I am a gift lover – I really enjoy buying/making/giving – it makes me very happy. On the flip side I also love to receive presents. Primarily I give and receive love via words but loving touch and presents also speak of love very loudly to me.
So just right now and for another 21 days!!!! I am feeling (and so are my boys!!!!) very loved by a Miss Leonie Sunshine (x3). Each Saturday I’m going to share the love so you can see the wonderful things I’ve been unwrapping – because if you can’t have the present at least you can enjoy someone else having them right?
Day Two Me
Day Two Boys
I know today is Monday but I wanted to start with the first three days.
Cat is the wonderful Advent Host and she has links on her blog if you want to go and check out other participants.
My Christmas tree is looking so awesome!!!
Also tomorrow for Becoming the Mama I Want to Be – I would love you to post in with any post (you don’t have to have a link in it) of cool stuff you’ve done with your wee ones – any time this year. Multiple links welcome.
Before November disappears entirely I want to make good on my monthly giveaway promise. I have so enjoyed doing these monthly giveaways. I recognise that generosity does not come naturally to me and so I have loved creating intentional opportunities (even if they are small!) to make it a habit.
Every December 1st I give my boys a book about Christmas so that over time we will gather up a large stash of them to read together during December on our lead up to Christmas. A while ago a friend recommended this book to me, I subsequently found a copy second-hand and then I found another one on TradeMe and because I liked it so much I bought the second one so I could give one away!
This book is about a little boy who lives in a caravan park and wants to enter the competition that the council is running for people to decorate their houses for Christmas. Being of meagre means he uses what he has and waits with great anticipation for the judges to come and visit his house (and they don’t)…. what could be such a sad story is in fact a beautiful and uplifting tale. I won’t spoil the ending but I think this is a story anyone could love and enjoy.
It’s also a New Zealand book which makes me very happy. There are so many great children’s books and I’m always thrilled to find New Zealand ones to add to the collection.
Currently it is unavailable on Fishpond, Book Depository, Trade Me and Amazon doesn’t appear to have it at all – so this could be your big chance!! :o)
If you would like to enter to win a second-hand (I know people have mixed feelings about 2nd hand and that’s okay just want you to know so you are informed!!) copy of this book, leave me a comment. Tell me a children’s book you love or a Christmas tradition you have.
I’ll draw the winner on Nov 25th so hopefully I have time to get it to your family before Dec 1st so you can read it during the Christmas build up too.
Because I love the journeys and friendships blogging creates if you want to enter and you follow my blog (any old way) then remind me in your comment and I will enter you twice.
Have a wonderful day
The sisterhood started by Sophie Slim was out in force this weekend with a ninja cookie drop
170 recipients from round NZ received a surprise parcel of baked goodies
Delivered in stealth by over-excited sisterhood members everywhere – or not so stealthly in my case.
I had one of those is this the right house?, I don’t want to leave it in the letterbox in case they don’t check it, where is the right door?…. kind of moments.
In the end I came to the ranch slider with a whole family looking at me on the other side as I checked using mime if I had the right number then I dropped the cookies in full view of them all and ran – no not at all an awkward mr bean type moment……!!!
So much fun though – secret baking missions are the best. I’m sure there will be another one in the future.
Thanks Sophie and the sisterhood for organising such a great, love sharing activity.
Course if you are all disappointed you missed out you can always just do your own for fun – bake, package, drop – make a strangers day.
I was reading this post the other day on the Frugal Kiwi and I thought ‘why not’?
Don’t get me wrong I love my hair and but mainly it has grown to Biblical lengths because I am too lazy to maintain it. Growing up my mama’s attitude was always that we could do whatever we liked to our hair because it would grow back. I pretty much always had long. By the end of high-school I could tuck my hair into the pockets of my jeans.
Today I made an appointment with the delightful Rebecca of Huntsbury Hair (really lovely salon if you live in Chch and really reasonable as well) and with her help I now have 10 inches of hair winging its way to America to be made into a free wig for a person suffering with cancer and hair loss.
I have donated mine to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths programme.
Last year a friend of mine shaved her head to raise money for a friend battling with cancer and I remember thinking how amazing that was – I must say I am too vain for that! But when I heard about this I felt like this was something I absolutely could do.
Unfortunately unless you want payment for your hair there doesn’t seem to be anywhere in NZ you can do it and even if you do donate the recipient doesn’t get the wig free.
SO…..here’s my new do! I am very happy with it and I hope my hair brings someone else encouragement at a difficult time for them.
You only need 8 inches minimum to send… do you have 8 to spare?? Thanks heaps to Frugal Kiwi for the inspiration and for helping me to flex my generosity muscle.
What’s been making you smile this week?
