Good Morning and Welcome to this week's Coffee Chat with Rory!

I'm early again!!
A little bit of business with our coffee:  Do you like this format of posting on the Monday so that you can see my post prior to writing your own?   The linky would become active as of just after midnight on Tuesdays so that people can link up in the morning.    Tell me in the comments.

I am exhausted and happy this morning because I had an extremely, crazy busy weekend and I have the finger burns from my craft glue gun, muddy boats, full camera roll to prove it, but my mommy also found me a big box of my favourite coffee, so I feel there is balance to my universe.
I may be over-dosing on the caffeine again because coffee and coconut just makes my Monday.

And I really did have the craziest, busiest weekend where I actually did my first real photoshoot and that was exciting and scary, and kinda troublesome because the donkey really would Not Move, and chickens and children dressed as sheep were running all over the place, and at one point I thought I lost the Star.

That probably would have made tons more sense if I had stated first I was shooting a Live Nativity for our Church Christmas production.    But honestly, donkeys: such asses.

I survived.  No sheep or goats or eggs were harmed, and I think it's going to look fantastic, and I'd love to tell you about the second part of the busy weekend that involved more hay, and tents and camp hats and a float with lights.... and a big Jolly guy dressed in red...

... but today; it's not about Me.
I didn't do all that Busy for me.
Instead, I just Gave of Me.   To others.    Which is not always easy, and also I still kinda smell like barnyard and marshmallows, but you know:  it's totally worth it when you bless others in a real way.

And you know, sometimes the dirtier you are at the end of the day?
That's when you know you had a lot of fun. 

Time out for Mom

December 1st:  It's Giving Tuesday!   
Will you participate? 

I hope all my American friends had a lovely and loving Thanksgiving holiday last week.
I hope you didn't get trampled on Black Friday, if you were brave enough to venture out, and that you got some great deals on Cyber Monday.

I may have taken advantage of Amazon Canada a bit myself.

But now... it's time to think of others this Holiday Season.
This Tuesday:  It's Time to Give!

What is GivingTuesday?

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. After the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non profits. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering time, helping a neighbour or spreading the word, GivingTuesday is a movement for everyone who wants to give something back.

Helping the economy is great!   Presents are great!
But helping the Community we all belong to, is even better.    As I have honestly stated before, being a one income family, we can't always give as much money as we would like -- and that's okay because there are other ways to give!!
So. Many. Ways!

We donate our snowsuits, mitts, hats, boots (if gently used) to Operation Snowsuit.
Check your own local resources to see if they have a similar program.

We donate old toys (again, gently used) or books to local community centres, hospitals, and day care centres.

My time will be used to volunteer at my local community centre an extra day this month.  I have done some Christmas baking for community members to enjoy!

My Sparks group will be singing Christmas carols and giving some hand made Christmas crafts that they made at our local Seniors Retirement Centre.  

Finally, I will be making a small donation to one local charity, and one International Charity.   The ones I focus on this year are those that help families with children undergoing cancer treatments by providing a place for the family to reside as the child does their treatments.

In Canada, we have Ronald McDonald House

This is where: Ronald McDonald Houses come in to provide a home away from home for the families of seriously ill children who are staying at a nearby hospital. Our Houses offer families so much more than just a roof over their heads. They have qualified staff and dedicated volunteers who are committed to taking care of the day-to-day essentials of running a home, so families don’t have to worry about them. They have programs that offer everything from education to meditation. And they are filled with many different families who all share a common bond – love for their sick child.

The other charity is one I have support before; you all might remember a couple of certain Super Heroes got in a Twitter battle over the Super Bowl last year, and the great TwitterBowl of 2015 was the result.   And a lot of sick kids and their families benefited,

Chris Evans/Captain America has frequently supported a charity in his hometown called Christopher's Haven many times over the years.   I am so impressed with this charity, and all the good that it does for families during the absolute worst time of their lives.
As Evans has stated many times:  they are the Real SuperHeroes.

If you would like to donate to Christopher's Haven this year  DONATE HERE. 

So that's my #GivingTuesday!

Will you be participating?  Please share links to your favourite charities, or any ideas of how we can all take the time to give back to our communities.   We Are All Connected!!

Next Week:  Random Act of Kindness.  We are doing them again this year!   What ways do you spread Christmas cheer during the holidays?