & happened to hand one to a person who wrote and sings a song called “Making Pies.” Haha. A-woo-hoo.

Anyway…go check out Todd James Photography for some sweet visuals.



Highlights from Africa

August 22, 2010

On August 10th, 2010 Team Africa…a.k.a. Jill, Kate, Todd & Meghan flew to South Africa to hang out with the amazing kids at the House of Hope. We had a fabulous time and wanted to share some highlights with you ๐Ÿ™‚

Playing cards prior to boarding the 15 hour flight. Plus, Kate bought a new camera in the airport and was testing it out.

In the airport after landing, Todd met….drum roll….MISS INDIA GLOBE 2010!!! Who’s excited?

Play time on the lawn out in front of the Houses.

Todd giving a little photo lesson.

Craft time with fun foam letters.

We did a painting craft out on the lawn…it was fun…some of the kids even used the paint to paint their faces. Haha.

Noted: Don’t turn your back on kids with paint ๐Ÿ™‚

Before we left, people donated clothes, shoes, etc. We divided them into plastic bags & gave one to each kid.

Team Africa!

Laundry drying.

More craft fun–we printed out pics and they decorated their own frames!

We made one to leave with them!

Coloring time.

One of the kids taking Todd’s camera around taking some sweet shots.

Project OFB continues. We taught them how to make them and read them some of your letters.

More coloring.

Special delivery on some hand made hats!

The kids were so happy!

On our way to the airport we stopped and visited a kiddo that we met last time that is now at a different home. We got him some little shoes that light up! Woohoo!

We spent the last day of the trip in Kruger Park and saw some animals…but we’ll share those pics in the near future. Thanks for all of your love and support for the kids.

Much love from super jet lagged jillandkate ๐Ÿ™‚

Ps…our SOT17th is still coming…but Jill lost her voice on the trip so we are on hold until she has it back!

Back in the USA!

August 19, 2010


So, we are exhausted from travel but had an awesome time in Africa. Once we rest a bit we will tell you ALL about it ๐Ÿ™‚

In the meantime…take the image below and help us spread the word about the Broke* wrap party tonight in Nashville. Make it your Facebook profile pic or post it on your wall or print it out and safety-pin it to your t-shirt…haha…

Se you all there at 8pm. 12th & Porter.



Bracelets for days :)

August 14, 2010

So we are having a GREAT time with the kids at the Houses of Hope! The kids are seriously such a fun group ๐Ÿ™‚ We have made crafts everyday, sung songs, played games in the sun, and gotten tons of hugs…we’ve even had our hair braided numerous times! They have all LOVED the friendship bracelets too…We sat them down and told them how we told our friends about them and that that’s who made the bracelets for them! Needless to say, they were so excited…we had so many bracelets that most of the kids got one on each wrist or an ankle too. We have been trying to document as many of them as possible but here are a few to start with ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks again for sending your love with us to these kids…they need it!


First Friendship Bracelet Picture!

August 11, 2010

So, Kate’s dad, Bill, took a trip up to Zimbabwe and took a bunch of friendship bracelets with him to pass out to the Houses of Hope kids up there. He snapped a pic…how awesome is this?!? We have the rest of them with us and will be passing them out to the kids that we see this week. We are SO excited…like…wooopeeeee excited ๐Ÿ™‚



Friendship FRENZY!!

August 9, 2010

Okay…so you know that we thought you guys were all cool and awesome already…but after evaluating the IMMENSE, CRAZY AMOUNTS of friendship bracelets we received to take with us to the kids at the Houses of Hope we are absolutely, positively blown away by your absolute coolness and generosity ๐Ÿ™‚ THANK YOU SO MUCH! Some of you even sent other items because you didn’t feel creatively inclined to make bracelets…and that was awesome too! ย Seriously…we are so excited to get over there and give the kids their bracelets.

We are gonna be taking as many pictures as possible–so we will do our best to document the bracelets on their precious little wrists!

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this fun project with us. Looking around we are so blessed, by SO much….we are looking forward to sharing some quality time with these kids.

Again…thank you. Pat yourselves on the backs for making this a HUGELY successful bracelet-making mission. Tell your friends and neighbors and ice cream man that you made some kid in Africa super happy.


More updates coming soon.

Love to each of you.


It’s a Wrap!

August 6, 2010

Hello fabulous people!!

On August 19th you need to be here:

Click here to buy tickets!

We will be there with big smiles on our faces.