I just love when kids are excited about something! Pure joy to my heart. Trevan is so excited today about his Thanksgiving Feast at school. I pray that I feel well enough to get ready and go up to the school to snap a few photos of this special time for him.
The excitement of the Christmas Season has put a little sparkle in their eye too. They tell me of the things that they want Santa to bring them. Not having the comprehension of how much things cost and not knowing that "Santa" uses mom and dad's checking account to "make their wishes come true"; I tried to explain a little bit about Christmas to them. I told them that it was not so much about WHAT Santa could bring. It was more about the celebration of Jesus' Birth. That we were celebrating Jesus' Birthday.
Trevan grew very excited and said matter of fact..."Well FINALLY! We get to meet Jesus at His Birthday Party! We are going to have it at Grandma's!" He then added "You better call Uncle Tony and tell him to make a VERY SPECIAL Cake!"
Kids - gotta love em!
Trenton turns 14 on Black Friday. He has been wearing tattered tennies for months. He did not get new clothes prior to starting school and we could not afford new shoes. A friend sent money and asked me to get him a birthday present. So, last night I took him to get a new pair of shoes.
He was worse than a girl! He could not make up his mind. He tried on 4 pairs at one store, 2 pairs at another then 3 at the last one. He finally decided on a pair. They were on sale so I told him he could buy a T-Shirt to go with his new shoes.
We came home and he laced up the shoes, tried on the shirt and then marched all around the apartment before bed. Stopping many times to admire his new look in the mirror - he had a smile from ear to ear.
Interesting. New shoes. A T-Shirt. Exciting.
When we use to have a nice income and new shoes and new clothes were a regular thing - no one got too excited. Now that money is a rare commodity in this household the "simple necessities" of life bring joy.
You should see how excited they get about a bottle of "AXE Body Wash" made just for men you know! I was able to always keep them in their AXE Body Wash, Deodorant and Body Spray - back in the day. Since finances are so tight - these things are not purchased any longer. Recently I had a coupon and it was on sale so I got them a bottle. You should have seen how happy they were!
You don't know how good you have it - till you 'aint got it any more!!
So, today my son was excited to go to school wearing his new kicks and his new tee. I was happy to see the smile on his face and the spring in his step. He is now dreaming of a new belt and a new hat to complete his look. Perhaps I will be able to make his dream come true...perhaps.
So, on this day, the day before Thanksgiving...I am thankful for good friends. Friends who care enough about my family to see that my kids can get excited about the basics in life. Thank you, Lord for Blessing us so richly with so many good people in our lives!
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.