Monthly Archives: May 2011

Out and About with BPB

We hope that you all had a lovely holiday with your families and are ready to get back into the swing of things.

We want to start with making sure each and every one of you saw our heartfelt thanks for your part in the Help 4 Joplin auction. We are all still humbled, inspired, and amazed at the outpouring of support.

If you would like an update on Sarah she has posted a follow-up from The Joplin Globe as well as some more personal thoughts about After the Storm.

Alita is finally moving into her new house and would love if you would all stop by for her Welcome Home Week.

Two of our writers have been nominated for Circle of Moms. Hyacynth is up for Top 25 Faith Blogs by Moms and Melissa is up for Top 25 Mental Wellness Blogs by Moms, if you can spare a click they would appreciate it (and be sure to check out all the other finalists because in these categories it is truly an honor just to be nominated and in the same list as some very fabulous writers!)

Have a wonderful week friends. This week’s Bigger Picture Moment will be at Melissa’s Place, so be sure to come by on Thursday June 2 and link up.


Our Heartfelt Gratitude

There are few words to express our gratitude.

We appreciate so very much each and every donation that was generously given to the Help4Joplin Relief Auction. We are so grateful for each and every bid, even if it wasn’t the winning one. We are so thankful for each and every one of you that visited, tweeted, and shared the link.

A preliminary calculation has shown that the auction raised more than $1600! We know that each and every dollar raised will be put to the good use of helping families in Joplin recover from the devastation of the May 22, 2011 tornado.

Additionally, the generosity of the businesses inspired more generosity among auction patrons. And the way each business, each donor sprung to action inspired many more to take action. Other relief fundraising efforts have begun emerging, and we know that our small  but heartfelt and mighty effort will be magnified by other efforts.

Each highest bidders has been notified via email, and each highest bidder has until June 1 to email Bigger Picture Blogs his/her donation receipt. This is how participants will claim their auction prizes.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever does.”   – Margaret Mead. 


Thank you for being one of those citizens, and for changing one small piece of our world at a time.

With deep gratitude,
Alita, Hyacynth, Melissa and Sarah

#Help4Joplin- Hand-Painted Cast Resin Wood Duck Decoy

Welcome to the Help for Joplin Auction. For details on the who, what, when, and how please visit this post.

This hour’s item is:


Donated generoursly by an auction particpant and his grandkids who love to go on youth hunts, this hand-painted cast resin wood duck decoy would be a perfect present birthday, Christmas or Father’s Day present for the hunter in your life. Donated specifically in honor of the childen of Joplin.

Retail Value: $125

Bidding starts at $10 and increase by increments of $1. Your comment is your bid, please state how much you are bidding in the comment. If you are the first comment it must be at least $10. Each additional comment must bid at least $1 more than the previous comment. Please be as generous as you can! This is not about getting a good deal; this is about raising money to feed and house the people of Joplin.

The Auction will remain open for through 7 p.m. on Friday May 27. Winners will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to make their payment before we move on to the next highest bidder. Payments will be made as a direct donation to The Salvation Army listing the specific use as JOPLIN RELIEF. Your emailed receipt from The Salvation Army is your claim ticket to your prize. All receipts should be emailed to BPB4Joplin (at) gmail (dot) com to claim your prize.

*Disclosure: All items for the auction were generously donated by the companies or artisans listed and linked to. Bigger Picture Blogs and it’s writers have received no products or compensation for this event. All opinions are our own, all proceeds are being donated to the Salvation Army.