Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve was so much fun.  How I love having all our family together!  As a blended family, it doesn't happen often enough.  I think there will always be various heartaches related to the divorces and this is definitely one of them.  We are so blessed, however, in that our family has blended seamlessly.  Our kids love each other so much, and we each love each and every kid as our own, whether or not they began this way.  We are a blessed family indeed.  I can see that the Lord does indeed make up for the heartaches and trials of life - sometimes here on this earth and sometimes in the next life, but, indeed, they are made up.

First, we took the kids out to eat.  This has been a tradition since before J was born and we love it.  Thanks to my dear Aunt and her Christmas money that allowed us to have a nice dinner and not worry about the budget!
When we got home, it was time for the crazies to begin.  All four of these kids pulled their pants up super high and danced and danced to the Christmas music.  It was funny and moments to be cherished for sure!
We had a fire in the fireplace.  Look at our five amazing children!

More crazies.  So fun!
We also have a tradition about "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."  I grew up with my dad reading us this story after we read the Christmas story out of the bible.  When we moved to Texas in 2001, I called him and asked if he would read it to us over the phone.  Nearly every year since then, he reads it to the kids over the phone.  They love it and look forward to it.  I think my dad does too. 

So, this year, we read the Christmas story out of the Bible together, we sang a hymn, prayed, and rejoiced in our Savior, Jesus Christ, and then....we called Grandpa.  What a special tradition.

Then, all four kids had a sleepover in C's room.  We could hear them talking for a while, but they actually fell asleep more quickly than I expected!  What another great memory for our children to share!!!  So blessed!!

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