I went for a day to the youth retreat (last week) in NY that the senior high youth group attended for the weekend. I brought my family and it was freezing out, but it was nice (and tiring). I really enjoyed spending time with the youth kids too, even if it was for the little while I was there.

Leto in the sun (trying to stay warm in some way).
He was so cold
Rob played Air Hockey . .
with Leto (who did really well!)
Me and my friend Laura (and fellow youth leader, old high school friend) and me changed out of my green gingham dress since it was freezing.
The youth leader women
Me (they put me at the bottom of the hill since I am tall), Laura, Janice, Jessica
The Sr. High youth group (minus a few who didn’t go on the retreat)
We all match and all were so cold taking this shot. Rob took this (and the other ones I’m in).

I don’t know how many of you know, but most all chocolate is picked by slaves.
There are a lot of companies that are very well known and large who have had lawsuits and haven’t really done much at all to track where their cocoa beans come from. I really want to encourage you especially with Easter coming tomorrow, to know that people are dying so that you can taste sweet chocolate.
To find out more about slave labor with chocolate Please visit Stop The Traffik
A really beautiful company called Divine Chocolate pays their farmers a lot of money, far more than the majority of all chocolate companies. They treat their workers fairly, give them reasonable hours, are able to provide a future to their families through educational means, etc. 
Someone asked me when I used to have facebook, and I brought this issue up, “But does the fair trade chocolate taste good?” It was then that I was in a way horrified. I knew they meant well and all, but to me freedom always tastes better, and I told them that. Things created through slave labor should be bitter to us and we shouldnt’ try to make excuses for it. No one should be treated like these people are treated. It is awful. I really recommend buying only fair trade chocolate, especially companies that KNOW who their farmers are and have the ability to communicate in love with them like Divine Chocolate does.
Companies like Mars, Nestle, and Hersheys are selling us bloody treats, not tasteful morsels of goodness.
Don’t know where to buy fairtrade? Here’s a Chocolate Guide to help! And if you would like to see how the chocolate industry is tackling this problem of slavery in chocolate, read this from Free The Slaves called The Cocoa Protocol
Thanks for reading (if you did)!

Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. your boys are so cute!Thanks for talking about chocolate slavery. I didn't know all that. Jonny and I try to eat organic and fair trade anyway, but this will make me think twice about chocolate.

  2. That first picture of Leto is AMAZING! Interesting about the chocolate! I'm not big on it anyway, and now I'll think twice before thinking I want some!

  3. Thank you, both of you!! I also adore the first shot of Leto! It is sad how much of what we buy in the U.S. is done with slave labor! Thanks for reading, ladies!

  4. Thank you, both of you!! I also adore the first shot of Leto! It is sad how much of what we buy in the U.S. is done with slave labor! Thanks for reading, ladies!


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About Victoria / Justice Pirate

Victoria. Anabaptist, Wife of Rob, Mom of two boys, minimalist, quilt maker, Resources Adviser/Social Media Manager for anti-human trafficking awareness organization Justice Network (justice-network.org).


Leto, Micah, Rob, Victoria, youth group