Shayne’s Project 365

Blessed To Be A Blessing
January 26, 2010, 9:39 pm
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This year, I decided to participate in the KSBJ Giving Tree for the first time.  The radio station’s listeners could nominate folks they knew who had a need at Christmas.  The needs were posted on the website and others in the community could volunteer to meet those needs.

2009 was a hard year for many people.  We continued to be blessed with good health, good jobs and a steady financial situation.  Every year at Christmas, I hear about the Giving Tree on the radio, but I never felt called to participate until this year.  I looked at the needs, which were many, and narrowed them down to 2 or 3 in our area that captured my heart.  I presented these to Hubby for his consideration, and we ultimately chose a man and his teenage son.  The wife/mother had died several years ago, and the father got laid off this year.  He had recently found a job that paid less than his old job and required a long daily commute, but at least it provided some income.  They had been selling their furniture at garage sales just to put food on the table.  Their needs were basic — clothing and food.

When I contacted Eden, the sweet young woman who nominated the family, she told me that others had stepped up to provide clothing, but that there was still a need for food and basic cleaning supplies.  I agreed that we could provide that.  One big shopping trip to H-E-B later, the back of our SUV was filled with non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, a grocery gift card, and even a couple of Best Buy gift cards as a little something extra. 

Later that day, I drove the items to Eden’s house to drop them off.  I made a point to tell the boys that the house where we were going was only 10 minutes away and very near where I grew up.  I wanted them to understand that people in need are all around us — even close by. 

Eden delivered all the gifts to the family the next day.  She said that in all the years she had known him, she had never seen the dad get emotional, but he was almost in tears over the gifts they had received.  He told her that they had not been able to purchase groceries in several weeks.  Our family has been blessed many times over, and I’m thrilled we were able to share that with one of our neighbors in need this Christmas!


Christmas Candle
December 26, 2009, 1:27 pm
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Continuing with the photos of our Christmas decorations, here is a picture of a candle that currently sits on a table near the staircase.

Tree Lighting
December 13, 2009, 5:23 pm
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We attended our community’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony on December 3rd.  A cold front blew in that day, and it was a windy and cold night!  This is not a great photo at all, but the best one I have from the evening (taken by my mother-in-law).

What’s In Santa’s Bag?
December 13, 2009, 5:20 pm
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I thought it would be fun to take photos of the various Christmas decorations around the house for a week or so.  Here is a Santa that sits in our art niche during the holidays.

The Elf on the Shelf
December 13, 2009, 5:17 pm
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A few years ago, I bought the Elf on the Shelf storybook (with accompanying elf), and we started a new Christmas tradition.  We named our elf Lucas.  On December 1st each year, he appears at our house, freshly arrived from the North Pole.  Each night he flies back to Santa to report on Peter and Jacob’s behavior.  When he returns, he lands in a new place.  So, it’s a game for the kids to find Lucas every morning.  Well, every morning that Mommy and Daddy remember to move him to a new spot.

Geek Tree
December 10, 2009, 9:53 pm
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Peter’s birthday is just a few days before Christmas.  We usually have his party on the 2nd weekend in December.  Since his first birthday, I have made a concerted effort to ensure that his birthday was not lumped in with Christmas.  As part of that effort, I typically do not put up any Christmas decorations at the house until after his party.  In the years when there are 2 weekends between his birthday party and Christmas, this works out fine.  But for the last couple of years, we’ve had only 1 weekend in between, which makes it a bit of a scramble.  I haven’t really been putting up many decorations other than the tree and we’ve all felt like we didn’t really get in the Christmas spirit.

Last year, Peter asked me why we didn’t put up the decorations earlier.  I explained to him that I wanted to make sure that he did not feel that we had trampled over his birthday in the mad rush to Christmas.

This year, Hubby suggested that we put up the tree on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  I asked Peter if this would be ok with him, and he excitedly agreed.  So for 8 years, I’ve been agonizing over the birthday/Christmas dichotomy, and it has apparently all been in vain!

We put up our big tree, as always.  But last year we started a new tradition — the geek tree.  It started when Hubby found a few Star Trek ornaments.  We put them on a small, 3-foot tree, which had been our first Christmas tree when we were dating in law school.  That tree had seen better days, so we purchased a new 4-foot tree on sale.  We bought more Star Trek ornaments and moved some of our Star Wars ornaments over from the big tree.

I loved this shot of the Starship Enterprise, which appears to be flying out from the Christmas tree on its mission to explore strange new worlds and seek out new civilization.

This One Didn’t Make The Cut
November 29, 2009, 10:08 pm
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It’s that time of year — time for the annual Christmas card photo.  This is NOT the one you’ll be seeing on our Christmas card this year.  But letting them goof around for a bit first got them relaxed and produced a cute photo that looks great on our card.  Thanks Sharon at Simply Sassy Paper for turning my cards around so quickly!