Saturday, January 1, 2011

Janie's Christmas Stocking Final Update

Carly, when contra-dancing, if a little kid gets in your way....take her out! Buh-bam! I'm so proud of you!

Just kidding. But we did have a contra-dance hoedown for New Year's Eve! And I must say, all ninety or so of us non-experienced contra "dancers" did alright. For myself, I know I am more 'contra' than 'dance.' Just picture Rocky Balboa staggering around in the 12th round. Oh, and to all of you whose toes I stepped on, I'm really sorry and I hear broken toes actually heal pretty quickly.

The evening was rounded out by a time of worship songs and an 'out-with-the-old-year-in-with-the-new' challenge from my friend Rob, or as I like to call him by his rapper name, L'il Robby T. It was a good way to round out 2010 for our family: a celebration and worship....just like Janie would have liked.

Speaking of Janie, it's time for
the final update on Janie's Christmas Stocking! When we first started raising the money for the cow, I really, really hoped we'd reach the $500 price tag. Knowing that we could always get a less expensive animal, with high hopes we went ahead and announced the fundraiser for the cow. Well, not only did you contribute enough for the cow, you also donated an additional $1181.50! That's a grand total of $1681.50, far exceeding what I had hoped for! You'll remember that the amount above and beyond the $500 for the cow would go to local families in need, so thank you, thank you, thank you!

I know I have already said it, but this whole thing has been such a blessing to me and such a help in not just surviving the holidays, but in enjoying the holidays. I got to sit down with three people and listen to their stories and hand them money at Christmastime! And actually, some of that grand total came in last night at the contra-dance, so I am adding one more family.

Anyway, Happy New Year and thanks again for your contributions!


  1. Wow! Blessed to be a blessing. How does it feel to be a conduit? A pipe? It seems God's blessings just flow through your family, and I can see you are blessed as well. It sounds weird maybe, but I'm proud of you, of you all. We all can learn a huge lesson about contentment in our circumstances and how to turn hard times on their head from this. I know you still had crummy times, too, I'm sure, but this has got to be the way to go to make it through.
    " I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." Romans 8:18
    To God be the glory for all He is doing in and through you. :)

  2. Guess what? $100 more came in at church this morning! So that brings the total to over $1700!

  3. Wish I could have been there! I would have liked to participate very much! God bless you guys!