Hi everyone. Welcome to Friday's Fave Five. Join us as we take time and pause in our busy days, our mundane days, our overwhelmed days and look for the holy. For the blessings of God in our lives.
1. Operation Shoebox 2019 kickoff Sunday was our church's kickoff the the 2019 campaign. It was so much fun putting together the shoeboxes with my ladies group the Tuesday before and reminiscing a bit for them about my trip with OCC in the spring. The kick off went well. The video I chose was very touching and motivating, it makes me cry everytime I see it. I've included it below. I'm so excited to finish packing my boxes. I can envision every distribution I was a part of and the excitement and joy of the gifts, the children's faces as they listened to the gospel story and the parents gratefulness for loving their children. Are you packing a box this year?
2. Voters taking boxes. Monday was voting day in Canada. Our church is a polling station and every time that happens I order some extra boxes so voters can take them, fill them and bring them back. And though this year's election results were a huge disappointment to Albertans in general, the good news about the night was that voters took more than half of our boxes leaving me with about a dozen boxes. I had to go to the Regional Logistics director and ask for more! How exciting and what a great problem to have to solve!
3. Spot on the team. While talking to the Logistics Director, she offered me a few spots on the team she is taking to Calgary to volunteer at the warehouse. This is where shoebox gifts from all across Canada will come and be processed and packaged for shipping to the countries. This is a step in the shoebox journey I haven't done yet. I've always wanted to but have just never got around to it and in recent years it has become a very popular thing. You have to apply and it's really difficult to get a spot. This invite was a huge blessing and opportunity. I can hardly wait. The first time I saw the warehouse, the boxes had not arrived yet from the collections week and they were just getting ready for them. We had stopped there to pick something up for my son going on a "water filter mission trip" with Samaritan's Purse and the lady there gave me a tour of the warehouse. As soon as I walked into that massive place, I burst into tears at just the sheer magnitude of what they do from there. It was overwhelming. I'm sure there will be some tears again when I go to actually work this time. And bonus: one of my daughters and a friend from my small group are going with me.
4. Wonderful stories. I love all sorts of stories but some just get me in the heart with their writing and story telling and subject matter. I just finished a great book that I've had sitting in my pile for years. Don't know what took me so long to get to it but I sure am glad I finally did. Review to come.
5. Laughter with kids. Kids are so funny especially when they don't even try to be. There was few times in dayhome this week that something the kids said or did had me in stitches. Laughter with small children lifts my soul! They are awesome.
What were your favorite blessings from the week?