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Do you see the puzzle?   4 comments


Have you ever just given up hope on something happening? I mean really thrown in the towel? I recently learned a valuable lesson on why it is important NOT to give up!

I received a lovely handbag from my daughter as a Christmas gift. I will be the first to admit that she has a much nicer collection of purses than do I so I was borrowing one of her’s prior to receiving that gift. (Hmmmm maybe that is why I got that particular present…..but I digress).
The night that I transferred my belonging into the new purse was December 26th. It was a Sunday night. For some unexplained reason I decided to go up and organize all her purses as it was my intention to put the borrowed purse away properly. The Coach brand bags always come with a brown flannel drawstring dust-cover included. It looked like it had been many moons since any purses had been put away in their dust-covers. There was a pile of purses and a pile of dust-covers. Like I said for some unknown reason that night I felt an absolute burning desire to put every last purse away. After all, my daughter had been so kind in both lending her old purse and giving me a new one! I set out to achieve the task and one by one I placed each bag in its proper cover. Then there was one left… one large red Coach bag…and one large brown Coach dust-cover. But wait there was something different about this cover. I ran my hands down the outside edges of the cover as if I were pressing it with my fingers. I paused at the bottom right corner…there seemed to be something sharp in the corner. It poked through the fabric. It was the stud part of an earring…no wait it was two earrings that had been ganged together as to not become separated. I heart raced. Could it be? No! Maybe? I nearly tore the cover getting the earrings out and as I sat and cried looking at the precious symbols of the love I have for my daughter, I re-lived the past nine years since I purchased them…on the occasion of her 21st birthday! In a split second I retraced the sequence of events in my head….
It was mid January 2001. I set out to find her the most exquisite diamond earrings I could afford. They were going to be a very special birthday gift for my only child’s twenty-first birthday. I found them…they were square cut…brilliant… and expensive. With all the checks in the box, I told the salesperson “Wrap it up!”. She loved them and wore them on very special occasions. When we moved to Tennessee from California about 6 years ago, she placed them in her safe jewelry place and there they would stay until the next special occasion. One such time after wearing them, she could not put her hands on them. Needless to say, she was very upset…but knowing me as well as she does, she was reluctant to tell me that they were missing. For those who have read the blog written in memory of Marzi- the dog with nine lives, you might recall that she was fond of eating jewelry! When she finally told me that they could not be located…we assumed that Marzi had eaten them. So we have been working on that assumption for about five years. I was upset as my daughter expected me to be, and yes, I did remind her of the loss occasionally. That is why with the discover of the earrings in the bottom right corner of the dust-cover of the large red Coach bag…..I let out a yell of excitement. I bound down the stairs like a 15-year-old going on her first date! I shared the wonderful news of this discovery…….and what makes this all so much more amazing is this next part!
A few years ago my daughter was between jobs and wanted to pick up a little extra money. She decided to take some of her extra bags to a consignment store. Imagine how bummed out she was when she was told by the clerk “Look you even have the original dust-cover. I’m sure they are authentic but because there are so many knock-offs, we cannot take these bags”. She really did not understand why it was important that the consignment store refuse to buy that large red Coach bag in its original dust-cover. She didn’t see the puzzle pieces but God did. If she had sold the bag for pennies on the dollar, she would have been happy for that moment and sad for life without the special 21st birthday gift. We have moved no less than 5 times since the earrings had gone missing…there were numerous times for them to be lost but that was not part of the plan!

It occurred to me as I wrote this story….Now we both sees all the puzzle pieces and they are in perfect order. I am amazed at how all things work together for the best. God’s plan! We just cannot always see the finished puzzle. Did I finally see this puzzle in it’s completed form? You bet I did…. on the night of December 26, 2010.

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Teach your children the true meaning of Christmas!   4 comments

I know time is short and Christmas is almost here…. but it’s not to late to have a discussion about the TRUE meaning of Christmas with the kids of all ages in your home. It’s really not about the fancy gifts that we give and receive. It’s not about the latest toy that has been plastered on every TV screen out there. It’s not even about the tree or the meal that you will share….It’s about giving back! I have been pondering how to present this information for a few days when I came across a Parent.com article on just this very subject. It takes you through a variety of ideas that viewers wrote in about. Some of the most memorable to me were helping serve in a local soup kitchen and mailing treats to the armed forces. Whatever you decide to do this holiday season to celebrate Christmas, please consider adding a meaningful conversation about giving back. This is especially important with young children who are bombarded with all the images of STUFF! Please help them get outside themselves! They will thank you when they are big enough to know how and why it really matters to do so!

This Christmas is different for many as the economy has not been very kind in 2010. I feel your pain…believe me. That is why our family has decided to scale back this year. We are limiting gifts and focusing on what really matters…. Jesus’ Birthday and giving back. With that in mind we joined with another family and decided to “adopt” a young 14 year old girl and her mother. We collectively made them our focus this year. It was very heartwarming to see the recipient of our gifts open them and cry as she knew that they came from a true place of giving. She would have otherwise had NO Christmas! I am moved even now thinking about her face and what those meager gifts meant to her. No doubt she and her mother felt the true meaning of Christmas. It is about selflessness and generosity. It is about love and sharing. It is a about Jesus.

I recommend that each of you search your hearts and find a way to be a blessing to someone out there who would not otherwise have a Christmas… maybe a soup kitchen, a home for the elderly or a shut-in neighbor. Each of us have the ability to affect someone’s life in a positive way…no matter how small or inexpensive. You never know what it will mean to someone! The double benefit will be that the children in your life will see generousity in action and truly know the meaning of Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and yours. May the peace of Christmas stay in your heart all year long.

Here’s the link to the article I have referenced.

http://www.parents.com/holiday/christmas/gifts/holiday-craft-projects-give-back/

Posted December 22, 2010 by dsgnmom in Uncategorized

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