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Holiday Spirit


I do apologize for the sideways photos; silly phone won't rotate the photos! Think of it as a new outlook on life...









Every year, for the past four years, my boyfriend and I go on a shopping spree extravaganza: for Lego's. Well, not only Lego's - Hello Kitty dolls, Xia Xia crabs, super hero's, toy trucks, play doh, arts and crafts and more!
The tradition started with my boyfriend, Fermin: one year he saved up so he could donate a sum of money over seas, in Egypt. Now, every holiday season we look forward to having the opportunity to give children gifts they might not otherwise have to chance to receive.
Honestly, this was all Fermin's idea. I am continuously humbled by his generosity. This year, my mother and sister joined in on the fun!

I know that during this time of the year it's easy to get stressed: we get sick, the family is in town, money may be tight - but I have found that there can be joy in giving: especially when nothing is expected in return. This season I want to encourage us all to give: whether it's being extra patient with the lost driver ahead of us, smiling at the customer in line who can't decide on her coffee, or putting an extra coin in a meter is about to run out.

Happy Holidays!



Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Your boyfriend is so sweet! You are so right - this is the season to be generous and patient.

p.s. Oh yes I think we both should have our pink rooms some day regardless of what the guys think ;)

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle... said...

Excellent post, and excellent suggestions, Amber. I got mad at a [very slow] driver yesterday so I felt bad when I reached the end of your story ;-) You're right. Giving does not have to be spectacular. I will try to remember that. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

aki! said...

That is so amazingly nice of you. You're going to make some kid's day!

Leia said...

This is absolutely incredible! You and your boyfriend are so very very generous. I hope you inspire others to follow your example!


J. said...

Great post! I do need to give just a little...

Vix said...

What a lovely idea! It's way better to give than to receive. You have such a pretty smile, too. x

Tights Lover said...

That is very great of both of you!

It's also a bonus that you get to run around a toy store for a while!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

You are awesome. Your boyfriend is awesome. I need to be more like you during the holidays!

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