Proverbs 28:27 "Those who give to the poor lack nothing."
Christmas is hands down my favorite! I LOVE everything about Christmas! I love the cookies & food, parties, twinkling lights, giving presents, decorations, snow, all of it!
But the main reason I love Christmas is GIVING.
It is God giving His best to us: Jesus. Celebrating the generous heart of the Father, and in turn, we give our best to others too. I absolutely LOVE to pick out the perfect gift (or make the perfect gift) and bless others! SO MUCH FUN. We often think about God giving His Son, as this HUGE sacrifice that He had to make, but when I think about giving a gift, I can just hardly contain myself to WAIT until Christmas to give it. It's totally FUN to GIVE a gift! I HAVE to think that this is a little bit how Father God must have been---completely delighted to GIVE His very best...squealing with delight to GIVE. I just KNOW this is His heart.
With that said, I would like to say one last "Legacy" that I want my children to know: Be Generous, on ALL occasions. (I know I totally missed like half the days in November...and Im ok with it. It takes a lot of time to write and I needed to SEW!)
In October, I have seen such generosity in my circles and lives and wanted to share a few of those stories. I hope they encourage you too.
One incredibly humbling moment for me came through the purchase on my etsy store, Adopting Nations. A young woman purchased a blanket from Hawaii and I was privileged to hear the story. She was giving her child up for adoption and was purchasing the blanket to wrap her son in as she gives him to his new parents when he is born in a few months. I was humbled that something I had sewn would be used for such an incredibly special moment. Tears welled in my eyes as I thought about the birth bothers of my boys in Congo and what it must be like for them, or if they are still even alive. Adoption is a huge sacrifice, and the ultimate gift of love. I will remember to pray more for my boys' birth mothers.
Also, in October, we were tremendously blessed by Twelve2, owned by Dana, who makes beautiful scarves and other cute things in her Etsy Store. Each month she chooses a different family to "adopt" and gives that family 10% of her proceeds for the month! We are humbled to have been sponsored this month and she raised $229 for our adoption this way! The support and prayers and friendship through this process has been so much fun and meaningful! Would you all flood her FB page and Etsy Shop and thank her for being an authentic Christ follower and believer? So awesome!
SOOOOOO as this Christmas season approaches, I want to be generous and make my presents count DOUBLE! I'm starting a list of families with fundraisers from families who adopting! Their fundraisers make perfect Christmas gifts! Ill keep adding to this list as I find more and if you know of more to add let me know!
Christmas with a Cause 2013http://www.freewebstore.org/shopwithapurpose/ A variety of items for adoption
https://justlovecoffee.com/about/beneficiary/farrells/ Coffee Anyone?
https://www.etsy.com/shop/OneStarfishAtATime Tshirts, Cookie Cutter, and more!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/HeyJudeSewingShop Bibs, Dolls, and Zipper Pouches
http://www.taylorandchloe.com/ Super Cute Little Girl headbands, clips, and hats
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/JayMariez more cute headbands!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/travisandjennyadopt Awesome shirt that we have!
http://www.theokaysee.com/product/hyde-adoption-love-is-thicker-than-water Another cool Tshirt!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Canvases-for-Congo/171852399682914 Cool art!
http://hope4drc.origamiowl.com/default.aspx Origami Owl...this link give the % to the drc family.
http://adoptionisbeautiful.blogspot.com/p/heart.html Awesome Art!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BringingHomeMicah Really Cool Wooden Art and other handmade items!
http://godsilsgoabroad.wordpress.com/ Tshirt to buy here!
https://www.facebook.com/CreationsForCongo Auction going on right now! Items from Congo!
http://www.thatsayummycolor.com/ Book called, Thats a Yummy Color!
and last but not least!....
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AdoptingNations my shop! :)