So what’s OCC? It’s a program by Samaritan’s Purse that encourages people to pack shoeboxes filled with items for children. These boxes are sent all over the world during the holiday season to provide a way to share the Good News of Jesus. It’s a simple thing we can do as follows for the greater purpose of God.
To personalize the box, we write little postcards to our kids that are receiving the box. We also added a group picture of the church. But the most important part of packing these boxes, praying for the kids receiving this gift. Though this is a physical gift, pray that the kids receive an eternal gift from God.
My boxes were for little gifts 5-7. MG made boxes for boys.
We made three boxes each among me and MG.
^^^ oh, hai!
A total count of 222 boxes from our church!
My heart fills with joy when I look around the room and find that so many people are packing boxes, together as a congregation. It’s just so cool that such a small gesture from us can be part of a bigger story.
Have you participated in OCC before? If so, what kinds of things do you pack? And isn’t toy shopping so fun even as an adult?
I love the Fall/Winter season. For one thing, the weather gets colder so warm and comfy sweaters and boots. Secondly, the holidays – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.
It’s Halloween this Thursday! Halloween has always been one of those holidays where my parents decorate the house so the Fall/Winter fun kicks off on 10/31. Now that I’m married, MG and I get to start our own annual traditions. The pumpkin carving party started last year, and I really hope to continue this event year after year. We go to the pumpkin patch in the morning with friends, pick out our pumpkins, head home to rest a bit and snack on treats, then start the carving!
This year I decked out the decorations for the carving party. Our closest friends joined us, and we had a great time!
Holly, David, and I went to the patch together to pick out our pumpkins at Pastorino Farm and Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay. MG wasn’t able to go since he had a bachelor’s party this year. It was the perfect day – some wind and lots of sun! We got there early too to avoid traffic. It’s always a joy to watch little toddlers running around while parents are trying to get pictures of them in the patch. Guess that will be me one day!
Here are some fun pictures from my iPhone. Sadly my camera died right before we got to the patch (newbie mistake)!
Special thanks to David for the next three pictures! Glad someone’s camera was working!
Do you go to the pumpkin patch every year? What do you like to look at?
Look at our carved pumpkins!
Which one do you like best? What did you carve this year?
So pretty when lit up! I sprinkled some cinnamon on the lids before lighting the candle. My house smells awesome!
We collected all the ooey-gooey-ness and cleaned off the seeds and made….
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!
Wash and dry your seeds. Add two tablespoons of melted butter, sprinkle garlic seasoning, pepper, and salt. Then roast them for 45 minutes at 300°, turning the seeds over every 15 minutes for an even roast. So crunchy and delicious!
To make things more fun, I adorned the house with some low cost, easy to do decorations!
Done over and over again, but definitely adds to the setting!
I found some cute mice wall decals at Target for $5 a pack (10-15 mice decals)
I’m really proud of this zombie blockade! I found a cardboard box and cut it into strips, then used a Sharpie and drew wood grain. I cut out hand silhouettes from poster and spray painted them black for the zombie hands. Looks really cool over a window or a fire place! What do you think?
I cut out and spray painted some extra hands and taped them against the banister so that it looks like zombies are reaching out to you as you walk up the stairs. It actually took 2 days to adjust to this because looking from the bottom of the staircase, it’s a bit terrifying.
Here’s an up-close shot
As I was spray painting the hands against a cardboard, the outlines turned out to be a pretty cool backdrop.
I placed this against a wall for some extra effect
Lastly, Halloween themed food is one of my favorite parts of this holiday!
Chocolate covered Chex with Candy Corn and Reece’s Pieces. This is such an easy to make snack! Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix into Chex evenly. Then add 3/4th cup of powdered sugar and evenly coat (I like to shake them in a Ziploc).
Blood shot eyeball deviled eggs. Use a toothpick and red dye to draw veins, use green coloring in the mashed up yolk, and olives for the pupils.
Spider deviled eggs with olives
Owl and brain cupcakes! The owl’s eyes are Oreos with Reece’s Pieces. Aren’t they so cute?
Brain cupcakes! Red velvet cake with strawberry filling/guts. Yum
Do you celebrate Halloween? What is your annual Halloween tradition? Anything you want to try from this post?