my 30th birthday.

On October 11, 2009 I turn 30.

My mom asked me last week how I wanted to celebrate and since then it’s been in the back of my mind.

How do I want to celebrate?

Chris wanted a simple dinner out with best friends and he got that in Florida (too bad he ended up with food poisoning though!).

And that sounds nice, but too typical.

I’ll be 30.


It’s a big deal to me.

The start of a new chapter. A new decade.

But a party seemed like a lot of work and a lot of money.

I just couldn’t decide.

Until today.

When I came across a video on Tara’s blog.

That gave me the solution to my birthday dilemma.

Watch this:

For my 30th birthday I am asking ALL OF YOU to donate $30 to charity: water.

It’s simple really. Don’t eat pizza this week. Skip the lunches out for a few days. And definitely don’t buy me a birthday present.

Instead go HERE and donate $30 to my birthday campaign!

Will you please do it?

My goal is to raise $5000 which would be enough to build one well. How cool is that? If we could all come together and build one well for people in need of clean drinking water? Can you imagine the impact?

A few years ago my dad went to Sudan to build wells in Lui. And it changed his life. Actually, he was on the trip PRIOR to the building of the wells and the video of the group that got to actually SEE clean water coming out of the wells our church helped build was pretty freaking fantastic. And since I can’t go dig a well myself, I think this might just be the next best thing.

Please help.

Wish me a HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY in style! And if you are having a birthday soon… wanna join me? Abbie? Anyone?

The challenge is out there!

How cool is this?

5 thoughts on “my 30th birthday.

  1. Luke’s birthday is October 11th too- he will be 6. On that day we will donate $36. 30 for you and 6 for him. It will be a great “activity” on his (and your) birthday! LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea!

  2. Love this idea Jodie… over the years I’ve gotten really tired of giving people more “stuff”… seems like we all have too much as it is. Especially kids, this last year I’ve started making donations to the Heifer Project in honor of kids birthdays, then I print out some fun pictures from their website write them a note about the ducks or chickens or whatever I bought for them and how other little kids will raise the animals with their family… seems so much more meaningful and offers a teachable moment with kids. Love your birthday idea… it’s awesome!


  3. I was considering doing something like this for Christmas with my family this year… instead of getting me a gift, pick a child off the Angel Tree. I like your idea for birthdays, too!

  4. Once again you’ve got a great idea! I know our house is crammed with stuff…kids stuff, adult stuff. What if we transformed our whole idea of stuff (owning things) to an awareness and feeling of our impact on the greater world? Water — I’m in!

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