Eyeglasses Matter + DIFF Eyewear Giveaway

My son, Aiden, has always had terrible eyesight.

The first time we were with him in Grenada (where he was born), he didn’t have glasses on and we realized he could not see anything.

We would hand him a book and he would bury his face in it to see even one thing on the page.

We were walking down the beach one night trying to point out some crabs scurrying on the sand to him and he nearly fell over trying to bend down close enough to see them.

Aiden wearing my DIFF sunglasses over his regular glasses. 🙂

My Mommy heart broke when I saw this, yet I understand it so much as I suffer from terrible eyesight as well – but not near as bad as my son does.

He has a couple of issues fighting against his vision that we have been working on over the course of his two years home with us.

If you get me to talking at all about his eyes, you will know right away how important it is to me that we take care of his vision and have him in the perfect glasses.

This summer, after a year and a half of researching on my part and doctor visit after doctor visit after doctor visit, Aiden is having surgery on his eyes. The story of how I came to this and what is being done is too long for this post, however, as nervous as I am about this, I am so excited for him to have better sight.

You say smile and he sticks his tongue out. Go figure.

Even after his surgery, he will need glasses. I will always be an advocate for his eyes and remember how helpless I felt when he needed them in the orphanage and I could do nothing about it.

When I came across DIFF Eyewear, there was something within this mama’s heart that fluttered a bit. Not only do I love their sunglasses, but they give eye glasses to people in need with every purchase of sunglasses. 

Among the eye care they are able to help fund are eye exams, vision assistance, and eye care treatment to those who would otherwise not receive it.

Go to their website to read more about the wonderful work they are doing : www.diffeyewear.com

I have the Bella Motley Frame sunglasses with blue mirrored & polarized lenses. I LOVE them! They are so clear when you look through them, they do not fatigue my eyes at all, and the frames are super comfortable. I am certain to be purchasing another pair in the near future.

I spend a lot of my time these days gazing at two little boys who have my whole heart 🙂

Now for the good part – DIFF and I have partnered together to do a great giveaway today and offer an amazing discount to my readers.

I am giving away ONE PAIR of sunglasses to one of my readers. Follow the instructions below to enter and win. 

However, ALL of my readers get a special 25% discount on your own pair of DIFFS from now until the end of the month when you use the code KRYSTAL25 at checkout. SWEET!

To Enter:

1. Like this post and FOLLOW BOTH @krystalribble and @diffeyewear on Instagram

2. Tag two friends in a comment on my Instagram contest photo who would love my mission and @diffeyewear’s mission to uplift the broken people and places of this world

3.{optional for a second entry} Visit www.krystalribble.com and subscribe to my blogs (Pink Button on the Blog Page OR pop up on home page) in order to be notified each time I do another giveaway

4. {optional for a second/third entry} repost this photo with #krgiveaway and tag both @krystalribble and @diffeyewear

GIVEAWAY winner will be drawn at random on Wednesday night June 21, 2017 and announced on my (@krystalribble) Instagram (Giveaway not sponsored by IG. Please know that I am receiving no compensation for this. I just absolutely LOVE what DIFF Eyewear is doing with their sunglasses and I want you all to join me in supporting their cause!)

3 Reasons To Hit the Reset Button in 2016

The reset button. We mainly use it when our devices aren’t working correctly.

Let’s take an internet wireless router for instance.
We use it, overuse it, let it run and run.
It then freezes up on us and we throw books and pillows and stomp our feet all the way to the router where we jerk it out of its place to find that little red button.
We push that little red button with fury.
We wait as it boots up.
We are fuming and patience is lacking.
Finally, the lights are all lit up and we can resume a normal, stress free world in which all routers work all the time with no questions asked.

We do this. You know you have done this. If it isn’t a wireless router, its something else.

We expect our manmade devices to run endlessly with no glitches or hiccups. And what’s worse, we expect our human selves to run effortlessly from year to year. We run and work ourselves into a frenzy, especially at the end of the year, and we expect to hit the ground running on January 1st  as a new person all because the calendar changed.

Nope. Can’t and won’t work.

Have you ever noticed how Jesus wanted the disciples to rest right in the middle of one of the most landmark stories of their lives? Sandwiched between crowds gathering and more crowds gathering (which would lead to the feeding of the five thousand) Jesus asks the disciples to go away to a quiet place and rest.
Mark 6:31–32 “ Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.”

They didn’t get to rest for long, but Jesus was showing the importance of taking time to reset even in the midst of a million demands.

Solitude

Everyone has a different rhythm to their year. For my husband and I, after Christmas and into the beginning of the New Year is always a slower time for us. With that being our rhythm, we got married the second day of January and so around this time every year, we take a “Reset Trip.” It IS an anniversary trip, but it’s so much more for us than that; it’s a vision trip.

We take this time to reconnect and dream and plan our year ahead. Sometimes we have a week for this and sometimes we have a couple of days for this. We have found that no matter the amount of time, it is imperative to the health of our marriage and life together.

We are a team. We live, dream, and plan together. This is the training ground that we come back to every single year to begin anew together.

JR & KR Reset Trip

We take time at one or two dinners on our reset trip to write down goals we have personally, professionally, and financially. We each put down our own ideas of what we want to see happen in these areas over the next year; then we discuss how to make these things happen.

These are the 3 reasons I have found that you should take time to hit the rest button every single year :  

1. Reflection
– It is always important to look back on your year and see what was accomplished and where God showed up. I love to look back on what happened this past year and compare it to the year before; not because you should be dwelling on the past, but because you should be praising your progress.
Did you get a raise in your job? Did you change jobs? Did you have a baby? Did you get married? Did you end a life draining relationship? What happened over this year that progressed the quality of your life in comparison to last year?
– This new year marks three years since a decision made on January 1st  caused us to lose our first adoption. However, this year we celebrate having our son home for 6 months.
– Life can cause wounds, but time is the balm God uses for healing.
– Reflecting on the year behind allows me to rejoice in the present and future changes.

2. Projection
– A new year to me is 365 days of new things that didn’t happen the previous 365 days. I have no clue what my life will look like this time next year and just that idea excites me.
– When my husband and I sit down and write our goals and hopes for the new year, we get to project where we want to go and then ask God to cover our wants with his will.
– The dreaming is so much fun but God’s plan for my year will always be better than my projection.

3. Intention
– Maybe very little in your everyday life will change this year, but what about hobbies and interests? What are the things you have been dreaming to try, but you haven’t yet? I’m not talking about resolutions. Resolutions last for moments (sorry, but it’s true), but life quality decisions, they last a lot longer.
– Pick something in your life that needs to hold a bigger place for you to be the healthiest you possible. Do you want to read more books? Run a race? Learn to cook at least one meal?
– Be intentional about things that will bring more enrichment to your life this year.

All of these things help you hit the rest button for your year. We do not necessarily need to start over every year, but we definitely need some fresh air to keep going. Our list of plans for the year helps my family go into a new year with renewed legs and bright eyes for what God can do.

Let’s follow Jesus’ admonition to his disciples; go to a solitary place and take a breath before your crowded life calls for you again.

Go ahead, hit the reset button. Happy New Year my loves.

-KR