My heart just hurts for them. I think anyone who has miscarried or had a stillborn child will say it: losing a baby is awful. It's heartbreaking. Especially if it was planned, wanted, and loved. Even IF it wasn't! I know some women who have a surprise baby, struggle with wanting it, lose their baby to a miscarriage, and than mourn like crazy because they realize they did want it after all.
I hope the Duggars will be okay and can find peace.
Today is Bythelbs' birthday! Huzzah! Just had to share.
I volunteered at the school today for their Secret Santa's Workshop. Does your elementary school have this? It's great! The kids can purchase small items from 50 cents up to $10 for the people on their Christmas list. What's even greater is that these kids can purchase them in secret, and they even have self-sealing Christmas bags the kids can take so their presents are all wrapped up when they get home! My kids have already carefully chosen their gifts for each other at the workshop and put them in the tree. I remember we had this when I was a kid --every year my brother, sister, and I would always buy matching mugs for our parents. Why mugs? I have no idea. We must have thought that mugs were cool because they were big and ceramic and breakable. You know, better than a pencil?
I was assigned to the 50 cent table today. Now let me ask you, dear reader, which table do you think a bunch of Kindergartners through sixth graders are going to descend upon when the door opens? I sold everything but one item on the table in less than an hour. I learned they had overnighted everything on the table because they had run out yesterday. It was madness! But soooo much fun. The kids were so happy to be spending money on their family and friends independently of their parents (although the school did send home envelopes so the kids could plan and budget their money in advance with parents' help). And the younger the kids, the cuter they got. They would timidly point to something or hold it up and say, "Can I get this?" And I would say, "Do you have 50 cents?" and some would say "I only have a dollar." Seriously --so cute!
I'll totally volunteer again next year.
Stocking stuffers are done! That's all, though. Still on the list:
*family newsletter to email
*finish all kids' gifts (there's only a few left)
*Gift for my hubby
*Gift for the grandparents, siblings, people we visit teach and home teach
I may cancel neighbor gifts and only give to those who live immediately next door. That's only four houses. I can do that, right?
When I wrote my post yesterday about Santa, I was expecting more of a backlash from people who didn't agree with me. I was wrong. Turns out, 98% of my readers agree with me. It now makes me feel sheepish that I got all bent out of shape --I must have been more upset by the situation than I initially told myself.
December the 9th and no snow. I'm not too upset --I don't love snow --but I still hope we have some for Christmas!