|Aunt Tricia & Marshall at Shop with a Cop 2012|
|Brad doing Shop with a Cop 2012|
Brad’s police department had their own register so we didn’t have to stand in lines and then Walmart let us use a space in their backroom to wrap presents quickly for the children. Afterwards the kids all left and the police and their families all hung out for awhile.
Marshall loved playing with the other little boys from the department (for some reason there are a lot of older daughters but the sons are all young). Little Landon and Marshall were running around in the baby toys as Brad’s Major laughed and tried to get Marshall to let him hold him (he did).
|Some of Brad’s Department|
It was a great time- Marshall ate up all the attention from all the other officers and their kids, Brad was able to see some kids he helped and they were so excited to see him again, and I loved being a part of a very special first Christmas for some awesome little guys.
It just so happened that we all had the 16th off as well. Something that is rare in our house of 3 adults with 3 different job schedules. It was also Sunday so that meant Sunday Dinner. We made it fun by making a homemade snowman pizza (chicken alfredo pizza) complete with tomato eyes & mouth and chive buttons & nose; for dessert we made melted snow ball cupcakes (hot chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow frosting). Hey even though Missouri doesn’t have snow right now we can still make snowmen and snowballs- and this kind you can actually eat without fear of any surprises!
|Snowman chicken alfredo pizza and snowball hot cocoa cupcakes|
After dinner we watched the interfaith vigil for those lost at Sandy Hook. It was a beautiful service and very sobering to watch. Our family continues to pray for all of those effected, our nation, and to try to find ways to prevent this from happening again.
The 16th day was a fun day of helping others and hearing what a great officer my husband is and how gentle and fun he is with the kids he encounters on the job. I look forward to bringing Marshall in the future and him learning what a gift it is to give to others and help those in need. I hope that someday Marshall can see what a special job his daddy has and what great men and women he works with. I feel so lucky to be able to have my son around this wonderful group of people.
I also want to urge anyone looking for charities to donate to- look up your local police department and ask if you can make a donation to their Shop with a Cop program. Local children love the opportunity to get what they really want and need and the police that have to deal with so much pain and suffering can get to put a smile on children’s faces. I cannot say enough how special this program is!