I haven't been able to spend Christmas at my parents' house since before we were married. Being the family of the Pastor doesn't lend to too much flexibility at times such as Christmas. But this year, since my husband isn't currently the pastor of a church, he arranged for us to be able to spend Christmas at my parents'. I loved it. It was so nice to be there and to go to my home church again. Again, I loved it.
On Saturday and Sunday, my sister, Mandie, and her three kids
were also able to be there, so my parents' house was FULL with
7 kids ranging from 11 months to 7 years old. That creates lots of chaos,
As a parent you spend plenty of time praying for your children. One of the biggest prayers being that he/she accept Jesus as their Savior and choose to live for Him all of their days.
God answered part of that prayer in Daniel's life today. He has been asking a lot of spiritual questions lately, and while watching The Christmas Carol, Daniel said to me, "Mommy, I don't want to die." That prompted yet another conversation of the spiritual nature. So, late this evening, we talked and prayed with and for Daniel.
Thank you, God for this answered prayer. Please continue to work and lead in his life and help him to make good decisions as he grows.
The Birthday Girl with Mommy and with Daddy. She's wearing a really cute outfit that her Aunt Tami sent her from Texas...complete with Brown and Pink Cowboy Boots which she wore all day (minus her nap time). In the picture with Daddy she is holding her new baby Sarah which once opened she refused to put down-even to open other presents. It was cute and yet annoyingly two-like at the same time.
Here is another baby doll that she got. This one is Cassie. Julia is actually crying in this picture. I wanted to take her picture holding Cassie, but she didn't want to put Sarah down.
Here's the crew...Julia's Grampa, Gram, Big Grampa and Nana. Missing from this picture is her Grandma, Aunt Steph and Uncle Adam.
Cupcake Time...I made four different bears: Polar, Panda, Brown, and Koala (yes, I know that they aren't technically bears).
John and I have been making a real effort to lose weight and become more healthy. John has been committed to it since mid-summer. I started after the summer. He has lost nearly 40 pounds. I have lost about 20. We both have about 15-20 more that we want to lose. We have been dieting, more accurately, changing the way we eat. No fad diets or strange way of eating, just healthier food in healthier portions. The results may be slower with this method, but they will be more permanent.
We have also been exercising (which I'm not terribly found of). Julia has seen me exercise plenty of times. Last night as we were all relaxing in the living room, she caught her reflection in the glass doors of the fireplace and starting waving her arms around, declaring that she was "applesaucing."
My husband and I have been married since May of 1998 and we have four children: Hannah (7-00), Jay (3-02), Daniel (1-04), and Julia (12-05). My husband is the pastor of the Core Creek Community Church. I am thankful to be a stay-at-home Mom which is what has led me to many of the thoughts expressed on this site.