We made our 4th (can you believe it?) annual trip to the NICU to bring the babies and their families a Christmas gift. This year there was a whopping 16 babies so my work was cut out for me. This is probably the thing that I get most excited about at Christmas time. It's great shopping for our families, but I love being able to give gifts to these precious families who have no idea it's coming. And since we are celebrating Jesus's birthday, it's only fitting that we give Him a gift. It says in Matthew 25:34-40 that when we clothe, feed, and care for the least of his brothers, we do it for Him. I hope that it is something that Hannah, Kate, and Reagan use to remember that Christmas is really about Jesus.
This year, each family received a stocking decorated with foam craft stickers, some preemie clothing, a letter from us, a New Testament, a Babies R Us gift card,a little Christmas ornament, and a NICU support group flyer. Yes, you heard me right. I am starting a NICU support group! The butterflies are turning in my stomach as I type. The idea was planted in my mind many months ago and I feel like God has been cultivating that seed. Through much watering by the Holy Spirit, I am taking the final steps of obedience. I have no idea what to expect, but I just know that the need is there and people need to hear the hope of Jesus Christ! Our first meeting will be in a couple of weeks so I have a lot to get done.
P.S. Thank you so much to those who generously supported me in this giving. I won't name them publicly, but we received a very generous donation a couple of months ago and someone else who faithfully gives clothing every month! Although, George and I set aside money every month so that we can do this, your generosity has blessed us and more importantly is blessing others who receive these gifts.