Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Giving Tuesday

Are you tired of hearing about Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc and so on?  Here's is something you can sink your teeth into (at least I know I can)!!  


Did you know?  There are people all over our country giving to others so unselfishly that today I am proud to be a part of this great nation.  People are using social media to spread the word and give ideas and I wanted to get in on the action!

Have you ever had someone pay for your food in the McDonalds drive-thru?  Did you turn around and do it in return for the person behind you?  Such an easy but powerful blessing!

Have you given coats that you have grown out of or don't wear anymore to Coats for the Cold?  Are there people in your community that don't have what you have?  Are there little ones that are going to go without a warm jacket this winter?  Give you coats people, how hard is that?

Do you participate in the shoebox ministry at your church?  Never heard of it?  Follow this link to be a blessing to children around the world that don't know Jesus Christ and may never have a Christmas if it wasn't for you!!

Spare change in your pocket?  Throw it in that big red pot in front of most major stores and support the Salvation Army - it only takes a little pocket change to add up to MAJOR BENEFITS for so many!

Do you know someone that is adopting a child?  Do they have a little person they are praying without ceasing that will soon be a part of their family - Buy a shirt here and here to help support them monetarily in their adoption.

Can you spare a few dollars for Toys for Tots?  Most stores are collecting toys for children in our communities that will go without this Christmas!  Buy one more toy than is already on your list and brighten a little God-Love-It's Christmas!!

Pay someone's parking meter!

Bring someone you work with a Sweat Tea from McDonalds!

Bake cookies for your elderly neighbors!

Send a Christmas card via snail mail and brighten someone's day!

Go Christmas caroling at your local nursing home!

Give a gift card for Starbucks coffee to your crossing guard at your kids' school!

My point is folks, GIVE TO OTHERS!  Isn't that what this season should be about?  You will never know the impact of your blessing on someone else this side of Heaven!  Our God will bless you 100 fold for blessing others so please get involved and let me know what you are doing to promote Giving Tuesday (and everyday)!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

My Christmas List

If anyone sees Chad Cox between now and December 25, can you please tell him I have about three things on my list this year (We usually buy one big thing that we need like a computer or camcorder, One year we bought a present for every letter of our name - that was fun).  This year I want a Pioneer Woman Cookbook, Premier Jewelry Big-Honkin engagement looking ring with matching earings, and a quesadilla maker.  Is that too much to ask for?  Please let him know!

P.S. One weekend away with Chad would be a nice gesture too.  Sans kids.  Ask me how many times we have EVER been without kids in the past 7 years of their lives.  You will be astonished!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Traditions

The Cox Clan is anxious for the upcoming holiday season.  There are so many fun things planned and so many traditions that we love and it just doesn't feel quite like Christmas if we have to leave one out.  Our traditions range from Elf on the Shelf, Christmas Eve service at JCCC, sleeping with our kids on Christmas Eve (Chad with the boys and Molly and I), baby Jesus' birthday party, and many more.  However, probably one of my favorite Christmas traditions is packing our shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child with Samaritan's Purse.  If you have never packed a shoebox for a child in need - YOU ARE MISSING OUT ON A TRUE BLESSING!  Every year our church shows videos of boxes being delivered all over the world and sweet children savoring each item in their box!  I tear up every time and I have vowed that one day I will help deliver those boxes and see those cuties in person as they open their present from someone that doesn't even know them but loves them just the same!

So, if you have never packed a box before, here is how you can get started:
1.  Visit the website
2.  Download and print the labels
3.  Decide on what gender and age range you are going to pack a box for
4.  Head to the Dollar Tree and buy goodies for your box
5.  Wrap your shoebox (or plastic container with a lid), post your label (with gender and age range) on the front, put a rubberband around the box
6.  Find a drop off location, pray over your box and BE BLESSED BECAUSE YOU ARE BLESSING OTHERS!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween 2012

And the unofficial count for Trick-Or-Treaters for 2012 is............
In Knight Wind Subdivision, we love our Halloween festivities including lots of family and friends (including first-timers to the Knight Wind experience: The Cobbles), chili, candy, fog machines, theme music and tons of fun!  Here is a short 2012 recap:

They really are this sweet to each other (MOST of the time).

I know, I know....Mario is shorter than Luigi but as some of my students pointed out: Mario is OLDER than Luigi (Does 16 minutes count on the case of my twins?  The mustaches make the outfit huh?)

Wonder where she gets that post from?  She tickles me to death!!