Wow….this year was NO different than any other year when it comes to family!!! Mine, never ceases to amaze me!!! What a group! I am so BLESSED to have each member of my family and I am so thankful for the part that they, individually, play in my life!
My Mom & Dad:)
The “Initial 6″….which has turned into quite a bit more:) 2+5+4+5+4=20….plus 1 with Great experience…makes for an AWESOME family!!!!
Of course, there is MY “awesome” family….
ABW…18:( and EMW…13! Where does the time go????
We celebrated Christmas in full, family style:) Lots of laughs, lots of food, lots of gifts, LOTS of noise….and a Gingerbread contest that always results in a “teachable moment” about good sportsmanship. I’m not sure where it comes from, but there is quite a bit of healthy competition spirit in our family:)…..Hum!!!!
Sweet “Christmas Morning” cousins….enjoying their gifts and their innocent ideas….but, thankfully remembering the TRUE meaning of Christmas….Jesus!!!
For the second time in our family, we were able to see one of our precious little ones be baptized during the Christmas season. What a GREAT Christmas present!!!!
God sends us PEACE when we need it and rewards us with great memories to guide us through the next phase of our lives:) So “thankful” for differences and for challenges….we GROW that way!!! …..regardless of the stares….the second glances….the well meant smiles….I get a blessing EACH and EVERY day through my life’s journey.
…and then, I am reminded of the sweet innocence of Christmas again…I find myself just as mesmerized as the youngest member of my family! Christmas is a special time…with special people….celebrating a Special Person, Jesus Christ, MY Lord!
…Christmas always brings me back to my childhood….not only do I remember the reason that we ALL should celebrate Christmas, but I also remember all of the wonderful memories that MY PARENTS and MY SISTERS and I have shared…..and the many Christmas memories to come!…..
May your New Year be filled with LOTS of “Family Blessings”!!!
Matthew 1:21 “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”