A couple of years ago, Logan decided that he wanted to ring the Salvation Army bell on his birthday. Since his birthday is around Christmas, it was an easy request to fulfill. I was so pleased that he would want to do something for others on the day we celebrate him. We have been ringing the bell ever since.
This year, we rang the bell for the entire week of Jesus birthday celebrations from 12 – 2. The first day, both kids went with me. After that , we rotated. Why? Because it was the coldest week in Florida in 100 years. I mean, really cold. Before all my cold weather friends come barrelling in to tell me that I don’t know what cold is, it really was cold. The highs were in the teens with a wind that could carry you away.. It was bone chilling cold. My little native Floridian children aren’t used to that kind of cold. That’s why we live in Florida.
Regardless of how cold it was, both children stayed outside and rang their bells. Logan talked my ear off. The awesome part was that he would say ” God bless” to everyone that dropped something in the bucket. He sat on the carts off and on because his core strength is still not great. Good but not great. We are still working on that. Oh well.
Madison probably had the best time. She danced around ringing her bells. She smiled at everyone despite the bitter cold. It was worse for her because she is sooooo skinny. The girl doesn’t have any meat on her bones to keep herself warm. We did have to leave early one day due to her freezing. Her poor little lips were blue so I made the decision to go. She would have stayed the whole time if I had let her.
My heart just explodes when I think of how giving my children are becoming. It is truly humbling to think that God choose me to be their mom. My goal is to make them Spirit filled servants of Christ. I think they did a great job celebrating Jesus today.