One of the Most Important Gifts We Can Give Our Children

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One of the greatest gifts in moving to Tennessee has been quickly finding a new church home. We’ve been challenged, inspired, uplifted, and spiritually fed each week through the preaching, as well as being blessed by the people and their warm hospitality and hearts for the Lord.

During the Christmas season, our church has been encouraging families to adopt a theme of “Less Under Our Tree, More For the World.”

While the adults in our church have been encouraged to give and make a difference, I’ve loved the strong emphasis they’ve placed upon encouraging the children to give, too. They have given the kids specific needs and ways that they can help with their coins and dollars.

These specific needs and dollar amounts have been a huge inspiration to our girls and they’ve been spending time doing chores, emptying their piggy banks, counting change, and soliciting donations from us for the special Global Christmas Offering on Sunday.

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Earlier this week, I discovered this sign that they had put in our hallway as a reminder for us all to keep contributing any loose change this week.

As I’ve observed my girls being so passionate about finding ways they can contribute and impact other children around the world, it’s motivated me to look for ways to be more of a giver in my own life.

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And Kathrynne and Kaitlynn’s desire to give is rubbing off on Silas, too.

Last week, I took the kids to the The Greatest Christmas event here in Nashville. Ann Voskamp was one of the main presenters, along with Ellie Holcomb and Amena Brown. This event was sponsored by Compassion, so halfway through, Ann shared about the opportunity to sponsor a child and how it could make such an impact.

When Ann finished sharing, my kids all looked at me, eager to do something about it. I quickly leaned over and reminded our kids about the girls we write notes to/support and the moms & babies we support through our CSP.

I want to be able to regularly write notes to our Compassion girls as I know this is so important to them, so we’ve opted to only sponsor two girls (plus our CSP) so that we could be more faithful about writing to them.

And honestly, I was feeling like that was enough. Or so I had told myself.

But then, 5-year-old Silas looks at me intently and said, “But what about the boys? We need to support the boys, too.”

I was speechless. There was no quick comeback for that plea.

So, I sat there for a moment and then said, “You’re right. We need to do something for the boys, too.”

I hesitated before I responded, “Would you like to pick a boy for us to sponsor?”

His eyes lit up and he excitedly responded “Yes!”

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The next day, Silas and Jesse looked through all the children waiting to be sponsored on Compassion’s site and finally chose 6-year-old Gerald from the DR.

Silas instantly felt a connection to Gerald because they are almost the same age and they both love baseball. Watching his enthusiasm over making a difference in Gerald’s life reminds me that giving our children opportunities to be involved in impacting others’ lives is one of the greatest gifts we can pass on to them.

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We don’t have much figured out as parents — other than that we have so much left to learn! — and every day, we struggle with attitude issues and character issues. There are days when it feels like nothing we are trying to teach or live before them is sticking.

But then there are moments like this past week, when we realize that they are watching and learning. And I’m so grateful for these hearts and their desires and willingness to have less under our tree so we can give more to the world.

If our kids can someday leave home knowing that there are a world of needs around them, that money will never buy happiness, that there is so much fulfillment that comes from giving, and that money is just a tool to be used to change lives, they will be well on their way to living contented, rich lives — no matter their income level or career.

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Cents of Style Boots as low as $19.95 shipped (this weekend only!)

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Through December 21, 2014, Cents of Style is offering 30% off all their boots + free shipping when you use coupon code BOOTDEAL at checkout.

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There are over 25 different styles to choose from and the prices start as low as $19.56 + free shipping!

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Use coupon code BOOTDEAL at checkout to take 30% off the original price on the Cents of Style Boot Collection.

This sale is valid now through December 21, 2014.

Please note: These boots will ship next week, but Christmas delivery is not guaranteed.

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Great Last Minute Gift: $5 Magazine Subscription Sale!

$5 Magazine Sale Image 600Looking for a last-minute gift idea? How about a magazine subscription?

Magazines make such great gifts — not only do they not take up a lot of space in someone’s house, they are a gift that can be enjoyed all year long.

My husband and I love to get a few different magazine subscriptions (His favorite? Outdoor Life. Mine is currently Fast Company.)

Our kids also LOVE magazine subscriptions. I love that it encourages them to read and learn and they love the anticipation of getting a new issue in the mail each month.Why magazine subscriptions make great giftsThis weekend’s magazine sale from DiscountMags is a wonderful opportunity to find something for just about anyone on your list and this sale is full of best selling titles that are all on sale for only $5 each!!

DiscountMags makes it so easy because they even allow you to select and send an e-card to announce your gift:
Card DesignYou can purchase these magazines for yourself, as gifts for others and you can even extend existing subscriptions!

Go here to see all of the magazines in the sale!

Sale ends Sunday night, December 21st, 2014. No coupon codes needed!

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Rite Aid: Deals for the week of December 21-27, 2014


Here are the best Rite Aid deals this week, with thanks to Shannon for her help in compiling them. If you are new to shopping at Rite Aid or have questions about their coupon policy, click here.

Yardley Body Wash, Liquid Hand Soap, or Natural Bar – $1.99
Get $1 UPR
Limit 2
Use $1/1 coupon from the 11/16 SmartSource insert
Free after coupon and UPR

Get $5 UPR when you buy $20

Advil Congestion Relief, 10ct – $5.99
Use $2/1 printable
$3.99 after coupon

Halls Cough Drops, 30ct – 2/$3
Use $1/2 printable
$1 each after coupon

Robitussin, 4oz or 16-20ct, or Dimetapp, 4oz – $5.99
Excludes 4+4oz Value Pack
Use $1/1 printable
Or use $3/2 coupon from the 11/16 RedPlum insert
Submit for $2/1 Ibotta rebate
$2.99 after coupon and Ibotta

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