Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Your Input

Hello everyone, now is your chance to tell me what you think. I shared in my previous post that we are trying to really keep the present giving and receiving in perspective. To spend less and give more. Does that make sense? Nobody "needs" to be smothered in gifts at Christmas to make it special and our family is no exception. I mean what if we all sepnt less and gave more of our time, resources and energy to eternal things? Man oh man wouldnt that speak volumes to the world around us! So every year I have this really cool wood advent house I set up and everyday the girls open it to find little candies, scripture, or coupons for dates with mom and dad; things like that. This year I want to make it 25 days of service to our neighbors. Take the trash cans in, grab the mail, rake up leaves etc. Can you guys give me some ideas that would bless you if you were our neighbors. Please keep in mind that we are pretty close and friendly with most all of our neighbors so it can be more than the average surface thing. I know God will bless our entire family and grow us through this and I pray it will minister to others in a way that we don't even know yet. Come on Bloggers I need 25 ideas!! Have a gret weekend.
(p.s. if you are one of my neighbors reading this you do NOT get to put in your two cents! he,hee!)


Rhonda said...

Great idea! I will try to think of ideas that you kids could actually do and email you.
Do your neighbors have dogs that the girls could walk or clean up after?

Christine said...

Take them some cookies. Offer to gorcery shop for them.

Jessica said...

I love it! Cute idea :) Here are a few things that come to mind:

-The first was clean up after a dog, but Rhonda suggested that already :)
-if they have cats change the litterbox
-sweep their walkways
-pull weeds
-plant a few seasonal flowers in their front pots/flower beds
-make them a card

Hope that helps!

Crystal said...

Here are a few ideas:

-bake something (YES christine!)
-offer the parents a date night (or afternoon) and their kids could come over and play with yours
-dust their mini-blinds (i would kiss you)
-pick a garden bouquet & deliver it with a sweet note
-bake something (oh, did i already say that?;)

Kelly said...

I love this! What a wonderful idea. I was thinking:

- make those cute single serving "ice cream cone hot chocolate" bags.
- fill a Christmas stocking with candy
- rake their leaves
- make a big batch of party mix to share
- take them a pancake breakfast

Oh I just love this idea. We will
have to do some of these things for our neighbors.

Christy said...

LOVING the ideas! Please keep them coming. So far I plan on using all these great ideas. I came up with another one yesterday while sitting in worship; I am going to do a prayer walk where we walk around the neighborhood and in front of each house to pray for the family.

The Tolberts said...

Found your blog off Leslie's...I dont have any good ideas that haven't already been mentioned but wanted to say your "Prayer Walk" is such a good idea!

The Keilers said...

Yes prayer walk is awesome! And you could even include another one about praying for our president. praying for our troops. praying for grandparents. etc. that way it's something that you can do right there on the spot and then you'll have time to get to the other stuff that takes more time.

Eileen said...

What a great idea! How about make them wrapping paper? I did that two times with my kids... spread out giant sheets of white butcher paper and had the kids do handprints in green and red. Then one year I just gave them paint brushes and paint and let them go at it, throwing the paint on the paper. If you have their kids over, it could be paper with their kid's handprints on it. Did anyone say wash their car? Washing windows? How about cookie ingredients (or soup) with recipe in a pretty bag?

littlecbsmom said...

I got back on to leave some ideas and wouldn't you know it they are all here already! Of course if you were here in Oregon, raking leaves would take on a whole new level of commitment! Good luck with your project, you have some lucky neighbors and I know you and the girls will be even more blessed than them!

Erica said...

These are some great ideas. Every idea I had is up here already. If I can think of any more I will let you know. Good luck!

Diana said...

What an awesome idea! Most of the things I was thinking of were already here. I don't know if anyone mentioned walking dogs. I would love it if someone would take our cans out to the curb for pick up, because we ALWAYS forget!