Today in church we heard about the verse, "Don't hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise our heavenly father." -Matthew 5:15-16
"Shine" is a word that we keep close to our hearts for the past year because of the way Grandma Bonnema lived her life. It was our "word" for last year. It was the perfect verse for our day. Today we took our kids to DeVos Children's Hospital to donate all of the gifts that were brought to their class birthday party yesterday. We put this on the invitation and our kids were fine with it the entire time. Not to say they didn't think about the concept of giving away all those toys! We were so incredibly proud of their enthusiasm for the donation. They did not complain. They did not ask to keep even one toy. Their class very generously donated.
Today a woman from the Children's Hospital came down to the lobby to meet us and was so excited to see the wonderful, enthusiastic 'success story' that our kids are returning to give back.
Today my amazing 7 year olds cheerfully 'shined'. We couldn't be more proud.