I'm a 4-H leader for a group of kids that don't have horses. I founded the group three years ago and spend a good 12-20 hours a month working with kids or giving lessons. These kids are MY kids and I love them all to death. I'm really lucky to have wonderful families that support these kids and the group's parents are just so appreciative towards me.
I came to our monthly meeting last night really bummed because I just haven't had time to plan our Christmas party. I had a parent last month that volunteered to do it, but she flaked out and hasn't returned my calls for a month, so I was going to have to plan it myself.
When I got to the meeting, one of the parents pulled me aside and told me that she and several other were going to plan the party for the group and they were going to step out of the room while I was working with the kids during our meeting.
After the meeting, parents came in and said "Okay, we're going to throw you a shower for our Christmas party, get us a list of what you need and get ready to be spoiled".
I was so touched, I almost cried. I didn't have anyone planning a shower for me, which I was okay with, but it's been a really long hard couple of months. My husband was laid off two months ago, our car transmission went out, I was working 60 hr weeks to keep our mortgage paid, and we can't get our house refinanced. We planned to pay for everything ourselves except for the crib and the stuff my mom is making (diapers, slings, blankets) but this whole situation has made it an issue of buying groceries over buying stuff for baby who isn't here yet. DH has been hired on a very good temp job, but we haven't had enough paychecks to help.
So! I have a shower coming up on December 11th. I'm excited because it's my 4-H kids that are going to be there and they will be involved. I LOVE them!