Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Take Time~ Christmas Thoughts

The ornaments came out one after the other.  One for every year a child is in our family.  One for every year OF our family.

So much growth and change over the years.

Thomas called me over.  He said, "You need to put this one on."

I didn't see it coming.  I never do.

My breath was taken away.  Jonathan's only ornament on the tree.  My heart broke all over again with the unexpectedness of it.

Forever Family 2012~Joined at the Heart

Waiting for Jonathan

The tears were instantaneous and it took quite a few minutes until I could contain them.

We had quite a few minutes though.

There are A LOT of ornaments.

The running joke for a couple years has been that next year we will need two trees.   This next year, I'm pretty sure it will be true.

We had funny moments.  Yes, we laughed as we put the Christmas handcuffs up. (See Link)

There were many giggles through the memories.  A couple of older kids avoided the camera (smile).  They know me so well.

I may have gotten misty eyed as I put up Sarah's first Christmas ornament.  From a tiny baby, to a beautiful married woman in a mere nineteen years.

At the end of the night we did our official lighting of the Christmas tree.  Thomas (Daddy) puts the angel at the top of the tree.  We turn off the lights and read the Christmas story....talking of the miracle of Jesus.

In that moment, for some reason, it's always a little more real.

I watched as Ben reached over and took Jael's hand.  My mama heart filled with gratefulness at what Christ has done for our family personally.

I don't have the right words to say.  My heart has just broke over and over again this week at the gifts of God...his graciousness toward us.

I know that gifts, busyness, and craziness can fill every hour as we lead up to Christmas, but please take time to stop...just stop...and appreciate the true gift.

"But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."  Luke 2:10-11

1 comment:

  1. This post is precious! Thank you!
    Ben looks like he's really growing. At some point, whenever you have time, could we have an update on him? (How much he has grown/learned/changed since coming home)
    Merry Christmas to you all!


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