Thursday, December 11, 2014

6 years

Tomorrow my boy turns 6.  Right now I'm listing to him doing who knows what, in his room waiting for morning. He's so excited he keeps getting out of bed, asking if it's 6:00 yet. I asked him what he wanted for his birthday and his first request, was daddy to stay home from work, but when he learned that couldn't happen he settled for a man's breakfast with Granddad and daddy. They're taking him out for biscuits and gravy. He's been thinking about what he's going to eat at each meal for weeks; breakfast, biscuits and gravy, lunch mini hotdogs and french fries, and dinner grilled cheese and tomato soup. 

I'm not sure he'll be able to eat all that. This week we caught a stomach bug and he hasn't eaten much. Today he felt his best and we're praying and very hopeful that tomorrow we'll all be feeling great. We love the kids to feel special and make their birthday stand out, but we keep things pretty simple.

 This year he wanted a 'bear documentary' party. (I'm not too sure what that entails) Family friends were coming with their three boys to my parents house. We were going to do dinner, gingerbread houses and watch his favorite bear documentary. We cancelled with our friends in hopes of not spreading any sickness, but we'll still watch his movie and make gingerbread houses. He has gifts to open and wants to blow a candle out of ice cream and cookies. He'll sit with me and ask me to read to him stories out of his baby book.

Elijah, I am so grateful for the gift you are to our family. 6 years ago our lives were forever changed. You made us parents and it's been so much more than I imagined. You have a bright mind and we pray daily that you'll use it for God. You love your family and make us all laugh. We love you....happy birthday IE.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sun Valley

I just finished my first blog book. I've been wanting to make one for a long time, but it was always put at the bottom of the to do list. I'm so glad I finally got around to doing it, I'm thrilled with it and can't wait to get to another one. I have quite a few to catch up on. I used My Publisher, it's not really for blogs, I had to copy and paste the posts I wanted in. It doesn't automatically link to your blog, but the work was worth it. It turned out beautifully. It's also made me want to keep documenting...and I missed a number of things that happened this fall. So, even though it's December I'm going to back track a couple months.

In August we were missing Yiayia pretty bad and she was able to come for a visit. Since, moving picking up Papa and Yiayia from the airport is one of our favorite things to do. I love looking back at these excited blurry pictures and knowing how happy the kids were to see them.

We spent the weekend in Sun Valley. The children ask frequently if we can go back, we all had such a wonderful time. We stayed in an amazing hotel and our suite had two rooms, a living room, and kitchen. The children thought it was amazing and would have been happy to never leave. It was fun making our meals there. We brought games and were right near the pool which we loved playing in. We popped popcorn and watched movies with the kids, and mom got me watching "call the midwife." 

We did venture out though. We took the gondola up the mountain and walked around the old lodge, went on a bike ride, which was kind of crazy. Riding bikes with little ones on big hills might not have been the best choice, but it's a fun memory and gave us lots of laughs. I think it was one of my favorite trips all year and I'm so thankful for the special time with Yiayia. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Do you Believe

The Christmas season is here. I had expectations for how this advent time would look and already, it's gone differently than I planned. I love creating a home and family time that reflects Christmas. My children find so much magic in the decorations that I put around the house and I think it's important to make this time different, special. It's a time to slow down and remember, to dwell on, to consider our Saviors birth. I was too focused on the details though and I was letting circumstances, out of my control, to weigh me down. I was creating a home full of tension and stress, the opposite of what I wanted. 

Thankfully, God in his kindness broke me and showed me what he looks at, what will make the biggest impression on my children, my heart, my attitude as I'm faced with the hard and inconvenient circumstances of life. 

I've started reading, "Come Thou Long Awaited Jesus" it's my favorite book to read during this time and I highly recommend it. It's helped focus my heart on God's glory and all that Jesus did in coming to be born. I'm seeing again, how Christ sets the example for us in all ways. This was in my reading yesterday. It really got me thinking about how I want to protect myself and put walls up, but how that is the opposite way of Christ's love.

"Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable." 
C.S. Lewis

"Christmas tells us that God became breakable and fragile. God became someone we could hurt. Why? To get us back."
Tim Keller

Then I read this and it got me thinking a lot about our belief in Christmas. I heard a little girl the other day say she doesn't believe in Santa and the adult she told acted so sad and said that took away the magic of Christmas. But isn't the magic of Christmas in the miracle of God becoming man? Isn't that more powerful than any imaginary character?

"If you believe in Christmas, that God became a human being...the gift of Christmas gives you a resource, a comfort and consolation for dealing with suffering, because in it we see God's willingness to enter this world of suffering to suffer with us and for us."
Tim Keller

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