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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Well, that time of year has come again...gosh time is flying by. Seems just like I was stressing out about gifts a few minutes ago...oh, wait., I was. All I'm saying is that again this year Christmas snuck up on me. Not the gift that jumped me several months ago...but every year I intend to do more with the kids. Bake some cookies, go through the nativity story with them, do some projects...especially bring the focus back to Jesus. Well, no cookies, the best we got was me reading hit and miss and a cartoon and no fun projects. I feel like I've totally missed the purpose of Christmas this year. It's become about the gift giving...not the giving of time and my love. Less Jesus, more balancing of the checkbook. I've made more lists than is humanly possible, ordered more off Amazon than I ever intended and been plagued with stress the whole month. Something tells me this is not how Christmas is supposed to be!

But, what is done is done and it doesn't change the fact that Christmas is here. And with Christmas comes some funny stuff. Firstly, Jack does not do Christmas well...I know that now. For weeks he confiscated every circular ad that had toys in it and changed his mind on a daily basis as to what he wanted. Yesterday he carried one of his gifts around all day and says his favorite part of Christmas is "opening presents". Okay, so I've failed this year as a mother to cultivate humbleness and contentment. That boy has toys on the brain, no doubt about that!

Lillie gets it however, constantly bringing him back down to earth by reminding him that it's not about getting, it's about Jesus and how he was born to give eternal life to us and it's about giving of ourselves to those around us. She may have the attitude of a 13 year old girl, think she's 30, but sometimes she's got the wisdom of a 100 year old!

THe kids have gone Narnia nuts and I must admit that as a kid I loved it too, though I didn't get the symbolism at all. The disney versions of the books have been very good and true to the story and I found myself watching them with the kids the other day a quoting scriptures left and right. At the end of Prince Caspian in the final battle the kids were cheering "GOd's gonna win it! God's gonna win it!" It was incredibly cute. Well, here's some recent pictures...

I'm not quite sure how Jody and I could have produced a beautiful child as transcends reason!
The poster child for contentment himself...

Oh how my heart swells! Despite her quick temper I can't help but laugh at Chloe...her antics and extensive vocabulary are her salvation most days.

And here is my little man. Gosh, I can't put into words how much this little guy means to me. All my kids are special to me in some small way and Tyler daily reminds me of how much God loves me and how much HE blesses.

Praise the Lord for a Bumbo is all I have to say! It came yesterday and Tyler LOVES it! My back and arms are saved at last! THis kid has proven that he WILL NOT be like the others. He hates what they loved and loves what they hated. I mean, the kids hates a swing and mashed weird. Thank you to Mom and Dad who went in halfers, to Amazon for free expedited shipping, and for UPS who would've been hugged had I been at home when they delivered it.

Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Happy New Year to come!

1 comment:

  1. Merry Christmas to you to Della! What a beautiful post, I too got caught up in stuff this Christmas shame on me! We still have two days left though! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. I am so thankful for the gift God gave many years ago!
    love ya