I don’t know about all of you, but Holidays leave me feeling full.
Full from the food (I’m a Southern girl and us Southern folks know how to throw some food on the table when the holidays roll around)… Full from the laughter…Full from the joy and excitement that comes with this time of year.
Having children makes the holiday season just a little bit more fun than I remember it ever being before. I mean sure, I love all of the lights and the trees and candy and the cooler weather. But more than anything I love to give.
I think that’s why I’ve always been one to splurge on everyone except myself. I find a great sense of joy and peace when I’m buying or making gifts for those that I love. When I find that perfect present that I just know that they’ll get all giddy over, there’s a sense of excitement that doesn’t come when I buy things for myself.
Stocking stuffers are my speciality.
Ask anyone (most notably my husband) and they’ll tell you the same. I love stuffing stockings. I spend more time on filling those little socks than I do on gifts. Finding something small enough to fit inside, but still worthy enough to pay for (if you don’t make it) without it becoming just another thing you throw down and forget about when the holidays end. It’s like Twitter for Christmas gifts…all kinds of limited in what you can fit, but important enough to make it count.
When we decided that we were adopting, we knew that baby #3 wouldn’t be with us this Christmas. Noah, however, was insistent that we hang a stocking for our new baby. When he looks at our embroidered stockings hanging on our mantle, he’s sure to point out, “Daddy, Mommy, New Baby, Noah and Jonah.”
New Baby has a name already, but since we don’t know it new baby will be a he or a she just yet, we’ll keep that under wraps for now.
While we can’t buy “new baby” toys and candy, I thought it would be fun to stuff the baby’s stocking anyway.
With letters of love to let this baby know how much he/she is already loved.
We have no idea at all who this baby is, who his/her birth mother is, or if they are even conceived yet.
What we do know is that this baby is loved.
This baby is prayed for.
And this baby is part of our family.
We’re planning to include these letters in a special scrapbook and we would love for you to be a part of it! Monetary donations with your letter are absolutely welcome (and much appreciated) but not necessary. We believe that the power of prayer changes everything.
Would you come alongside of us and pray over this baby with us as we stuff his or her stocking full of love and prayers?
Now through December 25, we are accepting letters of love and prayer for our new little one! We plan to fill his or her stocking with notes from our friends and family all over the world who are praying with us on this journey. If you’d like to send a letter of love, please use the contact form to let me know and I’ll send you our mailing address!
We are in full on fundraising mode and have a goal of raising $2500 by the end of December to help pay for the expenses of our first initial payment toward our overall total of $28,000. If you aren’t able to give just a monetary donation, you can read more about how you can contribute and help here! Every amount counts and we are so grateful for your support!