Christmas

I am Grateful!

Tonight I’ve just been thinking about this past year and my heart is filled with gratitude! Even though I haven’t posted very much this year I wanted to at least write what is on my mind right now. I’m so grateful! Grateful for the blessings that God has given us and the things he has taught us. And by blessings I don’t just mean tangible or material things, although he has continued to provide over and over and that has been a true answer to prayer! I mean the blessings of being refined, shaped and molded by the Holy Spirit, and slowly and patiently shown more of himself to me. Most of my days (and by most I mean pretty much everyday:)) are spent changing diapers, preparing meals, playing with my kids, teaching them, and being a wife to an amazing man who is in and out of town often. My days are long and much of the time my patience is tested, my house is a mess, there is always laundry to do, I can’t leave the room for a minute before I’m needed again, I don’t have much time for myself and when I’m out anywhere with my kids people often say, “you have your hands full!” Well here is what it all boils down to – I would much rather have my hands full than empty!

The days are long but the years fly by and this year my patience has been refined and I’ve learned more about the importance of being thankful! Thankfulness bring joy! This life is more than I could have ever dreamed and harder than I ever thought it would be, and I wouldn’t trade it! When I take those moments to be thankful for the smallest of things like a couple extra minutes of sleep in the morning to big things like the gift of assurance of salvation through Jesus, my heart is joyful. And joy helps me reorder my heart and I am able to be more receptive to the Lord. When I think of JOY I think of this… J – Jesus, O – Others, Y- You!

The Lord has shown me bits and pieces of himself through my children. He reminds me particularly that we need to have child-like faith in Christ. And just as dependent as my children are on me right now is how I need to be with God. Like I said, I can’t leave the room for a minute before I’m needed or called on again. So I am reminded quite often. 🙂

Thank you Jesus for this wonderful year filled with time with my amazing children and a husband who is faithful and loves me so much. Thank you for time with my extended family, both expected and unexpected. Thank you for a getaway for Jeremy and I. Thank you for our healthy bodies and access to health care, a roof over our heads, more than enough food, a free car, all the safe traveling we have been able to do, and for putting people in my life who are the hands and feet of Jesus to me! Thank you for the amazing church body and community of faith to belong to as well as a great group of moms who have children with DS! Thank you for all the wonderful care we have been given for Liam and the people we have met as a result. AMEN!

I am GRATEFUL! Happy New Year!

Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Here is a link to a song by Jason Gray. It has been stuck in my head all day and it expresses how I’m feeling right now!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEsH0mUcg0w

 

 

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Which one should I choose?!

We had the opportunity to take Liam to Kevin Wimpy’s photography studio to have his picture taken with the most darling scene of Santa in his toy shop! It was Liam’s first time seeing Santa and I was a little nervous because he was overdue for his nap. But much to my surprise, he went right to Santa and actually enjoyed being on his lap! It was too cute! So now we are left with the decision of which photo to choose to have them print for us. Ahhhh! I can’t do it! So maybe you can help me. Plus I wanted to show you just how cute they turned out;)! These are the ones I have it narrowed down to…

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So cute… Santa loves Liam and Liam loves Santa;). Let me know which one is your favorite!!


Decorating "Our" Christmas tree

We’re so sorry it’s been so long since we’ve posted here – things have been rather crazy in our world over the last few months. However, it’s now Christmas time, which means it’s time to decorate a Christmas tree!

A friend of ours was snapping pictures during the whole process and when we looked at them afterwards we thought it would be fun to let you in on how our tree gets decorated every year through a series of pictures – call it a “photo essay” if you will…

Erin deciding whether she’s going to let Jeremy help decorate.

Erin decides to let Jeremy help but only under strict supervision (“This one goes here, this one over there…”).

Jeremy deciding if he really wants to see this task through to the end…

Posing for a picture: “Jeremy ‘helps’ decorate the tree.”

Jeremy decides his time would be much better spent (and FAR more productive) making eggnog ice cream.

The finished product… “We” did pretty good, didn’t we!