Monday, November 17, 2008

My hands are small I know...

Last Christmas a new family tradition began. thanks to the boy's Gaga.
a World Vision gift catalog, and $25 each to spend however they want, to help someone in need.
goats and chickens, clean water, AIDs relief, blankets, malaria protection, basketballs, soccer balls, and school supplies. how to spend "their money" becomes quite the decision, and one that not taken lightly.
Colten already decided this year on the fishing kit for $40. (he is going in with me, and we are giving our extra $10 to Jack)
Jared has not decided.
and Jack,
well, Jack is debating..... he spent the morning reading out loud the descriptions of each item.
doing his very best to sound out words like
"impoverished", "contaminated", "purification",
"poverty", "adequate", "nutrients",
"opportunity", and "potential"... he thinks he might get animals, but the "bicycle for a girl" caught his eye this morning, as he explained that then "she can't get kidnapped as easily on her way to school"....
this honestly has become one of my favorite parts of the season.
at a time when talk of the economy is great...
it's important to put it into perspective.
we have shelter
we have food
we have heat
we have our health...
and it's important for the boys to know that while some have more...
a great great many have so very much less.

If I could tell the world just one thing
It would be that we're all ok
And not to worry 'cause worry is wasteful
And useless in times like these
I won't be made useless
I won't be idle with despair
I will gather myself around my faith
For light does the darkness most fear
My hands are small, I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
We are never broken
We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's mind
We are God's hands
We are God's hands

-Jewel (Hands)


pakosta said...

yet another reason WHY i KNOW we would get along great! you have so much compassion and it's great to see you passing it on to your lovely boys>
I am going to do this for my girls this year. thank YOU! jack is SO CUTE!

About Me. said...

This is wonderful! Thank you for the link. Just last week we were discussing what we wanted to do for someone in need for Christmas. We usually do the angel tree at church and will again. This project sounds like something my kids will really get into to.
Have a groovy week!

essie said...

so beautiful
so precious
so Mr. Jack...
so very treehouse

I miss yuou more than words
all my love

gabbyfek said...

i adore you, lovebug.
this is amazing.

Jason Ebeling said...

Our family does this too. IN fact, I'll be bringing a similar thing before the church along the lines of the Advent Conspiracy (look it up). Looking at partnering with World Vision and their Hope Houses in Swaziland as a church - adopt the area and actually send people to do mission work where we've invested.

You guys are great.

Sarah said...

This is FANTASTIC!!!!!!
just amazing. inspiring.
love it.
new-ish to your blog too, via one of my bestests-Christy Berkhouse.