Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day

Merry Christmas to all!

This season was unique; it included a heart surgery, a funeral, and a new house guest all within three weeks. Not much time was left for shopping or entertaining. In a large way, it was a blessing. Christmas is often swallowed up by commercialism and busy schedules. How often we miss what is really important. The three events that changed our season brought families together at a different level. They put things in perspective that otherwise may have been out of balance.

We enjoyed our Christmas Eve with my brother and his family as well as my parents. Our evening included dinner, a candlelight service at church, and cherry pie to finish off the day.

This morning my little kids waited patiently for me to get ready for the day before we dove into our family Christmas presents. My big kids needed a little prompting. (When does that happen?) It is a joy to watch them give their presents to each other.

After a traditional breakfast of blueberry muffins, we cleaned up, packed up, and moved out for a few days at Grandma's. Their big surprise gift was a Wii system. We won't be seeing them much for the next couple of days.

I am thankful for a few moments of quiet to write.

I am thankful for family.

I am thankful for my Savior who came as a child with the purpose to die a horrible death because he loved me.

I am thankful for His example of a detailed plan of salvation laid out before time began, but executed in simplicity.

Enjoy your day, friends. Merry Christmas!


He And Me + 3 said...

Merry Christmas! Great pictures!

Green Acres said...

What a beautiful family! Looks like you had a very Merry Christmas!