Last week our family went to the Navajo reservation and spent the week doing service projects to help members of the community and show them the love of Christ. It’s always a great opportunity for family discipleship, and I’ll have a more thought out post later this week.
But, I wanted to give everyone a quick overview of our past week, and also let you know what’s happening on the blog here this week.
All of the kids on the trip spent the week on three primary projects: making Christmas bags, blankets, and organizing the storage shed.
Our end results:
- over 400 gifts made from preschool up to high school (believe me I have a lot of thoughts on this subject, and will be sharing them with you later)
- 20 fleece blankets made for babies, and fleece cut for about 20 more
- storage shed organized and materials to make several more Christmas bags found and organized for the next group
- helped unload 10,000 pounds of food (there’s a video on my instagram profile if you haven’t seen it)
Meanwhile the guys:
- put a roof on the extension of the church building
- stained a deck
- added soffats (what are those?, but they did a lot of work on this)
- did plumbing work
- redid a wall destroyed by water leakage
- built bird coops for a Navajo (I say bird because it was chickens, ducks, PEACOCKS, and geese)
- I think that’s all
These projects were done for a variety of people both in the church and the community in general. One of the coolest moments came on Wednesday night church and the church had a first time visitor they’d been helping for THREE years, rebuilding their house, painting, helping with plumbing work, and they just now visited. It’s a wonderful example of giving with no expectations.
I have so much more I learned this year that I can’t wait to share with you, but it’ll happen next week. You see this week Jeff’s parents have the kids, and so we’re spending the week working on the house. Expect lots of housework projects on Instagram this week as I get a NEW DESK! And we do exciting things like rip out all the weeds in our front garden (I got to see a grass snake move very fast, AND a wolf spider). Also, I’m going to be doing some behind the scenes work on the blog. I want to try playing around with some stuff that I think will make the blog easier to navigate and more helpful to ya’ll. We’ll see.
I’ll be back on Friday with one of my small projects (and a giveaway related to it), so stay tuned to see what’s up.