December 14, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to give a gift to someone who you wouldn't normally give one to.  We have this sweet eldery couple who lives across the street.  I mentioned them once a while back.  They are in their nineties and they have a basket full of paper airplanes that they fly off their upstairs balcony inside.  
The husband also gets out his remote control car when the boys and I stop over.  So, I planned on giving them an AirHog remote control car - the kind that drives up the walls.  


I think they will have a blast with it.  I went to two different stores to find it, but it wasn't there.  I had to order it online and it still hasn't arrived yet, so I can't tell you how it went.  This is the same couple that lets Rex ride up their stair chair for fun.  They are amazing people.


This week's challenge is to go caroling.  I know this might be a challenge for some.  If you don't like to sing then you can find a different variation.  Maybe you could burn a Christmas mix CD for a friend?  That'll work too :)  I plan on visiting a nursing home with my sister and singing.  Maybe I'll even post a little Christmas song for you guys on here next week.  We'll see.

So, did you give a gift to someone who wasn't on your Christmas list?  I'd love to hear about it.  Thanks for stopping by.

8 comments:

  1. My kids and I moved here this summer, and the people are not nice. At all. In fact I would call most of them the opposite of nice. Even the people in our ward, who you would expect to be nice aren't. But after your challenge I decided that we should give out neighbor gifts anyway. You could tell a lot of them were surprised to find us on at their door because they knew they hadn't treated us very well. We even got a few people who said they were sorry for not being more friendly. Then at church on Sunday, a lot of people talked to us. And for the first time in almost six months someone sat next to me in Relief Society! (when I first moved in I actually had people move to a different seat when I would sit next to them.) And my kids were so happy that people were nice, it made me cry. So thanks for your challenge because without it I would have never put the effort in, and I think it's exactly what we needed.

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  2. Keep up the goodwork Cheri!

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  3. I can't wait for this one! :)

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  4. I decided to bake a loaf of pumpkin ginger bread and take it over to a family in our ward who we haven't gotten along with in the past. They seemed pleasantly surprised and I found myself starting to think a bit differently towards this family. Thank you for the challenge it has really helped!

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  5. No, I haven't done anything for anyone outside of family and friends. *cringe* Thank you for the reminder that Christmas is about giving. I know a few people I could get a gift for...hmmm. Your neighbors sound so sweet too. Merry Christmas!

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  6. Ours happened a bit by accident! We were going to take Snowman Soup to a neighbor who ended up not being home so my three year old and I had to choose someone else. We decided to go across the street to give the Snowman Soup to a lady who has a mailbox that looks like a catfish that my son just LOVES. She gladly accepted it and the next night she left a gift bag full of goodies on our doorstep thanking us for thinking of her. She also let us know that she was saving the soup for her husband who won't be home until Christmas Eve! It was very rewarding. Thanks, Cheri!

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  7. With everything that has been going on, we weren't able to do this one...yet. I plan to make some goodies and give them to the office workers at my daughters' school. They are such nice ladies and have always treated me with kindness and respect. Now...as for the caroling? I'm going to have to think on that one. I sound like a walrus when I sing! :)

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  8. Kind of. We do a "12 Days of Christmas" thing and this is our 3rd year. The idea is to give a gift that relates to the song "The 12 Days of Christmas," one gift for each day, so 12 days. For example you give pears (either canned or fresh) for Day 1. The whole thing is a surprise (they don't know who is doing it).

    We picked a church acquaintance who we don't know very well. We do know that her adult son committed suicide a few years ago so we thought this might be a hard season for her.

    So last night, Day 7, when we made the drop there was a note waiting for us. It said: "I don't know who you are but thank you for living out Christ's love! I can't tell you how much is is helping me get through this season. I look forward to opening my door every morning like a little kid!" Needless to say, my husband and I choked up!

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