I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.


unwrapping 29 gifts

Today, I’d like to talk about a literal gift.

I saw this cute little DIY s’more gift here and knew I had to give them away this Christmas.  At first, I thought I’d give them to a handful of friends …

But then a friend gave me a fabulous book as a gift.  29 Gifts: how a month of giving can change your life.

And wait … let me back up even a little further.  Before I received the book … a different friend sent me a link to this Today Show clip:

I was so intrigued after seeing that clip.  And couldn’t wait to get the book to read.

But before I had a chance to pick it up, my friend, Roxane, sent it to me with the most beautiful inscription inside that meant the world to me.

Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.  And not only could I not put it down … I wanted everyone I know to read it too.  And heck … a portion of the sales goes to MS research!  Can’t go wrong with that!

What I decided to do was give the book to the ladies in my bible study group, as well as the s’more goodie.  I did do that … but also gave them as teachers gifts this year too {along with this and our traditional Barnes & Noble gift card}.

And so far, two teachers have caught me and told me how incredible the book has been so far.

So on to the cute tower of yumminess I put together.  And let me state once again … I don’t have extra time on my hands for these things {honest!}.  I’m just extremely motivated by the end results and push my way through it.

Oh!  And I put a bookmark together too.  While I love the premise of giving in the book … I feel it promotes more of a karma, what-comes-around-goes-around kind of approach.  And not that there’s anything wrong with that.  I’d rather you give than not give …

It’s just that I believe giving goes further than that.  I believe God blesses those that bless others.  I think there’s something more intentional going on than just a “karma thing” … I believe it’s a “God thing.”

And the cute little tower of sweets above?  Super cute when it’s just one, huh?  But 25!?!  Yikers, what was I thinking?  Here’s part of my assembly line …

My hope is that y’all will run out and grab the book.  And consider gifting it to someone else … both to learn more about MS and the absolute strangeness of this disease, but also to learn about how taking your mind off your own circumstances … frankly put, stop feeling sorry for yourself … can change your life both emotionally and as Cami proves, physically.

When I gave the gift to the  bible study ladies, someone asked me the question, “Have you learned anything reading the book?”  I thought a moment and replied, “for me … it’s just really confirmed to me that I need to continue doing what I’m doing … not feeling sorry for myself and not focusing on my illness.”

I hope this inspires you to do the same … and spread the word!!

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6 Responses to “unwrapping 29 gifts”

  1. Marmalade says:

    Off to check out the book. TY for sharing, Tracy. LOVE the s’mores idea, FABULOUS.

    You are such a wonderful soul.

  2. Amy T says:

    I’m going to buy this book today… thanks for the inspiration. Even though we are struggling this holiday season, I’m trying my darndest to instill a sense of giving in my daughter… We served food at a local soup kitchen, and are planning on doing visits at some of the nursing homes in the area as well. It goes to show – even when you don’t have monetary gifts to give, giving of yourself means so much more!

  3. Thank you so very much for sharing such a FANTASTICALLY beautiful idea. I can not wait to get a copy!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Michelle S. says:

    Tracie, I just love your blog. You’re making the world a better place with it! You’re so cute with the smore gifts too. Thanks for the book suggestion. Great idea. Have a great holiday!

  5. amber says:

    Oh how awesome, I need to get that. Your tower of smores looks yummy and what a fun gift.

  6. Cathy says:

    I’m off to B&N right.now. to check this book out–it sounds incredible! Such powerful words—-that in the midst of our own upheaval, we have so much to give to others. Oh, and the T&T smores are adorable! Santa’s workshop has been VERY busy lately. :)

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