The holidays can be so backwards when the Season of Giving becomes the Season of Getting. So I felt very blessed to find ways to give and serve this Christmas. The kids did their first bell-ringing for the Salvation Army, and Lorelei played songs on her fiddle as people streamed by. They loved it, and her music seemed to magically empty pockets! Gryffy helped by putting the money in the pot and saying "thank you." Someone thought they were so cute that he bought them both some fun bubbles to play with--I love random kindness!
Then our church had an amazing opportunity to package meals with Numana and the Salvation Army for refugees in the Horn of Africa... 141,288 meals, to be exact! A Heartlander at our table had been a refugee in The Congo once herself, and shared how excited the kids would become when these meals would arrive.
We lived on rice and beans that day to try and appreciate what we were putting together. The kids and I love rice and beans... Mark, not so much. But I made some Thai sticky rice, which made him happy.
Another thing we're giving away... toys! I love the feeling of clearing out the excess, and the kids did a good job of discriminating what to keep and what to give away. We set up hula hoops on the floor--one for Lorelei, one for Gryffy, one for donations, another for trash/broken toys. We had a trunk and back car full when we were done. And our home is clean!