Operation Christmas Child.

Emma and I spent most of the day shopping and stuffing our boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We decided we wanted to send boxes to little girls that were around her age, so we set out to find some things that we thought they would like. Emma did great helping me think of things that we could get for them. We got some toiletries like soap, washcloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and even some panties and socks. But we mostly got carried away with toys! We bought coloring books, crayons, gel pens, fun hairbrushes and accessories, pink stuffed bears, puzzles, bracelets….. and a little (not much) candy!!!

As we were shopping, I explained to her that some kids don’t have toys and nice things like she does. I told her that God wants us to share with these kids and that it makes him happy when we do. She is thrilled that we are sending them to little girls. I was shocked that NOT ONCE during our shopping did she ask to keep anything or to get another of something for herself. It makes me so happy to see my little girl learning to give and be selfless.

There is one problem. 😉 When we were done Emma asked, “Mommy, can we take the boxes to the girls now?” I had to explain that we didn’t know who the girls were, and that the boxes were going very far away. We decided to put notes in the boxes with Emma’s info so that maybe she could get a letter from them sometime. It would be amazing to communicate with these girls!

Operation Christmas Child is done through Samaritan’s Purse International. I would highly recommend getting involved in this. It has already been great for our family and the holidays are still over a month away!!!

http://www.samaritanspurse.org

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life is good.

with ian gone the last few days, i have realized how truly blessed i am. having to do everything by myself (and with a big belly getting in the way) i’ve thought about all the things we do to keep our families going. making every meal, changing every diaper, putting her down for every nap and bedtime, getting her dressed every time, playing every game, giving her every bath… not to mention taking out the trash, laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, feeding the cat, and cleaning the house!!! and with emma’s bronchitis this week… doing every breathing treatment, giving her medicines, checking on her in the middle of the night to make sure she’s ok…

most days, at the end of the day after she is in bed i think, “wow, this is the first time i sit down today… where did the day go?” i realize that all of the things i did that day were for her (or ian,) with a few quick breaks for myself to eat or go to the bathroom… there is no doubt that moms have to be selfless. for this season of life, i feel like i put myself aside and take care of my family.

how tough life must be for single parents!!! the single mom of several kids who has to do EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME. no breaks ever! this has been eye-opening for me, and i don’t even have another job on top of being a mom!!! i truly appreciate a husband who helps as much as ian does. so, i’ve concluded that life is good. life is great, actually. however, i am ready for ian to be home. and he will be on DOUBLE DUTY for quite a while!!! 😉