last weekend i had a photosession in over in athens. savannah was out of town & the hour long drive each way alone sounded like a little more alone time than i currently prefer. so my sweet “quality time” man rode with me & hung out at a local coffee shop while i shot. one of our favorite lunch spots in athens just so happens to be across the street from my current fave athens shop. lucky me.
“Philanthropy donates 100% of proceeds from online sales straight back to our charities while we walk with them, invest in them, and teach all of our customers about their missions.”
we each grabbed a couple of these slips which philanthropy carries in a variety of colors.
while i love their new location in athens….think open loft, exposed beam ceilings, comfy leather chairs & chandeliers, sophisticated barn style. think bed stu boots, creations from local artisans, sseko sandals, gorgeous jewelry and clothing…..i want to share what made me completely fall in love with this boutique.
dan & i were shopping around & i introduced myself to what turned out to be the owner. we talked about everything from ethical fashion, to photography, to living in russia ( both she & dan lived there at different times), adoption, to how she wants to support & platform local businesses in athens. we talked about noonday & my trip to rwanda. our kiddos and laundry soap. and then i shared that dan had just been diagnosed with colon cancer that very week.
she said, well we’re gonna just stop & pray for ya’ll right now. and she did just that. right then. right there. she & another employee of the shop took our hands & we stood there in a circle. beneath the exposed pipe ceiling & chandeliers, she prayed for us. right beside the register where the business cards lay that share the mission of the boutique. right there while two customers were purchasing what i’m certain was something super cute.
“Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other
so that you can live together whole and healed.
the prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.” james 5.16-18
while i’m betting you might think that sounds sorta out there & random. while you might wonder if i always introduce myself to women in boutiques i can’t help but wonder if the entire day was really all about that very moment. (any boutique that carries uber cool boots and prays over my family is what i’m talking about.)
another organization i have a crush on is the giving keys. ( which you can also purchase at philanthropy)
“The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then send us the story of their key being paid forward.”
and finally, be sure & check out the fall themed options in my canvas shop!