A little over a week's time has passed since I've sat down to blog. In between diaper duties, close calls with the Christmas tree, refereeing wrestling matches and a few mild meltdowns, ideas for different posts have meandered through my mind these past few days, but those thoughts just couldn't pull me away from life in the present. How could any post compete with snuggling on the couch with kiddos, reading Charlie just one more book by a sparkling fire, baking the favorites we savor but once a year, singing my favorite Christmas songs till my hear's content while tackling a sink constantly overflowing with dishes, delivering gifts to neighbors, greeting the UPS man every day (we always get to be friends during the holidays!), and crouching down by the nativity in the evening quiet to savor just a few more moments with my Lord.
I hope that you, too, were able to spend the past few days doing all of the things you love, living richly in the present moment, savoring life....and that's why I knew you woulnd't miss anything here....here doesn't matter - there, your very own place in life does.
This morning I'm up early, long before the bandits arise from their burrows, just so I can spend a few minutes editing all of the photos I've taken (so far) this Christmas. Unfortunately, my camera has taken some serious "accidental" falls over the past few months and it's showing it's wear and tear in the pics. Time to get it fixed! Looking beyond the fuzzies....I hope you'll see what I see!!
Smiling faces full of surprise...
A proud brother anxiously waiting for his specially chosen gift (a basketball for big brother Ben!) to be opened.
Savoring sweets for brunch, something we all look forward to after gifts are revealed.
The Christmas morning Ebelskiver tradition continues.
Brothers out burnin' off the Jelly Belly stocking stuffer with some sledding!
Posing for a few family pics with my parents. Doesn't my mom look amazing? Thank you for your continued prayers for her. She is doing great!
The saddest little face you'll every see of a boy holding a candy cane (!).
Four crazy cousins doing stunts, oh dear!
Ham and Beans!
It wouldn't be Christmas vacation without a "let's gang up on Dad" wrestling match.
Gathering 'round the table for a competetive game of cards - is there any other way to play?
Nothin' but love for the two Steve's.last year's Christmas episode!
The crew is up, and running, and I hear the kitchen calling!
Happy New Year's Eve, Friends!