It is hard to keep up with winter weather in the south. The other night we made our annual visit to a model train exhibit and we wore shirt sleeves and no jackets. There is a gentleman who lives in my mother's neighborhood who has a passion for model trains. Every year, he transforms his entire backyard into a holiday extravaganza. A koi pond, a foot bridge, dozens of bonsai trees, countless little buildings, thousands of tiny Christmas lights, and many yards of tiny tracks transform his yard into a winter wonderland. He shares his incredible talent and fascinating hobby as a form of outreach to the community. He opens his yard up for tours, and asks those who come to please bring a donation of canned food, which he in turn delivers to the local food bank. Last year he raised thousands of pounds of food as well as a sizable cash donation!
Each year he adds something new to the exhibit. This year he had an automated ferris wheel. Some people just have a contagious case of the Christmas Spirit. What a blessing that this man uses his spectacular talent as a ministry to bring joy and happiness to countless others. After the trains we went back to my Mom's house to say goodnight. Emma loved all the lights!