Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Christmas (& a Birthday) in November

Hey, y'all.  Did everyone have a good weekend? Mine was good.  Besides the mini panic attack I had in the last few minutes of the 'Bama game (I couldn't even watch. My friend T was updating me through Facebook chat.), the weekend was good.  My husband's team defeated their opponents in a first round playoff win, so that was one victory over the weekend.

The fam and I got together and had a bit of a Christmas/Birthday gathering. 

Last year M and I packed our very first shoe box for Operation Christmas Child.  This year I thought it'd be cool to make it a small family affair (much like we did for the Easter buckets last spring), and put a little joy in the hands of a few more kids. 

We packed nine shoe boxes for a wide range of ages (2-14).  We inadvertently purchased more things for little girls, but one of my aunts thought to purchase little boy things, too. 

If you've never done Operation Christmas Child, give it a try.  It's as simple as buying small toys, school supplies, and hygiene items for a child in a certain age range (2-4, 5-9, 10-14) and packing them in a shoe box.  Samaritan's Purse ships* them to different countries to children who live in extreme poverty.  And just like that, you've brought joy to someone else.  

My grandma's birthday happened to be this weekend, too, so we made it dual engagement.  Everyone brought a dish, so we had lunch and cake.

Grandma's a Ross fanatic, so several of us went the gift card route.  Someone mentioned that she had enough gift cards for several Ross trips, and Grandma commented, "No, ONE trip should do it."  Ha!

We did have one male from the family attend - my baby cousin X.  I say "baby" because he was one of the last grandchildren to be born.  I remember bouncing him on my hip, and now he's freshman in college (huh?).  I'm tickled that he spent the afternoon with us considering he's now a college man. :-)

Our little gathering was fun.  We look forward to seeing which countries** will receive our boxes.  If you're interested in packing a shoe box for a child who has nothing, go here to learn more.  (This is National Collection Week, so do it soon.)  

On another note, I spent my day off yesterday hovered over my laptop scratching my head.  I submitted three chapters of edited research last night, and I'm pretty sure it's getting worse the more I write. My brain is screaming at me:  "Your years as a student are over!  Please stop!"

Don't worry, Brain.  We're almost there.  And I don't plan to ever put you through this again.


Enjoy the rest of your week, folks.


* They ask that you include $7 with each shoebox to help with shipping costs.

** If you pay the $7 online, you'll get a tracking code for your box that allows you to eventually see where your box ends up.  Fun, right?

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