It started a few weeks ago.  I began thinking of ways for our family to get involved with serving others, especially during the holidays.  A great opportunity for little kids is to pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  So yesterday afternoon, we explained to Cole and Max that so many kids around the world don’t get gifts for Christmas, but we can do something to help.  We gave them each a shoebox, jumped in the van, and headed to Target.  Each of them carried around their box and searched for goodies to fill it with.   How practical!   I wish I would’ve taken the camera.  And I wish you could’ve heard their conversations!   We brought our goodies home and today we wrapped, filled, and delivered our boxes to the drop-off location.  In just a few short weeks those boxes will bless two little boys across the world who otherwise may not receive anything for Christmas.   I can’t wait to do this again next year, and maybe, just maybe, we will be able to do more than two boxes!

FYI…Max did not take it well when we got home and he realized the gifts he chose were not for him.   Crying, ripping boxes, etc.  When the time came to pack his box, though, he was excited.  Cole took it much better than we expected.   It’s a tough learning experience but so so valuable.


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