Last year, a friend of mine participated in a mugswap and it looked amazing so I stalked the coordinator's Instagram for a year, waiting for the next one. The swap works like this: you give the coordinator (Kim aka @cuppakim) information about yourself with your address. Kim sends this information to one random person (this thing is international now but the majority are US participants). Then you receive someone else's info. And then you cyber pinky-swear that you will ship your box by Aug22nd. You are also asked to donate a minimum of $5 to the adoption fund she has chosen for that year, in this case it is the Barnetts who are currently adopting 2 different kids from two different places at the same time. Expensive. So this year, I signed up during the first round of 50 extra spots (1300 spots where filled 2 days before!). I had my swap partner sent to me that night.
Her name was Kendra, and she is 15 years old. My initial thought was : "do her parent's know she is doing this, and are they going to get mad when a random stranger that is 13 years older than her sends her a package?" What I sent her:
I did my research; stalked her rarely used Instagram, looked at her Pinterest boards, and immediately went shopping. Because Kyle is on a super light rotation this month and was getting home early enough to watch Myles while I went out on my own. And you don't procrastinate when that sort of thing happens. I had her box shipped out within a week.
And then the waiting began. Myles and I were stalking the mailman. And I was checking the #mugswap15 hashtag every few minutes, to see what everyone was sending and to try and guess if maybe I could figure out who had me. I totally didn't. But if you need a pick-me-up/want to be reassured that there are still good people in the world, you should go look. There is serious love being sent during the month of August.
Myles and I did some grocery shopping today, and when we pulled up, I got to scream: ITS HERE!!!
|He may have then thrown the box off the steps as soon as these photos were taken.|
I took it inside, and locked myself in the back bedroom so I could open it undisturbed. It was filled with beautifully wrapped things for me, and one for Myles, from a mother of teen girls named Connie.
I loved that everything was individually wrapped so that every piece was a new surprise. Completely worth the wait. Little did I know, the heartfelt card would hold the biggest surprise of all.
Connie, you blessed my socks off. I might have cried a little. I am so excited that I get to be new e-friends with your whole family, because you all seem like truly beautiful people. Thank you for making MY first mugswap so memorable! I cannot wait to do this again next year!
In total, the 2015 mugswap raised over $7000 for the adoption fund this year. The Barnetts said that this completed the payments for the first child they are bringing home. So awesome to be a part of this!