Thursday, December 31, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!

This year was (I think) one of our best Christmas' yet! It is not because we had the house filled to the ceiling with toys, not because we went in debt, not because we had more stuff than we knew what to do with. It was because of our special days together. I have worked Christmas Eve for the past 4-5 years but this year I just really wanted off to be able to go to church and be with my family on Christmas morning. I am so glad I did not have to work!! We were able to go to our Christmas Eve service which was beautiful and then out to dinner with our friends The Myers. On Christmas morning, we slept in and then Dave made us a wonderful breakfast complete with homemade french toast (the kids say their daddy makes the best french toast ever!), eggs, thick-sliced bacon (my favorite) and a nice cold cup of milk and some coffee (for the adults of course:D). After we finished cleaning up breakfast, Dave read the Christmas story from Luke 2 - what a blessing to truly focus on our Savior and what He did for us!! We opened gifts and played with them the rest of the day which was a blast! I made a nice dinner which included a yummy ham (we like ham much better then turkey), sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, biscuits, cinnamon apples, and to top it off a glass of sparkling white grape juice all served on our nice china (I think we probably have only ever used our china 3 or 4 times - lol). God is so good to us. One thing we were able to share with our kids is how much God loves us and wants to answer our prayers. Dave asked the kids if they would like to pray so that I could maybe get off from work (I was thinking, no way - we have been way too busy - there were so many babies in the NICU). The kids and Dave prayed that if it was God's will that I be off Christmas, they would really love it. Lo and behold, a couple hours later, I got a call asking if I would like to have the night off to spend the rest of Christmas with my family. Praise the Lord, He answers prayer! The rest of the night we just hung out together as a family. We took a walk around the neighborhood that was complete with Kira singing Christmas carols at the top of her lungs (sorry neighbors), played games, and sipped homemade eggnog (well, not me because I really don't like it but everyone else did)! Can there be a better Christmas than to share our day with our kids focusing on Jesus and having Him answer our prayer???? It is our prayer this year that you truly focused on the real reason we celebrate Christmas -- our Savior, Jesus Christ! Merry CHRISTmas to all!!!