Christmas at our house was a little crazy, a bit chaotic, and tons of fun. On Christmas Eve one of my sons made puppets to use to illustrate reading the Christmas story. Emery was VERY concerned about getting to sleep so that Santa would be able to come. For the one non-believer kid in our family it was a bit more difficult to get to bed with the others:) Christmas morning was a blast. Emery opened one present and savored it. She looked at it, examined it. Exclaimed over it. It was a new doll. So we paused all of the present opening to encourage the boys to not just move on to the next gift after a quick 'Thanks'. After a couple more presents Emery was asking, " 'nother present, please?" Ah, well it was a nice thought at the beginning.
We went to Christmas morning church and left a bit of glitter on the pew from Emery's Christmas dress(we got it off!) Who knew little girls dresses with sparkles shed? Somehow, we didn't take any pictures of everyone in church clothes, so we will be restaging that event:)!
While there was plenty of hustle and bustle, baking and making, wrapping and buying, singing and reading and watching Christmas movies, I was struck by the fact that last year we had barely started the process to adopt Emery. We made Christmas ornaments for her so that she would have some this year to put on the tree, and she did. And I was struck by the fact that I could not have necessarily predicted this exact path, and it is one so much greater than one I might have thought I would choose. It has been a great and crazy year. I am looking forward to a year that is maybe a little bit less crazy but just as great!
And my focus even more this year is going to be about something I was reading in John. When it talks about how Christ is the vine and that we are the branch and the branch can't produce fruit on its own. Well the closer the branch is to the vine the stronger it is and the more it can carry. I feel like my plate has gotten pretty heavy and full so obviously I need to be moving a little bit closer to the source of my strength in order to carry it a bit easier! So that is my continued, carry-over goal for 2012.
May God bless you and yours this year. Thank you for your help and prayers for our family in 2011. We have been so very blessed.