I just wanted to post this here for my own future reference…
These apply to adoptive families, military families, single parent families, families taking care of the elderly, those with chronic illness, those in financially difficult times, new parents, post surgery, the list goes on!
Some lists from https://www.facebook.com/HisHandsHisFeetToday:
Things that most families use like:
Gift cards to:
oil change places
clothes/hand me downs
Some other things that were done for their family:
-A woman made all of our kids their own quilts.
-A woman has sewn all of the kids their own unique pillowcase.
-A chicken (dead/frozen) in our van after church (lol).
-A family bought our kids an Ipad for speech.
-Vegetables from people’s garden surplus.
-A family bought all the kids a tshirt from their home state.
-Tickets to Sea World when we went to FL a few years ago (the husband worked there)
-A woman sent us a beautiful sculpture she created when Josiah died.
-A family out of state ships us toilet paper regularly.
-A woman made all the kids a necklace when Selah died.
-Meat from someone’s deer kill.
-When Josiah died, a woman dropped of juice (it’s a rare treat at our house … she is now known as “the juice lady” to the kids ).
-A former dealer of Ben’s would give us a Costco gift card whenever we adopted another child.
-A meal or a bag of groceries “just because”
-A woman knitted all the kids a hat
And then a post with more ideas here:
Carolyn is my little adorable messmaker with a sweet, but demanding attitude. LOVE her!
We have accomplished a full month of school! Whew. Feels good to be in a rhythm. It’s exciting to see Anna learning and it’s satisfying to have school successfully becoming a regular part of our days. I can see that over time I will need to put more time and more thought into schooling so that Anna gets a more rounded education. But, for now I feel like we are on track for a very successful first year. We do reading (both me and Anna), writing/penmanship, math, some piano and a little bit of science and a little bit of art.
Carolyn wanted in on the candy… Anna and Maggie were so tired and literally leaning on each other.
Halloween – watching Mary Poppins and SNUGGLING!
So sad I didn’t get a good picture of my dinosaur and kitty.
Prepared for eruption! Razzie and Boots thought it was strange.
Painting our paper bag volcano.
It’s not unusual in the Evangelical Christian world to talk about spiritual gifts. We talk about which ones God has given you, we challenge each other to use them, and we even take silly little “tests” that help us “discover” our spiritual gifts.
I read The Hiding Place this week, written by Holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom. I always thought this book was famous because of the time period it was written in. But it’s more than that. It’s a beautifully written and deeply moving book that has both challenged and inspired me. And, my dear non-Christian friends, it is the most beautiful testimony of God that I’ve ever witnessed.
Now I’ll go on a short bunny trail to put into words one thought that I’ve had off and on for a few years. Maybe we as Christians should not decide what we can or cannot do based upon the spiritual gifts/personality/abilities that we have. Maybe we should seek God’s purposes in our lives without so much thought as to our own capabilities. I know personally that God has asked me to do some things that are beyond my ability. And I know and testify that God has been my strength and my ability through those times. So don’t sell yourself and God short, friends; if God has called you to do something, He will make you able.
To God be the glory!
Carolyn is 13 months old and these are her (completely adorable) words:
Thank you (tee toooo)
She waves bye bye and hello
She blows kisses
She signs more and eat
She’s not a big talker, but she is a big sweetheart. She is an especially kind child and is more comfortable in new places and around strangers than her sisters were at this age. She is a bigger mess-maker than the rest of the kids too… she likes to open drawers and cabinet doors and put things where they don’t belong or empty things that are full. She likes to help Jordan discover the contents of my cabinets. She’s 20 lbs. 7 oz at 13 months, which is the 55th percentile. She’s 29″ tall, which is just the 32nd percentile. I see a growth spurt coming up. And her head continues on the curve at the 97th percentile and 47.5 cm.