a few weeks ago, my good friend posted a blog about giving back. i had been thinking about getting my ducks in a row so we could make shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child this year and her blog got my butt in gear (thanks, friend!). we talked with the kids about what this was, what it meant, and why it was important to give to others. this isn’t a new concept for them, but it always gets a little fuzzy around christmas when they are inundated with questions about what they want for christmas. after our talk, we went shopping for stuff for the shoeboxes. we got home and the kids gave some of their own money to help pay for the stuff in the boxes (husband…somewhere we did something right in this whole parenting thing! phew!). we packed boxes, colored pictures to put inside the boxes, and prayed for the kids who these boxes will eventually get to. then we headed out and dropped them off. this was such a cool experience with our kids because we really got to see that they do understand how incredible giving is and that this world needs more of that attitude. this isn’t to say they weren’t right back at looking through every toy ad they could find, but i do know they’re also excited about what christmas is really about: jesus and love.