I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!
Some of the highlights of our Christmas Eve were celebrating this little cutie…can’t believe she’s 2!!
decorating cookies with Aunt Kim (an annual tradition)
& worshipping Jesus with family & friends. I am so thankful that my dear friend Katherine captured this moment…I sure love singing with this guy!
On Christmas morning, we woke the kids up a little early so they could have a minute with their gifts before we headed downtown. Our church has been collecting all sorts of goodies for the homeless & about 60 of us had the opportunity to go spread the love.
These boys were such troopers & held down their job at the front of the line, handing out grocery bags & snacks.
My absolute favorite moment happened at our first stop, on Church Street. I overheard one of the ladies say that she was so excited to finally have her own place with her own tree. She said “there may not be anything on it or under it but I am so stinkin’ proud, I could just burst.” I remembered that we had some handmade ornaments in the van that we were supposed to hand out one day during advent but for one reason or another, it never happened. I grabbed Grady & explained to him what the woman had said & that we had just the perfect gift for her! We ran back, tracked her down and Grady tapped her on the shoulder & handed her the ornaments. She looked down and began to cry & said “how did you know?” I told her a little bird must’ve overheard her!;) She told Grady that he made her day & I assured her it made ours too!! I’m so glad we never handed out those ornaments…it was just meant to be!
And just when you think the day can’t get much better…it does!
Some of you who follow my hubby might have seen his post last night, but I had to share it here…just in case you didn’t!:)
“This is a Christmas Jen and I will never forget. For the month of December, we have been reading “Unwrapping The Greatest Gift” by Ann Voskamp. All along the way, we have been asking the boys to be thinking about what it means that God gave us the gift of Jesus and wants us to give our lives to serve him and his kingdom. Tonight as we turned the final page of the book, we asked the boys if they were ready to pray with us to receive the greatest gift. Grady immediately said an uncharacteristically confident “yes” and our little Jett-man said that he wasn’t ready yet. So there sitting in the floor, in the back bedroom of Gigi’s house, Grady repeated a simple prayer to ask Jesus to use his life to share the greatest gift of God’s love with the world. I have never had a prouder moment as a parent. I genuinely love Jesus with everything I have. I want to make his love known to the world. But I can’t imagine a greater feeling than making him known to my own children. Merry Christmas! The greatest gift is here, always and forever present. Jesus. Emmanuel.”
Hearing Grady’s sweet little voice repeat that prayer after his Daddy was beyond special! I am so proud of him & can’t wait to see the plans that God has in store for our sweet Grady!
“Every prayer for you is like a seed in the ground,
Every tear I cry is like rain.
And in its due season,
I pray a harvest will be found,
Your heart and mouth confessing Jesus’ name.