Today is the first day of our Christmas Giving Back campaign and we headed straight to the grocery store!
Grocery shopping is something that I used to love to do… but then we had four young children that needed to come into the store with me...yay!! And to make it even more “fun” was trying to push that heavy cart through the parking lot that was full of snow, ice, and bumpy gravel.
Let’s add in a good wind chill to make the experience even more enjoyable on the children’s faces and fingers.
Our four children have all been in competitive sports since they were in kindergarten and they are all children in love with their game.
How can they love something so much?!?!
Of course it’s the sport itself, but it’s also the team, the friends they’ve made, the physical accomplishments they’ve achieved, and the fun!! Oh the fun!!!
With comfy seats on a warm bus (that literally had a HUGE TV streaming the live fireplace!), Christmas music playing on the speakers, hot chocolate in hand, yummy sugar cookies from a local baker, and oh…. a bus full of 32 beautifully aged humans... we were off for an evening of viewing Christmas Lights!!
Ohmygosh, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times in the past year I have felt like an exceptionally bad Mom. Opening up Wilhauk Beef Jerky in Spruce Grove has definitely been the biggest challenge our family has ever faced together… because it literally affects every moment of our family life.
We were so excited to be here today!!
Auggie’s Café is a gem in our community. People stop in for the food but it’s the smiles of companionship and warmth of acceptance that they come back for time and again.
And we hope to be back again soon too!
And let’s be honest, a Kindergarten Teacher is way braver than any Police Officer or Fireman!! Do you know how many mitts, touques, ski pants, and boots they help put on every day?!?! Jeesh!!
They are with our children more hours than we are in a day and they deserve more than we could ever give. Merry Christmas to all our community’s teachers!!
Can you imagine being away from your family for years at a time? Can you imagine working two jobs at once so that you could save up money to go home… just for a visit?!?! All the while, sending half of your earnings home to help the people that you left behind?
So many people in our community are doing this right now, including our Ryan and today we gifted him a flight home to the Philippines.
Have you ever experienced the smile of just finding out that someone in front of you in the drive-thru line up just paid for your coffee?
Well... we hope to give you that exact smile at Perks today!! We love this little gem of a coffee shop in Spruce Grove.
Nothing we have ever done can compare to what you have chosen to do with your lives. We make beef jerky, you save lives. Can you imagine the magnitude of working somewhere where you literally see people at their very worst, all the time?
Our little community hospital in Stony Plain, Westview Health Center, is full of Doctors and Nurses who choose to work irregular hours, shift work, weekends, and holidays and we are blessed to have them so close by.
Oh, Spruce Grove, how you have grown!!
I have lived here for my whole life and the changes and growth in this community are immeasurable! We may not be surrounded by the mountains, or have a view of the ocean, but Spruce Grove has grown beautifully and it is definitely our home. We are very blessed to live here.
Everyone in Parkland County has been helping get ready for this day!! It’s the Spruce Grove Kinette Hamper Donation Day!!
Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and Parkland County all working together to help out our own people. These volunteers have been organizing this for months and months, and will be working all day today and tomorrow to get the Hampers ready for delivery. Stop by the Spruce Grove Alliance Church and take a peek at the true meaning of Christmas.
We have made it to Day 12!!!! It’s our 1st Birthday today!!!
Trevor and I would like to thank all of our staff, family, and friends who have worked with us behind the scenes for every day of our 12 Days of Giving Back. We seriously never could have gotten past the first day without them; we love you and we thank you.
AND FINALLY, we get to say thank-you to our customers!! YOU are the real reason the 12 Days of Giving Back could happen, and we are so grateful!