12 Months of Christmas, August:  "Wow!" Gifts

This month's item is probably the most important gift of the year:  the "WOW" gift.

What is a wow gift you ask?  Think back to Christmas with your kids.  The wow gift is the present your child opened and said, "WOW!".  The one you purposely saved back for last because you knew once they had opened it, the only thing on their mind would be to try out this amazing gift.  That's a wow gift.

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Cleaning Sheep: A Fair Time Devotional | Higdons' Happy Home

This week, while eating lunch with my dad, we watched as the parking lot, and then the lobby of the restaurant we were eating at filled with families taking a break from getting their animals ready for our local, county fair.  As a former 4-Her, I know that during the fair time, few things are as great as air conditioning and a cold drink--except for maybe a Grand Champion ribbon!  Raising animals is hard work all year long, but during the fair there is a lot of extra work to be done!

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This past week we have been incredibly busy!  We've reached that amazing event in summer called "Vacation Bible School"!  This year, I volunteered to help in the craft room by operating a glue gun and running for extra supplies.

It's fun to watch kids come to life as fingerprints are turned into fish and pompoms become sea urchins.  One of the amazing things I've noticed this week is that the fewer directions kids are given for their crafts, the more interesting their crafts become!

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So, if you have been following the 12 Months of Christmas you may remember that back in March I challenged everyone to collect "wearables".  This month I want to bring the wearables back--with a twist!

I have been moved by different posts I've seen from Samaritan's Purse about children showing up to receive a shoebox with worn-out shoes or no shoes at all!  Take a look and see what I mean.

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Let's be honest here for a minute.  I am not a Super Mom.  I do have Super Mom moments, but most of the time I'm just stumbling throught this thing called motherhood and learning as I go.  But today, as I was driving down the road I heard Francesca Battistelli's song, "If We're Honest" and I had a new realization.

In her song she sings, "I'm a mess and so are you.  We've built walls nobody can break through."  Could it be that I'm not the only mom who's just getting by?  Could there really be other imperfect mom's like me?

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Daddy | Higdons' Happy Home

There are all sorts of males in this world. There are great leaders, doctors, teachers, police, fire men, and professionals. They are outstanding in their perspective fields but is that all? It takes a Man to be a DADDY. Most males have the ability to make children but it takes a true man to be a DADDY.

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Mommy, Slow Down | Higdons' Happy Home

Last Mother’s Day, Nichole Nordeman’s “Slow Down” brought tears to the eyes of mothers everywhere—including this mama. I’m not one to try and wish my child to stay little forever, but watching other children passing through stages my daughter will never again see made me tear up a little. Just a little.

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As stores are gearing up for picnic season it's a great time to pick up colorful tableware to send to your Operation Christmas Child.  There are lots of plastic dishes on the shelves with fun colors and characters that would be sure to brighten a child's day!  The list this month is short, but the options are not.  I'll include lots of pictures this month for inspiration!  Here are some of my suggestions:

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Being a parent is hard.  I work outside the home so in the morning I am scrambling to get myself and my daughter fed, dressed and out the door.  Then, after work I pick up my daughter, run home to fix dinner and squeeze in some play time before a bath and bed.  And that's on a slow day!  When I was staying home with baby things were even crazier!  The stress of caring all day for a cranky baby found me standing at the door each evening waiting for my husband to come home so I could hand her off.

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