I Tried…and Sometimes That is Good Enough


Most of you have probably heard of Operation Christmas Child.  Well our church is participating and our children’s ministry is doing a big emphasis on it with our kids.  Elle came home from church on Sunday with her shoebox and was on a mission to rummage through her bedroom to find things to donate to a child in St Louis.  Well…the heart was in the right place but she got the details a little mixed up.

This afternoon I was telling her more about the program & how we will go shopping tomorrow and buy gifts for a child in a different county.  We talked about how blessed we are to live where we live, to have a warm home filled with toys, food and clothes.  The conversation was good…but it quickly went down hill.

I was specifically talking about how the gifts will to go kids in other countries and she insisted that HER gift go to a girl in Antarctica.  Sigh.  So I shift to gears and started in on a geography lesson talking about how it’s too cold for people to live in Antarctica.  Yada, yada, yada…  Then she interrupts with this gem of information, “I’m wearing 2 pairs of panties!”  What?  1.  What in the world made you think about that at this moment.  2.  Why are you wearing 2 pairs of underwear?

Sometimes I really try hard to take my parenting out of survival mode…and sometimes I get nowhere.


7 Responses to “I Tried…and Sometimes That is Good Enough”

  1. Ron Says:

    did you ever find out why she had two pair of panties on? this story leaves me hanging. Scott use to go commando. So is she like the “Anti-Scott?” “Bizarro-Scott?”

  2. Nicole Says:

    i love elle. so much.

    and remind me to tell you how joyous that family trip to target to fill our shoebox was. sigh.

  3. illinigirl Says:

    Cracks. Me. Up. 🙂

  4. tiffanynevil Says:

    You guys are way nice that you have your kids help you with that. I do it and tell them about it and then send it away! I’m sure when they’re grown they will have no idea that we ever did this stuff solely because I wasn’t willing to go through it with them. I’m mean. 😉

  5. jimmah Says:

    wow… i am slow to read this. this story reminds me of ALL the reasons i miss that girl.

  6. Aimee @ everydayepistle.com Says:

    been there and still live there many days. you’d be surprised what sticks that you don’t think they get. I’ve been pleasantly floored on more than one occasion with my T remembers when I was convinced he was not following me…

  7. Rodney Southern Says:

    Found you via Aimee over at Everyday Epistle and subscribed and linked to your blog.. Love your blog and looking forward to future posts. Come visit me sometime at RodneySouthernSays if you get the chance!

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