Well, we had another wonderful Christmas. I told Josh I enjoyed this Christmas season more than most others. I wasn’t stressed….about gifts or food or schedules. Our kids got some things they wanted and so did Josh and me, but it surely wasn’t the focus. We enjoyed our church’s Christmas Eve service. It was fun! We enjoyed having Irvin here […]
So today Molly has a piano Christmas concert of sorts at Towne Lake Mall. She plays “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “O Christmas Tree.” Mack used to take piano…if you recall, one day he told his teacher that “today will be my last day,” when in fact, it was not his last day. Eventually, we let him stop taking piano. He turned his energy to football, which he loved. Well, today as we were preparing to go to Molly’s piano concert, Ruby asked Mack if he misses piano. He said, “Nope. It might miss me, but I don’t miss it!!” Oh my goodness. What to do with that boy?
Josh goes to American Girl Store with me. I go to Catching Fire movie with him. Equally painful for each of us. We both think the world would be better without it.
Last night as I was tucking Mack into his own bed (as opposed to the floor of his sisters’ room where he prefers), I asked Mack what gift he wanted for Christmas. Josh and I have not bought the kids anything yet…so I thought I’d see if Mack had changed his mind about what he wanted. Earlier in the evening he was drawing pictures and putting them in envelopes and stuffing them into stockings of his sisters. He told me that it helps him to not think about what he wants when he is giving things to them. How true is that?! He did say he wanted Legos and a wrestling mask. I asked him what he thought Jesus wanted since it is His birthday we are celebrating. His eyes looked around thoughtfully, and he said, “Nothing I guess. He doesn’t need anything because everything is already His. ” Good point, but I asked, “Nothing?” “Well, maybe He wants everyone to be kind hearted.” Mack said. “Mack, what Jesus wants is YOU.” He smiled and said, “He does?” I explained that Jesus doesn’t need anything, but that He came to earth to live a perfect life and die on the cross for our sins. He rose from the grave, conquering death and will come again to get His children. “Mack, what do you think stops you from admitting you are a sinner and need Jesus to rescue you from your […]
I’ve read from people much smarter than me that sometimes you don’t need to figure out how to share everything in your heart and mind. Some things are best kept inside between you and God. Some things just can’t be properly communicated with words. That’s a bit how I feel. This I do know–I am so thankful and humbled that […]
You see the shoeboxes. You even fill boxes and send them to a kid. You see pictures of smiling kids with their boxes. But I never really thought my kids would have the opportunity to give out the boxes to kids! We got up Wednesday, had breakfast at New Missions and then got on the bus and traveled down the […]
The truth is, there is no way to know when this whole plan started exactly…off the cuff I might say Josh has wanted to take the kids and me on a mission trip for a couple of years. Each of us parents left the country later in life–Josh in his twenties and me in my early thirties. But when you […]