Hi it's Carmen! Since I don't always get to say everything I want on the show, here's where I can finish my thoughts without Sean and Skip butting in!
by Carmen Brown,posted Nov 2 2011 1:32PM
Taking a much needed break to be with family and friends for an entire week…so excited to have this time. I will for sure miss you guys, but it’s only once a year we get to see certain friends and family from all over the globe. So sweet...it’s these moments that count the most, little man will only be 2 for so long…I love to see my families faces light up when they have not seen him all year. Plus he really racks up…haha…that makes mommy happy! Pamper money…yeahhh! Something I’ve really thought about this year is stepping outside of the box and giving more of me…meaning, my service’s I can offer to others. I would like to rename this Christmas as the ‘Season of Service’ and I hope it catches on! Most everybody I know does not have the funds like they used to…it’s just a hard year all the way around. I’m finding myself in that same position…trying to stretch every dollar. Not as much bank roll per say. So, I’ve done what I can with buying presents and have extended my budget as much as possible, but I really think giving part of me…my hands and love for others will be the biggest gift I can give. On my time off, I plan on doing 2 things. The first is to donate my time to a local soup kitchen. Even if it is one shift, it is so important to help take care of our community. Remember, every bit counts…even if it is only for an hour, you can help somewhere somehow. Second, a friend and I have chosen a family that is in real need of Santa’s help this year. They are struggling with bills, food, and Christmas gifts for their children. Our main concern is to help them put a warm meal on the table and share that special time on Christmas day. So we are getting a grocery store gift card and made a couple of stockings filled with goodies they can use. It’s not a lot, but it’s what we can do with what we have. It will be a surprise this week that I am looking forward to giving! So, I encourage others to take the lead in ‘Season of Service’ and reach out in anyway you can. Remember, it does not take money to make it happen…you can reach out in so many ways. Have a wonderful, beautiful Christmas filled with love and the blessings of Jesus Christ. Make it a good one!