Yesterday was my birthday. It was fun fun fun because we hosted the Mercy Street Staff Christmas party at our house topped off with the most fun white elephant gift exchange EVER.
Trey and I gave our precious peach tree. There was history there and it was hard to part with but the time had come to spread the love.
When we moved into the neighborhood, the precious family that lives across the street were trying to get rid of a five foot artificial peach tree with fuzzy plastic peaches that looked "just ripe for the pickin'". They caught Trey outside and before he could say "I'm allergic to fake peaches", it was ours. One man's trash became another man's housewarming gift. We displayed it upstairs in our bedroom (can I hear it for the romance?) for several years before it was moved to Trey's office. He used it as a visual aid during his fruit of the Spirit lesson. "A bad artificial tree cannot bear anything that even looks remotely close to the real thing."
We were giddy because it could have been the very best white elephant gift ever. It could have been until someone who will remain nameless brought the Jesus action figure complete with little fishes and loaves.
It was terrible and violated the 2nd Commandment unlike anything I had ever seen. But look at the delight in these faces. Who could compete with that?
Certainly not our precious peach tree.
Trey and I won this. It lights up. SCORE!
And for my birthday, I got my favorite thing; homemade cards from my kids.
Olivia's gave me pause.
Front: "Mom, why do you always drink"
Wha? What? Omygosh! WHAT DOES IT SAY? Is that CPS I hear knocking on my door?
Mom, why are beads of sweat gathering on your forehead?
Inside: Picture of Diet Coke "Well then have diet coke cake! I heart you MOM"
WWWWHEW! THAT WAS A CLOSE ONE!
It was such a fun way to celebrate! The peeps at Mercy Street are absolutely the best of the best. We count it all joy to serve this community alongside each of them and are beyond blessed to call them friends.
And my kids rock!