Trevor and Christy came over the weekend before Christmas.....so we began a full-on family celebration time that continued right through to the New Year.
Grandma Rosie and GG got some cuddle time with the latest and greatest g-babies.
Oh, dear Paisley....you are sweetness itself!
Having tea at Grammies......Shawna had tea at Grandma Rosie's in that very same cup and saucer.
Jacob was not too enthusiastic about his part in the Christmas concert....a grave understatement!
He called out to his Mommy during a quiet part...."Mom! Do you have my present?" He had been to Cole's concert a few days before, and knew that a present was forthcoming.....he just wanted to make sure his torture would be rewarded.
So great to have BOTH uncles there to see the concert.
We made our trip to downtown Spaghetti Factory and then on to the Stanley Park Train.....such fun!
What is it about boys and trains? We picked a terrific dry evening to go downtown which is hard to do in Vancouver in December.....we felt very blessed to be able to spend such good times together as a family.
We have alot of birthdays to celebrate during November/December....so this year I announced that we would be combining our celebrations throughout the year to better solve the coordinating of events. Although it was met with some disagreement.....most agreed that it was just more sensible to have two or three joint events....instead of a dozen dinner dates to try to work into our already busy schedules.
So we celebrated Paul, Shawna, and Christy with the traditional ice cream pie.
I sometimes can't believe that I have such grown-up kids....they are all a joy to me.
Always a joy to visit the Island Princesses...and we come away with the riches rewards.....hugs, cuddles and kisses. Oh, and we really do love to see the royal parental units as well.....just so's ya know.
We had a free night's accomodation from expedia, so we took advantage of it and stayed in Victoria before we headed home. It was a great day....and it was so relaxing since it was just before the madness of Cranberry Creek overtook our life for a season.
I am blessed and thankful for each one of our family.
I hope you are able to spend time with your loved ones.
We've had a few sunshiny days around here and it SO makes me want spring to be sprung! I know it will be short lived and the rain and blustery clouds will form again.....but in the mean time....my word for this year is.....
MORE: in greater quantity, amount, measure, degree or number; in or to a greater extent or degree
Moreof Him Less of me Christ in me
I desire to seek Him more intently, look for and find Him more often in the everyday things of life. I want to practice being less and work at having Him be more. I want His grace to be seen, not my ungracious, self-serving attitude. I want His mercy to shine through, just as He pours out mercy on me. May I have the grace to show mercy regardless of how unmerited it is. For I have oh, so much grace and mercy shown to me by Him.
I want to shift my time spent....more of Him; less of me. I want my days to count more for him; less for me. I want to find my worth in Him; not in me.
I don't really know what MORE will look like by the time 2011 is done, but I know that it has already pushed me towards a stronger pursuit of God and His purpose in my life.
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. II Cor 12:9
Be blessed, dear ones, and I pray that you may be encouraged to find MORE of Him in your day.
This dear wee man is so full of life....he is always a joy and often a surprise.....
We had a great time celebrating his special day.
Hmmm....his birthday was in November....I'm catchin' up....only 4 months behind!
I have been spending time categorizing my photos, and saving them....feels good to have the job almost done. Now just to catch you up with the last few months....oh, and start to clean out closets and cupboards. I do love rainy days for pushing me to clean and organize.
Hope you are spending your time well......be blessed, dear friends!
First and foremost I am a Child of the King, living a life chocked full of God's blessings. I am the wife of my very best friend, the mom of three wonderful kids, Mum to my kids' terrific spouses, and Grammie to my four adorable grandkidlets.