Friday, December 30, 2011

Blessings abound

This Christmas Season was one blessing after another.  Now, some might not consider them a big deal but I do.  Just shows you the kindness out there. So, thought I'd share a few in pictures.

All that candy is not for Nik.  This gift was sent to us from the kids' Upwards Soccer coach.  Coach Chris!  It was such an unexpected and sweet, sweet surprise.  We really enjoyed it.  It did not last long in this house.  And yes, that is my luggage from the Bulgaria trip in the background.  We are just slow some times.  Well, more like sidetracked.  Can't imagine why.

 When we went to go get our order back in place w/ the local farmer, he wished us a Merry Christmas and gave us a bunch of goodies.  Candy, fruit, and nuts.  We really enjoyed this one!  So lucky we got strawberries for breakfast to go w/ our pancakes.  Thank you Gary. 

 One of our neighbors dropped off two boxes.  Kids lit up when they opened them.  There were 10 light up balls in one box. 

 And a huge pile of candy in the other box.  These are the same kind neighbors that gave us our Thanksgiving turkey.  Martha and Rob are great neighbors.  We are very fortunate to have them in our community.

Poprocks never go out of style.  Faces are priceless.

Nik's face w/ the pop rocks.  Sorry so blurry.

One of Max's friends even brought us an entire box of candy.  I told you we have nice young men living here.  Just was very thoughtful of him to think of all of us.

Here is another one of my girls' friends.  We have known her for years and she was for the past few years always called our "8th child."  We obviously had to rename her recently to our "11th child."  She is not taking to the name well as she was here first.  LOL.  Seriously though, we love her.  Just a great young lady.  She lives right down the street.  Well, she even brought me something for Christmas to open.  

What else would it be but chocolate.  I was mean, I did not share. I kid you not.  Kids had piles of candy and chocolate.  These were mine.  LOL.  

It was just really nice to find surprises on our doorstep from the mailman or things a neighbor left.  There was even one box full of oranges, apples and grapefruit on our doorstep when we came home from the Christmas Parade.  Was very  nice and a reminder of the generosity and kindness in people.  It was especially fun teaching the kids that you don't have to know where everything comes from.  They agreed one day we should surprise someone as well.  Thanks to everyone who was so generous this Christmas season and for all the wonderful surprises.  It meant a lot to us.  Also taught us a lot which was fantastic. 

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