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Jennifer E. Thomas
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It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005





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I love my generous hearted kids, okay?

Christmas is here again, and this year we're in decent shape because of careful planning and budgeting through the year.

I've done a lot of the shopping already, got the kids a Wii, for example, and Guitar Hero World Tour, that sort of stuff. Something very nice for Amy which I can't tell y'all because she reads this, but I'll tell you after Christmas.

I still have some small things to buy, as well as all of the stocking stuff.

Got a call from my cousin Melissa today, and she was in tears. This was not a begging call, as she knows our income, and wouldn't ask us for anything. It was a please talk to me and hear my pain call.

Her husband has had to take a small pay cut. Not enough to make them starve, but enough to remove any non-necessities from their budget. Also, there will be no Christmas bonus from his job this year. That's what they always use to buy their three daughters' Christmas gifts.

I looked (mentally) at my budget, and realized we have about $200 we were planning to spend on final gifts and stocking stuffers. I told Melissa we were going to give her that, and she tried to argue with me. I didn't let her.

Tonight I gathered the kids, and I said to them:

"Guys, a family we know is in real money trouble this year, and their kids aren't going to have any Christmas at all."

That's all I HAD to say.

They all piped up, with no prompting that they want us to give the Christmas money to them. These kids don't even know that the majority of our shopping for them is already DONE, guys. As far as the boys know, we haven't done ANY shopping yet. Ian almost made me cry when he said something pretty close to this:

"Give the money for me to that family. THAT will be my Christmas present!" And then he beamed that HUGE Ian smile.

Amy said something similar when I talked to her tonight. And Sean and Evan both volunteered THEIR Christmas money with open hands and open hearts.

I am so proud of my kids that I could burst. They are loving and generous people, and that fills my heart with total and complete joy.

They are the kind of people I like to have in my life.

And don't worry, friends, they'll have fun stuff under the tree. This isn't a "Oh, we gave away our Christmas! HALP!" post. It's a "Me So Proud Of Me Kids! RAWR!" post. :)

Where the hell am I?: the place proud mothers hang out
Borderline symptom of the day: pleasedproud
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:D :D :D :D :D

Did you tell them what you just wrote? (ISTM that it would make a nice present for them too.)

Congratulations! You have managed to teach your children the true meaning of Christmas. You have every right in the world to be very proud of them.

Check out 29gifts.org, if you're not already familiar with it.

It might be something they can try to do collectively. The just is to gift someone every day for 29 days. The gift can be something free, like a card, or poem, or being a good friend and listening. They sound so generous, it might be a good project for them. I need to get back on track and start a new one for me. :)

That's just lovely. Thank you for sharing.

This is what I do for christmas every year now...give to someone else who needs it for the basics of life. Mr Leaf and I have everything we need and a lot of what we want so what better gift than to take the money we'd use buying useless crap to dust around and put it where it can do the most good?

Yay for your kids and knowing to do the right thing!