The Spirit of Giving, a Christmas purse

Just in case you did not see this on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog
yesterday I wanted to post it here. I have step by step instructions on the
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog if you want to check it out- there are
some tips on using the products on different surfaces!
The papers are from Creative Imaginations (most of them were white!)
and looking at this project I am reminded of a story and the Christmas Love Campaign.
Creating something for someone else to brighten their day!

The Spirit of giving.

Years ago when the kids were babies I was having one of those days.
Kids were fussy, too much to do, not enough time, feeling rushed and pressured.
This was before the little ones were diagnosed and believe me, there were some
really hard days! But we moms know there are still things that have to get done whether
or not the little darlings are cooperating. This was one of those days. 
I had already dropped two kiddos at school and had two babies
in the car all I had to do was run into Target - should have been quick and simple right?
But no, babies were screaming at the top of their lungs - at this time I had one that
always screamed whenever he was on his back (and these were car seat days)-
because he was screaming, he would get the other ones screaming as well.
To top it off the parking lot was packed and drivers were being rude and inconsiderate.
( I try to avoid shopping altogether the month of December- people get crazy out there!)
 I was driving in circles ready to give up and go home
because I could not find a space and the kids were still screaming
(my nerves were shot!) I finally spotted a parking space!

Right next to a big 'ol Suburban.
I totally misjudged and hit the Suburban!
This lady is watching me; she starts yelling at me (her words were not lady like at all)
 and I am flipping out. So I parked anyway, I am trying to figure out what to do,
I put my kids in a shopping cart and was just hanging out in the Target parking lot!
I am waiting for the people that own the Suburban to come out.
I waited over an hour - the kids are a mess, I am a mess, my car is a mess
and the Suburban was a mess. The people didn't come out and
I had to get back to school to pick up kids. So I decided to leave a note with
an apology, explaining that I couldn't wait any longer and left my number.

I was so sick to my stomach thinking- what if something happens to the note
and somebody reports me or something for leaving? The lady yelling at
me when it happened left - I thought for sure she was going to come back with
security or something but she never did, but now I had to wait. 

I didn't get a phone call until that night.
She was SO NICE. She couldn' t believe I even left a note- 
 of course I would leave a note, I felt horrible about leaving!

 I don't even know how but she told me about how her life was crazy right now and they
had an only child and they were trying to adopt and going all these things
(that we had already been through)- I told her that we had adopted; she was so excited to
talk to someone about it because they didn't know anyone who had adopted. She said
this must have been orchestrated by God; that I hit her car so we could meet!
We laughed. I told her I would take care of whatever to fix her car she said
she would talk to her husband about it. I was relieved but nervous
because I knew it would be very expensive to fix.

She called me back after she had talked to her husband about it and they
decided not to let us pay for their car. I was floored- I did it,
 I was wrong and willing to pay for my actions.
But they showed me GRACE- totally undeserving - grace.
They didn't even know me.

Fast Forward
We did meet in person- several times in fact to talk about
kids, adoption, family. She is a beautiful lady inside and out. They ended
up adopting several kids- all gorgeous. She never fixed the car- she said
it reminded her of how God meant for that to happen so she couldn't fix it,
she said it made her smile every time she saw it.
Isn't that something?

So in the hustle and bustle of Christmas- remember somebody in that other car could be
someone like me that is completely stressed out and maybe a little kindness
is what he or she needs this holiday season.
A little grace.
A little forgiveness?
It costs you nothing but you will receive so much in return.

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft
Green Tea & Lavender & Gelatos™, Metallic PITT® Artist Pen, White Pen, Stamper’s Big Brush Pen, PITT® Artist Pen

Creative Imaginations
Luminarte Twinkling H20's Holiday Sparkle, Alphas, Die Cut Shapes, Exisetencil expressions,
Papers, Pearls, chipboard purse.

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