Thursday, November 17, 2011

wrap it up and let it go

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Josiah is three now. Perhaps like a lot of kiddos his age, he thinks the entire universe revolves around him and that's the way he likes it. Normally the last thing he wants to do is share. I get where he's coming from. Sometimes sharing just plain stinks. Greed and sinful nature and selfishness will do that to a person.

We're working on it, though - hoping and praying and knowing that little lessons make a big impact.

Today we headed out to a few stores to pick out goodies for our Operation Christmas Child shoebox just like we did at this time last year. Josiah looked from side to side down the aisles, pointing out items and and smiling as he placed them in the cart. Toys and goodies that weren't for him, but instead for a buddy somewhere across the world.

We brought the loot home and dumped the bags out onto the living room floor. Siah plopped down and began to play. I reminded him gently that these were not his to keep, but gifts for a little boy. He nodded with a bit of hesitation.

Within minutes he was serving a time out for pitching a fit when I told him he couldn't keep the blue monster truck.

I showed him this picture {from the OCC Facebook page}. We chatted about how Siah has a room full of toys and how perhaps the little boy in the photo doesn't have any. What can we do to make that boy smile and feel loved?

I know, I know what will make him happy! We give him all the toys, my three year old exclaimed.

Operation Christmas Child
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So we wrapped up those goodies in McQueen and Tow Mater paper and will send it off with lots of love and hope. Because it's not just about the toys. It's about something more. Something priceless.

One thing we never want Si to hold back on sharing is the gift of Jesus. To seek out those who need to hear about Him. Not to keep that Hope to himself, but let it go again and again and again.

Whether it involves a shoebox for a little boy or an invitation for friend a or a witness to a stranger.

Share. share. share.

A lesson I am learning over and over and over.


The incredibly swoony Shannan from Flower Patch Farmgirl wrote a series on Letting Go last month. I drank up her words each day. While sometimes the truth of letting go is hard to swallow, there is so much joy and learning and beauty in it.

Shannan is partnering up with Samaritan's Purse to raise money to build a well for a community that needs one. Please pop over here to see how you can let go, help out, and give them water!


And just for fun, here are two short videos of Si chatting about the OCC shoeboxes. One from today and one from last year. He's changed a bit, huh?!

If you'd like to pack a shoebox, head here to learn more! You have until Monday, the 21st!


  1. A wonderful way to teach life lessons. I haven't done a shoebox for a few years. I wonder if there is still time... Must ask at our church.

  2. So Cute! Love that he mentioned the fish first. He loves fish! :) Can't wait to see you guys next month!

  3. Hi! I love reading your blog. Your little asian angel is so handsome and sweet.

  4. How adorable! What a great lesson to learn early on, too. =)

  5. This is so sweet! I love all the photos. Good job, Josiah!

  6. We are doing something like this with D this year too (picking out a toy to GIVE AWAY). It is really hard for them at this age (especially at first), but so very important. Great photos!

    Sorry I have ben absent from your blog for a LONG time. I was on a hiatus and now am trying to check in here & there as I can.

    Happy Holidays!



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