Friday, December 30, 2005

Things don't always work out as you plan . . .

Noah woke up Christmas morning not feeling well. We assumed it was all of the excitement, but realized (after two stops while on the road that day) that it was something worse. So, finally, after a few days of battling an upset stomach and fever, he is feeling much better.

So, needless to say, I have been neglectful of the kit hints!

Once I get back into town, I will post a few fun pictures, but for now here's a second hint:

What do SEI, American Crafts, Scenic Route, Heidi Swapp, Li'l Davis, Making Memories, Heidi Grace and 7gypsies have in common?? They will all be represented in Feb's papercrafting kit (plus a few more surprises).

Hope everyone is having a great Christmas! I have a wonderful story on the subject that I wanted to share before I go . . .

My sister-in-law's sister is an elementary school teacher in St. Mary's County, MD where I grew up. One of her students, who has experienced many trials already in his young life (and continues to) gave her three gifts for Christmas. She was surprised by the gesture because she knew that he did not have any money. The first gift was one of his blankets. The second was a 2-liter bottle top that was a "winner" for a free 2-liter (he saved it for her) and the third was a candy cane that she had given him the week before.

All I have done for the past several days is wonder how I could possibly teach my own children to be appreciative for what they have and to be generous and self-less in their giving. It is a hard task when all you want to do is give them the world and keep them free from hardship.

Happy Friday!
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11 comments:

Shawn said...

Jenni~ I love the story of your sister in laws sister's student. If that doesn't make a person stop and think, I don't know what would!
Thanks for sharing that story!

Rach said...

Jenni, luv your blog....so excited to see a new entry today! Yippee! Bummer that you had a little sick one during the holidays, but glad he is on the mend!
Luv, luv, luv the story about the little student! What a heart-warming tale! I'll remember it FOREVER! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
xoxox
Rachel

jody said...

The story of that student left me misty eyed. Now that is the spirit of christmas.

Sarah said...

LOVE the story of the selfless student...so very sweet! Glad to hear your little one is feeling better- we have had the flu bug since Christmas Eve! ugh.

AND- I'm SO excited for these kits to get started!! This will be the first one I've ever signed up for- but I'm SO psyched! It sounds WONDERFUL!

lee woodside said...

Love your story Jenni.
Looking forward to more hints for the kits.
Happy New Year

Joanna Bolick said...

What a sweet, sweet story!! Hope everyone is feeling well again at our house!

tracyg said...

Wow, what an amazing combination of fun stuff in a kit.

Hope you are all better and have a great holiday weekend.

kellidarr said...

Thanks for sharing that story:) It is very humbling.

Can't wait for my kit hints and how to sign up!

kellidarragain:) said...

my post should have said "more" kit hints. Not mine. time for bed!

dokeating said...

Wow---thanks for sharing that story--and if you figure out how to foster that sense of gratitude (that usually comes from hardship), please let me know.

Kim said...

Thank you for that story...it reinforces our dedication this coming year to volunteerism, as part of being a good example of a global citizen to our daughter...happy new year!