November 8, 2005

The Counting of More Blessing. Yes. Just the One.

3) It is Operation Christmas Child week at my church, and we are doing our boxes today. You better BELIEVE I have no problem finding enough shoe boxes. We'll fill them up and take them to the drop off point. . Sam and Maisy do shoeboxes for a kid their own age and sex, and then Scott and I do boxes for teenagers (because they never get enough boxes for teenagers. Even in third world countries, teenagers are hard to shop for) and then we donate five bucks per box so they can ship them. Operation Christmas Child is nutritious for the souls of my overpriviliged little American monsters---they buy things THEY would like and put them in a box for a kid who didn't win the "where to be born" lotto and ended up in some tiny village where TB killed both parents before the kid was old enough to say his own name. As a bonus, it makes me think, "WOW, WHAT A WHINER I AM, letting the fact that I have TOO MUCH TO EAT upset me, and you know, here is some kid who is going to be happy to get a little box full of toothpaste and Lifesavers and art supplies from the dollar store." It's a big fat dose of perspective in my navel-gazing little corner of the Universe.

I have 100 ZILLION more things to be happy about, but the list is going to have to stay MENTAL. Maisy is awake and climbing me like I was a tree, and YOU KNOW WHAT, she usually sleeps until 7:30. HEH. Also, appropos of nothing, I think Maisy needs to launch her own brand of EMOTICONS (E-Maisy-cons??? Nahhhhh...) She has the most expressive little face. Like here is her SURPRISED! Emoticon, and may I say, TAKE THAT McCauley Culkin, you got NUTHIN' on Miss Maisy:


And here is her ANNOYED Emoticon:


And here is her BEYOND annoyed emoticon, which I like to call X-TREME RAGE BABY:


And this is the VERY FACE I am seeing right now, which can also be called her VIPEROUS "QUIT BLOGGING AND ME BREAKFAST" emoticon. So I better go!

Posted by joshilyn at November 8, 2005 6:37 AM

I am the OCC coordinator at my church. VERY worthy cause. My missionary friend in Botswana told me that this summer they passed out boxes. So it is indeed a year-round ministry.

Posted by: Pattie at November 8, 2005 7:30 AM

She is even adorable as a rage baby. Where is the angel Maisy picture? I did give you that one, right??

Posted by: Mir at November 8, 2005 7:43 AM

I would use E-Maisy-cons in my emails! What a beautiful girl -- she looks just like you, Pretty Tulip ;-)

Posted by: Beth at November 8, 2005 7:47 AM

I would subscribe to eMaisycons in a heartbeat!

Posted by: DebR at November 8, 2005 9:03 AM

No. She is TOO BIG. Tell her to quit that, right now. Thanks.

Posted by: Amy-GO at November 8, 2005 10:42 AM

Thank you for the info on OCC. The project is new to me, but it's exactly the kind of thing I was looking for to help teach the same lessons to my daughter, 3. We do an angel tree here at work, but it's not quite the same. I'm going to share the information with some others here at work, too. I'm a new reader to your blog (after reading your book this summer), so thank you for posting the photos of Maisy. I love reading the stories about her and your son.

Posted by: Andrea at November 8, 2005 11:07 AM

They should be called A-Maisy-Cons. I'd like to paste the Anger A-Maisy-Con (safety seat appropriate) on my gas bill.

Operation Christmas Child is a great idea that oft times gets buried among our other moments of giving. Your dollar store ideas are great. I like doing stuff like this with my grandson, at the age of four, I think he understands what we are doing - in his own little four year old way.

It is nice to see people make this a family project. So what do you get for those teenagers? I am always at a loss.

Posted by: Cele at November 8, 2005 11:49 AM

OMG, is she adorable or what. No more baby photos, please, as my baby is four, and ouch, I just want him to be littler again, because I'm not having any more. (Kidding, of course, love seeing your cuties).

I crossposted part of your B4B post to my blog. Thanks!

Posted by: Edgy Mama at November 9, 2005 2:40 PM