"So promise me you'll never forget...that you aren't an accident or an incident...you are a gift to the world, a divine work of art, signed by God. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth...Flooded by emotion, overcome by pride, the Starmaker turns to us, one by one, and says, 'You are my child. I love you dearly.'" Max Lucado, God Thinks You're Wonderful

Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Christmas We'll Never Forget

I've learned so many things this Christmas.

This time in Aspen, even though it's only been two weeks, has grown me in so many ways.

I've learned that the simple life I thought I lived, really wasn't that simple.

I've learned that it's not really cramped to have 5 people in 500 square feet...we're quite comfy here.

I've learned how much my kids really are best friends. I keep telling them this, but they are actually living it out here!

Kids really do adjust well to change when they've been prayed over.

Our kids have not argued anymore than usual.

I've learned how to trust God in new ways with our family.

Yesterday, Blake was called in around 11 and didn't come home until 6:15, which meant we spent most of Christmas without our daddy.

Our plans for dinner didn't pan out as planned, so I ended up making chicken noodle soup on the stove. It made me sad that we didn't get to do anything big on Christmas. But then the fact that I got sad about the traditions of Christmas made me embarrassed. I had to constantly remind myself that Christmas was not about traditions...

The GREAT news is that we got to spend Christmas eve with Blake and we captured some cute pics of the kids Christmas day before Blake went in.
We let the boys stay up and watch Polar Express (we wanted to emphasize Jesus on Christmas eve!) and have popcorn and Hot Chocolate! Below is first thing Christmas morning before we let the kids open their stockings!

I very well might be the only mom who put whoopee cushions in her boys' stockings! They were a hit! Sadie LOVES cell phones and was tickled to get her own in her stocking! I love how easy it is to make kids smile!


Laura said...

Hi! What great memories you made! I am so glad that you are writing all of this down for the kids one day! You are a great mom and wife! I promise to get Skype up and going so we can talk!

Love you!

Melodie said...

Merry Christmas Shockley fam! amazing how God stretches us when we least expect it.

Blessed said...

adorable! diont't you just love learning new things about yourself too! its a wonderful blessing!

Becki Francy said...

love the pics....miss you guys more than you know. But so glad to know you are doing well. Now where in the heck is the crockpot???

Chassidy said...

What awesome lessons to learn! That picture of Cooper with the hot chocolate is precious!!! Merry belated Christmas!