Christmas in a Box
What do you do when your oldest kid leaves for six months, and isn’t going to be around for Christmas? And especially if she’s in Australia?
You put Christmas in a box!
Katherine left on September 7 for Australia, for YWAM Wollongong, where she is part of the Mercy DTS (Discipleship Training School). For the first three months she is studying with her team on all kinds of amazing topics – like post secondary education. After the study part, they will go as a team to another country and participate in a “mercy” project – that is doing something to help people in that part of the world. It has been, and will continue to be a life changing experience for her.
Although we have opportunities to iMessage and FaceTime and Skype with her frequently, we won’t get to see her in person until the end of February! Wow! What a long time! Hard to believe almost two months have gone by already!
So since she’s not going to be around for Christmas, we’re putting some gifts in a box and sending them on their way to her! Rhonda spent a number of hours putting together some simple gifts for the rest of Katherine’s team, and some “advent” presents – one for each day of December, for Katherine. So she’ll have Christmas every day!
Of course it’s weird doing all of this work in October, but with the distance this package has to go – it’s got to be done!
Merry Christmas in October, and we hope that Katherine and her team will enjoy a small bit of Christmas gifts from our family, even if they are on the other side of the world!
Here are the “advent gifts” for Katherine. Each one chosen by her Mom, mostly wrapped by her Dad (that’s me). And of course my incredible writing skills are evidenced by each number! One for each day leading up to Christmas!
Of course we can’t just send something to Katherine, so we’ve put a few things in for the rest of the team! (Notice the Coconut M & M’s – specially picked up in Seattle – why can’t we get these in Alberta?!!)
Add in the rest of the gifts – oops – too big – shipping costs are higher with a bigger box, not necessarily a heavier box. Let’s go look for a smaller one!
Found a smaller box, everything fits!
Wrapped up, and ready to go! Next stop – Australia!