Saturday, January 5, 2013


Ringing bells for a worthy cause
Secret gifts given to neighbors
Caroling with friends
Enjoying the activities of a new tradition
Hearing our boy's clear, beautiful voice sing out Christmas carols
Listening to our girl exclaim how she loves all of our traditions
Holding each other close in the wake of a tragedy
Being blessed with a white Christmas
Attending an amazing Christmas Eve service
that really grasped and help us embrace
where the focus of our celebration always needs to be

I'm not sure exactly what it was but this year was very special. Maybe it's because the kids are older. Maybe it's because we were really able to recognize that we are not promised tomorrow so we need to make the most of today. Maybe it's because we live in uncertain times and that brings into focus what is truly important. All I know is that I don't want to forget a thing!

for my family
for the blessings we have been given
for my God

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19

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