Just a few memories of our wonderful, fun-filled, fast paced (as usual) Christmas season...
Our card for this year:
The back contained some excerpts from the Jesus Storybook Bible (our favorite!)
Mary Ella with Santa. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of all 3 with him this year. :(
It just wasn't worth the misery. The other 2 kiddos were not fans. At all. AT ALL.
One of the many concerts I had the pleasure of watching. They are pros at "We 3 Kings" and "Jingle Bells." Sam is a pro at not wearing pants.
Little sister loved finding
School memories included a field trip to the local public library where we enjoyed a horse-drawn carriage ride, cookie decorating and visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus. This is Mary Ella's amazing, selfless teacher, Ms. Michelle. So blessed by her and so thankful she is a part of our lives.
The kindergarten class gets to be the live nativity scene in the Christmas program each year, and Mary Ella played the part of "Mary." Her line was "He is Christ the Lord! He is the good news of great joy!"
She did a great job.
Mary Ella's friend Kam was "Joseph."
And Emma Kate played the part of baby Jesus snatcher.
We made gingerbread cookies one night.
One of these is a male. Can you guess which one? (Chad pointed this out later and we both had a good laugh.)
Oh well. We tried.
My favorite school ornament this year:
The girls at our neighborhood clubhouse.
So funny - before this picture Mary Ella kept telling EK to pose and tried to show her how. Finally I said, "Mary Ella, she just doesn't know how to do it yet." And as soon as I counted to 3, Emma Kate leaned over like she was posing. It was the cutest.
Santa gave them candy canes for coming to visit. (Don't be fooled - Emma clung to her mama for dear life.)
I love, love, love wrapping gifts. These were our teacher gifts this year. (Wooden picture frames are under the wrapping paper - ha! Of course I forgot to snap a picture of them.)
A December trip to the McWane Center is a must.
Class Christmas parties are our favorites!
And Steak n Shake has nothing to do with Christmas, but we sure do love it and we may have eaten there 4 times in December.
A few from Christmas at the Compound...
And a few from Christmas with our family in Birmingham...
Beneath My Heart...
I still have so much to be thankful for this holiday season.
I don’t have everything checked off my Christmas list, and I haven’t been able to do all the traditions that I love right before Christmas, but I will still celebrate.
Cause Christmas is WAY more than presents, more than traditions, more than spending time with family and friends, more than a spirit of cheer, more than holiday tunes, more than any of that.
Christmas is about God’s great love for us. So great, that He came to earth as a baby to live and die and to demonstrate His love for us.
He is our Joy during times of pain.
He is our Strength when we are weak.
He is our Hope when we think we have none.
He is our Peace in times of turmoil.
Those are the gifts I am celebrating this Christmas.