I know I’ve been absent for a few weeks but I promise I’m still alive! Sometimes a little break is just what the doctor ordered to regroup and recharge your batteries. We’re trying to find a new normal at our new house and with Nick gone back to work and I hope to be in the swing of things soon. You might see a few more sponsored and product posts than usual because they are easier than personal posts for me to write and I’ve been trying to give my brain a little break.
That being said, I do have something that I want to share. We recently had a family Christmas party and my mother in law (Hi Carol!) had the great idea of telling all of you about it in case it might inspire you to do something similar for your family tradition.
Our Tobin family is big, fun, and incredibly generous. We play hard and we love hard and this year we did something a little different than the usual gift exchange between my father in law’s (Hi Bill!) siblings. Each year, the siblings will give a gift to one of their brothers or sisters and their families which is probably pretty standard in a large family. Instead of buying for each other this year, we all decided to take the money that would normally be spent on a gift and we bought food and toiletries to donate to a local food bank in memory of Nick’s grandparents who are responsible for this amazing family. We arranged a big Christmas dinner, pot luck style and all brought items to donate to those who aren’t as fortunate as we are.
We are so very lucky. I don’t ever have to worry about not being able to feed my children. They have warm beds to sleep in and more toys than necessary. If ever we run into trouble, we know that there will be handfuls of family members who will step in without question to help us and we would do the same for them. There are so many people in our community who aren’t as lucky and who need our help.
The people who work at the food bank opened early so that our donations could be dropped off and they were SHOCKED at the 3 truckloads of food and toiletries that were donated by our family. They were so appreciative and said that they would be able to feed and help so many people over the holidays and through the winter.
Since it was such a huge success, we all agree that this will be a new family Christmas tradition! It truly is better to give than to receive and I think that Doug and Verna Tobin would be incredibly proud of the legacy that they have left behind.
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