Last year we were waiting on our first adoption to Ethiopia. Money was tight. I prayed and ask God how we could make this Christmas special. We didn't have a lot of money to spend and explained that beside a stocking for each, that there would be only one other gift. Everyone agreed that this would be fine.
Enter Holy Spirit. Enter a vision given to the Mama. Enter words spoken from heaven...
"Save toilet paper tubes."
This was right before Thanksgiving. I asked my closest friends to save toilet paper tubes for me...in anticipation of the vision for Christmas. By the week before Christmas we were up to our eyeballs in toilet paper tubes that needed to be stuffed with our letters and adorned in paper and ribbon.
Each tube would be filled with a hand written love letter to each person in the family. A letter of love, of encouragement, of hope and of edification.
We worked hard through the month in our homeschool, writing, drawing and later wrapping each of the 8 letters each had created.
There was 8; as we were expecting another to be joining us shortly. Everyone had words to speak to our sweet coming babe...this year we will be reading those to her...along with her new ones.
Each person gets a pile of tubes from each of us. Wrapped in a beautiful paper, that is just for them. This year there will be 9 ...unless in the next few days, God makes it clear that 2 will be coming home from Ethiopia!
We are enjoying our love letters and words of prophecy given to each other.
Maybe you'd like to do this too...
We sat in the quiet of Christmas evening,
reading, laughing, crying and thanking God
for sharing with us from heaven this special blessing.
We are so thankful!