Even though our family is going through a lot right now we have to maintain some semblance of normalcy. The girls have no idea what has happened. We still have to be parents and put on the happy face they expect. It helps to go on living life even though it feels like life has stopped. In a way I was very happy to go complete my mission by donating the supplies I bought from Walmart to Catholic Charities. It gave my family the snap back into reality we all needed.
People are in need. People need even when you are grieving. Madeline loves receiving presents but rarely do they give. When they see something in a pretty box or all wrapped up they tend to think it's for them. Usually they are correct. This time I wanted Madeline to give the presents. To understand that not everything is for her. Sometimes we have to buy something nice and give it to other people.
Over the past year I've really worked on the concept of sharing with both girls. It always surprises me when she shares with her sister without me asking. Or helps her sister out with getting dressed. Even if we think our children aren't paying attention they really are. It really warms my heart to see Madeline give her sissy a bigger cookie than herself. Natalie too will make sure Madeline doesn't go without. That's how we have to look at the people around us. Even though they aren't related to us, we have to share without being asked. We have to make sure people don't go without.
When my family and I walked into Catholic Charities of Steuben County I immediately noticed it was packed with people to standing room only. There were women and children of all ages and races. This is in my small town.
|This is my area. These are my people. This is what they go through.|
It suddenly made our gift feel both insignificant and awesome all at the same time. What stunned me even more was the fact that some were people I knew. In fact, even in their own downtroddeness they didn't skip a beat in giving their condolences to us about James. They already knew and wanted to convey their sympathies. My point is giving is a beautiful thing. You get way more back in return. Even if you only have a little...it will mean a lot to another person.
Elmer's has created a awesome program for the #BagItForward movement through #Champions4Kids. It's easy to participate and so rewarding. I encourage all of you to help out. I know it's a cheesy saying but children are our future. If you'd like to see more of my my shopping & donating experience please visit my Google+ album. If you'd like to keep up on the latest goings on please visit they links: