The Great Pumpkin Mystery – By M

So for many of you that read this blog that are my friends on the book of face (aka Facebook), you may have noticed something odd over the past 30 some odd days of my life.  I’m pretty positive that that over half of my status updates had to do with with pumpkins and the Pumpkin Patch.   Let me explain…

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Every year (for the past 17 years I believe) at the church that Staci and I now work at, we sell pumpkins throughout the month of October.  We get a percentage of what we sell based on how much we sell.  In other words, the more we sell, the higher percentage we keep.  That is until we reach that magical number where we keep the highest percentage possible; after that, the more we sell is just icing on the cake.

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The percentage that we get to keep goes toward our youth missions ministry.  This is extra exciting because this year has been a record year (by far) for our church!   It’s so exciting to think how much our students will benefit from this fundraiser.

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Anyway, I wanted to clarify what was going on, because I think some people thought I had gotten into the pumpkin selling business.

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It’s also really cool because I had never heard of a real pumpkin patch.  Sure I had seen the Charlie Brown special… but I didn’t think that real pumpkin patches actually existed.  Well they do, and they’re awesome.  Aside, from the money we raised, it was also a blessing to see so many families coming through and spending quality time with each other.  Families took pictures of babies/grand-babies, couples picked out pumpkins, kids enjoyed the moon bounce, schools and daycares took field trips and had story time in the patch; people from all over South East Texas would come, we even had some people from Louisiana!  Some people had a yearly tradition of coming out to the patch.  Some had never been.  It was great to see the community come alive over the course of the last couple of weeks.  And although it was a crazy amount of stuff to jump into along-side everything else that comes with moving to a new ministry, it was totally worth all the work.  we got to meet new people, make new friends, and enjoy the fruits of our labors.

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Both Staci and I agree that the Pumpkin Patch really got us off on the right foot, and we’re excited for the next big thing God has in store for us here in our new Ministry.

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– Michael

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Have you ever been to a Pumpkin Patch?  What did you do for Halloween?  We had an awesome Fall Festival at church, but that’ll probably have to be a different post.

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About mselizondo

We've been married since December of 2008, and our son, Josiah, was born in July of 2012. We love spending time with family, running, music, traveling, and reaching out to others as a family. View all posts by mselizondo

2 responses to “The Great Pumpkin Mystery – By M

  • Amanda

    I love going to pumpkin patches. I am guilty of getting the “ugly” pumpkin no one will want just so he gets a home..haha.

    Our weekend was spent with family. Saturday night going to the zoo with all of my side to trick or treat and see the animals. Sunday we spent the evening at my inlaws and walked around the neighborhood trick or treating with the kids.

    It was a great weekend 🙂

    • mselizondo

      Haha–that’s so great! You would have loved our patch then because we had tons of “ugly” ones. They had so many different kinds! The gourd-pumpkin hybrids were the ugliest. Trick or Treating at the zoo?! How fun! It sounds like a great Halloween weekend 🙂

      (–Staci)

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