Brady and I were blessed to be a part of our church's 59th annual sale and auction. Such gems of community life are priceless.
Again, we know and are known. We see people from all areas of our life - church, neighborhood, school, community - and meet new ones. We participate in a tradition that has been repeated year after year after year, woven into the fabric of our town. We are active and social and sharing joy. And people commented on how well-behaved Brady was. He did great!
I was tickled to see how people wait in anticipation for one lady to show up with her glorious tea rings and then snap them up for $15. After seeing the hype, I want to try one next year! They also come looking for another's fantastic peanut butter balls, $5 a bag. They buy cookies and cakes and glazed popcorn. Kids use their quarters for cupcakes, gum and suckers.
Scores of people come through the line to buy sloppy joes, hotdogs, ham sandwiches and pies made by women's fellowship (including me! I'm no pie maker, but I think mine turned out okay). The sounds of the auction outside - put on by men's fellowship - trickle in every time the door to the church opens.
Kids ride a hay ride and barrel cars, sometimes over and over and over if they've paid for a $5 all-day pass. We spent from about 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. volunteering, eating, buying things, roaming around, feeling a part of a larger purpose and contributing in our own small way to something real and personal and meaningful.
The gratification in such an act, both contributing to and participating in a community event, is huge. If you haven't done it, I would highly recommend getting involved in a local tradition. It's a wonderful gift.
Here are some pics of Brady's fun ...
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- Finally, some rain in Kansas
- Super easy & tasty crockpot "refried" beans
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- There's no magic answer, no magic pill, only life
- Changing words, deeds, thoughts every day
- My garden: Why I love dirt on my hands
- My first guest post! "10 Simple Ways to Save Money...
- As a parent, stop and think why you say "No"
- We're ready for summer at the office!
- More Freebies in my mailbox. Yippee!
- Teaching tool: Prize Store becomes Reading Store
- After Oklahoma, little things don't matter....
- ADHD: Find a parent advocacy center in your state
- Fake choc-peanut butter-banana ice cream, YUM!
- Clover fields in Kansas, how beautiful
- 3 good Thriving Family articles: prayer, marriage,...
- ADHD: What we learned from 2 dogs, Piggie & Banks
- A happy mistake: the reading counts skate party
- In a small town, everyone does double duty
- Funny things Brady says... suspected bad word
- The power of a parent over a child
- My new sayings, about blessings
- Life: Take it one little piece at a time
- Sweet words from my boy on Mom's Day
- What I love about a Christian life
- We finished the stick house!
- Back to cooking and don't waste potato skins!
- Only in a small town... wrong number on Mom's Day....
- 10 things about my Mom & being a Mom
- Parenting: We're in the planting phase
- In pursuit of faith: the scenic route
- The Invention Party was a success!
- Only in a small town... forgotten flower...
- Weight loss: slow and steady work
- Yes ma'am, yes sir: good for all of us
- Free Junie B. Jones book!
- Letting a kid be a kid, I wish!
- Good blog post: when motherhood is hard
- Funny things Brady says... Jase waking up
- Funny things Brady says... chick flicks
- Parenting idea: A child's "pro's" list
- Why we look forward to school year's end...
- You know you're in the country... baby squirrels.....
- Grace under pressure, it is so hard
- Small town joy, the 59th church sale!
- Keeping the blog real, so God "steal my show"
- You know you're in a small town... grocery tour
- Funny things Brady says ... at doc's office
- Funny things Brady says... party advertising
- A role model at 7 years old? Sheesh!
- Yes Ma'am and Yes Sir, what a good idea!
- Maybe struggling sometimes is okay, even good
- Small towns keep it real and personal
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