I have gotten several comments and emails regarding my posts no longer showing up in Google Reader. I honestly have no idea what happened or how to fix it. I didn’t change anything on my end so if one of you tech savy readers has any helpful suggestions for me I would love to hear them!


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  • ElleBows - Hi Ashley! Many of the blogs I follow are not being updated. It’s not just your blog. I actually posed this question over at goodle. Here is the thread google started. If people could post here and let google know that it’s happening to them too that would be great!


  • ElleBows - oops, I meant google not goodle :-)

  • alli magee - I’ve been having the same problem with your feeds :o(

  • Ashley - ahhh! so aggravating…at first I was like, holy cow! Something happened with Ashley…WHY IS SHE NOT BLOGGING. And then I saw your first guest blog at smile and wave. :( Your blog is really the one blog I really keep up on and love so it is a sad day when Google is having some technical issues and not showing up on Reader.

Would you let your child drink this?

Neither would I. BUT…millions of moms and dads have no other option to offer their children.img_3363Her only option for her daughter WAS something like this:


And something like THAT leads to diahrea, infection, sickness…and for 4500 moms a day it means burying their son or daughter.

You can save a life…you can be a part of saving lives like these.


For $10.00 you can provide 10 years of clean water for one person. 10 YEARS!


That means for the price of:

2 Starbucks drinks

A shirt from Target

A movie ticket

A pizza

A cd on iTunes

An appetizer at a restaurant

We can save a life!!!

img_3102Today…November 12, 2009…bloggers around the globe are joining together to buy water and change lives. The campaign is titled First Gift…

Let the first gift you buy this Christmas be the gift of life.

Wouldn’t it be amazing what we could do if we all joined together to donate $10.00 (or more)…imagine the lives that would be changed…imagine the 4500 moms that would get to shed tears of laughter WITH their kids instead of tears of pain WITHOUT their kids. Join me today in letting our first gift be the gift of life. If all of the Under the Sycamore readers donated $10.00 we could buy a well for an entire village!

click here to be directed to the secure donation site of the highly recognized, non-profit
charity: water.

All donations are tax deductible.
100% of the profit goes directly to clean water solutions in west africa.


I also encourage you not to simply click and donate, but include your children in the process. For me, I served dirty water to my kids at dinner…and explained that is what millions of kids like them have to drink everyday. Together we went online to make the donation…together we prayed for those families….together we saved lives. So next time you do this:

1109water-021Think about them….


stacks_image_5_1And finally….I know you guys love etsy as much as I do….Water for Christmas has an etsy shop!

Check it out!

Here’s last year’s post on the same topic…with some gift ideas.

All photos from Africa are from Jody Landers.

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  • Faith Buss - I might should have asked you before I did this….. :O) http://faithbuss.blogspot.com/2009/11/friday-november-13-2009.html

  • bopha - i love your caring heart, it’s contagious!

  • karen brown - I love the idea of donating water as a gift and then giving something like drinking glasses too! Any other “Advent Conspiracy” http://www.adventconspiracy.org, diy gift ideas are so helpful. (I want to come to your church party and see what you have up your sleeve!) Are there any other “project” blogs that you visit that you would recommend for Christmas gift ideas?

  • Trina - my kids and I just donated. Thanks for telling us about this!

  • jody - just beautiful.
    thank you.
    loved the ideas on how to include the kids. awesome.

  • Amanda - Thank your for sharing this.. so beautiful and thought provoking. We don’t have a lot right now as my husband has been unemployed for over a year.. but I am going to do this with my kids.. they at least have a place to live.. clothes to wear.. toys to play with and most importantly.. safe food to eat and clean water to drink. Thank you for reminding me of all that we are so blessed to have.. it is so much more than what we don’t have. Thank you for your beautiful blog I have come to love reading so much and for sharing God, your heart, and your family.

  • If I Had All The Time…. : - [...] Ashley Ann [...]

  • julie - I love how you so vividly illustrated this to your sweet children.
    Thank you Ashley for your gorgeous heart.

  • Grace - Hey…your posts stopped showing up on my Google Reader on November 3…and I’m totally at a loss as to what happened! I miss them!

  • Courtney Connelly - Blake, Elliot and I just donated a little to give clean water to others for years, so very humbling. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

  • Under the Sycamore » Ryan Arrowsmith Photography - [...] Ann over at Under the Sycamore is such a sweet, seriously talented gal.  Today she posted a few of my pics and a link to the site, because [...]

I’m guest blogging about this at Smile and Wave today…come visit me over there!


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  • christina larsen - Super Cute.

  • Jo - i love how it matches the quilt. :)

    p.s. your girl is so pretty!!!

  • Lauren Roberts - Great job Ash!

  • Jamie - L-O-V-E this idea!

  • Mandy B - Thank you Ashley for the great word “repurposing”, I am going to use it today in my paper!! Fancy!! ;)

  • Sarah M - Hello there! Found your blog via Smile & Wave today and I looked through yoru photography (my favorites are always bridal pics) and they are stunning! I love your “shoe” picture too, very cute.
    BTW *LOVED* the tea-towel + cookie cutter idea. I bought about 10 tea towels for some sort of handmade gift this xmas and was wondering what to do with them. Clever!
    Sarah M

  • jari - ashley! i looove your blog! i just popped over from rachels and please know that i think you and your family are too cute. i am going to be a follower (and frequent commenter (guilty!)) from today forward! thanks for the diys… yays!

  • Ryan - Forget Martha Stewart – I’m waiting for AshleyAnn’s project book! :)

  • sandy - I love you young girls with your so creative ways. Love the towels and really love the baby ruffles. Congrats on a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  • Heather - Dollar Store Crafts - Love your quilt project! Adorable! Hopefully my #4 will be a girl so I can use the ruffly bum trick, too! :)

  • vee - super idea! I have an old quilt my grandmother made that is starting to come apart, you inspire me to turn into something new! :)

  • meg duerksen - oh i love this!!!!

  • Heather McGinnis - THANK YOU so much for being a gues blogger @ Rachel’s blog because of it I was able to skip on over here and see your amazing site! This ruffle idea has sparked inspiration in me and the urge to break out a sewing machine (which NEVER happens because good things never happen when I sew)! This is such a cute idea & I have a 6 month old who NEEDS ruffles on EVERYTHING! ;)
    thank you again,

  • Heather McGinnis - oh, RYAN i totally agree with you!!!

  • Chez Us - We are remodeling our kitchen this weekend & I found your site when looking for butcher blocks!

    Now, I have to know do you sell those baby bloomers? Looking for a baby gift and these would be perfect!



  • Mandy - I wasn’t able to find the tutorial! This is ADORABLE. Can you send me the link?

    Thank you so much! Love your blog.

  • Caroline - Hi – LOVE the tea.towels w/ ruffles! Do you mind sending me the link also, I’m not able to find it. Thank you!!

  • Melissa - Hey Ashley! Could you possibly email me the link or update it? I would love to try this out. Thanks!

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