"In Joshua 4 Almighty God tells the Isrealites to collect stones and set them as a Memorial to remind them of God's power and provision. He then tells the Isrealites to use those stones as a memorial; that everytime they see them to tell their children and their children's children the stories over and over again, continually reminding them of God's faithfulness."
To read the full idea and an introduction to Memorial Box Mondays go here and read Linny's "How about Memorial Box Mondays? aka We will remember..." post.
We didn't hear about TOMS until a few years ago... I think Taylor's brother Brady, was the first to have them of the people we knew.But when we heard about them and the movement that they created, we had to have a pair of our own!So for Christmas we got giftcards for TOMS from Taylor's grandparents and were so excited to pick out our first pair!We each bought our shoes and (with a coupon code of course) even had some change left over on the cards.
After we we had them awhile Frankie's sister, Kathy, wanted a pair so we gave here a left over giftcard to help with part of the shipping costs. Well she ended up buying them in a store and didn't use it, which left us with a couple of floating around giftcards with a couple of dollars each.We kinda forgot about them until the time came for our blogger birthday and 100th post!That day we wanted to thank everyone who had been reading and encouraging us throughout the year so we did giveaways all day- books from Max Lucado and Chris Seay, a CHF T-shirt and bracelet, tickets to the ALS benefit, and of course a pair of TOMS!It was a busy day and we mailed prizes everywhere from San Antonio to Canada!
The lucky winner of the TOMS was a sweet blogger family-friend from San Antonio, Lexie (She and her Mom blog here!).She was so excited to win those shoes, and we were so excited that she did, too!We exchanged emails and ordered her shoes of choice.As we were checking out online we called Kathy to get that card number to cover part of the cost.We entered it in and checked the total... $8.61...
Wait a minute!... WHAT?How is that possible?We spent those giftcards on our own TOMS, but somehow it was reading $50.00!All we had to pay was the shipping... and after a day of giveaways the blessing was very much appreciated!:)So in our Memorial Box we will place our TOMS giftcard to remind us that sometimes when you bless others you find that you are the ones being blessed! (And also to double check our giftcards!)
To go along with our Memorial Box Monday post we also have a date to share with you...April 5, 2011.Yep, it's tomorrow!
April, 5th is TOMS's "A Day Without Shoes".And if you don't know what that is we will explain....it is a day when you don't wear shoes... ;) to bring awareness to children that don't have shoes.We will be going to work/school without shoes and invite you to join us for the day or just part of the day.We also invite you to read why shoes matter to people who have none!
So don't forget tomorrow to trim and paint your nails because tomorrow we will bare our soles!