Who do-ya suppose made this mess? My Giving Tree didn’t even make it 24 hours. Sheezzz!
Well now you know why breakables aren’t something that last too long around these parts.
Being a wee bit scatterbrained like I normally am, I first put our little tree on a small table at the bottom of the stairs knowing full well that dirty clothes get tossed over the edge periodically throughout the day.
Apparently someone with poor aim tossed a heavy towel over the edge and it caught enough branches to send it to the floor. The glass vase was shattered to near dust. Good news is that the glass marbles were nigh indestructible. Who'd have thunk?
And who was that someone???
Sigh – ME!!! See my kids are doomed.
So I found a new base – Glass, because you know I love to tempt fate that way. Fixed the tree back up and put it in the furthest corner of the room where only the dust mites hang out.
Then I loaded the entry table with kid friend nativities that could handle a few knock-downs over the course of the month.
I can almost guarantee that they will find the floor sooner rather than later.
So tonight, our family read the story of ‘The Littlest Angel’ by Charles Tazewell, for our family service project, and talked about how the simplest gifts can often be the best.
Then after opening another bag on the tree we scoured the house looking for loose change.
We are going to donate it to ‘The Heifer Project’. It’s one of the fundraisers that are going on at my girl’s school. Actually there are several charitable causes petitioning school families to contribute to. The reason I choose this one was because it revolves around the oldie but goodie phrase of.
‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’
The farm girl in me loves that this organization gives farm animals to impoverished people around the world and teaches them lessons on how to use the animals to become more self-reliant and contribute to their families and communities. And finally they are taught how to pass their livestock’s offspring on to another person in need.
So, after we cleaned out the laundry room, cars, couch cushions, purses, and coat pockets we were able to come up with a small cupful of change to donate. I know with the purse strings being tight in a lot of households giving $ is hard to do. But every little penny helps. If everyone donates their loose change for one month, imagine how many people around the world would benefit from a good cause.
After our money dig we let the kids have a cup of hot chocolate topped with mini marshmallows and a Hershey’s Chocolate Mint Candy Cane. Just a little bit of heaven for the taste buds. See even Abner agrees.
Only I didn’t take into account that the sugar would spazz up my kids something fierce right at bedtime. You’d think I’d have learned that lesson by now. Oh well.