Operation Christmas Child: It Continues!


It Continues!

The giveaway has come to a close (winner announced below), and today is the last day of Operation Christmas Child’s Shoebox National Collection Week 2013.

Two closes in one day.  Wow, sounds familiar!  It’s been quite the year!

Here are a few photos from our Church Family Load ‘Em Up and Drop ‘Em Off Experience:

Joy-filled Help! Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Happy to Help! Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Happy Helpers!  Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Loaded up! Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Our little stack from our little church - Operation Christmas Child Boxes Joining 10,000 more - just in this one truck!  Operation Christmas Child Ridin' in style in the big truck! Operation Christmas Child



Many thanks to …

  • Box Packers of Westside Chapel and Young Life
  • Box Pray-ers
  • Transportation Donators
  • Camel Riders – and other forms of transportation riders
  • Collection Site Workers
  • Count Down Followers
  • Our pastor who opened many emails –> SUBJECT: Operation Christmas Child 
  • Giveaway Sharers
  • Giveaway Enterers

And Speaking of the Giveaway …

The winner is: 

(drumroll for the first winner of the first giveaway at Where Life Meets Homeschooling and Beyond …)

*** Lisa Olivier Galleguillos ***

Congratulations, Lisa!  Remember, you have 48 hours to claim your prize—> Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts.   I just sent you a tweet and an email!


Didn’t Win?

You can still read Sam the Airplane’s journey from a single phone call to a 100 million unique clones of himself by buying Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts.  All royalties go to Operation Christmas Child ministries.  Isn’t that just wonderful?


Get an extra copy for your church library or for Christmas gifts!

Read my book review at Barnes & Noble to get an idea who would like this book.  Maybe it’s you!


Those are the Endings, Sooooo … What Continues?

For starters, the love of God!  His love never ends, and He just keeps on giving.

And for those who hate to say good bye to good thing, Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxing keeps on loving year-round, too.

Because next year is just a year away! 


Looking Ahead to 2014


Give Stocking Stuffers a Shoebox Home

Look for:

  • BOGO’s and KODO’s
  • Wrapping paper sales
  • Post-seasonal sales
  • Multi-packs of socks
  • T-shirts and cotton tops (We found some this year for $1 at Walmart)
  • Year-round coupon deals at Clip With Purpose
  • Dollar store sales
  • Craft store clearance racks


REALITY CHECKIt’s been quite the year at our house.  Some highs, some lows, some laughter, some fears, some transitions (some??), and through it all there’s one thing I learned over and over again:  God desires to walk with us.  Through it all.


Don’t Miss a Stitch!



  1. What great pictures! The kids were so excited!

    (Not to mention me, too!)

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