This year we decided to host our first Christmas party with some friends! We were excited but there was one problem. Not enough seating. Our table only sits 6 people and we had invited 10 for a sit down dinner. I knew I could buy a card table from Target to extend our table but what do about chairs? Lucky me, as I was driving home one day I saw that someone had set on the side of the street four kitchen dining chairs! They did not look good and when I asked my husband to throw them in the truck he looked at me like I was crazy! But he knows me and he went along with it. I saw something that I liked about the chairs, the etching and cut out of the wood. It was really unique and pretty. The chairs were painted a dirty orange-yellow-cream with some antiquing paint that looked as bad as it sounds. The chair seats were covered with old fashioned floral prints from the 80's. No bueno!! But I had a vision.
They turned out amazing! They look like something out of a designer furniture store but they cost us less than $50 for all four! Oh and our party turned out great!! We ended up with only 6 guests so we didn't need the chairs after all but we used them and put our older ones away. This was one of my favorite projects so far! What do YOU think?? :)
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
For today's giving we are sharing gifts with family. I can't believe we have made it through these 25 days of giving! It has blessed my family so much to do the things we did this month and I feel like my kids got a sense of what the true meaning of Christmas is. It's not about what you get, but what you give and the heart with which you give. It is also about Jesus, who gave us the greatest gift of all! He came to earth as a tiny baby and lived and died so that we could have a relationship with HIM! The best gift in the world.
From my family to yours, May you have a very Merry Christmas, may the Peace of God be in your hearts, and may the Love of friends and family make this a day you will cherish always.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Afterwards we still had two small bags of cookies so I just prayed that God would lead us to who needed to be blessed with them today. The first bag we gave away at the Lakeshore Learning store. We gave it to the lady checking us out and she was so happy it was super sweet. After that we were driving home and I saw an older lady with three young children waiting at the bus stop. We pulled over and my daughter ran up to them and gave them the cookies and wished them a Merry Christmas. You should have seen the lady's face. She was in shock and so grateful. I couldn't believe how big her smile was, you could tell it meant a lot to her. What a blessing! My daughter came back and said to me, "Mom, that felt really good." Ahh, she is getting it! Giving makes you feel good inside!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Today I took my kids to Target to pick out presents for their Uncles and Grandparents. My daughter especially is old enough now to understand the importance of giving presents as well as the JOY of watching someone open something you picked out for them. She did a surprisingly great job with her choices and I can't wait until Christmas day to see her face light up when they open their gifts!
Today we made the LONG drive home from the inlaws. I think we were in the car almost 10 hours! So what better way to give than at a Drive Thru. We went to In'N'Out for lunch and paid for the car behind us's meal. It was so fun!! They waved and had these big goofy smiles on their faces like they couldn't believe what we had done! It was really cool to bless someone we didn't know. As we drove away we prayed for them.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Also today is my daughter's last day of school so we picked out a special gift for her to give her to thank her for all her loving work she has done this past semester. Haylie has been so blessed to have such a sweet teacher!
Lastly, Jen (my neighbor) and I took our MOPS table leader out for lunch today to tell her (show her) how much we appreciate everything she has done for our table this semester. She really goes above and beyond to make each meeting special and show how much she cares. It was fun to do something nice for her as well.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
So today we sent a donation to a great organization called "Portion for Orphans." Their goal is to raise awareness about orphans all over the world and improve the quality of care given to orphans. This is the website if you are interested in learning more: http://www.portionfororphans.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Today we went to the local police station and delivered cookies and thanked them for their service to our community. The kids got to meet a couple police officers and they were really kind to let the kids pose for a picture with them. Our police officers protect and serve our community, often at the risk of their own lives, and we want to teach our kids to respect them and be grateful for what they do.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
My cousin Austin just began basic training so we sent him some letters and pictures and my neighbor Jen found a soldier in Afghanistan and she is going to send a care package to him today.
We prayed together for Austin and our unknown Afghanistan soldier. I had to do a lot of explaining to my 5 year old about what the words military, war, and soldier mean but she seems to be grasping it okay now.
Tomorrow I will be out of town but I will post on Sunday what we do for days 3 and 4. The best thing so far was when my daughter woke up this morning the first thing she asked me was, "Who are we going to give to today?" Love it!!!!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Did I mention that my neighbor Jen and her kiddos are going to be doing the 25 days of giving with us this year! It will be so fun to do it with her. She is so creative and has had some great ideas for things to do!
Today is day 1 and today we are giving a gift to our mailman, well actually mail-lady. Yesterday the kids and I made chocolate krinkle cookies, we wrapped them in tissue paper and put them in a Christmas tin. This morning we put it in the mailbox with a card thanking her for all she does. We hope it blessed her day!
My daughter and I are also going to be praying every day for each person we decide to bless that day. I want to impart in her the importance and value of prayer, that we can pray for everyone, not just the people we know. She is so excited! So am I! Can't wait for tomorrow :)