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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

Baby Jesus Loves Chocolate

We are testing out new traditions for our little family. One of our possibilties is throwing a little birthday party for Jesus on Christmas day. Joe and I thought it would be nice to take a little of the focus off of presents, presents, and more presents. To make things easier, we decided to pick up a cake mix, a tub of frosting, and some candles at the grocery store. Standing in the aisle (of a very crowded grocery store twelve hours before our first major snowstorm of the winter), I asked Grace what kind of cake we should get … Read more