I love Christmas! And I love that we finally make our own money so that we can do special things.
I am also a huge believer in "karma"....or in that whatever you reap, you will sow.
We have been keeping our eyes open for chances to donate to a good cause this Christmas and came across a couple of cool stories.
The first is Mike, or Mr. Mike as he is known at my nephew's elementary school. A family friend of ours posted on facebook about this guy and how he was an exceptional janitor at their elementary school--so good at what he does and so cute with the kids. He got diagnosed with cancer and the chemo ruined his teeth. He wasn't able to pay for the dental work so parents at the school were getting together to raise money. Our friend posted it on facebook so we donated what we could and they were able to raise enough to give him a fat check so he could get a new smile for Christmas:
I saw this picture today and it made my heart so happy. True testimony of karma for this guy...and that a life full of small deeds never goes unnoticed. God takes care of things.
Secondly, we have a family that we go to church with that we have come to admire from afar. They have a large family and live far away from their roots, so it's just the mom and dad working hard to provide for their family. Sweetest, and most humble family. We wanted to do something for them but debated about the amount because we ain't rich. Well here's where the story gets cool. One day, Ryan's mom came over to visit after work and tells us that she was telling her co-worker what Ryan does for a living (helps the elderly and handicapped, and he is SO good at it!) His mom's coworker was so touched by it that she went home and told her elderly parents about it. Well, out of the kindness of their hearts, they wrote Ryan a check for a pretty dang good amount of money and on the memo they put: "Thanks for caring." When Ryan's mom handed it to us we were floored, not only because that is an overly generous thing to do just because, but the amount they gave us matched the amount we wanted to give to this family. It was like God had written that check himself or something, saying to us "Thanks for caring."
Such a testimony builder to me.
I don't mean to write this to brag or make us seem like such good people...
because we have a long ways to go.
I just had to write it all down, and tell you that
karma rocks my socks.