Our Season of Service

Inspired by some friends of our family, the Marshall family has decided to try a new way of exchanging Christmas gifts in 2012. We hope it will become a wonderful family tradition.
For years, the four Marshall children, their spouses, and their parents exchanged gifts every Christmas, but in 2011, we decided the gift-giving tradition may need a change since we are all so blessed and in need of truly nothing. We decided we needed to find a better way to celebrate the true Christmas spirit.

We suggested that we each perform acts of service in the name of the sibling whose name we were assigned at random. Our service will be kept a secret until Christmas Day.

Our friend drew the names for us and notified each of us privately of the person who should inspire our service. On Christmas Day, we reveal who we were given and how we chose to serve by posting our stories on The Marshall Family Season of Service blog.

We hope this tradition will help us focus on serving our communities and each other during the annual celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

We invite you to come back to our blog on Christmas morning to read this year's service.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Dear Anthony...

Dear Anthony,
I was excited to have drawn your name for the Christmas service exchange.  I thought of ways I could serve that would be of interest to you, possibly in the dentistry or orthodontic world.  I thought of your love of running and exercise and considered running the Race for the Cure 5k in your name.  When I injured my ankle playing basketball, the race was out of the question.  But still running along an athletic thread, I decided to coach Girls Youth Soccer at the YMCA.  And even better, Callan was on the team. 
In the Spring of this year and then again for the Fall season, I coached a total of 18 girls each week.  We had practices, ran drills, played games, and even traveled to Winston-Salem for some away games.  I attended coaching clinics to learn better coaching techniques.  I greatly enjoyed the experience.  All in all, I put in a total of 50 hours of volunteer coaching and I loved doing it.

I also participated in the "Stamp Out Hunger" National Food Drive by donating non-perishable foods via the postal service on May 12.

Thanks for giving me this opportunity.  I enjoyed spending time with the girls and Callan's "Hey Uncle Scott, did you know...." stories kept me entertained while she played goalie.  It was a great experience.
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