Sunday, November 29, 2009

I WON! & Operation Christmas Child

I'm excited to tell you that I won this book entitled Touching Wonder, Recapturing the Awe of Christmas, by John Blase, and a lb. of coffee. (My husband broke into the coffee before I could take a pic!)

John's wife,
Meredith, has a wonderful blog called Life at 7000 feet. John and Meredith and their 3 kids are also fellow Coloradoans.

This quote is from Meredith about his book: "John has taken several of the characters in the Nativity story--Mary, Joseph, Gabriel, Zachariah, and more-- and told the story of Jesus' birth from their perspective. You can read the
first chapter here."

I've been waiting to begin reading this book until December 1st, because I'd like to do this with Grace as an advent devotional. And I only have two more days!

Thanks John and Meredith. My husband loved the coffee, and I know I'm going to love your book!

This is Grace and her Operation Christmas Child box ready to be dropped off. (If you're not familiar with OCC, it is a off-shoot of Samaritan's Purse. They distribute thousands of shoe boxes to many different countries in time for Christmas.) Grace was excited to be a part of this. She started saving some of her money back in September. For every dollar she contributed we matched it. It was so enjoyable watching her as she began buying items for a little girl (age 4-9) and putting together this box. She filled it with quite a variety of toys and necessities. She included her picture and address with the hope that she might possibly begin a pen-pal relationship.

I love it when our kiddo's begin looking beyond themselves and seeing those in need around them.

The church we've been attending was also the drop off point for the boxes. Last Sunday they announced that over 1200 boxes went out! Exciting!

It's All Love To Give Good!


  1. Congrats!
    I never win anything, so good for you!
    What a neat thing to do with Grace, I bet Mariah would love to do something like that.

    Love you

  2. Congrats on the win. It sounds like a really good book. We've done the shoeboxes too. It's amazing how much you can fit in!

  3. Loved this post, Brenda. How wonderful that Grace put her picture & address in the box. I am going to pray that a kinship will be started by this act of giving that she is doing. Great that you matched her savings for this.

    Congrats on the win of the gift; coffee and a great book. I know it's hard to not start a book right away but think it's great you are waiting. Tomorrow is the day!!

    Trust Thanksgiving was wonderful with all the family there in CO. Glad to hear about the church and 1200 boxes. WOW Blessings and more Blessings.

    Miss you!

  4. Brenda, congrats! Glad you won. (I can't believe how much your little girl has grown.) What a great way to start the Christmas Holiday.♥ Diana

  5. You're SO welcome. I hope you enjoy it!

  6. Congratulations Brenda! Sounds like a wonderful book.

    LOVE the photo of Miss Grace in her hat. She is a cutie! We've done Operation Christmas Child before. This year, we took an Angel from the Angel Tree instead.

  7. Our church has done the Operation Christmas Child many times. This year we didn't do as a church but a family did 1,000 boxes on their own!!! Love how excited your daughter looks!!!

  8. Wow! How wonderful and you are so right about how good it is when kids look beyond themselves and think and do for others. Good for you! Congrats on the win.

  9. What a nice win Brenda(:) Love the post story.. our Goodwill is doing a childrens gift drop off..we are planning on giving to.. Blessings..Patty

  10. Hi Brenda(:) a sweet post your little girl ..hugs,Patty

  11. These shoe boxes are the best! I'm glad Grace saved up her money and realized what a special thing to do this is. It's a fantastic opportunity to bless a needy child through her generosity.

    Franklin Graham came and gave the service at our church just a couple of weeks ago and shared many wonderful and touching stories of children who received shoe boxes from Operation Christmas Child. What a blessing he was!


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