Yesterday I couldn’t decide if I should go back and try to get missing assignments done or keep going.  I read the days assignment and felt God telling me to do today’s and catch up when I can.  How do I know it was from God?  Because it was hard for me to do it.

The assignment was to have a warm greeting in the morning.  How hard is that?  Well considering my oldest went to bed without even saying goodnight and my little one refuses to use the toilet (this is not a standard bed wetting issue).  I knew that I could get up and greet but do it warmly???

I really tried and it is amazing how much that effort really pays off.  At least for a little while.  My oldest is really struggling in his pre-teen years and is easily set off lately.  I helped him with his math and we were doing great and then he hit a roadblock and that was it for much of the day.  For awhile I was really struggling with my frustration level but God’s peace came over and we just went about our day no matter what he was doing.

My little one seemed to respond with a better gretting.  He is so closed off with his thoughts that you never know.  He is a serious people watcher and doesn’t share much.  I do try to encourage him as he has so many burdens (you can see from his actions) but he isn’t ready. 

Today I am to do a random act for both of them.  I usually make them fold their own laundry because of how they treat it after I fold it, but I did theirs today.  I don’t think they much notice but it changes my heart to do something unexpected with agape love.

Have a “Unconditional Loved” Day!

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I just have to update on our event yesterday. We went to clean out one on the classrooms at our church. Well after finding many old food and other items I went to pick up a piece of pipe cleaner. Guess what? It moved!!!!!!!!! It was a centipede!!!!!! I screamed my head off! I can still feel it grabbing onto my finger. YUCK!!! I am not sure I will recover!!!

Today we went to the local Senior Center to help with their Christmas Party. Everyone was really nice. We didn’t do as much as I hoped as most people were listening to the music and not as much talking with them, but it was a good event. And they wanted to give my kids money. So all the money that they got will go to other events this week.

Have a “Un-Creepy” Day! (Did I mention EWWWWWW!)

Today we are going to help clean and organize some rooms at our church.

Please don’t forget to share what you are doing this holiday season for others. It may help us with ideas or organizations to help for next year.

Have a “Caring” Day!

Ok, so we have a new camera (early Christmas gift) so I am still learning how to get them up and going on my posts.  For now you will need to imagine.

For the 1st Day of our Operation 12 Days of Christmas we donated some toys at a local toy drive and we all got to ride in the Fire Truck. 

For the 2nd Day we helped a friend.  Can’t explain too much just in case 🙂

Today we are going to make cards for the Veterans.

On a seperate note I got my hair cut and am happy with it. Picture coming soon.

And I got this from Surviving Motherhood (but I don’t think I am surviving today):

For those of you who have been reading for awhile, you may remember my 2007 12 Days of Christmas posts.  For those new, let me explain.

Our family celebrates the 12 Days of Christmas (prior to Christmas) by donating, serving, and/or volunteering on each day.  We pick different things for each day like wrapping gifts for the homeless or helping a friend in need.

Well tonight we will narrow down our choices and will be starting this weekend.  I hope you will join us.  If not for all 12 days, choose one.  Your children will get a LOT out of it!  My kids pass by the nursing home that we served homemade cookies to last year and always remember the residents there.  Even when we don’t pass by they still talk about all the wonderful things they were able to do.  It also gets all away from the “gimmes”.

Have a “Giving” Day!

Well It’s been fun but all good things must come to an end.  Tis Better To Give Than To Receive has officially ended or has it?  Of course, Thanksgiving is really “thanksliving” so we can do this all the time even when there is no contest.  But I think my readers already knew that.  What great stories and ideas you have all shared.

The final weeks winner is http://waytmi.wordpress.com/.  All the prizes from this week are going to be yours!!!!

Surviving Motherhood Book from Karen

Discovery Denim Cape

Little Hero Cape - Blue and Cranberry - Lightening Bolt

Chris Sligh CD

And remember to please check out the wonderful products that you have seen during this contest.  This is a great opprtunity to support someone who is creating something (music, books, crafts, etc!!!)  I think they deserve our support!!!!!

Have a “New Begining” Day

(Sorry this is a little late.  Don’t forget I will be drawing for the whole week of prizes tomorrow night so get your comment in and link my blog for your chance to win!!!)

Did someone mention that they could use something wonderful?

How about some Whipped Body Butter?

ETSY Shop Sweet Gracie For Me has these beautiful Body Butters.

NEW Pick your own HERBAL scented Whipped Body Butter

Doesn’t that look like ice cream?  What a treat!!!

Here’s there info from their ETSY shop:

Bio
Hello! from Jen and Kaytie

***We are a mother daughter team striving to give you only the best bath and body products, give us a try, leave some feedback, let us know how we are doing***!

If you don’t see a certain fragrance in our listings please let us know and we can try to find the fragrance you are looking for!

We have a bit of a thing for quality bath and body products, so we decided to try our hand at it. We wouldn’t sell you anything we have not used ourselves or are not completely in love with and we have a complete list of ingredients in our profile.

This shop has a namesake, we have a kitty who has seen some very harsh times, he is our Gracie, he is a true inspiration! If you want to know more about him just let us know. He loves the attention!

Any suggestions for a charity just send us a convo for consideration!

Proud Members of Etsy for Animals!

Be sure to stop by and let them know Real World Martha sent you.  I can’t think of a better Christmas present.  Or what about a present to yourself for relazing during the holidays?

Go here to shop:

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5437731

Here’s what to do to enter to win this along with all this weeks prizes:

You will need to answer the question in the comments and post/link my contest on your blogPlease leave me your link that directly shows the post/link for my contest on your blog.  And remember there is only one entry per day.

Question for Week 1 – Tell me something that you do/done, individually or as a family, that really shows it is better to give than to receive.  Do you give food to the food bank every month?  Have you adopted a “grandma or grandpa”?  Tell me about it.

Have a “Relaxing” Day!

WINNER WILL BE PICKED TOMORROW NIGHT SO GET YOUR COMMENTS AND LINKS DONE ASAP!!!