Today my heart is heavy. I miss my dad every day, but today I feel that sadness hanging a little heavier over me. This is the day my dad went to be with the Lord. This is the morning he breathed his final breath and his soul departed from his body. I miss him.
Our family has embarked upon a new adventure. This one is sure to be a blessing for us all–foster care. It has been on our hearts for quite some time to take care of kids who need a family to love and care for them, no matter how long or short of a time that may be. On Wednesday we were granted our license to foster children. And late last night we were blessed with our first little guy. He’s a sweetie, and we’re grateful to be a part of his life for a while.
Something that has consumed my heart for some time is teaching my children to have a heart for Jesus. Part of this heart, this passion, is serving Him. My hubby and I both serve faithfully in our church, with our children right alongside of us. Modeling this behavior to our kids has taken a prominent place in our activities. Part of what we share with them as we do things together is that serving the Lord doesn’t have to be done in this grand way. It can be as simple as watering plants at church or taking chairs off the table after the janitor cleans a room. We can replace napkins or sweep the floor. Anything they do, as long as their hearts are focused on the Lord, is an act of service for Him.
It’s finally here! If your kids are like mine, they are just about losing it with excitement. And in a couple cases over here there was some actual losing it that occurred. It’s hard to be little and tired and ready for that jolly big guy to leave your heart’s one true desire in your living room!
We all have them-those special things we do each year that give us the warm fuzzies and remind us that it’s Christmas time! I’m sure many of us share some of the same traditions. We decorate our Christmas trees, sing Christmas carols (sometimes off key), bake yummy treats, and prepare gifts for our nearest and dearest.
This is our first year with the elves. They came to us a couple weeks ago and actually rode in on the train that skirts our tree. Twinkle and Sprinkle are their names, and they came with a note explaining that they might find themselves in bits of mischief. Here is some of the mischief they’ve created since they’ve been with us.
I have gone through several ideas for advent calendars. When I was a kid we had a felt calendar that hung on the wall. It had pockets and my mom would put candies in them. My brother and I got to pick our candy out each day as we counted down to Christmas Day. Fun! Wanting to keep the candy away from my kids, I foolishly came up with another idea. You can see it here. It involved moving a bow on ornaments that hung in our window. It’s very pretty…just not as fun for the kids though.
The Christmas Parade has come and gone. This year, like the previous two we put together a float in the name of our church. Each year they get better and better. This year we added a couple guys playing guitar and singing Christmas songs and people loved it!