Day 1: #LightTheWorld Freely Give

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One thing that I really love about volunteering as a hostess at the Montgomery INTERFAITH Nativity Exhibit is meeting the people who attend the event. It always is fun to watch those who hunt for the Nativity set they freely share with the community. And it is especially fun to ask them to tell their story about their Nativity set. The stories are as varied as the sets on display. Some are whimsical, some surprising, charming, delightful, and some are deeply moving and sentimentally wonderful.

IMG_9514Let us begin with the ceramic piece that is about 30 years old. Two daughters came with a friend and shared how their mother used to do ceramics on the table at their house. They spoke so tenderly on how this particular piece was loving made by their mother. They giggled recalling how their father could not stand the dinner table being covered with mother’s crafts and how they eventually would take things to the shop where mother would finish an item. 

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The woman who owns the painted Nativity wall hanging was with the aforementioned sisters. She is the Godmother to one of the sister’s daughter. You should have seen the pride and joy on her face as she lovingly spoke of that daughter’s Nativity gift to her.

Carved by a rice farmer in Laos, the man made several Nativity Sets and sold them to many Americans he knew through a church connection. He used the money to help pay for his children’s education.

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The woman who owns the lovely snow globe got it from Cracker Barrell for nine dollars about eight or nine years ago. Nine dollars! A battery in the base provides the energy needed to move the snow around in the globe! How cool is that! Elegant, inexpensive and practical so those little hands in her home do not have to shake it to see it snow.

Some of my favorite conversations come from sharing these stories with others at the exhibit. Their reactions to these stories are priceless. It is as though I can see the lightbulb pop up over their heads, and see the wheels spinning in their heads. Sometimes they share a creative thought, or they get excited to seek out Nativity sets in places they never thought of before. But my favorite responses are always those jogged memories that lead to visitors sharing a personal history story.

Personal history stories are a great way to #LightTheWorld. And it easily begins with simple things like a babe, laying in a manger in a Nativity exhibit. 

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S2:E7 Relative Race

SPOILER ALERT: ICYMI

This season of Relative Race has truly been fabulously filled with twists and turns and all sorts of emotional connections.  The challenges have been, well, fun, goofy and deliciously ridiculous, especially in episode 7.

Episode 7 began with an Episode 6 recap. It was fantastic. Team Black got to meet a father that never knew his son and vise versa. Then continuing on with the next leg of the race, Team Blue got to meet a sister who never knew the sister and her family even existed. And the story line about Team Blue and the headstone, well, all of it was really a lot to take in on the 7th episode.

Truly the RR is fantastic this year, more than likely due to the sponsorship of Ancestry.com. It appears Ancestry.com has enabled the show to do some really spectacular challenges and family research to make it television worth watching!

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S2 of The Relative Race

Having lived in Florida for the last ten years it was really exciting to see the Relative Race Season 2 start out in Miami, Florida. It was even more exciting to see the Black Team get sent to Wickham Park in Melbourne. The park is not that far from my house.

The couples are absolutely adorable and charming this season. The stories of family connections are truly incredible, very touching. And the best part is that the shows are all super family friendly, filled with happiness and joy…in the end.

If you have not seen an episode yet, you can watch them in multiple formats at BYUtv.org. The links available for both seasons are posted below to get you started.

Three Strikes and You’re Outta The Race! 

     Season 1        Season 2

  1. S1:E1          S2:E1
  2. S1:E2          S2:E2
  3. S1:E3          S2:E3
  4. S1:E4          S2:E4
  5. S1:E5          S2:E5 ….. waiting!
  6. S1:E6
  7. S1:E7
  8. S1:E8
  9. S1:E9
  10. S1:E10
  11. S1:E11

 

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