We went to Augusta on December 19th-21st. It was a fun-filled weekend, as usual. On our way over to Augusta, Ruby said, “Mama, Sweetie (my mom) doesn’t have a lot of toys, but SHE HAS COUSINS!” When we go to Josh’s parents house, the kids play with tons and tons of toys, and they love every minute. When they go to my parent’s house, they play with some toys, but they love playing with their cousins.
My mom rented a bus again for all of us to pile onto and ride around in on Saturday. We went to lunch at a local Mexican restaurant–loud and you get food immediately! Then, we made a few stops to see some friends and family. We went back to the house for naps, then we went back out that evening to look at lights, stop at McDonalds and then head back home. It was a really fun time. There were so many funny conversations, but I cannot remember them all! We saw a very tacky and over-decorated yard…Ruby loved it. She said that we should make our yard like that so that she could run around in it. Not gonna happen. Overall, it was an incredibly fun time. Here are some pictures of the craziness…..
This morning we went to Wal-Mart to get some toys for some families that aren’t able to provide Christmas for their kids. Wal-Mart is always an adventure with three kids, but today was even more exciting. Ruby really seemed to help me pick out the right toys and in a timely fashion! Molly was a bit thrown off because we went too early for the slushee store to be open, and she was quite disappointed. Anyway, we got the gifts and came home. After getting the little ones into their beds for a nap, Ruby and I got to work wrapping presents. She got super-excited and said, “Mama, let’s get my card so that the kids will know what the true meaning of Christmas is!!!!” She was even upset because she didn’t have more cards just like that one to put on all the gifts…”How will they know what the true meaning of Christmas is if they don’t have a card, too???” Thankfully, I picked up a book about Jesus for each family, so that made Ruby feel better. The card shows kids looking at baby Jesus being held by Mary. It came on a gift from their Aunt Pep and Uncle Jerry last night. When Ruby saw it, her first response (unprompted by anyone), was, “Look, Mom, I got a TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS card.” It was so great to hear her say that!!!! What a great way to start off this most incredible week! I am so proud of her and am praying that the Lord will work in her heart and draw Ruby to Himself.
I have so many other stories to tell from our trip to see our Augusta family, but I just don’t have time to expand right now. Maybe later…..
For anyone who reads this blog, please say a prayer for Garrett and Traci Grubbs and their entire family. Their baby boy, Gabe, was born prematurely on Thanksgiving Day and went to be with Jesus just yesterday morning. They are having services tomorrow…I would just ask that your pray for this precious, godly family. Thanks.
This pretty little ornament was given to Ruby last Christmas from Gran and PawPaw symbolizing her first year of dance class. Well, I put it on the tree and Ruby just loves it. She says, “Mom, seeing that ornament really makes me want to play with it.” I tell her that I am glad she likes her ornament, but the rule is that we don’t play with our ornaments or even touch the tree. (Remember, I am scarred from Mack pulling my tree down to the floor the morning after we got it and decorated it.) Ruby seems like a compliant child, but she actually just goes around the rules sometimes in a very sneaky way. SO, this cute ornament keeps getting moved. Each night I sit on the couch, look at our tree, and find that the Barbie ballerina is in a different place than when the day started. By now it is just comical. I have only caught her a couple of times with it in her hand…but it has been in many different spots on the tree! Sneaky Ruby-Doo.
Now, this precious ornament was given to Molly to symbolize how much she loves, loves, loves riding on the golf cart at both grandparent’s house. (This can apply to Mack as well…”gof-cat” is what he repeats the whole time we are at either grandma’s house.) Anyway, I think it is just adorable, and I am glad Mack hasn’t tried to reach it and play with it. He seems content to just point to it a hundred times a day and say “Gof-cat.”
These are our stockings hung by the chimney with care. Josh’s stocking is HUGE. I thought this was appropriate since he loves Christmas the most out of all of us. Giving and receiving gifts is a favorite part for him.
These are great friends of ours, the Koester kids. We went to their house to eat lunch and play. The kids always have a fun time at their house. They have great toys and so much dress up clothes!!! Molly likes to play on Ben’s piano. Mack gives it a go, too. We were about to leave, so that is the only reason Ruby was actually dressed. 🙂 These girls change clothes a hundred times and sometimes stay a little “free” from any clothes at all. Too funny…
Ruby and I have already had conversations about modesty and what it means and why it is important. In Barbie’s Christmas Carol movie, Barbie wears an inappropriate dress. My friend, Mary, prepared me for it before we watched the movie. I mean, you don’t see the cleavage, but there is a plummeting neck line with sheer material “covering” the skin that only your husband should see. So, anyway, Ruby now will say, “Mama, I like the bottom of her dress, but I don’t like the top.”
Last night we were watching abc family movies…not sure what movie it was, something about Brain Freeze…the lady in a part had a dress on that pushed her ta-ta’s up and together, making quite a bit of cleavage. Ruby, on her own, said, “Mama, it is not nice that all of this right here (pointing to the non-existent breast area on herself) is peeking out.” or something like that….Then, she said something about how she sees a lot of people that do that.
While I am sad that she has to see so many immodest folks, I am glad she recognizes that it is inappropriate. We have a long way to go with this, I am sure. It is so important though and will be worth our time and effort!
Last Saturday night we did a Christmas pageant in our living room. Molly was Mary. Ruby was a shepherd girl. Mack must have been a wolf because he was attacking all of Ruby’s sheep. Josh read the story from Luke 2, and I suppose I was the stage manager as I tried to direct the kid’s in what to say and do. It was interesting….