All the presents have been opened, and we are now happily doing the things we love: playing, napping and blogging.
This Christmas was egg-ceptional in that the kids initial reactions to seeing the Christmas tree this morning were, for the first time, satisfying and rewarding. In years past, I've always found myself a bit saddened that they never seem as thrilled with their surprises as I'd hoped. "Hey, Mom. Look. It's a pink bike."
This year they were great -- thrilled, gleeful, thankful, surprisingly patient. :)
But what I really, really, really want to share is the most incredibly thoughtful, generous and creative gift my kids received from their Granny.
You may have heard of Heifer International, an organization that provides livestock to families in the third world to help improve nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways.
I've been familiar with this incredible organization for years, and have held onto their catalog as a reminder of a great gift to give. I just haven't ever done it yet, for reasons I now know to be silly.
See granny gave my kids the gift of a pig - donated to a poor family in need, and did so in their names. And to mark the gesture, she gave them several pig related gifts so that they could "remember all day the pig present" that they gave to another family in a different part of the world.
I have tears in my eyes (again) as I write this. What an incredible Christmas gift for anyone to receive, but to give it to children, in such a fun and creative way, was absolutely heart-warming. I will have to steal this idea and encourage you to as well!
Their piggy gifts included bacon gummy candy, piggy bath scrubs, piggy booties for a baby doll and piggy banks filled with chocolate coins.
Thank you, Granny Alexis!!! You are the absolute BEST! xoxo