Thursday, December 06, 2007
We had the church giving tree presents for a local pregnancy help center stashed in our garage (right in the midst of dead plants - which I wasn't trying to get in the picture - and barricaded by various assundry to keep the dog away) for several days before John and I finally got them checked off (the organizers of the giving tree need us to check the list twice) and packed up in his car (he works near the center) this morning - what an appropriate task to "accidentally" fall on St. Nick's Day! It was only slightly hampered by the 3 degree weather and the pen freezing on me.
I'm absolutely amazed that John was able to fit all of it in his little car.
Oh, and by the way, various people from Church donated (and wrapped) car seats, portable play pens, disposable diapers, snowsuits, etc. for those in need. Signing up the center and delivering the gifts is pretty much the only thing we do for the needy unborn each year (well, nearly every year - last year we missed the sign-up deadline) but it's become a lovely and meaningful part of our Advent.
By the way, for those who are curious, the entire top shelf of the shelving in the background is filled with camping equipment that we received last year for Christmas from John's parents which we haven't managed to use yet (except for the freezer chests, which we've had for years). All of our road trips this year (which comprised most of John's vacation days) brought us to the homes of friends or family and thus saved us the car-space of packing all that equipment. Whaddya do?