Christmas Eve is low key at our home!
Our job is to get everyone ready for church and to enjoy a nice meal together!
It is such a joy to praise our Lord on Christmas Eve!
I LOVE GOING TO CHURCH!
I didn't always love going to church-
it's been a journey.
it fills my cup for the week
and sees me through...
until the next weekend (Saturday or Sunday)
when my cup needs to be filled once again!
You may think
your cup doesn't need filling...
I'm guessing you may be wrong.
At some point in your life you will
see what you are missing.
It may be an emptiness, a need, a loss, or an overwhelming sadness...
You may be lacking joy, contentment, peace...
HE can fill your cup,
meet your need
and heal your broken heart.
than GOD in your life!
It's also the day that this Momma
gets her pictures,
of her babies
They all wanted to open presents
we save that... for Christmas day!
So thankful that these three big boys live close by
and can join us for the holidays!
We miss you Matt, Caitlin, Katie, Andrew and Emily!
Yes, Johnny is wearing an ugly Christmas sweater
and he's proud of it!
IF you have this sweater and you like it...
I humbly apologize!
Our little girls!
Well... to us they are little!
9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 9
they are getting big
way. to. fast...
Look at these outfits!
They are made by Robin Magana
from Red Thread Stitches(Etsy)!
And Robin Magana made these, too!
Thank you Robin!
The girls LOVE their Christmas dresses!
And so does their Momma!
Our big girls!
They are teens and soon I will be posting on raising adopted teens!
15, 15, 14, 13
It's wonderful and challenging!
Our little boys!
8, 9, 7, 9, 7
So thankful for these little guys!
And now the pics of the process!
Everybody in their places!
We try to do it as quick and painless as possible!
I want to see everyones face!
there's the occasional
(by the biggest and supposedly most mature kid...)
We got this from Katie, Andrew and Emily!
That's the plan,
Our tree, with the gifts!
Everyone has 3 presents to open!
It is a manageable number - for shopping and for opening!
Candy and one trinket for everyone!
Rubix cube, reading light, playdoh, flashlights!
Simple is better for everyone!
Just so you know...
I have a room full of stuff we decided NOT to give!
That's another post!