Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday Jesus!

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

the spirit of giving

Today Grayson, Lilah and I visited a local firestation and dropped off some cookies (and returned a t-shirt one of them had left at our house during a photoshoot--it was his 3yo son's shirt).  Especially after hearing many 6- and under-year-olds request iPads from Santa for Christmas when I was doing the photos for Edgewood Primary School's Santa Breakfast, I decided right then and there that my children will not be getting iPads, or anything of the sort before they are in highschool and have the need for it (if ever!).  The thing that bothered me the most was that many of these children looked like they were in need of more basic items like clothing.

When I was a child, we had to save up or use layaway just to get a doll for Christmas.  Yes, we were poor, but we were blessed and I never really felt poor.  I would never have even dreamed of asking for something of the caliber of an iPad, even before I knew "the truth".  Our family's financial situation is "better than I deserve" in the words of Dave Ramsey, but I don't want our children to ever feel like they are entitled to something like an iPad.  To further that idea, I've decided that our family will continue in a spirit of giving each year and we will be taking cookies to firemen, packing shoe boxes for children and doing other activities to inspire giving in our children, rather than entitlement.

I was reminded recently of how many people have certain expectations of how Christmas should go.  They have a plan in their head of a big, beautiful tree with lots of presents underneath.  Christmas morning to them is a time to make their children happy by giving them everything they want.  They (we) neglect to remember what we're celebrating in the first place--Jesus' birth.  OUR SAVIOR.  It's his birthday!!!  THAT'S the reason for the season.  So when we celebrate Christmas, we will still give our children gifts, but we will also give... because He calls us to.  That's His birthday gift.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

this one's for you, Shel Rockhill! ;-)

Yes, I know, I haven't blogged since July.  Well, it's been pretty busy here with an infant, a toddler, and about 100 photoshoots between then and now.

But, I read a post on my friend's blog this morning, and she inspired me to take a picture of this.  We don't have a lot of decorations up this year, because G can't seem to resist terrorizing them.  We don't even have ornaments on the tree because he broke one of the plastic balls on the tree in the studio.  He knows he's not supposed to touch them, but poor guy just can't resist his desire to explore.  And I'm not going to punish him for being the boy that God created him to be.  We just won't tempt him either ;-)

Our stockings are hung over the window on a curtain rack (high enough that he can't get to them!) and each one is specific to its owner...  Brandon's is the Blue one on the end, with a "B" ornament on it, mine is Lavender with an "L", Grayson's is Green with a "G" and Lilah's is Lava, with an "L".  Yes, we had to get creative on the colors, but it all worked out.  Lord help us if we have another kid... I don't know if we'll be able to continue this trend!!  haha  Anyway, the stockings are stuffed to the brim and we can't wait for the fellowship that will come when we open them.

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas.  Enjoy those babies.