Friday, November 21, 2014

Writing On Tables & The OCC Party

Wow, where did this week go yall? It's been a ghost town on this blog...last week and weekend were such a whirlwind that it left zero time to blog. Though I did draft one up on my ipad on the plane. 

But last week I did share about an organization that holds a special place in my heart, Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child. I did get totally behind, though and didn't get a chance to link up with the Beautiful Exchange, like I had shared about.

Kevin and I organized a party with our life group to assemble the boxes. Everyone knows, no party is complete without some good food so we made it a Friendsgiving!

On our facebook event, everyone signed up for what they wanted to bring. No one was up for cooking the turkey. so Kevin and I opted for  picking up some from a BBQ place...yep we had BBQ turkey as part of thanksgiving meal...and it was delicious among all the other fabulous prepared dishes.  I was so full!

Our party was actually held at one of our group member's restaurants, Chik-Fil-A in our local mall. He closed the gate up to the dining section and we made it our own little party room. I so loved sitting at the long table with everyone. We prayed, shared what we were thankful for about our group and laughed, boy did we laugh! Every time we hang out with this wonderful group of people we leave with sore cheeks from all the laughter. I love it.

After eating we all grabbed our box supplies and started putting together our boxes. I had asked for extra supplies from Operation Christmas Child so we had some stickers and bookmarks, and all the labels we could ever need. It was fun to see what other people picked out for their kiddos.

Seeing all the boxes stacked up, prepared with so much love and care just blessed my soul. I adore this organization and I simply love getting to share it with friends and am overjoyed seeing how much they loved it too. 

Box notes: using plastic boxes allows kiddos to keep the box for other needs they might have, such as holding food, or gathering water...also, wrap the inside of your plastic box but don't wrap it shut, OCC checks for the $7 shipping fee and looks through things to make sure it's all good to go.

Our Chik-Fil-A owner had been wanting to find a time for everyone to write Bible verses on the bottom of the dining tables at his restaurant, so once our boxes were assembled we went to it. Tables were constantly being turned upside down with at least two verses written on the bottom of each. It was a pretty fantastic site and I almost took a picture of the bottom of every single table but restrained myself.

And, we really put a lot on our agenda for this get together, we made some snowflakes with encouraging messages on them for a local school. One of the ladies in our group found a way for us to get involved in the community so we jumped on it.  I think we laughed most about paper snowflakes than anything else. It was pretty hysterical watching the competition that ensued about snowflake cutting.

Operation Christmas Child boxes are due THIS WEEK! Don't miss your opportunity to join!

And we waked out to this:

When was the last time you made paper snowflakes?
Ever written verses on the bottom of tables?
Tell me about your Operation Christmas Child box!


  1. what a great idea for a christmas get together with friends :)

  2. OCC is the best! And I love that you know a CFA owner to do it there!

    With surgery this year I didn't get to host a packing party but I did get to go to one our church had last week....and even better, a processing center opened nearby this year so Sean and I get to go twice next month and help the boxes in their next stage! So excited!

  3. What a wonderful evening! I love doing Thanksgiving with friends and it looks like yall had so much fun. Writing under the tables reminds me of when we had a blessings party at my house on the concrete before the floors were installed. Such a great way to pray over a place!

  4. In Germany there is "Weihnachten im Schuhkarton" (Christmas in a shoe box) and I packed a box myself:

    Greetings from around the globe :)

  5. Y'all packed a LOT into that get together! Looked like such a fun and meaningful time. So cool you have a group like that! And Ewww...snow! Lol

  6. aww this is a great way to give back to people in need. and a friendsgiving is a fun way to pre-celebrate thanksgiving too!


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