I lied and turned down an invitation to someone's home for Thanksgiving.
Why you ask? Because I'm jealous, envious, mad (anger has decreased to being mad) and just tired of being around people with children. When families get together, the men are gathered together watching tv or talking and the women are tending to the children, cooking and talking. Well, I'm so sick of being the only one without children and surrounded by them and talking about them. The conversation goes from how much they've grown to what they will and won't eat to what they are doing that's all so new.
When I got married, all my friends weren't, heck, they still aren't. I hang out with my friends without my husband and when we talk, if and only if it's about guys is when I mention him. I work hard at that. It's a respect thing. I don't know what kind of emotions they carry about not being married. The last thing I want to do is spread it in their faces.
But people with children have a harder time leaving them somewhere else as they can't. And some won't. So I either suffer through hours of child related conversation and watch everyone hold, kiss and cuddle their kids or I stay home. This Thanksgiving, I chose the latter and I didn't regret it!
One day I will be apart of that mom/family group and I will remember and be cognizant of those that can't conceive. I will try my best not to bring my child along to everything as to not unknowingly rub it in their faces.
I am proud to announce that I planned this years Packing Party at my church. Last year was the first year my church packed boxes together. We had many donations of toys, school supplies and toiletries. It was very nice to see how many people were supporting children around the world.
My parents were in town to deliver my childhood things (more on that soon) and they got to see a video of the Operation Christmas Child program at my church. They were moved by why a small donation, and a big prayer can mean a life changing opportunity for a child in this cruel world. They even wanted to participate.
November is a big month in our church. It's mission's month and we many of our missionaries come home to update, teach and show us what they have been doing all year. We also celebrate the different cultures in our church. I feared that adding another project such as OCC, wouldn't fit in this busy month, but the congregation proved me wrong again this year.
Congratulations to my Church for packing 53 shoe boxes this year!
We packed 15 more this year, let's try to double that next year!