(I had to document this story for my sons to read someday when they are older.)
On the morning of Christmas Eve’s Eve (Wednesday), I decided to take the boys to Wal-Mart to spend some of their Christmas money they had received.
Of course, I had a ton of stuff I needed to get done at home…baking, wrapping, cleaning, etc. But that’s not very easy to do with four boys running around the house.
So I decided to focus on the boys, let the other stuff go, and enjoy the day with them.
We headed off to Wal-Mart and spent an hour in the toy section trying to get the most bang for their bucks. I was proud of myself for being so patient with them, and we really did have fun.
When we left Wal-Mart, the boys began to beg me to go get something to eat. I didn’t have much money, so I said we could go to Wendy’s and eat off the “value” menu. They agreed and off we went.
We shared some burgers and fries as we sat around a big table and talked excitedly about Christmas and Santa’s approaching visit.
I was filled with joy as I looked around the table at the four precious lives that God has blessed me with.
My oldest son, Jonathan, said, “We’ve had a good morning Mom, haven’t we?” Of course I agreed.
He placed his hand on my shoulder and lovingly rubbed my back and said…“You have spent the whole morning doing stuff for us Mom…(then he smiled so sweetly)…let’s do something for you now.”
I looked back at him and smiled, then he said…
“Let’s go to Goodwill!”
I laughed out loud!
Not Macy’s, not the mall, not a great boutique…but Goodwill!
He knows his momma well! I actually agreed that it was a great idea, and we went there after lunch.
It ended up being a great trip, and I found some real goodies.
I found three DVDs that looked brand new for $2.50 a piece. I thought they would be great little extra gifts for the boys at Christmas. (I didn’t let them see me buy them.)
Then I found this adorable little Lowe’s apron for $1.00 that looked brand new too. I got it for my 2 year old for Christmas to go with the tools he was getting from Santa.
He wore it all morning on Christmas day.
Also at the GW, I found this adorable little white soup tureen for $1.50…Merry Christmas to me!
They loved it! Next year, we might put white lights on it with some sports ornaments or something.
Lastly, I found this adorable red tin basket with greenery in it for $2.00. I knew I could use it somewhere.
I played with it for while, putting different decorations in it…
This is my woodland Santa ornament that I made many years ago. Hopefully I will be able to make some more of him, and he will be for sale in my Etsy shop next year.
But my new “find” ended up under my kitchen cabinets on a black tray with faux snow…
I love the contrasting colors.
See why I love going to Goodwill? My boys love it too. They are probably going to kill me one day when they realize that not everyone thinks it’s cool to shop at Goodwill.
But for now…they think I am the coolest Mom ever, especially when I let them pick out a 50 cent toy at Goodwill!
Ahhh….good times…good times….
Have a blessed day!