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Give Back This Holiday Season

This week, I shared Ways that Kids Can Do Good at FaithGateway. In that piece, I wrote that I think all parents worry about our children feeling spoiled and entitled to some degree (especially in America), but being spoiled and entitled is not a foregone conclusion. I may have mentioned modeling good behavior in every blog post I’ve ever written, or maybe it just feels that way, but that’s where it starts. As parents, we must: Model altruism Model charity Model compassion Make doing good part of our lives. In that post, I shared 13 ways that kids can give … Read more

What to Pack in an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox #OCCGiving

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

So there’s apparently a holiday going on today. I’m not a fan. From my Twitter and Facebook conversations, I know many of you are also not fans. Side note – I’m a fun mom, and I let my kids have their Halloween fun, but I stay out of it as much as possible. Too much candy, too much scary, too many spiders. I’m just not a fan. Anyway. I love Christmas. I love Christmas with a giant puffy red heart. I love the spirit of Christmas, of kindness, of giving, of loving, of hope and goodwill. Children all over the … Read more

Juicy Juice Fruit for All (featuring a giveaway to your local food bank)

Juicy Juice Fruit for All

I vaguely remember the first time I ever drank Juicy Juice. I was in kindergarten, and some people gave us Juicy Juice at school. I brought coupons home to my mom, excited that we could have Juicy Juice at home, too. I don’t remember what happened or why we had it, but I remember being proud of those coupons. Funny what sticks with us, isn’t it? Fast forward twenty-odd years to Grace as a little girl. Joe and I started buying Juicy Juice for her to drink because it has no added sugar. Now, both Grace and Allie drink a … Read more

Mercy House – A Charity on my Heart

I am at the Relevant conference in Harrisburg this weekend. Yes, I was just at a conference last weekend. No, I am not planning to go from conference to conference week after week. I did not stay home with my children to travel the country without them. I attended Relevant last year, and I was uplifted and encouraged. I love this conference. At last year’s conference, I met Kristen Welch, author of We Are THAT Family, at dinner the first night. Kristen and I started blogging around the same time, and I have followed her blog for years. At that … Read more

Teaching Children to Give featuring The King’s Christmas List

For my entire adult life, I’ve done a lot of giving during the holiday season. Children have a special place in my heart, and my heart aches to know that some children miss the magic of Christmas. Because I am able, I give gifts to children where ever I can. Because they are organized locally and benefit children in my community, I’ve always focused my attention on giving trees and a local school’s toy drive. Last year, Grace was interested in giving gifts to other children. This year, not so much. When we go to the store, she wants to … Read more

Operation Christmas Child

When I attended the Relevant Conference last month, I spoke with a representative from Operation Christmas Child. I’d heard of the program before but, preferring to give locally, never really looked into it. I spoke with the representative politely, gathering as much information as I could about the program, unconvinced that sending Christmas gifts to children overseas was right for my family’s charitable efforts. When I got home, there was a book in my bag about a little boy who received a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child. As I read that book to Grace, it spoke to my heart. I … Read more