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Simply Having A Wonderful Christmastime!

…this baby made the angels sing,
And this baby made a new star shine in the sky.
This baby had come to change the world.
This baby was God’s own son, this baby was like no other one.
This baby was God with us, this baby was Jesus.
~Steven Curtis Chapman, This Baby


It’s no secret. I love Christmas! I took hundreds of pictures in 48 hours! Even though I am already enjoying looking back on them, and reliving the special moments, don’t worry. I won’t subject you to all of them. But, here is just a little glimpse into our family Christmas Celebrations…

Yes, celebrations. Plural. We kind of like to celebrate.

We started with a lovely Christmas Eve service with our dear church family. (Yes. We consider them family…because, they are!)


Later, that afternoon, Jason’s parents (known to the kids as Grammy and Grampy) came over for dinner and presents! Although I spent a good portion of the 23rd cooking, in preparation for our meal, in the many pictures I took, not one is of our Christmas dinner. Oh well. Next year. Maybe.

Grammy and Grampy picked out some fun things for the Stockings that they gave the kids. Duck masks, finger lights, candy, stamps and stamp pads, stickers, light up tops, chapstick, and fun characters… I almost think the kids would have been perfectly satisfied to end the gift opening there… Almost.

2017-12-24There were Lots of Legos: Police, Lego Friends, and American Girl. Rebekah was so excited when she opened her very own American Girl “legos”. Rachel got a broom, mop, and duster. And, I am going to have the cleanest house in town if this little girl gets her way! Titus has been begging for a real watch for weeks. He couldn’t have been more excited to get a Spider-Man watch! (Unfortunately, the battery died shortly after he opened it…and he cannot wait until we can get it fixed so he can tell time.)  And, Hannah got a digital camera! You all think I take a lot of pictures? I have competition! I think she might have taken as many pictures as I did during our Christmas celebrations!


Christmas Morning is our family celebration.


{Christmas Morning}

Even though we don’t “do” the Santa thing, I always wait until after the kids go to bed on Christmas Eve to put any gifts under the tree. So, I always love seeing their faces light up when they come downstairs and see what “appeared” overnight!

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Stockings are always first… I had so much fun finding stocking stuffers this year. I may have gone a little overboard, as it was difficult to fit everything in. (And we do not have small stockings!!)


We took a break between the stockings and the presents for breakfast. For the past several years I’ve been looking for alternatives to the easy make-ahead, overnight casseroles that I used to make. (Titus is allergic to eggs, so anything egg-based is out.) Biscuits have become our standard “special occasion” breakfast. It isn’t fancy, but, since it isn’t something we have very often, the kids love them! Jason’s dad sent us a gift of cinnamon rolls, so I added those to our morning menu at the last minute, as a special treat!


I know that Christmas isn’t about the gifts. But, I love to find special items for my family…and I love to see the joy on my children’s (and husband’s) faces when they open up a fun surprise, or something that they have wanted…

2017-12-25One of the things I love most about our Christmas morning is how the kids take their time opening gifts. We take turns…watching each person. They pause, and look at each present…stopping to read books, carefully examining each toy, or even trying on clothing…before moving on to the next gift. And, there were many smiles, squeals, and hugs.

IMG_7272wmThis was my favorite moment of the day!
It just so perfectly captured what I imagine when I think of Christmas Morning.

Because we had enjoyed our “fancy” meal the day before, the rest of the day was very relaxed. Everyone got to enjoy their new toys and books. And, the dining room and coffee table were Lego construction zones!!


Later in the afternoon, Grandma and Boppy came over!


I had some very excited kids… Grandma and Boppy found some fun play food for the play kitchen. We enjoyed an assortment of sandwiches, hamburgers, fruit, and played “guess the ingredients” with our little chefs. In keeping with the cleaning theme, Rachel got a vacuum cleaner! I am not exaggerating when I say this girl loves doing housework with me. Titus got 2 3-in-1 Lego sets…one was a truck, a rocket, and an airplane. The other had a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, and a Pterodactyl. He could not decide which dinosaur to build first! Hannah spent the time looking way too grown up…especially opening gifts from Bath and Body Works. But, I love that she still squealed like a little girl when she got a barn for her horses. And, Grandma and Boppy found some fun blankets for the kids. The girls each got a Mermaid-Tail, in their favorite color (pink for Rachel, Aqua for Hannah, and Purple for Rebekah). And Titus got a Shark-Tail!

26026006_10215158027325221_1589805862387084074_owmMy cozy Mermaids and Shark Boy enjoying A Charlie Brown Christmas before bed.

We really did have a wonderful Christmas this year. I hope you all did too!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a Good Night!

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Christmas Jammies

Each year, we let the kids each open one gift on Christmas Eve. I think by now they have all realized that they are getting new pajamas. But, in my opinion, that is just part of the fun…and the tradition!

Here they are opening their “Christmas Jammies.”


Hannah got a Fox. Titus got Dinosaurs.
Rebekah got Ballerinas. And, Rachel got Kitties.

You might notice that their jammies are not particularly Christmas-y.
That’s intentional. I like to get something fun. Something that represents them…their likes, personality, or interests.
Plus, this way they can wear them beyond Christmas Day!
(Yes. Sometimes I am too practical for my own good.)

Aren’t they adorable?!

IMG_7029wmLooking cute and cozy in their new Christmas Jammies.

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Christmas Eve Service

I love when Christmas, or Christmas Eve, falls on Sunday.

Here we are…all ready for church on Christmas Eve morning!


We have a wonderful church family!
It was a sweet blessing to spend the morning worshipping, and celebrating the birth of our Savior together.

2017_12_241 We have some very talented musicians in our church! And, they all did a wonderful job.
Hannah played her flute as part of an instrumental ensemble.
And, all three of the older kids sang in the children’s choir.


{Our Family – Christmas Eve 2017}

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Thanksgiving 2017

IMG_7617wmIt has been 9 years since we got to spend Thanksgiving with my side of our family. My parents hosted the day at their new home…just down the street. We contributed dessert…made mostly by my kids. And, it was so fun to see these cousins playing together and enjoying each other!

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!”
~Psalm 107:1 (ESV)

Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours.

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Happy 4th Birthday, Rebekah!

10My Sweet and Spunky Rebekah!

You are loud, energetic, dramatic, and silly. Sitting still and quietly are not your strengths.  You do nothing halfway.

You have really surprised me this year by pouring that energy and determination into our school days, and becoming an eager and enthusiastic student! You love our Pre-K times, and are flying through the lessons that I have prepared for you each day…and still asking for more!

You adore your siblings. I am so thankful for the sweet friendship I already see between you and Rachel. I love hearing you play and talk together after we have tucked you in for the night, or when you wake up in the morning. And, you love being one of the big girls with your “just me and Hannah” time. You and Titus seem to enjoy tormenting each other more than playing right now…but when push comes to shove (literally!), you’ll also defend and protect each other!

Although you are definitely my loudest child, you have such a sweet, tender heart. You are always so quick to comfort your little sister when she is sad or hurt. And you are quite the little prayer warrior. You are so faithful to pray for your siblings, daddy, or friends from church. And you are our family cheerleader…always encouraging others, with your big smiles and sweet hugs.

It is my constant prayer that the Lord would draw you to Himself, and that He would use your tender heart and fierce determination for His glory.

I love you, my sweet Bekah-Bug! Happy Birthday

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