Saturday, November 7, 2009

It's the Most Wonderful Time. . . . of the Year!

Operation Christmas Child time, that is!

We've participated in this ministry, run by Samaritan's Purse, for many years now.  Unfortunately, as our family has grown, our budget has not, and often we've had to disappoint our kids by not allowing them to pack their "own" shoe box.  Last year, we packed two shoe boxes. . . . . .

Fast forward to this year.  Our family was blessed by an anonymous donor through our Sunday School class, who gave us enough money for SEVEN boxes!  What fun!  Emily & Hannah took their own cart through the store, picking out things left and right.

Obviously, we should have supervised them more closely.  Look what we came home with!

We had so many gifts, we ended up dragging out a couple of plastic storage boxes to make extra!  And aside from Amy, who had a minor meltdown over packing the dolly she decided she loved, the kids all had happy, generous, tender hearts, at the thought of giving gifts to those who are in need.

It was a joyful night.  While we listened to Christmas music, the kids wrote letters to the children who would be receiving the gifts, enclosed a picture of our family, and prayed over the boxes.

I think I'm ready for Christmas now.  What a wonderful start to the season.

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