Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Giving Back

I would like to do something nice this Christmas.

It has been a shittastic year to say the least but as they say, time heals all.

The pain from the miscarriage and death of my grandmother have lessened with each passing day, and while I will miss them both for as long as I live it's nice not to have that dreadful sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that comes along with SO. MUCH. GRIEF.

I know that even though we've been dealt a lot of crap this year there are still others that are so much less fortunate and I need to get my perspective back about what is actually important during this holiday season.

We have a roof over our heads, we are financially stable, we have vehicles that run and we're healthy...aside from the whole infertility thing.  This is NOT the time to sit around feeling sorry for ourselves because there's others out there that have it SO MUCH WORSE.

It's time to do a little giving to others.

So, I'm asking all of you, what is your favorite charity to give money to or favorite way to give back during the Holiday season?


  1. Yes Jes! Love this! My office just sponsored a family and bought them a bunch of gifts. it was awesome.

  2. I'm so glad the pain is starting to heal...only time does that, it seems. I love that you're thinking of giving back...Toys for Tots?

  3. St Jude children's hospital
    Humane society of America


  4. North Park Mall in Dallas, TX has an angel tree, you pick an angel or two (or 10 if you want) and get the things on the angel. some are kids, some are adults, some have school supplies on them, some have toys on them, some have food on them. Not sure if other malls have those.

    Also, it's always fun to go to a children's hospital and bring gifts. Their faces light up so much, and the parents are so appreciative. Maybe ask around and see if there are groups who do that in your area? We have a group we go with from Dav's old office every year.

  5. Heifer international http://www.heifer.org/
    Your gift goes to buy livestock for needy families who then agree to pass on the offspring to other needy families. It is life changing for them.

  6. Heifer International, local food banks, or Goodwill. Those are my favorites!

  7. just last year, the extended family on my mom's side has forgone our normal gift exchanging and instead adopted several families to buy and wrap presents for. everyone gets together one saturday over my grandpa's house and wraps together. it's turning into a nice tradition!

    glad you're feeling better!

  8. This is an awesome attitude! Being a regular part of the Children's Hospital community here in Phoenix, I always love to hear about people who do something special for the kids who have to stay in the hospital for the holidays. I have a special place in my heart for the NICU families, but the kids who are in isolation because of chemo or some scary disease are also really sad. Even a visit would brighten their day!!