December 28, 2008

Can you believe that all with all the preperation and anticipation...Christmas is gone? Just like that. We had a wonderful Christmas with family! Every year we feel the stress from running between families. So to contract on a house right before Christmas was also a little bittersweet. Next year, we will be waking up on Christmas Day at our house! I'll extend to the invitation now to anyone who wants to come; in fact, the more the merrier! Steven is just excited about not loading up all the presents to take them somewhere else to open them and then load them all back up to bring home. Although, we are so grateful to have our families nearby!

Every year, at this time, we are reminded how blessed we are with our wonderful families! Not because they completely restock Brynlee's playroom, but because of the love they show for us and our daughter throughout the year. It is so great to be able to spend a few days without the phone ringing, office calling, or running here and there...and just enjoy each other.

We had so much fun this Christmas with Brynlee. Her mind is like a little sponge and she is learning SO much. We really enjoyed teaching her about the meaning of Christmas and even singing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus with her!

Christmas is about so much more than Thomas the Tank Engine and's about love, hope, peace, and our Saviour. It's about the gift given to us from the Lord, so that we may know over and over the everlasting love He has for us--the gift of baby Jesus.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were so afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!"

Luke 2: 8-14

I got a very special present this year. One that is truly priceless. My mom and stepdad created a slideshow for me and I'm excited to get to share it with you! The "about" on this slideshow starts with Mamma Mia... When Mom saw the movie for the first time, she broke down during this song and it really touched her. The tranisition to Brynlee is a reminder that before I know it she will be "Slippin through my fingers..." I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks Mom and James! I love you both!

1 comment:

Catherine said...

What a cool slideshow, Natalie. So sweet. =)

And a good message, too. I enjoyed reading this.