Kindness Advent - Day 15

Kindness Advent – Day 15

Tonight, we hit up the local dollar store to collect some items for the homeless. Our church will be heading downtown Christmas morning to deliver the goods & we’re so excited to join them with our crew!

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You can always count on Jettaroo for a crazy pose…that kid marches to his own beat!;) They chose this jacket because it had a camo hoodie & “everyone loves camo, Mommy!”

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Things went downhill from there. Kaylor sat down in the middle of the floor & started taking off her shoes! My mom & I tried desparately to reason with her but she completely tuned us out. I could not figure out what in the world she was doing until she started pointing up at a rack of Minnie Mouse baby slippers! My mom & I died laughing and tried to squeeze her feet into the tiny 3-6 month booties but it was not happening, chick!

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She then proceeded to run through the store barefoot! My germaphobic self was cringing with every step!! I mean, we were total redneck central up in that place!

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I finally coerced her back into the cart (still barefoot) & snapped a final picture of my minions…next to the maxi pads! Oh dear Lawdy, get us out of this store!

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Parenting is just plain hard sometimes!! Yesterday was one of those days…you know the ones. The kind that nearly broke me & drove me to my knees. It seemed like nobody around here was treating anybody with very much kindness…including myself. But just when I felt like I might crack, God showed me a little glimpse of His grace. Grady came & asked me for a sandwich bag. A few minutes later, I saw him dumping out his piggy bank & stuffing the little bag full of coins. I asked him what he was doing & he said “I want to give this to Daddy so he doesn’t waste all of his money on the house.” That kid has been saving his money for months…years but for whatever reason, he decided that Daddy needed it more & was willing to give it all away! It reminded me of this story…

“Just then, He looked up and saw the rich people dropping offerings in the collection plate. Then He saw a poor widow put in two pennies. He said, “The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all!” ~Luke 21:1-4 (message)

I want to extravagantly give my all…not just with my money but with my time & talents and everything else that has been given to me! I want to choose love and kindness and grace and show my kids the same. I pray that our little ones see Christ in our everyday…not just at Christmas but all year long & that our whole lives honor Him!

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