To Haiti with Love was an online auction of art, photography, papercrafts, clothing, and creative goods. All proceeds go direct to the St. Joseph's Family of homes for children in Haiti.

The auction opened at 8 AM EST on Monday, February 1, 2010.

The auction closed at midnight EST on Monday, February 8, 2010.

Canadians can donate to St. Joseph's anytime through the online donation page of its Canadian fundraising organization, Broken Wings.

Americans can donate through the online donation page for Hearts with Haiti, the U.S. organization. Either way, your support builds hope.

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Earthquake Devastates St. Joseph Home in Port au Prince

Broken Wings is the Canadian fundraising organization whose primary mission is to support the vision and ministry of the St. Joseph Family in Haiti, which includes the St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in Port-au Prince, Wings of Hope in Fermathe, and Trinity House in Jacmel.

Orphans caring for orphans: a beautiful story

St. Joseph’s Home for Boys was Michael Geilenfeld’s dream that became a reality in 1985, bringing boys off the streets of Port-au-Prince to provide them with a Christian home and family.

When French missionaries announced they were leaving Haiti and needed to find care for the disabled children under their supervision, Michael took some of the older boys from St. Joseph's to choose a child to bring home and care for. But the boys surprised Michael when they chose to adopt all the children. Wings of Hope had become a thriving home for disabled children, recently rebuilt and expanded to include a day school for disabled community children and lovely guest facilities.

For more on the St. Joseph's family of homes for children, visit the Broken Wings website.

Endless thanks to our hosts at Squarespace, who not only make the most robust and most elegant blogging platform on the planet, but who are also as generous as they are hip.

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Where there is doubt, let me sow faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

~ Saint Francis of Assisi

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a ski getaway in a historic cabin in telluride, colorado

This historic and charming Rungi Chungi cabin (that's colourful in Nepalese) is nestled in the mountain village of Telluride, Colorado, a five-minute walk away from these truly legendary lifts.

The cabin sleeps four guests comfortably, or ten ski bums and one squatter on the front porch (that would be me ~ Kate). Complimentary lift tickets are included for two guests for five days of skiing each. Or, visit in the summer, when the village comes alive with great music, art, food, and wine festivals, as well as mountain biking and all other pursuits of the green season.

Nightly rental value is $200.00. Some availability restrictions apply -- the family will work with you to determine the best time for all.

~ a conversation with Lara Young, proprietor of Rungi Chungi ~

Kate: Telluride?!? Justin and I and the boys will be at your doorstep in six hours. We will arrive hungry and talking all your ears off. Are you the lifestyler, or is your husband, or both? Meant with all affection. Justin was a ski patroller for eleven years and we both miss it so much. The mountain life, the skiing, the everything. I've heard so many good things about Telluride, the town as well as the mountain. Neither of us have ever really skiied proper powder. Good dreams tonight.

Lara: I assume a lifestyler is some queer Canadian term for ski geek! My husband was a ski patroller for 20 years between Vermont and here. He also worked for the Heli-skiing operation here for 3 years. Right now we caretake a large property of 25 homesites. Mikey does the manly trail grooming, plowing, etc. I do the experience and fun-making for people. I am exhausted from my teething nursing monkey keeping me up and then having to ski fresh powder today. We are in a big storm cycle and it is a winter ski town come to life...

All proceeds from items sold on the To Haiti with Love auction go directly to the St. Joseph's Family in Haiti. To make a bid, simply leave a comment with the amount of your bid and your email address. The auction will wrap up on February 8, 2010, and winners will be contacted right away to arrange payment and shipping. Good luck!

Ski getaway in Telluride, Colorado: includes one week (1) accommodation in historic village cabin plus complimentary lift tickets for two (2) guests for five (5) days of skiing each.

Starting bid: $800.00