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Monday, November 22, 2010

I don't feel like doing school today.

Beware: I'm link happy. Consider them my free gifts to you. You never know what you'll find...

I feel like Peggy Ann Mckay today. Mondays come too fast. Today it will be a miracle if I complete any one of the following tasks on my list. Not just start the task, but actually finish it too.

Last week, I decided to give the Fly Lady another chance to change my life, but I didn't get past the kitchen sink.


This week she's telling me to head to the Master Bedroom. Is she taunting me? Doesn't she know what a disaster that room is? My master bedroom is the catch all from the rest of the house. If it doesn't have a home, it belongs in my room somehow...Sigh...

My Mommy ADD is in high gear. Our December break is right around the corner, and I just want to play!

I have some crafts planned for my little guy, and my oldest has a lot to do! Despite my laziness, we've got to push through our lessons for the next couple of days, so we can actually be off of during the month of December! That's right, don't be jealous.

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Last Friday we sent off our Shoebox for Samritan's Purse. I was so excited that The Shoebox will actually have a real "shoebox story". Hee Hee.

If you're not familiar with Samaritan's Purse, check it out. It's a great organization that provides an opportunity for your family to bless a child in need at Christmas time.

What I found through participating this year, was that it wasn't only about blessing a child, but we were blessed as well. The gift of giving is better than any gift I could ever receive. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, and Advent around that corner, there is nothing I'd rather do with my boys than teach them the joy of giving! It's a sure fire way to remember why we should be thankful!

We went to Target to shop for our child's toys and necessities. I had resolved early in the mission to say "NO" whenever either of my children asked for a toy or anything. This trip would not be about us. I have to say my oldest is 12, and he usually could care less about toys and shopping. He never asks for a thing. But, my five year old is another story. He wants to hit the $1 aisle before we even get into the parking lot. I'm going to admit and tell you, he usually leaves the store with something. Every time. If I added up all of the $1 items I've purchased for him in the almost 6 years he's been shopping with me, I'd probably have quite the savings account. Forget about the times I've let him buy something over $1. Ugh! Let's move on...

Although I had resolved to say "no", I was blessed to find I never had to. A Miracle. The boys and I had so much fun shopping for our child. They really found joy in giving and not getting! They ran up and down the aisles with big eyes, saying, "He'd love this." and "How about this, Mom?". When we had gathered quite an assortment they started to say, "Can we fit one more thing in the shoebox?". "Just one more thing!".

They were just as excited to give to someone they don't even know, as they would have been to get something for themselves. Oh, how this blessed me!

I would even go out on a limb and say that they were even more excited to give.

This made me so proud. My heart smiled.



 A giving heart is a perfect way to prepare for Advent. What are you doing to share the joys of counting your blessings with your kids? If you want to see what we've been up to for Thanksgiving and Preparing for Advent just click on the labels at the bottom of this post.





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6 Comments:

At November 22, 2010 at 10:18 AM , Blogger That One Mom said...

I must admit, a shining kitchen sink does make me feel good. Until my kids pile stuff in it with no regard to how much work it was to make it clean and shiny.

My bedroom is the household catch all room, too. Sigh... I think I'd be far more relaxed if it weren't.

 
At November 22, 2010 at 10:28 AM , Blogger Di said...

I kind of went on a cleaning rampage on Sunday. Like my stainless steel trash can is sparkling.

My nephew has definitely gotten into the "giving" spirit. He went through all of his stuff with my sister and decided what things were coming to my house for Jellybean and which items could stay there so they could play with them together. I thought it was the sweetest thing!

 
At November 22, 2010 at 2:55 PM , Blogger Mama Hen said...

Adrienne, I have been cleanin out things and trying to get organized. I can't get past the kitchen sink at times also. It is so great you have instilled such kindness and giving. Thank you for checking in on us. My mom is not well and it is really hurting me so much to see her this way. I appreciate your support. Have a good day! You should stop by and enter my giveaway. I never do them, but this ornament one was really cute! I think you might like it!

 
At November 22, 2010 at 8:23 PM , Blogger blueviolet said...

I love how they got into the spirit of what you were doing. So wonderful!!!

My sink doesn't quite have that shine! You may have not gotten past the sink, but you're still ahead of me.

 
At November 23, 2010 at 5:55 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

I know the pushing until break feeling. We are doing that right now. I love shopping for Angel Tree or Christmas Mother recipients.

 
At November 23, 2010 at 10:46 PM , Blogger Our Homeschool Fun said...

I love seeing what others have done for Operation Christmas Child. You are right, it does make a mom's heart smile to see your kids excited about giving:-)!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for leaving such kind thoughts too. I'm following you now:-).

 

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