I’ve been loving seeing my boys meet their beautiful little cousin
Watching my big boy’s class assembly
Looking forward to having some lovely Christchurch bloggers over tomorrow night – if you are a Chch blogger and I don’t have you on my list please leave a comment and let me know – we are very inclusive!
and giveaways – my one and this one which is an opportunity to get some beautiful songs from an amazing NZ talent and right on NZ Music Month too! enter them – it makes a blogger every excited to have lots of people entering their giveaways – I promise!!
and getting my first year of blogging back as a hardcover 180 page book! Whoop – cost a bit and took a lot of hours but such a great record of our lives and my creative journey
Pop over and see what other people are grateful for
There is a great saying ‘Act as if what you do makes a difference, it does’ or something like that.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how much our lives, our decisions, our behaviours are linked to others – how in this tangled web of the ‘human family’ we do belong to each other and even more than that: who we are and how we live doesn’t just affect us it affects people who will come after us.
(or maybe I’ve just been watching too much Touch??)
On Tuesday the Unfolding Hope drive to raise money to free people caught in slavery finishes…. and how easy and convenient it would be to pat myself on the back because I did something for someone else and then go back to living however I want to/choose to without regard for others….
Sometimes it feels ‘too hard’ and ‘too exhausting’ to be intentional all.the.time, sometimes I get ‘compassion fatigue’…. and I can’t say I am intentional all the time (in the morning I’m down right selfish….you don’t want to know me before 8am) but if we profess to ‘love others’ with our mouths then maybe our actions might need to line up with that?
So what I’m asking myself and what I’m asking you is ‘how does my life make a difference in the world?’
I want to live my life generously, and I recognise to my shame I am so selfish – with my time, my finances, even in my friendships… I have a long way to go….. but my heart is open and I am willing to exercise this very short and weak generosity muscle and one day…. one day…. it will be strong.
If you would still like to donate to unfolding hope you can find out more about it
For those who have donated – money, promotion, time, goods for prizes, enthusiasm – my sincere, sincere thank you for helping me take another step on my generosity journey – you inspire me, I consider you my personal trainers.
Whether we want to or we could care less we are having an impact constantly –
you know that person you spoke to rudely when they gave you bad service,
that person you smiled at in the elevator,
that child you commented loudly about when they were playing up at the doctor’s
all of them are having some kind of day, some kind of battle, some kind of journey….
We are so attuned to our rights, the kind of service we deserve, the kind of way we want to be treated…..
we quickly speak up about those we disapprove of…. but are we deserving of approval?
We live in a world where women and men and children are sold and traded and abused without mercy, seen only for their capacity to make a profit….
and we look the other way, because it is too hard…..
Would you join with us – unfolding hope – and do your bit to stop looking the other way
Please go now to make a donation via pay pal
If that doesn’t work for you please email me and I will give you an account number for an online payment and I will transfer it on your behalf
There are some amazing prizes to be won……but more than that there are lives to be freed forever….. because of your input. (More info at the top of the page – click on the tabs)
Please donate today. As the link doesn’t seem to work please go here (my blogger blog) and click on the donate button on the right.
Thank you x
Dear Readers – I am asking for your help. I am asking you to journey with me. We live in total privilege in a world that does have enough resources to feed its people….but there are people around the world, 27 million of them, who live in slavery.
Does that embarrass you? Does that totally overwhelm you? Do you feel like you can’t make a difference? Caught between helplessness and guilt?
I have joined with a group of women who are creative, talented and enthusiastic about making lasting change for people. We call ourselves ‘unfolding hope’ and we are raising money to donate to a charity called Free The Slaves – an organisation aiming to eradicate the trade and enslavement of people within our lifetime.
Would you read the pages at the top of this page under “unfolding hope” and would you donate to our efforts? There is a place to donate in the main page. Or visit my new blog address create hope inspire and find the details there.
Thank you so much for your encouragement to me and for allowing me to raise my voice.
Miriam x x
“None of us is truly free while others remain enslaved. The continuing existence of slavery is one of the greatest tragedies facing our global humanity. Today we finally have the means, and increasingly the conviction, to end this scourge and to bring millions of slaves to freedom”
Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa
Free the Slaves International Advisor
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do. – Helen Keller.
Who we are, what we do, how we give – this is our chance to change the world – please join us.
Find more information under ‘Unfolding Hope’ at the top.
One of my goals for this year to be behind some kind of giveaway every month and last week I snuck my Feb giveaway into a BMWB post…..and I think some of you missed it 😉
So here’s the details again! Please do enter if you think you’d get some fun from it.
Wide plastic weave stuff/ fabric? for stitching on, wool for stitching with and a large eye-d needle.
Open until 14th March – happy to post internationally. Especially happy to hear from any little people who would like to win this.
To enter leave a comment telling me a happy adult-child memory you have.
Every comment is an ego boost so don’t leave me hanging here people!