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 Dec 20 2010 9:13AM
Taking a much needed break to be with family and friends for an entire weekâ€¦so excited to have this time. I will for sure miss you guys, but itâ€™s only once a year we get to see certain friends and family from all over the globe. So sweet...itâ€™s these moments that count the most, little man will only be 2 for so longâ€¦I love to see my families faces light up when they have not seen him all year. Plus he really racks upâ€¦hahaâ€¦that makes mommy happy! Pamper moneyâ€¦yeahhh! Something Iâ€™ve really thought about this year is stepping outside of the box and giving more of meâ€¦meaning, my serviceâ€™s I can offer to others. I would like to rename this Christmas as the â€˜Season of Serviceâ€™ and I hope it catches on! Most everybody I know does not have the funds like they used toâ€¦itâ€™s just a hard year all the way around. Iâ€™m finding myself in that same positionâ€¦trying to stretch every dollar. Not as much bank roll per say. So, Iâ€™ve done what I can with buying presents and have extended my budget as much as possible, but I really think giving part of meâ€¦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 countsâ€¦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 Santaâ€™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. Itâ€™s not a lot, but itâ€™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 â€˜Season of Serviceâ€™ and reach out in anyway you can. Remember, it does not take money to make it happenâ€¦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!