Holiday Wrap Up


Sure it’s two weeks past Christmas and a whole week into the New Year but that doesn’t mean the holidays are officially over. Does it? The first week of the new year is always an interesting time. I spend so much time in November and December planning for Christmas, looking forward to celebrating and then putting all together that when it’s over it’s always a bit sad. Life, school and work all go back to “normal” – no more days off from school. Fortunately we were able to make a lot of memories and spend a lot of time with family.

We celebrated a little before we left giving the kids their gifts from his family so that we had a few less gifts to take to Florida. The kids were thrilled to get Scentsy Buddies from Great-Grandma. And they smell sooo good that everywhere we go I’m smelling some great stuffed animals 🙂

The Thursday before Christmas we traveled to Florida and arrived just in time to meet baby Aubree the day she was born. Christmas Eve we spent with the rest of Kirk’s family and the kids got a few more gifts from their aunts and uncles.

Christmas morning we celebrated with my mom and dad. Since it was Sunday we only opened stockings before church. The girls “patiently” waiting to dig in to their gifts. I love the Christmas PJ’s!!

Favorite stocking gifts: toothbrushes, toothpaste and of course, animal hats!! Love these too 🙂

Christmas unwrapping ended up being quite chaotic so I didn’t get too many pictures but I didn’t miss the joy on Rachel’s face when she got the robe she had begged for a few months! They love to have robes on cold mornings and I’m always one for practical gifts.

Kaitlyn and Caleb got a few things they loved too.

All in all a good Christmas. It was very different from our usual Christmas mornings but the kids all enjoyed themselves and seemed temporarily satisfied. Got to love kids – even the day after Christmas they were already starting their list for next year. But these are our human hearts. We think that we will find fulfillment in the things of this world but even all the gifts we could ever want on Christmas morning our hearts will not be satisfied because our only true satisfaction is in Christ Himself.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

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