December 30, 2008
Tomorrow is New Year's Eve and as 2008 draws to an end I find that I am feeling reflective. . .
There are a lot of memories from this past year, so many are good and filled with laughter and smiles, there are others too, that aren't so good, or easy to remember but it truly wouldn't be life if it was filled with only laughter and joy and all the good times. For I find that I learn much MORE in the hard times then I ever would of if life had been sunshine and roses *all* the time. There are things I pray will change over the next year, things about me that I long to lay at the foot of the cross. Character traits that I want to improve upon, lessons I long to teach my kids, but through my actions -- not my words.
I long for this coming year to be filled with prayer and trust in the One who has given me these blessings in my life. I long to look to God ALL the time, not just when things are hard, but constantly so that I may leave that Faith as a legacy to my kids. More than anything, I desire to put God first and foremost in my life in the coming year, that everything I say and do and think will be held captive to God, I long for my life to be filled with *joy* in the Lord because I desire for my kids to see that and live that in their own lives.
Thankful too for the Forgivness that covers the year(s) and the mistakes that have been made.
As you spend New Year's with friends or family, may you remember the things that are important -- most of which aren't really things at all.
May His peace and love and joy and grace and blessings be upon you my friends as you enter into a new year -- filled with all the hope and expectations that a new season in life, not yet marred by choices made, can bring.
December 28, 2008
December 25, 2008
The only word I can possibly think to describe how our day was is Joy-filled. It truly was. The love and warmth and happiness and thankfulness that has filled our house since (early) this morning is lingering on well into the evening and I am overjoyed by that.
Some snapshots of our day:
Anthony (at 6:08am) "It's morning.....YIPPEE!!!!!!!" he then proceeded to come bounding up the stairs and flying into bed with Troy, Owen and I.
Snuggling with my boys while we let Alexandra sleep for 20 more mintues.
Sharing the Christmas story and talking to God.
Loud shouts of "WOW!!! HOW DID THEY KNOW?!?!? THIS IS WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED" (even when it was something that wasn't expected/asked for) EVERYTHING received such a thankful shout.
Pausing to play with toys
Visiting with grandparents and sharing a leisurly breafast.
Sledding and pizza for dinner with wonderful friends, completed with Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas and popcorn and cookies.
Today has been full... full of so much and I am full again too.
December 23, 2008
And just because he is too cute for words :)
Oh, did I mention he can crawl???? Watch out Christmas Tree!
ps. can you tell I can't decide what I want my blog to look like??
December 22, 2008
December 21, 2008
We decorate our house well before December because I like to let me kids eat it the day we decorate our Christmas tree. They love it and I let them eat as much or as little as they want and then what ever is left is for mommy and daddy, but it disappears once they day is done.
December 20, 2008
December 19, 2008
After exhausting ourselves outside it was time for some hot choclolate (with marshmellows...or maybe it marshmellows with some hot chocolate would be a better description) and gingerbread cookies.
Noticing (after my kids consumed large amounts of gingerbread) that there were only 6 left, we proceeded to make the dough for some more (our fourth batch in less than a month). Now, they are making some sort of 'chemical' out of the flour, spice and assorted *stuff* that is left behind on the table.
Last night, our nephew Mitch took everyone in the family out for dinner. It's what he does as a Christmas present to us all and it was a wonderful evening filled with family, laughter and good food I did not have to cook. Anthony was the only kid we brought and he was an amazingly well behaved little boy. It was nice to see his personality shine through when he isn't being egged on by his sister. I opted to leave the littler ones with a friend because I knew that I would enjoy the evening more and it was late by the time we left the resturant, WAY past bedtimes! It was a good decision and because I did not have to referee Alexandra last night I find tha I have MUCH more patience with her this morning.
Troy has his last day of teaching today for two weeks and I am excited. Happy that we will get some good family time over the holidays and thankful that his job allows him that.
GACK...must go, the darlings have managed to get into my food colouring and are running around the house carrying the containers......sigh.....still content though :)
December 17, 2008
Alexandra's friend Sophie turned 2 on Dec 6th. Here are the pictures from her party. The kids had a blast and really enjoyed playing with their friends.
We are so very thankful that God choose Bill and Linda as Sophie's parents because it means that we have gotten a chance to get to know her.
Happy Birthday sweet Sophie!!!
December 16, 2008
I am thankful today. Thankful that Anthony is at school, that our house is warm (despite the -38 that it is outside), that my kids slept in for a little tiny bit, that I could have a cup of coffee uninturrupted, that there is only 4 days until a dear friend comes (and stays till Jan!!!). I am thankful for a lot of things, I just need to stop every once and a while and remember that I AM in fact thankful, and that there is much in my life TO be thankful for.