These are a Few of my Favorite Things + A Baby Bump Photo

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May 3, 2011

A Joint Labor of Love

One of Nick’s many roles in Manila is President of the US Embassy Club (USEC).  USEC is the charitable arm of US Embassy – Manila that supports 13 local charities.  USEC provides both monetary and volunteer resources to our charities (one of whom is my beloved Friendship Home).  The millions of pesos USEC gives away annually is raised through a series of events throughout the year.  One of the new events that Nick and his colleague Andrea came up with this year is a Restaurant Week for Charity.

There are currently 5 participating restaurants, with more coming on each week.  The establishments have agreed to donate a portion of their total revenues to USEC to support the charity’s work.  If you live in Manila, please mark your calendar for June 6-12th and come out and support these wonderful restaurant partners. We’re hoping to net a boatload of pesos for our charities during HUNGRY TO HELP week.

As for my role in this, I had the opportunity to design the website.  Do check it out, I’m quite proud of it!  (Click the picture above to see it)  And just in case you’re wondering, it was made with my favorite Advanced WordPress Theme in the entire world – THESIS! (note: this link is an affiliate one)

The Family Biz

Another thing that I’m quite proud of is the family business, Lake Area Discovery Center (LADC).  LADC was created by my Mom, Janet Miller, a little over 10 years ago.  It is a Christian-based Early Childhood Program that serves children ages 2-5 who live in the Northeast Metro area of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  In its 10 years, it’s expanded to 6 different sites that serve over 500 families.  I had the privilege of getting to be the marketing director at LADC for a period and all I can say is that I hope by some miracle one of my kids will be able to attend down the road…

If you live in the St. Paul area and are looking for a preschool (and/or extended day options) for your child this fall, be sure and watch this fantastic new promo video featuring both my Mom and my sister Emily (who will be teaching at the St. Jude of the Lake Site this fall).  It makes me want to be a kid again…


The Much-Anticipated First Baby Bump Photo (@ wk 15)

Lately, I’ve taken to holding my tummy a lot so that people correctly infer that I’m pregnant instead of just over-indulging in ice cream!  :)

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  1. Chris says:

    Two things . . . how nice that you CAN overindulge in ice cream BECAUSE you are pregnant! And, after reading about your mother’s accomplishments I am not surprised – look at the accomplished, caring, wonderful daughter she raised – no wonder – really! XOXO

  2. Sarah Novak says:

    Thanks Chris – you are too sweet! Hope all is well!

  3. Katrina Buetow says:

    OMG-I have been neglecting reading you blog this week due to the start of my new job and am playing catch up today over lunch. When I saw your pregnancy bump picture I literally let out a shreak and tears came to my eyes. My gal Sarah is going to be a Mommy…for real! Keep the prego pictures coming

  4. Sarah Novak says:

    You crack me up Katrina – thanks for all the love and encouragement! I will definitely keep them coming (and you’ll get to see me ‘in real life’ soon enough).

  5. Chris Gamm says:

    I didn’t know about your mom’s preschools! I think she (and/or her staff) might be highly interested in two Richard Louv events happening at the Arboretum this week! Monday evening, May 16 and Tuesday morning, May 17. Will you pass on this link if you think it is appropriate?
    ALSO, tell her to keep her eyes peeled for the installation of our model preschool nature play yard and corresponding events.
    Thanks! And I love checking in on your blog periodically — congrats on the upcoming babe!

  6. Sarah Novak says:

    Oooh, thanks for sharing! I passed them along. Maybe they can do a field trip to the play yard when it opens!

    Thanks for tracking our lives – I appreciate hearing from you… XOXO

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