it was the first Thanksgiving for Arielle and we really do have a lot to be thankful for. When she first came home I walked in a daze thinking about the loooong road ahead. And it was a rough one indeed. Our time in China was frightening to me. I had no idea why God would lead ME to such a task. I had no idea where to begin. But I purposed in my heart each day to look FORWARD not back. And now...oh, more later.....back to Thanksgiving.
This is our living room tree, skinny, and made fun of quite often. But I like it. It spins to show ornaments on all sides. And it's skinny, keeping my living room clutter free and roomy! Brad is trying to secure the Angel!
We also have a Family Room Tree that's big and fat and real to make the rest of the family happy :)
Evan is so big this year. I look at Christmas pictures of last year and he looks so old to me now. My baby is growing up!
We had a rough time the week before Christmas. Asher developed pain and then a fever and I thought for sure he would be spending Christmas at the hospital. But praise God he recovered! After a multitude of prayers I'm giving God all the Glory!
Making Christmas cookies to leave for Santa Daddy :)
There is an awesome place close by where several families decorate there homes and yards with holiday lights. And every inch of it proclaims that Jesus is the Reason for the Season. We make it a point to go every year!
Many years ago, when the "bigs" where little, we started a tradition of cutting ribbons before we went into Christmas. The kids get up, find a stocking left by Santa somewhere on their bed, open the little gifts inside (this gives us time to wake up and make some coffee!) We gather together and read out of Luke, and Pray. Then we cut the ribbons to enter Christmas! I originally did this to prevent the kids from going downstairs before we are up. Now it's another tradition. It's changed a bit throughout the years but still basically the same. We tape up ribbons to decorate the doorway opening, then each child gets a turn to cut the ribbons. Another first for Arielle :)