Sunday, December 19, 2010

Secret Revealed

Today the secret was revealed. I had a knock on my door after coming home from church. But instead of finding just one family revealing that they were our secret Santa I found a whole group of people. About four adults and too many children to count from all different families in my church were standing at my door. As they sung "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and gave us our last piece to the Nativity (baby Jesus) I of course started to cry. I was just shocked to realized that it was such a big group of people wanting to bring such joy to me and my girls. After they were done singing I had kids saying things like "I knocked the first night" or "I was the one that gave you the candy" etc. Those children are just so sweet and seeing all their smiling faces at my door was so uplifting. As I thanked them over and over again they all started asking Eva for hugs goodbye and I again just felt so thankful for all these loving people in my life. And to those wonderful parents for teaching their children and mine what the Christmas season is really all about. I feel that they have helped fulfill my grown up Christmas list this year.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

And then I cried, and cried and cried.

Just a few hours ago I heard a knock at my door. I opened it to find a small bag on my door step with Merry Christmas written in crayon on the front. I took the package in and thought, "oh how sweet someone dropped off some cookies." But when I reached in the bag I pulled out this

As soon as I held this I realized that someone has decided to do the "The 12 days of Christmas" or "Secret Santa" for my family. And I immediately began to cry. For one I was over come with gratitude that someone would think of my little family and want to do this for us. And two it made me realize that I guess during this time when Greg is gone we do need these little uplifting moments more than ever. I have already cried about three different times sense this package was delivered but they are tears of joy. To know that there is a family who thought of me and my girls and wanted to do this for us is just so touching to me. I feel so blessed to have support from so many people while Greg is gone.
Along with the stable there were three candy canes in the bag and this paper with #1 written on it and this scripture.
Luke 2:1-3
1. And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
So for those of you who have never heard of this basically we will get a gift each day for 12 days with another scripture telling the story of Jesus birth. Of course when I explained this to Eva she got very excited and can't wait for another mysterious knock on our door. I am just so thankful for whoever has decided to do such a sweet thing for me and my family. It means more to me than they will probably ever know.