Hello 2012!

We had a wonderfully delightful Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior as a family.  I think it was the most excited I’ve ever been…thus ALL of the rambling and favorite things and such.  It was so amazing going to church on Christmas and worshiping God thanking Him for the indescribable gift of His SonHe gave to us that first Christmas morning.  We learned that the reason we give gifts is for 3 reasons…Jesus is THE gift…the best gift we could ever receive, He was the receiver of gifts…from the Magi…and He gives to His Father the only thing He could ever want…US!  SUCH an awesome service!  Then we came home and read our Advent family devotional and read the Christmas story from Luke 2.  After all the candles were blown out and the songs were all sung it was time to exchange gifts!

Less was once again more as each of our 3 children opened each of their 3 gifts.  They had a ball.  And even Mama got a little surprise…well a BIG one actually.  Daddy took the kiddos out and bought me very “rugged” pair of riding boots!  He also splurged and snuck an iPad under the tree.  All I could say is WOW!  I certainly didn’t need it…well either if we’re being honest…but it sure is nice.  We then spent the rest of the day with Nathan’s family and the next day with my family.  It was an incredibly relaxing few days and the rest of the week following I really took it easy and it.was.fabulous!  But at the same time I was getting organized by sorting toys, cleaning out closets and drawers and bins, taking a shoe inventory…that’s right…I have a number!  It’s not even as bad as I thought it would be.  BUT…my husband did take a little video that makes it look like a LOT more.  Let’s just say our bedrooms was drowning.   Let’s hope that doesn’t get out!  So…2012 and no new shoes is a very good thing…(remind me of that when fall boot season hits, okay!).

We rang in the New Year with some very dear friends at our house and we had so much fun!  It was the first year we spent New Year’s Eve with our children and I can say it is certainly going to be a tradition.  We had tons of great food, lots of play time with the kids, and even a craft after they went to bed…which was SO fun and totally led to me getting into the whole pinterest thing…I can’t believe I caved!?… all leading up to the big countdown to 2012.  It didn’t exactly start how I thought it would…even though I didn’t have a specific expectation.

I spent January 1st and 2nd in bed with what we think could have been some sort of flu…an excruciating headache, fever and horrible aches and pains…much more than usual…my body felt like it was one giant bruise.  More awful than I felt physically was how I felt emotionally…I was missing the last 2 whole days of Christmas break with my kids!  In the very few short moments I was awake I would hear them playing and was so sad I couldn’t be with them.  I failed to see the silver lining that I had my amazing husband to not only take care of them when I couldn’t…but to also take care of me.  I was one sick puppy!  Sunday night when the kids went to bed they were all crying because I could barely speak enough to pray for them.  Jackson just laid his whole little body right on top of me saying “I uv you mommy” while Maxwell was beside himself and Emalynn made me a card that said “Get Bedder” and read it to me then prayed her little heart holding back the tears the entire time.  Oh my sweet babies.  It broke my heart…but I am so grateful for their true love for me. 

Those sweet little prayers were answered because Monday afternoon I started to feel better and by the time we went to bed I was only dealing with a headache.  All of the sleep I got didn’t lend to any sleep last night but that just meant I got a very early start transforming this house from Christmas into a winter wonderland!  January is a LOOOONG month in Michigan so I thought why not embrace the cold…(I know…me!?) and have fun with it…lots of snowmen and snowflakes and now that it is the afternoon…the sleepies are getting to me.

I’ve been trying to figure out how I feel about all the New Year’s resolution stuff and what it means to have a fresh start and I guess I just don’t really do that.  I don’t really feel any different today than I did last Tuesday except that I miss my Ems because she’s at school…but I am excited for what God is going to do…no matter what the calendar says.  It has nothing to do with my plans and what I want to accomplish.  2011 was amazing…God was so present in my life…more so than He ever has been.  But I pray I can say the very same thing 1 year from today.  In terms of resolution however, for me, I think it should begin at the start of each day…not merely at the start of each year.  It should begin with giving myself to God…not to my agendas and plans and goals.  I don’t know about you…but I need His grace more than just once a year…I need it everyday…like when I all to often fail to see the silver living. 

So from our family to yours, Happy New Year!  May you resolve to live each new day in the fullness of His love and grace!

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  Psalm 34:1

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