Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The season for love

December is in full swing with lots to do and super packed weekends. Every time I think I am finally done with all the gifts, I remember one more that I need, or B reminds me of last minute ones to pick up at the store. It seems never ending and I have finding myself complaining. Complaining because there is not enough time to do it all. I haven't even wrapped a single present. There are a ton stashed in the guest room closet, some in the higher cabinets in the kitchen, and I know I have some in my trunk that I picked up today at lunch. We all get lost in the shuffle of the Holiday season. I'm guilty as charged.

Today was one of the days that God wanted to remind me of what we are celebrating. For Christians, it's the birth of Jesus. The gift He gave us when He died on the cross for all our sins. The memories we make with family and friends. The Kindergarten Christmas Program celebrating Jesus. The gift of love. The gift of family and loved ones.

Jayden singing his little heart out at the Program.

I recently met a mom from Jayden's Kindergarten class as we had a play date during the Thanksgiving break. I got to see her again at the Christmas Program tonight. Her son came up to us and said hi and I noticed his mom sitting alone. Jayden had grandparents, his brother and sister, mommy, daddy, aunts and uncles and cousins that came to visit. We quickly walked over to keep her company. She shared with me that she and her son spent Thanksgiving alone (we had over 60+ people at our house!). She told me that her son would really like to play with Jayden during the Christmas break but she had booked a last minute trip to Mexico with her 5 year old. I knew that his daddy and Grandpa had recently passed away. And she told me that she could not stand to spend Christmas by themselves. It broke my heart. I can not imagine spending the Holidays with no other family or friends. I'm the one who worries if our house will fit so many family members. I'm sure she would give anything to be surrounded by so many loved ones. She would not complain about the many gifts to wrap or the last minute gifts she now has to get.

I will cheerfully pick up some more last minute gifts (I'm positive of this one!) and gladly wrap the tons of presents waiting in the closet. Every time I find myself complaining, God has a way of showing me how someone else would gladly do things I am complaining about. This Christmas and Holiday season, I hope you are surrounded by so much love, you will not know what to do with it!

And speaking of love : ) These girls have been our (my sister and I) rock! I have known some of them since middle school. (That's 20 years! Yikes!) We have been there through Birthdays, Graduations, Weddings, births of the kids, my sister's cancer journey, a friend's dad cancer journey, and the list goes on and on. Truly blessed to have such amazing support from all these ladies! They are the type of friends who will drop anything in heart beat to be there for each other.

                                                                Family picture.

We attempted a Kid Group picture. There are 13 kiddos now!

                                                             Me and the twinkies.

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