Christmas Blessings

We have had a whirlwind of activity the last week or so and have not posted much as a result. Now that the festivities are mostly over, we are feeling lazy, slowly taking down the Christmas decorations, and trying to put some 2008 resolutions into action, even as we diligently work on polishing off the still rather large pile of holiday fudge, cookies, chocolate and candy.

But before the new year gets into full swing, it seems fitting to remember some of the highlights of our family’s Christmas holiday. Here are a few of the things that come to mind as we reflect on Christmas 2007, which we are so grateful for:

* Houseguests aplenty to make the days around Christmas that much more festive.

* Major answers to prayer regarding the health of not just members of our immediate family, but also extended family, which made getting together with everyone, and celebrating a LOT more feasible!

* 53 pictures taken of the famous Baby Isaac sitting in his bouncy chair by none other than our own Nicolas, with his new Christmas camera. (They all looked pretty much like this):

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* Baking with the children: pies and cookies, and enjoying eating the fruits of our labor!

* Advent devotions as a family.

* Lots and lots of sunshine-y days to help the cold weather seem not quite so cold.

* Jay home from work for two wonderful, long weeks!!

* Josiah’s two year old rendition of “Away in a Manger” – so precious!

* Visits throughout the holiday with TONS of family on both sides: grandparents, uncles, aunts, first and second cousins…and all the fun that went along with this.

* Christmas stockings finally sewn for the three oldest children (though my efforts toward this lasting until past 5am on Christmas Eve were NOT a high point for me!).

* Jay’s and my Christmas present to each other, which consisted of hiring some professional painters to finish out the common areas of the house just in time for the holidays. And the results of which we are enjoying SO MUCH!!

* The blessing of another year to celebrate the wonder that is the birth of Jesus, the Christ-child, our Emmanuel.

9 Comments

  1. jennifer
    Jan 3, 2008

    Glad we were able to be a small part of all the fun. Happy New Year to you all!

  2. Mom/Ruth
    Jan 3, 2008

    What Jennifer said goes for us, as well!

  3. Aunt Jamison
    Jan 4, 2008

    What a lovely picture of Isaac! =) We enjoyed hearing Josiah’s version of “Away in a Manger” and “Jesus Loves Me”–truly fantastic.
    Thanks for hosting–I had so much fun!!!!

  4. Peter
    Jan 4, 2008

    Wow, I’m sorry I missed out on Josiah’s musical stylings… but it was wonderful to see so much family over the break. Hopefully we can maintain contact even without a special holiday as motivation!

  5. Melissa
    Jan 4, 2008

    Love hearing about your wonderful Christmas and seeing ya’ll at the rink where good times were had by all! Thank you again!

  6. Tricia
    Jan 4, 2008

    Jennifer, Mom H, Jamison, Peter, we loved seeing y’all too! What a wonderful, full-of-family Christmas it was!!

    Melissa, thanks again for coming…it was so fun!

  7. Uncle Andrew
    Jan 5, 2008

    That’s Isaac’s “tough guy” face. He’s had to learn to use it, growing up on the streets of College Station.

    But seriously, we had a blast with you guys over the break. Thanks to the boys for letting us invade their room for a week!

  8. Angie
    Jan 5, 2008

    I just want to offer my services of helping to finish off the “….rather large pile of holiday fudge, cookies, chocolate and candy….”

    So, there’s my offer.

    Sounds like you guys had a great time! Nice list of blessings!

  9. CuzNuz Ruth
    Jan 12, 2008

    What an inspiring blog. The joy of having family around can’t be compared. And sounds like you had lots.