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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

My Mail is on Steroids!

Again today my front step was loaded up with boxes of gifts for the wonderful people, youth and children of our church congregation!
My friend Paige in Tennessee had asked me what she and her youth group could do for the Young Women in D.C. I threw out the idea of doing some stocking stuffers for them. She had a special activity where she had her 20 beehives bring items to stuff stockings.
I had no idea the stockings would be as big as my 9 year old!!!and that she would do one for every single young woman in our ward! I just had to take a photo of them on my front door step, they don't even fit in my home!

Annie Kate was so excited to show how large they were. They are full, I mean full of stationery, school supplies, beauty products, cosmetic bags, blankets for each of them - to the Winstead Hill Beehives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - A HUGE Thank you!!!
close up Sally Jane who was in the window watching us pull out the loot!

Then another surprise on my doorstep were CD's for our entire youth! While I know my friend who sent this will be kind of embarrassed that I am sharing this, because they did NOT do this for advertising but how can I not brag about them and many of you will want to buy one of these anyway.
The youth in our Church go to early morning church every single morning at our church buildings across the globe before school, it is called Seminary. It is often at 6:00 am! Every year during seminary they youth ages 14-18 study one book of scripture, New Testament, Old Testament, Book of Mormon and Doctrine Covenants. They have a list of scriptures that they memorize. Our friend Jason has written music to each of these scriptures to help the youth memorize them easier. The amazing thing to me about this is that it is his hobby and a way for him to just share his love of the scriptures and music. You can see the website here It is worth clicking on to hear the cool samplings as soon as the page pops up. (Jason and Jordan please don't be mad at me for bragging about you!! how could i keep this one quiet)



Our basement is totally full getting ready for deliveries this weekend.

It has been so fun for my kids to see so many toys and say, "I want this!" over and over again and then hearing them say, "What bag does this go in? or Who get's this one!"
We have been blessed beyond compare with having the opportunity to have our Christmas be focused on so many others. Thank you everyone who has sent in items and offered to help. We are only the hands wrapping the gifts that have been given by so many friends in our neighborhood and across the country who have gone above and beyond to be so generous.

17 comments:

Mandy said...

wow, the generosity for your church is amazing. You must have a lump in your throat every time you open your door and find those gifts.

Jill said...

Oh my goodness, the bounty of good that keep pouring in is absolutely amazing! Those stockings are unreal, I've never seen anything like them before, and to have them full is great. I'm so excited for your ward!!

Natasha said...

That is so awesome to have friends around the country reach out to help! Now that is what Christmas is about!

mimi said...

Wow!!!

Ashley said...

I love seeing how much generous everyone has been? It's a great reminder about the true meaning of Christmas. Annie Kate looks beautiful in those pictures.

melanie said...

Those stockings are amazing! I can't believe they are as big as AK! Such a blessing for those who receive them, you are blessed to be a part of it. And so are you kids.

Michelle A. said...

I am so excited for the kids in your ward! What a fantastic Christmas for them and for the people who've reached out across states to help! What a great tradition this would be for you to do every year to keep in touch with the the children in this ward -even when your time ends. Great fun and what a good friend you are to them!

Laurie said...

That's really the true Christmas spirit in action. What a great opportunity for your family!

I loved your Christmas card! Great quote, photo, card, and very cool return address label. Thank you!!

Erin said...

Wow, Krist...I am seriously hoping that some of you will rub off on me and that I will be filled with ideas on how to bless those around me. I am amazed that when you are feeling so crappy you are able to do so much! I'm thinking of you and you are still my hero!

RoRo said...

What awesome people there are! I wish I had come up with such a great idea! Those stockings are awesome, how fun for the YW to put together.

I know these people don't do it for advertising but thank you for sharing because that is what gets me in the spirit of Christmas is reading these stories of what people are doing to help your ward out.

Sally Jane is so adorable! I love those pictures, just makes you smile:)

pjmesser said...

Amazing stockings! It's ALL AMAZING.I am so glad you are spreading the Christmas spirit by blogging about it- especially when you are feeling so lousy!

Liz said...

Paige is so great and sooo giving! I love her. How nice for her to do that. Wow!

I am so jealous of the awesome experience that your girls are getting being able to experience that much giving in your own ward. That's incredible! They will most likely look back and remember this as one of their best Christmas's.

Amanda :-) said...

Those stockings are hilarious. That picture of them on your steps looks like the young women are stashed inside them! Haha!

What a good idea to put those scriptures to music. I listened to a couple on that link, and although I'm not really a fan of rock-type music, I found it really catchy. I can see how it would really help the youth to memorize them. He really has put a tremendous amount of work into those compositions for it to be just a 'hobby'! Good luck to him with it.

Jinii said...

You are so amazing and the wonderful generosity of other is amazing! I wish I had knows of the need and sent something to help. I will definately be on the ball next year!

LJ said...

Absolutely incredible! What awesome kindness. (ps. you're never going back to the Kentlands ward.)

Traci said...

Wow! Those stockings are huge. That was such a nice idea. Those YW will be so surprised. I just can wait to hear your post after delivering the packages to all your ward members. What a great feeling that will be! A great learning experience for your family too, like you said.

michelle said...

This is all just so unbelievable. I'm so excited for the members of your ward who will benefit from all of this sharing, but equally excited for your family -- you get to see all of this come together, to feel the gratitude for everyone's help, to anticipate the thrill of the recipients, to focus on others. It's a Christmas miracle! I would just love for my children to experience something like that.