I hope your day is filled with laughter, smiles, and many blessings. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, I hope you remember the gift he has blessed us with, eternity in Heaven, cherish your time with your loved ones, and bless those around you everywhere you go.
Christmas is my favorite time of the year and my sweet children love it too. They love to sing Christmas songs with me, decorate the tree, look at lights, and watch all the Christmas shows they play the whole month of December. We spent Sunday with my husband’s family and will see mine on Thursday. We celebrated the birth of Jesus a day early since my husband works Christmas Day this year.
Here are a few pictures of our Christmas time together via instagram and a special Unexpected Gift.
A dear friend called me to make sure I was home and was bringing by a Christmas treat. She is such an intentional friend and I am so blessed by her spirit. She knocked on the door and she handed me a Starbucks gift card. This is definitely a treat but then she paused. She had this look on her face and I just knew in my heart she went out of her way. She shared some very sweet and uplifting words about me, words from her heart. She then said to me. I am proud of you and how you share Payton, and which ever way you celebrate her life in your home, I wanted to make sure this Christmas she was with you. She then handed me the most beautiful pair of Angel wings. So simple, delicate yet detailed. I was so moved by her generosity. Her encouragement. The time she took to honor my daughter on her sixth Christmas in Heaven.
As tears built up in my eyes I told her I loved her and gave her a hug. This is the sixth Christmas with out my sweet baby. The hard days are much farther in between now and I am able to celebrate her life with others. Her life was a gift to me and has made me who I am. I am grateful to God for the life I had with her even in that moment I was expecting to hear her cry and it was taken in instant. God was with me and he still is to this day. He has brought people in my life, just like this friend, who are very special to me. He has given me so many gifts. This Christmas this special Unexpected Gift is a gift I will treasure forever. Thank you dear friend, for remembering our sweet baby this year, allowing me to share everything about her with you, and for being Jesus in disguise this Christmas. I had another piece of her with me this year.
Thank you Lord for the gift of friendship. Thank you Lord for the gift of your son. While you are celebrating today and spending special time with loved ones let’s sing with the Angels: Gloria in excelsis Deo.
“Angels We Have Heard On High Verse 1 Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plains And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains CHORUS: Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Verse 2 Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? What the gladsome tidings be Which inspire your heavenly song? Chorus Verse 3 Come to Bethlehem and see Him Whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King. Chorus Verse 4 See Him in a manger laid Jesus Lord of heaven and earth; Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, With us sing our Savior’s birth. Chorus”
Glory to God in the Highest. Merry Christmas.