We had a wonderful Christmas, and cannot believe the break is winding to a close. It started off pretty busy and is ending up a little more quiet but every moment has been precious. There was cookie baking (and eating) time with family, time in prayer, times of laughter, times with friends, and times snuggling in our jammies. It was beautiful to see the kids understanding of the true meaning of Christmas this year. The Christmas story truly meant something to them as they participated (as sheep) in the Christmas Eve program at church. A couple of my favorite moments were watching the kids shop at Target, wrap, and give each other thoughtful darling gifts. The other moment was after Sophie received money from us to buy a toy for a child in the hospital she responded, "Oh good! I have been wanting to do that!". That is the meaning of Christmas to me.
We ended 2009 with a chilly hike and wonderful Mexican themed party with our friends the Bolt's. It was a blast, the perfect combination of fun, funny, and relaxing :) We welcome the adventure of 2010, a new decade. I read somewhere about finding a 'word for the year' something that will represent how you want to live this year. I am not being unique, by using a word I read someone else used..but I love it. My word for 2010 will be "Story". Every moment with my kiddos a beautiful story is unfolding, our story. I want to remember to Be Present (something I have been working on since my birthday), be an active participant in the story. I do not want to have the story going on around me, without me, I want to be involved, attentive, and loving it. I can't wait to see the story that will unfold in 2010 for our family.
Sophie is the sheep farthest to the left of the screen, Abby and Noah are the two farthest to the right of the screen. Enjoy!