But equally on the other side of all the joy & fluttering I am balanced by the anxiety of the cost of Christmas. The cost of meeting everyone's expectations & checking things off the list.
And I know I'm not alone because I have heard more TV & radio personalities talking about how to deal with this particular issue. And if I sound really cynical there - well, maybe it's because I guess I do sound that way.
But the truth is that I LOVE giving the right gift - the one thing that will make that person so happy & feel so thought of.
I love to wrap presents.
I love all of those things.
It's the cost that drowns me in those heavy feelings.
That & the crowds.
Well. I am learning that there are ways to be doubly generous during the holidays.
This Christmas when you give a gift you can feel so good that you have been a part of big stories. I keep hearing about people who have wonderful gifts available & they are raising money for great causes - helping women & children rescued from the sex trade & people on the journey to adopt .... and more...I'll update again...but for now, check this out.Gus & Lula - has AWESOME Christmas cards & more.
There are also crazy fun silhouettes!
Another sweet adoptive momma is making Christmas cards as well. Here's a sample of her work & her contact info
Intown Sundries has THE BEST smelling/feeling soaps & wraps them so beautifully. You can read a bit about what they are up to RIGHT HERE IN ATLANTA & check out her etsy shop here
And I'm a pretty big fan of what Emily & her crew are up to in Ethiopia - and I'm also loving this tumbler.
And I've ADORED the pin & shirt I bought from Sewing Seeds Ministry - 100% of the proceeds go to the community in Nicaruagua that is learning how to support their community. Here's a fun little picture of one of their creations in the making. And here's their website - I'm not really sure how to even get your hands on their things...but they are set up through Northside Methodist Church.
OK, that's all for now.....will keep you posted! Happy shopping!!!