Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tender mercie Christmas miracles

The guard Christmas party this year was so great.  On the way home our car was causing us some problems.  We were not sure what was going on. (our fuel pump went out) It would drive a few feet quit, we would have to sit for awhile and the wonderful process would start again.  Finally Jers tells everyone to be quiet as he says a prayer.  As he finishes, he sits for awhile, tries to start the car, off we go.  We made it out of camp dodge a least:). When he gets the car going again he states I'm not taking the freeway,  I am going the long way.  The car does not cause us too much trouble until we get almost home.  This happens to be at a main stoplight where many of the people from our old ward would be going by at that EXACT TIME!!!!!  I am soooo embarrassed.  I say "why did you go this way? everyone will see us."  He replies "I know, that's why,  I new we would need the help they would be willing to offer."  Offer they did!!!!!  Within seconds the younger kids and I had a ride home,  Jers had tons of people offering to help.  How blessed and loved we felt at the tender mercy of that moment. 

The following day I had agreed to let Jers take the car hunting and go without one due to the fact that the weather had been nice.  I could walk Ashlynn to preschool and other than that we could just stay home that day.  It would be a lot of walking because I would also need to go back and pick her up.  We woke up to freezing cold rain and wind.  I had no car and I new Ashlynn would not be happy if we skipped preschool.  WHAT TO DO???  I had decided we would bundle up REALLY good and just walk.  I was a little concerned how Ashlynn would handle walking in the rain & wind to school:).  I went on about my day but had a prayer in my heart to know what I should do.  I really didn't want to bother anyone for help.   All the sudden my phone rang.  It was a preschool friend I had never met.  The mom wondered if her daughter could come over to our house,  play with Ashynn,  then she would take them to school and bring Ashlynn home. UM YES!!! 2 tender mercies in less than 24 hours.  I felt very blessed by our own little Christmas miracles indeed!!!


First of all I was a little sad to think we may NOT have snow for Christmas this year.  We ended up having PLENTY!!!  I could not have been happier for the kids to be out of school for 2 extra days of school.  They had a ball playing out in the snow.   I LOVE Christmas break and Christmas is one time of year I actually enjoy the snow.  Christmas break ends in 2 days so it is free to leave any time:).

Christmas cookies, I always look forward to these until it's time to clean up  and then I think I NEVER want to make these again.  However next year will come and I will once again be excited to do cookies as will my younger kids:). Somehow I forget the mess and remember how fun it is to crank up the Christmas music and make cookies.
The annual  Clive SANTA visit.  We have a special neighborhood to warrant a visit from this jolly man every year.
Ashlynn kept begging to go for a picnic.  I am NOT a cold weather picnic fan!!  We solved the begging by her and I making Rudolph lunch bags one afternoon then for dinner we had a family picnic. NEXT to the glowing fire:)
I will be VERY sad to not watch Ashlynns preschool Christmas program next year.  It is so very adorable.  Seriously cutest Christmas program I have ever seen.

Ashlynn has been begging to do Santa pancakes.  I am so thankful I still have one kid who still thinks these little projects aren't lame:)
AShlynn had a build a bear birthday party.  It was adorably fun!! Birthday parties are so much fun.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Moment

 As I was baking one evening, I glanced into the living room to find Ashlynn being more still than she normally is.  For the next little while I watched her as she glanced at the details of the Christmas tree and all the gifts.  It was a beautiful moment to watch her as she just smiled and looked at everything.  I love this season!!!  For some reason, it seems like  it comes and goes quicker with every year.  From the day after Thanksgiving, it's a battle at times to not get caught up in all the worldly parts of it and easily miss the whole meaning of the season.  How thankful I am for little ones who help ME to remember to slow down and take in the magic of this beautiful time of year.