My family has been struggling this year.
We're outta money and nearly outta energy to figure it out.
So, in November, I signed Luken up for the local Giving Tree program.
When I picked up his things last week, there were 3 outfits, a pair of shoes, socks, a set of flannel sheets and a giant box of mega blocks. I was blown away. I wrapped up the things that are appropriate for him and wrapped up the rest for cousins.
The other day, Kara and I went to the local toy shoppe to try to fill in the gaps in Luken's Christmas with the last of our cash. I carefully choose something I thought he'd love and choose something for his cousin as well. I chose 7 dollars too much stuff. When the owner suggested I put back the cousin's item I said, "No, that's for the cousin. Put this back (indicating an item for my child)". When we got home, Kara pulls a neatly wrapped box from her sack. I asked her what it was and she told me that the shoppe owner had given it to her for our son.
And tonight, when we got home from church, there were 2 Amazon.com boxes on our front porch. Neither Kara nor I had ordered anything from Amazon so once Luken was in bed, we peeked inside. The boxes were full of wonderful gifts that Luken is absolutely going to LOVE! Selected and shipped to us by a family who struggled last year. Somebody helped them out and now they're "paying it forward". I am completely blown away!
The lesson in this for me - Let go of control. It's all going to work out. I am so blessed! It's not about the gifts. It's about the people, many of whom I don't even know, stepping up to help some random gal and her family.
boxes are full of wonderful gifts that he's going to love! And they're from a family who struggled last year. Someone helped them and they're paying it forward. I am absolutely blown away! The lesson in this for me - Let go of control! It's all gonna work out. If I could be sure that it wouldn't give me a migraine, I'd cry. I am so blessed! It's not about the gifts. It's about the people, many of whom I don't even know, stepping up to help some random gal and her family. Thank you!
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