1.02.2014

Christmas morning


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Love at Home by Paul Cardall on Grooveshark

 "Christmas… that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible
that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia.
Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer,
but always it will be a day of remembrance --
a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved."

-Augusta E. Rundel
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The hubby and I so enjoyed our Christmas morning this year with the kids...now having the three of them--our Christmas mornings are so much more special.  There is the non-stop laughter and giggling---combined with the sounds of excited screams as they tear open their gifts--such a joy for any parent to witness.  Truly one of the most magical moments of childhood.  Our hearts were overflowing with love and gratitude as we watched the three of them excitedly open all their presents  and share this special morning together.


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After the madness of opening all their goodies from Santa had ended...the hubby and I sat back and enjoyed watching the kids play with all their new things.  I couldn't help but reflect on as I watched the kids laugh and play-- how blessed the hubby and I are to be parents---to be able to make and share memories like this with our children.  I was worried this Christmas might feel a little weird for us--as some of you may remember, we sold our house last spring (we put it on the market last January fully expecting it to take at least 6 months to a year to sell---but to our surprise, we had a contract within a month and it was sold by March) and so we have just been leasing this current home until we move out of the valley.  So having Christmas in this temporary home I was afraid would feel a bit awkward for us and the kids---I missed our pretty fireplace and mantle from our old home where I hung the stockings each year, and our pretty front and back yard where we would put up Christmas lights, etc. (we didn't put up as many decorations this year since we're keeping so much stored away until our move). And yet despite the scaled back Christmas we had this year with regard to our decorations--I was humbly reminded that all of that "stuff" really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.  Living in our lease house didn't change or diminish anything about our experience or our enthusiasm about Christmas.  In fact, the hubby and I were talking the other day how we think this was the best Christmas we've had since we were married!!  What mattered most is that we were able to spend it together as a family--all five of us. 

I was also thinking as I watched the kids have fun Christmas morning...how as adoptive parents, there was a time and season in our marriage where we were beginning to think we might never be able to experience Christmas mornings like this...but on the contrary, Heavenly Father heard our prayers and blessed us in such a wondrous way--- we are so, so very thankful and humbled by the gift of parenthood.  We are still feeling unsure and a bit uneasy about what is going to happen to our foster son.  His situation continues to weigh heavily on our minds this holiday season, but we continue to pray daily that the Lord's hand is in this and that if it be right--we will be able to adopt him formally in the coming months.  I would love for us to be able to celebrate next Christmas with him "officially" and "legally" part of our family.  

I'm truly thankful for the special memories we were able to make again this year as a family-- we continued some old Christmas traditions that both the hubby and I enjoyed from our own childhood Christmas' and then we also started a few new ones as well this year.

Christmas is truly a magical time of year, a special day of remembrance-- a day to celebrate time with our loved ones and make lasting memories.  But even more important, a time to celebrate and express our gratitude for the spiritual blessings that flow into our lives because of the birth, earthly mission and sacrifice the Savior made for each and every one of us.

I look forward to the New Year and the many new things that we will experience together as a family...

xo,
Jennifer

4 comments:

  1. Looks like a fantastic morning. We have the roller coaster in our indoor playground at church. My little ones LOVE riding it during break time!!

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    1. The roller coaster is so cool...the little ones love it! :-)

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  2. I try to visit and comment on a new blog every day and I'm sooo glad I stumbled across yours today. What a beautiful post. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Dee! I'm so happy you stopped by today. :-)

      xo,
      jennifer

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