Sunday, January 13, 2013

Bits & Pieces of December

//playing with her favorite monkey

     //painting in the morning, and in the afternoon, painting in the evening and underneath the moon
                       //welcoming guests

                      //sharing sweet moments with the most beautiful bride

//foreseeing room for many more friends in our kitchen :)

//looking, unsuccessfully, for fish. Jeff says they're all in B.C. 

//squeezing in one more picture before church because these littles are growing up too quickly for me

//presenting our 2012 Advent Tree (an ornament each day, kid-drawn, for each Old Testament story that points us  forward to the birth of Christ. Levi's leperous Naaman was my favorite!)

//pondering the gifts they bring for their baby King

//making simple reminders for the season

                      //creating gifts to give

                      //anticipating the arrival of our Saviour

                      //lovin' it

//singing a birthday song for the newborn King on Christmas morning

              //enjoying her first Christmas morning

//gathering with family

//finding a quiet spot to unwind

//December was full to the brim. Christmas plays, home renos, a wedding, school, and half a dozen different family gatherings. So much goodness. Sometimes it felt like too much goodness...but that's a good problem to have, I think. We were definitely partied out by the end of the month (mostly just this homebody of a mama) but there were so many blessings that kept our eyes and hearts in the right place this year. Because of all the renos (and the inch of dust and plaster that covered everything in our house) not a single Christmas decoration came out of the attic this year. Our only adornment was a children's advent calendar and a Christmas tree drawn on the wall. But they were the perfect trimmings for us to celebrate with. Our time with family was extra special this year and as we ate, laughed, talked and played together the reason for our gathering was so evident in the love that filled our hearts and homes.

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
~2 Corinthians 9:15~

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