Family Service Project

We did our family service project today  at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. I found the project through the Hands on Atlanta website.

I envisioned is waking up early. I envisioned us having a wonderful family breakfast together and then getting into the car and heading out with plenty of time and maybe even singing together in the car…can you see the cartoon bluebirds following our car?!

So…instead we wake up late…20 minutes to get up, get the kids up and dressed and get in the car…keep in mind, my brother and his kids had a layover in Atlanta last night so our family had dinner at the airport. That meant we did not get home until after 9pm. The sacrifice was well worth it BUT my kids were tired this morning…and tired kids 9 times out of 10 are cranky kids.

So we rush around getting kids dressed (we may have bribed them with a drive thru stop at Dunkin Donuts), trying to print waiver forms (they ended up having them there) and then jumped in the car – kids bickering, adults bickering…yay! Family Service Project Day had commenced.

Let me pause hear to say that I really feel like anytime you are trying to do something positive – family bond building, relationship building, etc. there is going to be some friction. Chalk it up to whatever but I feel like whatever can glorify God will bring Satan out to mess with it a bit…and lack of sleep, rushed chaos, leading to pour attitudes is putty in his hands…As we pulled into the ACFB I asked Tim to pray for the family. It wasn’t fancy. It was short & sweet and in we went:)

The place was pretty packed with the majority of folks headed to the sorting center (special note – we only ended up being 15 min late so thankfully for us – nothing had started yet because people were still arriving). There were 2 other families with kids under 8 and we all headed into the main office area to work on our canvas bags. The kids were excited and started coloring. Lincoln, of course, started with a dolphin and when he felt like he messed up Tim came to the rescue. It’s projects like this that bring out those hidden skills God has blessed us with – the ones we don’t use everyday and Tim’s artistic skills are one of those skills. My man can draw!!

 In the end the kids made a ton of bags, but being kids they got bored about 3/4 through the 3 hour project. So while some of the adults finished the last remaining bags, Nicole our Hands on Atlanta rep. led some games for the kiddos. At the end we got to see the inside of the Project Rescue Center and took a group pic (which I’ll post once I get it:)

For our first project, I’d call it a success and we’ll definitely be back! If you are interested in doing a family service project check out the Hands on Atlanta website. They have lots of filters (age, type of project, etc.) and many projects can be signed up for on the day of so you do last minute projects.


Thanks for following along on our journey!

– Courtney


I’m back…from Burkina…like, for a few months now…make that, like, 3 months…

Longest title ever…but it’s true:) I’m going to be honest…I really thought I’d posted something since coming back…but reality is that I actually just thought about posting…A LOT…and apparently thought about it so much that I never actually did it. I did write a letter to those who helped me on my trip…but procrastination being what it is I haven’t actually sent it out yet…so for now I’ll consider it my little summer surprise;)

So in the last few months what have we been up to?

  • Lincoln played baseball…and became quite the catcher…He has already told me that when he’s a famous baseball player he’ll give me his Rookie card for free…because, you know, he can do that for family;)
  • Kellen graduated from Pre-K! I know, crazy, right? We still call him Baby Kellen and he corrects us every time. “I’m a BIG boy!” He can be found most days building train tracks for his Thomas trains or just creating stories for them (he’s not like me at all).
  • Lincoln got his first library card. Being a giant reader as a kid I’ve had so much fun taking the boys to the library…Lincoln LOVES reading and is especially enthralled with all things animal. His favorite series are Geronimo Stiles and Junie B. Jones.

So one of the things I’ve been focused on since I returned from my time in Burkina is how to incorporate giving back on the kids level. They don’t quite get it. Lincoln is a bit obsessive about earning money. Whether it’s chores (not often enough) or selling rocks that look like animals to his friends (quite the bargain – 5.00 if you’re a kid; 10.99 if you have a parent or grandparent assisting you with payment…there will be plenty more to write about in future posts…look for the #kidentrepreneur) – Linc wants to make money. Kellen’s really just happy to put spare change into his piggy bank…So how do we do it?

Aside from discussions around the home I’ve kept my eyes open for activities that focus on those less fortunate. I’ve been in a bit of a purging mode so we’ve given lots of items to the Kidney Foundation. The kids helped find some toys that they could contribute. Kellen’s Pre-K class at church took home paper bags to fill with food so we did that too. I was several days late dropping it off (story of my life) but I was able to have both kids with me when I took it to church allowing us to talk about what we were doing and why.

This weekend I am really excited because I found an activity for our family to do together. I had signed up previously for #GlobalYouthServiceDay but of course I couldn’t pull it together for us to make it. So this weekend I found us another activity. We are headed to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The kids are going to decorate bags for the food that goes out. The service project was created specifically for the younger kids so they could have some involvement in service projects. I can’t wait!

I’ll fill you in on how it goes:) -Courtney