Sunday, December 9, 2012

2012 Blog Hop Party: A reflection on giving

The spirit of giving is alive and well. 
Thank you all for how you care for others at Christmas and all throughout the year.

The winner of my drawing was Sherry from the blog "Adventures in Life". Check out her blog here! I hope the fun Christmas package will make it in time for her to put that ornament on her tree!

Best wishes, Blogging Friends.
See you in 2013!

As we prepare to receive more than two children can absorb or should be given (the nature of grandparents, aunts, and very generous family and friends), I am trying to help my children process how we give. 

Above is a photo of my daughter's
"Giving Tree." The ornaments are hand drawn with pictures of the following ways in which our family has given this past year: 

  • A gift box- for all those birthdays we've celebrated
  •  A cross- for our giving at church
  • A "No Cancer" sign- for our donations to organizations
  • A clock- for our gift of time to others
  • A hug- for the most generous thing my children give
  • Tuna Fish- for our donations to Concern for the Hungry and the church food pantry
  • Clothing, hats and mittens- for the Hurricane victims and others
  • Quilts- for my giving (NOTE: See the November 29th blog piece about "The Mitten" and our preschool teachers.)
  • Finally, a blank ornament for the new ways in which we will give in the future.

As for you, my quilting and internet family, I am offering the following as part the Quilting Gallery's  2012 Blog Hop Party Give-Away:

The prize is six fat quarters of Christmas fabric to help replenish your stash and a Woven Snowflake Ornament from Penny Marble Quilt Design.
To enter the drawing please leave me a comment below about your favorite type of giving this holiday season and WHY it is your favorite.
The winner will be announced on Monday, December 17th, 2012 and yes, I will ship internationally.
Special thanks to Michele Foster for the idea, her awesome blog, and the encouragement to continue both our blogging and our giving. 

Merry Christmas
 a very Happy New Year! 

This Quilting Mama
 P.S. My pastor passed this link on to me for those of us who want to give more. It is amazing the power of a sewing machine and all that it can provide. Check it out:
Give the gift of sewing