Sunday, November 13, 2011

13. Giving Traditions

Holidays seem incomplete without traditions, and Nate and I have enjoyed incorporating our families' traditions while creating a few of our own. For the last four years, we've participated in Operation Christmas Child, and we've loved every minute of it.

Each year we roam the aisles of our local discount supercenter laughing and playfully teasing each other about the coolest stuff we can get for our shoe box, and this year was no different. It may be the one time of the year when I get really excited about washcloths and soap, crayons and foam balls. Nate even agreed to include a Hawkeye t-shirt for the little guy. I love this organization!

Tonight our church gathered together to bring all the shoe boxes our congregation filled and have a celebration of thanks. It was a blessing to be a part of the service and an even greater joy to give a little Christmas love to a little boy somewhere in the world.

Today's Blessings:
  • Holding hands
  • Kids bursting with excitement in worship
  • An operating washing machine and dryer
  • Relaxed conversation with friends
  • Opportunities to serve

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