Posted by: Budger | December 16, 2007

Tis the Season

It’s Christmas time – my favorite time of year.  I love Christmas because of the decorations, the food, and the good times with friends and family.  Eric and I have been very blessed in our lives, and we know that we have been very lucky.  So one of the things we like to do every year is to donate toys to the BEARing Gift program.  BEARing Gifts is a program run by BEAR.  BE A Resource for CPS Kids offers help and hope for abused and neglected children and the caseworkers who protect them.  Every year they have a warehouse where they collect, sort and package toys for the Harris County Child Protective Services children.

This year, they are anticipating that BEAR 2007 00218,000 children will be under the care of CPS.  The goal of BEARing Gifts is to provide an age appropriate gift for each.  Each year, Eric and I shop the sales at Walmart, and pack the Explorer to the gills and take our gifts to the warehouse.  We then help sort and select gifts. 

Our second Christmas tradition is the annual Budge Puppies Christmas picture.  We have been doing this since Molly and Maggie were puppies in 2000.  It is always a challenge to get a good picture, and to be original.  This year was our first picture with Lily, and we were concerned whether she would hold still.  Fortunately, she is a ham, and doesn’t seem to mind having her picture taken.  DSC_0069  

We are going to California this year to spend Christmas with my family.  As I look back, we have had much to be grateful for this year, despite some of the sad times.  Although we still mourn the loss of Eric’s mom, the time we spent with her this year was truly rewarding.  We look forward to a very Happy 2008.

Eric, Molly, Maggie, Lily and I wish you and your families a very Happy Holiday season and a Happy New year.  Take time to enjoy this special time of year.

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