Well things have gotten slow around here in this here blog land for me! :( and that makes me so sad. It's such a good thing for me to have, and write on and record - but when we don't have our computer and I only have Richard's work one accessible to me in the evenings - creativity and ambition to write just isn't there :(.
But I do want to recap our Christmas Season for my own records.
Richard's parents decided last minute to join us here in Fort Collins and we were so thankful to spend the holiday with some family. (We couldn't travel anywhere b/c you remember that huge trip we took for thanksgiving? :) )
This year was so special for me b/c the boys truly were excited about it and anticipating it. We did a little advent calendar the whole month and they looked forward to it - and I couldn't believe how much stuck in their little minds and it was all scripture - I love that.
Christmas eve we had homemade pizza and salad. Richard and I also attended our church's Christmas eve service and that was so special to us. It's so wonderful for my soul to have friends, almost like family here now - people who I deeply love and get to celebrate Christ's birth with and what that means for my life. There's something about the sweet communion of our fellow church family. It's been over a year now since we've been here and we truly have sweet friends who we love deeply and who love us. And it was fun to celebrate Christmas with them. Then we drove around the town to see lights - but I will admit - Fort Collins does not have good lights! We were rather disappointed. And one of the only bad things I have to say about Fort Collins. But it was snowing - how perfect for it to snow on Christmas eve, while driving around looking at lights and to have a white Christmas.
Christmas day was wonderful, low key and overall just a great time. We opened stockings, and presents. We had a good hearty breakfast. We got to go sledding. And thanks to an awesome family friend the boys had cool new hats, gloves and sleds. What a perfect activity for Christmas day! Came home and we cooked an awesome meal. Roasted turkey (with bacon on top, a very awesome family tradition, try it one time. Just put bacon on the turkey and roast it. it turns out perfect every time. and eating the bacon off the turkey is awesome!!! try it! I dare you), roasted veggies, mashed potatoes (with cream cheese and parmesan cheese) sweet potatoes, gravy and stuffing! It was awesome and so good.! In good fashion I think we ate all day long between sweets, appetizers, and the meal and dessert then left overs all over again! YUM it was good.
The boys loved the whole day. They got nerf guns and shot those around our tiny apartment all day long. They got special attention from their grandparents. This is definitely one Christmas I do not want to forget. It's so fun being a mom to kids who start understanding the excitement of Christmas.
And one thing I realized was that it doesn't matter how much we have or don't have, or what kind of presents we get. The kids pick up on my excitement about the holiday. The kids just want to feel loved and special.
It was a good time for me to reflect on God's promise to redeem his people - and even though life is hard sometimes (something I've experienced more recently) God loves us enough to give his Son, to redeem people who don't even love him back! and what a joy and hope that brings us!