Sunday, December 12, 2010

How Blessed We Are!!

Whew!! This weekend was a busy one! The church we just started attending has an awesome outreach event for the community called Reverse Christmas. The event includes: a live nativity with real live animals, mainstreet right out of "It's A Wonderful Life", a walk through a plethora of decorated Christmas trees, food for the needy, Santa Claus, Christmas carolers, wrapped gifts for the kiddos, cookies and treats, and a carriage ride with some beautiful horses all for FREE!! That's right, not a dime! Just a donation, if you feel so inclined. It is all put together with donations, volunteers and most of all God's provision. I was in awe by what I saw when I walked into this event. My eyes just welled up when I saw the amount of people standing in line to be registered for the food giveaway. There is so much need out there!! It was very emotional to see the families come out to this event and wait in line for the food that many so desperately needed. The kids eyes would light up when they would see "mainstreet" and all its decoration and of course the baby Jesus in the manger. One woman began to cry with such deep emotion after looking at the nativity scene and thanked us for all we did. To me, that is what CHRISTmas is all about!! Spreading the Good News and helping our fellow brothers and sisters. What a blessing this event provided so many.

The angel is my daughter, Abbi. I think she makes a very cute angel :) They had 2 Llamas, 2 donkeys, pigs, goats, chickens, and bunnies.

This is Santa's factory where all the toys are made. They had a conveyor belt with toys being made and people wrapping gifts in the background. Santa was off to the back listening to all the kiddos requests.

Me and Abbi strolling through the Christmas Trees.

Mainstreet where all the goodies were being passed out.

Abbi with her wings and Shane watching "It's A Wonderful Life" at the movie theatre on mainstreet.

Shane testing out the cookies at the bakery on mainstreet.

Shane and the snowmen.

Shane in the sleigh.
One of my favorite trees. The hat tree.

Abbi and I liked the Teddy Bear Tree.This is what we woke up to this morning and it hasn't stopped yet!! Yeah!!!

It was a very fun, exhausting and emotional weekend. I am very blessed for what I have. May you have a great week.


Momma Bear said...

Right back at ya! Thanks for the follow. Nice pictures. :-)

Cathy Kennedy said...

Thank you for following my blog. I'm returning the favor and am your newest follower. What wonderful fun you must have had! These pictures are priceless. It must be nice to have small children still in your home. Two of our three have already left the nest and our youngest is 16. Where did the years go? Oh well...I still love the Christmas season ever bit as much as when we had wee ones. The spirit of the season is a warm beautiful year long experience in my heart.

Becky Jane said...

I've enjoyed having a look around your blog! You have such beautiful children!
Thanks for following me! I am now following you!
Merry Christmas!

KEHS said...

Thanks for following me. You have a lovely family!
Merry Christmas!

Kimberly said...

what an awe-inspiring and fun event!
thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sofia's Ideas said...

Looks like memories that will last a lifetme! :)

I'm already following you but I'm stopping by through the Swingin' by Sunday Blog Hop. I hope you'll do the same! You can find me @

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Debra said...

I'm following you Shelley, and I'll definitely be back. This is a great post with lovely words and pics to get us all in the true Christmas spirit.
By the way,I have an Abi too - short for Abigail.

monique said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog, I am following you back.

Your daughter made a great angel :)and the teddybear tree is cute.

nic said...

shelley! Thank you for the follow hon! But you just haaave to jump back over to my blog because I just posted my 100 Followers Giveaway! As a new follower you are DEFINITELY welcome to enter! Have a great Tuesday! Your family's Christmas looks so fun already!

Brooke said...

Hi Shelley....enjoying your blog. How are you? Miss seeing you around...where are you all going to church now? Sounds great... Enjoy the snow.... My girls definitely are! :)