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Twas the night before Christmas Eve
And through the messy house
The presents were finally wrapped
With some help from my spouse.
The stockings aren’t hung
On the mantel with care
Because Baby A will pull them
Then holders fly through the air!
The girls are now nestled
All snug in their beds
While to-do lists are being
Checked off in my head
And I with my laptop
(while husband is out at a game)
Am thinking about my Christmas cards
(And hanging my head in shame).
When outside my house
There arose such a clatter
I peered out the window
To see what was the matter.
The neighbor next door
Was snowblowing our drive
“Is she crazy?” I thought
“She’ll be frozen alive!”
So I stay inside
Cozy, calm and mellow
And give her a Christmas gift –
A bottle of limoncello.
If you’re like me
And your cards haven’t even been sent (!),
And you can’t figure out
Where the stocking stuffers went
And the ornaments on your tree
Are all up near the top
Because you say “don’t touch”
But your little one won’t stop!
I hope you can laugh
And remember the reason
We’re all going crazy
To celebrate the season.
I’ve given up on the decorating
And didn’t even bother baking
But hope we’ll really remember
All the other memories we’re making.
Spending time with each other
Is the best thing of all
Singing carols, reading stories
And having a ball!
So I leave you with one thought
And hope with all my might:
“Merry Christmas to all
And to all a good night!”
*with apologies to Clement C. Moore
Comment #6 from Marybeth!
Marybeth wins a copy of The Parrot Tico Tango and The Gigantic Turnip, both lovely children’s books from Barefoot Books.
Marybeth said: “my daughter is reading everything she can get her hands on – Dr. Seuss, Junie B Jones, classics, etc. Both of these books look great.”
Thanks to all who entered — I appreciated the comments and suggestions on books your kids love to read!
Congratulations, Marybeth! Send me your contact info so I can get your prizes to you. Hope your daughter enjoys these new books!
Here are a few facts I found from Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Did you know that . . .
12,400 children will be diagnosed with cancer this year
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under 15
2,300 children will die from cancer this year
Incidence of cancer among children in the United States is rising about 1% each year, (however, survivorship is rising !)
1 in every 330 Americans develops cancer before the age of 20
Why am I posting this now? I, for one, have been so blessed with two healthy little girls. But it breaks my heart to see the agony that children and their families endure throughout their cancer struggle. And one story in particular really moved me.
Little Sophie Quayle was diagnosed with DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma), an inoperable brain tumor, in February of 2007. She passed away October 6, 2007, just a few months after her 4th birthday. Sophie’s story is unfortunately like so many others, yet something about this little girl made me think of her constantly (and I still do). Perhaps it’s because I know her family — I went to school with her aunt and her mom, perhaps it’s because she reminds me of my older daughter in looks — the big blue eyes, the cute chubby cheeks, or perhaps it’s because Sophie was indeed such a special, insightful and bright little girl. Her mom kept a blog throughout the ordeal and her strength, her determination to fight the cancer, and now her focus on raising awareness for DIPG is remarkable.
For more information on Sophie’s story and the foundation her family has begun, please see www.smilesforsophieforever.org. If you can find it in your budget in this struggling economy to help out in any way, I know it would be much appreciated. Donations are accepted through the website, or you can purchase items like headbands, bracelets, T-shirts, car magnets or puzzles to benefit Sophie’s foundation. I myself am selling Barefoot Books, and anyone purchasing from me should enter the event code EV74 at checkout (because 7/4 was Sophie’s birthday!) to have a portion of the sales donated to Smiles for Sophie Forever. (Note: if you purchase Barefoot Books before the end of the month, receive FREE SHIPPING!).
Thank you for your support!
That’s right. I went Barefoot. Barefoot Books, that is.
Last fall, in my 3rd trimester insomnia, I could often be found at 3 a.m. online. Wide awake, knowing I had to be up in a few hours to work/take care of toddler/surf the net(!), I would spend that time not relaxing in a calm state, hoping sleep would overtake my weary, very-pregnant body. Oh no. That would be asking too much of myself. Instead, what better way to lull yourself back to slumber than by staring at a high-energy laptop screen, blinding white in the early morning darkness. Needless to say, I very rarely fell back to sleep.
So in those wide-eyed internet hours, my VISA got a good workout (I was Christmas shopping early — who wants to plan to do holiday shopping at crowded malls with an infant and 2-year-old?), my friends received a multitude of e-mails from me, and *BONUS* — it looked like I was really burning the midnight oil when I would do some work and send e-mails late at night. “Wow — she sure is dedicated! Eight months pregnant and analyzing sales data at 4 in the morning!”
But I digress. I was also nesting at the time, and in the myriad of other things I had to do before Baby arrived, I thought it would be fun to host a home party. Now, I’m not usually a “home party” hoster. I attend them and buy the requisite jewelry/candle/kitchen utensil/purse/other item I don’t need. But I’d rather have my friends over for no other reason than to hang out, instead of spending money so I get free loot. Because there was nothing I really wanted or needed from these home-based businesses. But for some reason, I was determined to host a party and find something that I would actually like to purchase. Something for kids. And NOT toys.
Enter Barefoot Books. (*cue the “Halleluia Chorus”). Wow. Now THESE were some products I could get behind! I had a small home party with kids’ storytime, and I was hooked. Sign me up! I joined as a Barefoot Books stallholder in February and have been going strong ever since.
Barefoot is an independent children’s book publisher. Just check out their core values – inspiring creativity, celebrating diversity, giving back, building a community, creating better products, and protecting the planet. And from the CEOs’ story and vision, the mission statement really spoke to me:
At Barefoot Books, we celebrate art and story that opens the hearts and minds of children from all walks of life, inspiring them to read deeper, search further, and explore their own creative gifts. Taking our inspiration from many different cultures, we focus on themes that encourage independence of spirit, enthusiasm for learning, and sharing of the world’s diversity. Interactive, playful and beautiful, our products combine the best of the present with the best of the past to educate our children as the caretakers of tomorrow.