Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Fun!

We had a very special Christmas this year. With my family everything is always eventful, and this year particularly was full of laughter. Here are a few glimpses of our many happenings.

After our Christmas Eve service (where I burned my hand with the wax of a candle...I am so not surprised that I did) we went to Grandmom's house to celebrate Christmas with my Dad's side of the family. Here is Walt with his sweet Grandmom, his Great-Grandmother.


Caroline continues to surprise me and warm my heart at some of the most special times. We were eating dinner, and she asked (in her grown-up 4th grade tone) what Walt was wanting for Christmas. I began telling her, and she added that he would want a balloon like Magdalena, his big sister. I really don't remember what else she said because I was so choked up over it and trying to gather a little composure to respond. Every special family event I always miss Magdalena more, and it was one of those days I was really longing for her to be with us. I wonder if Caroline will remember all of this when she is older because although it makes me cry, it means so much that she remembers Magdalena in a special way.


Christmas morning Walt got a Toy Story tent. Here he and his Mimi are playing in it! (Walt is entering through the tunnel while Mimi cheers him on!)


Walt got some of his favorite straws to play with! He enjoys those so much, and the red ones are his favorite!! I saw this pink angel ornament with sparkles on it after Thanksgiving, and it never left my mind. A week before Christmas I finally had to go and buy it. Christmas Day we took it to her grave.


This has become Emma and Walt's special time, and at this tea party they are joined by Max. Emma is so sweet and patient, and Walt learns so much from her about having a proper tea party.

All of the grandkids together. They had a blast this Christmas, and one of the things that Walt has picked up on is to scream when you get really excited. It is so cute! On Christmas Day the girls got electric scooters, and they began jumping up and down while screaming with excitement. Walt banged on the box and began screaming with them! It was so adorable.

I can't remember the last time that Noah and I took a picture of just the two of us! That is unacceptable! We need more of them!

Noah playing the piano while the nieces sang.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Our Christmas Card

Being our first Christmas without Magdalena, it didn't seem right last year to send out a Christmas card without her. We couldn't make any decisions without thinking it didn't "fit", so in the end we decided that it was o.k. to just not send one out. This year I was determined to begin the tradition all over again, and so, here it is. This was our Christmas card this year. Please forgive the mistake that I made with the quotation marks! I forgot them on the ends! And it is from "The Roberts Family" because Magdalena continues to be in our hearts and is fresh on our minds this time of year. Jeremiah 29:11 has been on my heart as I was thinking of what would be on our Christmas card, and it is our hope that it reminds you of God's many promises.

This time of the year is bittersweet for so many of us, but it is such a special time to celebrate our God who sent his only son to this sinful world. That is the most precious gift ever! In the midst of the traffic, lines, and baking, I pray that we will all continue to remember what we are truly celebrating. Jesus. What a sweet name. Merry CHRISTmas!

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cousin Caroline's Honor

The eldest cousin, Caroline, received an incredible honor! She won an essay contest, and so she was asked to read her essay at the lighting of the Christmas lights in the town's park. Caroline is amazing big cousin, and she is always watching out for the younger ones. I can't believe how fast she is growing up! I am a proud aunt. Walt loves his Caroline, but right before this picture was taken, he was being held by his Mimi and wasn't quite ready to let go.


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Monday, December 13, 2010

Cousin Emma

Sweet, cousin Emma was having herself a tea party with diet coke. Walt became interested, so Emma showed him how to be part of the party. He learned quickly, and they were so cute drinking out of their teacups!



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Monday, December 06, 2010

Memaw

So much has happened with special visitors and Walt, but that is for another day because as time passes some of our most important people become older and their bodies to frail to continue in this world. Please pray for my family as we go through grief once more, letting go of our Memaw. She came to every recital, football game, band competition, and school function because she loved us so much. Although she was an older woman, we were not expecting this and we are all frozen in shock.

Death has become so much more real to me. Why do I continue to try to keep up with the things of this world? They are not forever. Clothes will go out of style, parties will be forgotten, and houses will crumble. Years from now which memories will I cherish? Who or what will have had my time? This life is short, and I am praying that God will continue to convict me on how my time is spent so that I may continue to grow to be more like him and love better the people closest to me.

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