We had a wonderful, relaxing Christmas this year. It was filled with meaning, love, gratitude and generosity. I saw some good things in my children this Christmas, and I'm thanking God for it! It was the tightest Christmas we've ever experienced, but despite that, God did the "loaves and fishes" miracle on our Christmas and I think the kids received some of the nicest gifts ever! God is so good!!! The picture above is of us singing "Happy Birthday to Jesus" with cupcakes and lighted candles. Before opening stockings and gifts we finished our Jesse Tree and Waiting Tree devotions to help drive home what we were celebrating. We were blessed to have Michael's folks stay with us over the weekend.
This picture was taken Christmas Eve. It is becoming tradition to let the kids open their gifts from Michael's brother and SIL. As you can see, they got totally spoiled!
After breakfast and devotions, we open stockings and gifts. We take turns opening gifts so we can enjoy watching other's faces when they open theirs. This has always been hard for Josiah, but this year, he did very well. A huge improvement! Hailey got a bible with a handle on it in her stocking. Josiah got a "Jonathon Park - X-Scope" from Vision Forum. They were both thrilled!
I got Michael some parts for a carburetor that he is going to put together for his T-Bucket Roadster project.
Josiah was so excited to get Hailey a pink fishing pole with his own money. He also got me an beautiful necklace and earring set with his own money. I was so pleased to see him giving on his own. Hailey wore her Christmas dress she got from her Nana all day with her "almost bun".
Some friends of ours, Billy and Kay, dropped off some gifts for the kids to open on Christmas. Hailey got this awesome crayon tower. It is so much easier for her to put her crayons away now and keep them all together. Whoever thought of this was a genius! Michael's folks got Hailey a rodeo princess set. She wore it almost the whole day. Talk about adorable!
We got Josiah a pair of nice leather chaps off Ebay (used) that he loved. Michael got him a "hickory" logger shirt and we we also got him a hunting set that included the coonskin hat, tent and a pop gun with binoculars. Billy and Kay got Josiah the Nerf Blaster which was he loved of course.
My in-laws got Josiah these "Daddy's Helper" suspenders and he looked like a "logger-cowboy-mountain man" the whole day. He's wearing his dad's boots with spurs in this pic , LOL.
We invited some friends over and had a wonderful lamb dinner with all the fixin's plus some Asian food. I'm hoping to post my favorite lamb roast recipe soon. We were stuffed to say the least, plus we had pumpkin pie later that night with hot butters and hot buttered rums for some of the adults, while we broke out the fiddle and I gave our friend a little lesson as he is thinking of getting a violin.
Truly the perfect Christmas! I hope each of yours was just as blessed. May you all have a wonderful New Year!