I figured I’d better get this last Christmas post up fast since Santa’s officially been on vacay for two weeks. Nice.
After we loaded the kids up on sugar, we marched them into the church and had them line up to receive a Christmas shoe box. You could feel the anticipation in the air. This is how the girls lined up so sweetly…
…and this is how the boys lined up. It cracks me up how different boys and girls can be sometimes. Nice gang signs, guys!
This little cutie was so excited.
And then the countdown began… 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Open the gifts!
I wish I could post this picture bigger for you to see the detail in their faces. One boy towards the right had a total look of shock on his face, and one girl threw her arms up in the air with excitement. It was so loud and so fun.
They loved showing off all their new stuff. Check out the boys in the middle and their excitement for their friends.
This little guy squeaked with glee every time he pulled out a different gift from his box. It was the funniest thing.
I love the message on Kahuna’s shirt, but I laughed at the irony of his ensemble.
I watched in amazement as older siblings took care of younger siblings all evening long.
We talked about the real meaning of Christmas and that Jesus is our perfect gift. Then we played with the kids for a little while longer and walked them home.
I got the most encouraging comments about our family serving in Mexico. Thank you so much!! I loved them! These comments got me thinking. Mexico isn’t the only place to serve people in need. We all have people in our neighborhood or in our city that need practical help, a visit, or even just a word of encouragement. The important thing isn’t about going to a far away place, but that we have eyes to see the people in need around us… and that we are willing to do something to help. This is one of the main things that I want to model for my kids in 2010.Encourage one another,