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.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Dear Gina & Haylee,

We actually chose something crafty this year for our service! Perfect to honor our more Pinterest-minded sisters. ;) As a family, we have made 8 fleece blankets to donate to Operation Smile. We chose Operation Smile for a couple of reasons. First, of course our families have quite a connection with teeth and both Anthony and Scott have been on cleft teams. And second, one of Callan's friends and classmates at Classical Conversations was adopted from China and has a repaired cleft. Since all the children are familiar with Abby, and it's a very apparent difference in her, I thought they would be able to appreciate how much good this organization does for children in other countries. we wanted everyone to be a part of this project so we could remember how blessed we are! Merry Christmas! We love you!

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