Monday, December 24, 2012

It's Christmas Eve!

I can't believe it's here already!  I love the anticipation almost as much as the actual day of Christmas.  All the parties with friends are so much fun, and I think the anticipation builds with each one.  Then things can get so busy leading up to the Big Day, and then two or three days beforehand, everyone is home with no place that they have to be, and things start to slow down.  Those days are so special to me!  So that's where I find myself right now.  It's a rainy day and there's a living room full of asleep kids, remnants of a last-minute sleepover.  Gifts are wrapped, and all that's left to do today is cook for our Christmas Eve meal.  Last year's menu was quite tasty, so I'm going to do a repeat.  This year my father-in-law and mom, dad, and aunt will be joining us. 

I am so thankful for this time of year, and as I sit here listening to Fox News in the background, hearing people debate over whether it is okay to say Merry Christmas or not, I find myself even more thankful.  Thankful that there is no question in my heart and mind about Who this day is about.  My Savior.  Incarnate God, coming to earth as a baby in the most humble of circumstances.  As someone said on Twitter earlier, He did not come because of our love for Him but because of our rebellion against Him.  He loved us so much that He came to save those who would be saved!  What great love!!  So, even though there are so many in rebellion against Him even now, I am humbled and, yes, I'm going to say it again, THANKFUL that He opened my heart to this truth and drew me to Himself and clothed me in His righteousness ~ something I could have never accomplished on my own.  And to that I say, Thank you, Jesus.  Thank you so much for coming and rescuing me!

John 1:14 > And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 

What a wonderful truth that fills my heart with joy! 

Now, before I head upstairs and get this day officially started, I'll post some pics from the past month.

Cari's Home Ec class hosted a Formal Dinner for their final exam.  They were allowed to invite one guest, and she invited my mom.  They had a good time and said the Italian-themed meal tasted amazing.


 Here's a picture I caught of the dessert table before I headed out to spend the afternoon with Matthew and Amelia at Chick-Fil-A!


And of course, I can't have a post without mentioning Madison and her sports, can I?  In softball, she was chosen as a first-team player (third base) for the entire region and for all-area, she was chosen second-team.  This was quite a nice surprise for her, and we're very proud of what she has accomplished.

Now we're into basketball season, and at the last game she injured her ankle.  We were afraid the season would be over, but it was just a sprain, and she says she's up to playing the Christmas Tournament this week.





And, of course, here's one of my favorite aspects of Christmas!  Party with the girls at Bonnie's house!  Bonnie got us all matching T-shirts.  We can't wait to go somewhere together and wear them!  And they were hand delivered by Santa Claus (a.k.a. our good friend, Chad).




Bonnie, along with her brother who brought his guitar, and a friend of theirs sang Christmas songs to us.  I caught a shot of Bonnie while she was singing.  Wish you could hear pictures!


Time for Dirty Santa!



Donna is always twirling her hair ~ here's the proof  .:>)


Here's Anslea opening the lengthy gift that I brought.  In the spirit of Oprah's Favorite Things, I did Rhonda's Favorite Things.  Each gift had a message and was individually wrapped, so it took a while to get through.  Thankfully, we weren't in a hurry!  Fun, fun times.  It seems like that night passed in about five minutes!


And this is a random shot I caught of Amelia and Matthew outside with Annabelle.  Never a dull moment with these two!  Annabelle would definitely agree.


Decorating gingerbread houses ~~




Cari's drama class performed their Christmas play inside the atrium at the local hospital.  She was the grumpy candy cane.  She really enjoys this class and had a great time with this play.  They all did a great job!





That's it for now and the only thing left to say is Merry Christmas Eve!