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.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Dear Linda,

Ever since our family started this new service tradition, I thought a fun service "project" would be to perform random acts of kindness and service all year long. In the past few years, it just never felt like the right situation though. But this year since I had you, I thought it was the perfect opportunity for a year of serving wherever and whenever I saw an opportunity. You are so selfless with your time and energy and so often. I love that about you.
I don't have pictures of most of the year's service, but do have a few (and apparently Blogger is not interested in letting me add them). One place I used my time and talents was helping to sew sanitary kits for the Beauty for Ashes organization along with many others from our Relief Society. I also did some of the fun ideas I found a random act of kindness list I read years ago (but can't remember where from). Some of those were to add cash to a Redbox movie before returning it and saying yes to some of the many times I was asked to donate $1 to *fill in the blank organization* (lots of times to Make a Wish) at the check-out register. I looked for opportunities to lift others spirits throughout the year with meals, treats, a smile or encouraging note and as a personal goal, sought to be more explicitly grateful to others through thank you notes, letters and verbal compliments.
It's been a fun year looking for opportunities to serve more often and become more selfless myself. I think I still have much to improve upon though!


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