Monday, December 17, 2012

Sharing Vitamin Love on My Birthday

Good Morning Beloved Reader-

Today is my 38th Birthday and I am at home today because I have one sicky(my baby with a slight temp) and my oldest who is ditching school well... because "the school doesn't own her I do" that's what my mom used to always say when she just wanted to keep us home for some company. I learned from the best ;) My Giant is off to work on a typical Monday, and the other 2 of the Fab 4 are finishing up the last day of school before our winter break begins. 

Sigh... Life is unpredictable.

I am wearing some slippers that my friend Christeeny gave to me, drinking coffee, listening to Christmas music and now writing this here lil note.

I think I will probably watch one of my all time favorite movies You've Got Mail, eat some chocolate, check FB to read all your love notes, and I will continue to drink coffee with Peppermint creamer til my hearts content.
Sigh... Life is full of lots of little joys.

That's the big plan for my bday. Not too exciting, but what's a girl to do when her birthday falls on a Monday. I have decided that Monday birthdays should be banned. Who's with me?

Before you go feeling sorry for me don't, because
truly, even if my Zed wasn't sick I would still be home doing exactly the same thing. No really, I'm kinda a home body(something I have learned to be okay with these past 38 years) and excitement is highly overrated, so it's all good.

Sigh... Life is good.

Besides, I already celebrated with My Giant this weekend. I had wanted to see the movie Lincoln for a long time so there was that, and some good ole' fashioned quality time, and lots of words. I love words. That's how that Giant gets me every time.
He is a man of few words TheMoses, so when he speaks it's with the most sincere, genuine, heartfelt words, and I treasure each and every one. 
Words sometimes of adoration, but mostly just of sharing life together.
Sharing our hearts, our joys and our sorrows. 

Sigh... Life is full of words, they mean something. 

That being said it was also an emotional weekend for me because of what happened to all those beautiful innocent children in Connecticut  on Friday. There were times through out the weekend that both me and the Big guy got all choked up. I'm sure it was the same for you. When things like this happen it really makes you stop cold in your tracks, and take stock in a sense. 
So that's what I did. I sat with my fab 4, and just stared at them. That is when I wasn't busy taxi cabbing them around or cleaning up after them. I cleaned up their messes with a whole new attitude. I was thankful there was a mess there to clean up because that meant they were home safe with me. 

Sigh... Life is hard to understand.

But,what I am really checking in today to tell you about is one of the ways I got to celebrate my weekend and I don't think it will be your typical birthday celebratory events.
This weekend my girls and I went shopping for a homeless teen.

Sigh... Life is full of giving hope.

I write about this not to brag about how my family and I have done this awesome act of charity, but simply to remind you of the forgotten and unseen. The poor, the broken, the abused, and the weary souls that need GOOD NEWS this holiday season!
I write to even remind myself of that GOOD NEWS!
Who could use some GOOD NEWS today?
Jesus is still saving all these 2000 years later.
He is still capturing hearts and changing lives.
There are still young people who want to spend their life serving and giving back to this world, and that my friends is 

My girls and I set out to fill a backpack that our church provided with some necessities that a medium sized, female, teenager who lives on the streets might need. 

I cannot even begin to tell you how this act of giving, gave us so much more than the small tokens that we put in a bag for a stranger that will forever be in our prayers.

As my girls picked out items like a first aid kit, they asked why would a teenage girl need that? Or hand sanitizer, why and how, and where do they shower and get dressed? 
After describing to my girls where these kids are sleeping and where they are eating,IF they are eating.. they asked Why? Why are they on the streets? Why, did they run away? Why do bad things happen? So then the discussion turned to  what some peoples home life looks like. 
Instead of waking up to Advent calendar treats and warm coffee, some kids wake to  a mom passed out on the couch because she was out all night working hard to survive herself, or a dad who is an angry drunk because the cares and worries of this world have given him a raw deal and he takes them to a bottle, instead of the Cross of Christ.

Sigh... Life is full of sorrow.

When our bag was packed full and ready to give away we headed in to the drop off zone at our church. Yesterday morning I was so emotional watching all of God's kids walking in with back packs full of love for the homeless teens in Seattle.

I was so honored to be a part of this family of people who have looked beyond their front doors for ways they could give back this holiday season, and I was reminded once again that life is full of unspeakable joy.

Sigh... Life is full of joy.

"Oh come all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant 
Oh come ye, Oh come ye to Bethlehem. 
Oh come let us adore him.
Oh come let us adore him.
Oh come let us adore him Christ the Lord."

 I hope this note inspires you to Come and Adore, To be Joyful and feel triumphant knowing that although there is sorrow in the night Joy comes in the morning.

Joining up here


Bernadette Veenstra said...

Happy Birthday! That backpack idea is a really awesome!

Anonymous said...


No(dot dot)el said...

Thank you so much Bernadette and Kathy xo

christina said...

sigh. you are so.


p.s. home is my favorite place to be.

No(dot dot)el said...

Thank you Christina xo

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i love church/community projects like that (angel tree and the like). one of my favorite parts of this season!

kendra kay said...

that is SO awesome!!
and a very happy happy happy (belated) birthday to you beautiful girl!!

Mrs Hurley said...

Happy birthday beautiful !! What a fun way to celebrate !!

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