Every year on the first Tuesday of November our church has a holiday boutique that is put on by the women's ministry, Women In Touch. Who is the backbone of Women In Touch you might ask? None other than my wonderful mother in law! She would blush and tell you it's not true, but really, it is. She works hard monthly to coordinate their luncheons, the speakers they have, hand makes hundreds of favors a month to set at the ladies' place settings... she's the real deal. To see this big boutique come together year after year under her direction is pretty inspiring. So many people give of their time and talents to provide home made goodies to sell for the boutique, with all of the proceeds going to missions. They even sell some goods from underground churches we support in China and Vietnam - really incredible!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Round these parts Halloween is pretty fun. It's my Gramps's birthday, so it has always been a celebration. Not into the gory stuff, just a extra fun day to celebrate, dress up and what not. As a kid I loved the dressing up (mostly because that meant I got to wear makeup! and eat candy! and stay up late! all the normally forbidden things when you're 8). Also, if I'm reminiscing about Halloweens of days past I need to include my elementary schools AWESOME carnival, called the Shriek-o-Rama which was soooo much fun - oh, fond, fond memories!! Now, it's just fun to be the grown up in my own home and decorate and prepare for it. Last year was the first year in our house and we were shocked at the number of trick or treaters we had. Apparently, our street is the place to be. And I guess I understand the appeal. It's a cute flat street (in a very hilly little valley) and our neighbors decorate with lights and jack o' lanterns and spider webs. But we didn't feel like celebrating. We had just gotten Gabe's diagnosis and pretty much wanted to keep to ourselves. Handing out candy was the only thing we did. THIS year though, we were prepared and ready to join in the festivities!!