Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am so honored by your visit today. My name is Kristi and I am married to my college sweetheart(I refer to him here as "Mr. Incredible"), momma to my 2 beautiful girls who are growing much too quickly, a high school computer teacher, photographer, and a gardener (at times~right now I'm growing weeds). I love to laugh, drink strong Starbucks coffee, take pictures, and be anywhere my family is. Jesus is my Savior and I try so hard to be the wife and momma that He has called me to be. I often fail but He lovingly picks me up, dusts me off, and encourages me that with Him all things are possible. Feel free to join me on this journey of faith, stop in and say hello, look around, and leave a comment~I love comments. Why "Kiki's Corner?" My nephews call me Aunt Kiki and I love that too.

His Extravagant Love... and Our Blessing

I just have to share something with you. My heart is just filled to overflowing and I am about to burst if I don't get to share this with you. But, I want to be so careful in my sharing, because more than anything, I want God to receive ALL of the glory!

Remember when Rachel was blessed to go to on a Mission trip this summer?
It was a life changing experience. She and several youth in our church really sought the Lord's leadership in starting some type of apartment ministry in our area.

God provided just the right place and my girls have fallen head over heals in love with the 20 to 25 children that come twice a month to the outreach.

Mr. Incredible was blessed with a Christmas bonus this year and we were so thankful. We desired to use part of it to bless others. Normally, we just pray about what God would have us do and then we do it. This year I felt like God was asking us to include our daughters in the process and ask for their input.

Without hesitation they mentioned the children who hold special places in their hearts. And I cried. I just love to see God at work in their lives and their desire to follow His leading.
We came up with the idea of making special treat bags for 30 children.

I got up early Saturday morning and shopped for items that the girls had listed. We never know which children will show up so we wanted the gift bags to not be gender specific.

The Lord and I found coloring books, crayons, scented bubbles, playdough, special Christmas pencils, Sour straws, candy canes, and Christmas stickers. It was such a fun shopping trip.

Together the girls and I decorated 30 sacks and then carefully placed the treasures inside.
We will pray over each sack before we have the ultimate blessing of delivering them Sunday afternoon. I plan to just watch the faces of the precious little children and the precious faces of my own daughters as they joyfully serve the Lord side by side.

Here are pictures of the sacks:

And a few pictures of the designs:

By no means are the gifts extravagant. But they are filled with extravagant love and it is our prayer that each child will come to know Jesus as their Savior one day and His amazing, extravagant love for them.

***Update: Hannah got sick and she and I stayed home while Rachel and daddy delivered the gifts. Bibles were added to the gift bags. Mr. Incredible said it was awesome to get to write the child's name in their first Bible. One little girl named Destiny, who is Hannah's age (11), was so thrilled to receive her first Bible. He told her how to find Psalms and Proverbs and the book of John so that she could read more about Jesus. She marked the passage and plans to read about Him at home. We are praying that the Word will become alive and active in her very soon!


Homesteader in Training said...

OH Kristi! How completely wonderful! The Lord loves a gracious giver! He will bless those who indeed bless others. I am so excited for those children that received some of that blessing.
Thanks for sharing this my friend.

Karen M said...

That is a wonderful testimony of God working in and through your family. Thanks for sharing it and glorifying
God in word and deed.

Erica said...

Oh, my heart is overflowing right along with yours! Isn't it a joy to watch your children understand the fullness of Christ's love and want to share it with others! I love the Bible story, too. We had an opportunity to do something similar as a family yesterday and it was such a blessing to give to others out of the Lord's abundance! Thanks for sharing

Tracy said...

What precious gifts! What an awesome way to share the love of Christ with those kids. = ) Touched by your daughter's tender hearts...


Melanie said...

Kristi, this is absolutely beautiful and how great that it was the ideas of your precious daughters!

Merry Christmas!

bp said...

It gave me chills to read your post. What a wonderful Christmas blessing! Definitely the true meaning and spirit of Christmas. God bless you. I pray God touches the lives of those children.