"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." ~ Matthew 5:8

Monday, September 17, 2012

Christmas in September

Hooray! This is the first time blogger loaded in several days. I don't think it will work to share pictures this time, so words will have to suffice.

A question asked nearly every day at my students' house: "When will our boxes come??" They've been eagerly anticpating the arrival of two boxes from friends and family, and today (after a month of waiting), the boxes finally came.

I have never seen anyone (not even my siblings) so excited to receive a package. After making it around the world, it was a miracle the boxes made it safely from the door to the kitchen! While the Pittman kids are blessed with plenty here, there are some things they can't get, and more than that, the knowledge that someone cared enough about them to send the box makes the contents downright precious.

Tearing the packages open eagerly, my three students oohed and ahhed and exclaimed over things as simple as pens and notebooks, a drawing from a friend, post-it notes. There were little toys for each of the kids, and all-American snacks.

It was fun watching them enjoy the box-like a taste of Christmas in September. It was a treat as well to see how the tangible love of brothers and sisters in the Lord encouraged and blessed my friends.

Well, I'm off to spend time with my host "family." Hopefully more about them later!



  1. I can definitely relate to your students :))

  2. Natalie, I'm sure you can. I've already been coming to a much greater understanding of what friends like you experience and the sort of encouragement you could always use. I hope to do a better job about that in the future! By the way, it feels funny to be "so close, yet so far" from you--too bad it isn't easier to see you!
    Kali it was :D