I LOVE Christmas! We attended a beautiful candlelight Christmas Eve Service last night at our church to celebrate the birth of Jesus! It is always one of my favorite services of the year – I love the candles, love seeing families worshiping together and love all of the Christmas music.
I love our time spent with our family. This is the first year that all of our girls are not able to be home on Christmas Day. Rachel and Faith are here today and we will truly enjoy being with them. I am sure it is going to be a great day!
Sarah is a surgical intensive care nurse and is working and caring for others today. Proud of her – she has some of Canton’s famous Heggy’s chocolate and our homemade Christmas cookies at work with her today to share with her fellow nurses and doctors.
Anna is also working today – at Youth Villages in Memphis – she is a Behavior Youth Counselor and works with kids who have had pretty tough lives for a lot of different reasons. She decided that rather than feel sorry for herself for not being able to be home on Christmas Day she would do something to bless “her” kids! She sent an email to family and friends that was very touching – here
is what she wrote –
some of you may know, I will be spending Christmas day with the kids at Youth
Villages. Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year, so I want to
try to make this a special day for the kids that i work with! Since I have
worked very closely with two different cottages this year, I want to provide
both cottages with stockings “from Santa” to open on Christmas
are 11 boys in the cottage that I currently work in and 12 girls in the cottage
I used to work in. I am interested in getting socks, markers, coloring books,
small toys, puzzle books, candy, etc. for the boys. For the girls, I would like
to get scarves, books, gloves, devotionals, undergarments, makeup, yarn for
crocheting/knitting, hair products, etc. One of the girls with be giving birth
to a baby girl in February so it would be awesome to get her a few things for
her child (bottles, diapers, clothing, etc). The girls are ages 15-17. The
boys are ages 13-17 and lower functioning, so some of them are interested in things
meant for younger age groups.
looking for donations to help me fill these stockings. If you are interested in
contributing, I know the kids will be VERY appreciative!
year has been quite the learning experience for me. I have definitely realized
how incredibly blessed I am to have family and friends who love and support me,
something most of these kids do not have! I would love to be able to share my
blessings with these kids, some of whom have never received a Christmas present
before. It will mean a lot to me to be able to see the smiles on their faces
when they wake up on Christmas and have a few small gifts to open.