Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thanksgiving in WA-Part II

While is Washington, we went on a magnificent hike with the family to Moulton Falls. As you can see, we had a great time being together and enjoying the beauty of the Lewis River and the trails around the area. It is now one of my favorite Thanksgiving memories!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thanksgiving in WA-Part I

My dad, Butch, is the master railroad man! Ever since I was a little girl, there have been model train boxes around. My dad and Brad have been working on their own railroad in their enormous garage. It was so fun to see and run the trains. I even crashed one because it was going too fast...figures. Thanks, Dad and Brad, for getting so much ready in time for us to see!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I am hap...hap...happy!

I am ending my day with that "my-husband-is-the-sweetest-man-ever" feeling. Not only did Jay spend the whole day with me, but he took me into Pottery Barn, one of my favorite stores. We walked around enjoying the Christmas music, admiring the beautifully unique ornaments, and enjoying the cozy atmosphere together hand-in-hand. He asked me what kinds of things I liked and pointed out things he would like and where they would look good in our future "dream home." We didn't buy anything, but it the whole experience left my heart feeling so light and free. He really is my best friend...I am the luckiest girl on Earth. =)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Through the Eyes of My Little Girl

As a mother, you always hope to be able to instill within your children the understanding of the true meaning of Christmas. Tonight was one of those experiences that makes a mother's heart melt with joy. Our family decorated for Christmas together tonight and Avery found our Little People nativity as we were going through the holiday bins. She asked me if she could set it up all by herself this year. After the hustle and bustle of decorating the tree and enjoying the evening together, Jay and I sent the kids off to bed. As I was cleaning the living room, I found the nativity that Avery had set up and my heart swelled with love. Baby Jesus was nestled in His manger right in the center and everyone was placed looking over Him as closely as possible. Not only was Avery excited to set up the nativity because she loves Christmas, but she understands who it is all about.

It is amazing what our children teach us. May we all take time to remember the reason for our Christmas celebration this year and, like Avery, turn our attention to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!