About a week after Halloween I put up all of our "in the house" Christmas decorations!! I coudnt wait for the holidays to begin. But this past weekend we finally got our tree and Todd put up our lights! Thanks babe, they look awesome! Chandler was so excited to stand on the ladder and help his dad. I am so excited because Chandler actually knows what is going on this year and has been so cute picking out gifts for his friends and Brody! He told Santa he wants a scooter but we got him something WAY better that I cant wait to give him. Everytime he sees something he likes he will say, "lets ask Santa for that!" But besides that I love the holidays because I love the spirit that is in the air all month long. People tend to be more giving and kind. It makes me wish it could be Christmas all year long! last year my parents gave us each $100 and told us to think of someone in need and do something nice for them, so I went and shopped for myself!! No I am JOKING! But I cant say what we did becuase it is anonymous and something we hold close to our hearts! But I love this tradition and it teaches us and our children to think of others. My favorite Christmas quote is
"Christmas isn't about the presents, but about HIS presence."
I love it because that is what Christmas is really about. We need to lose ourselves in the service of others. Its funny how much better you feel when you do something for someone else. My mother in law had us watch the movie "Christmas Shoes" last night. It broke my heart to see this family losing their mother and and to see others so willing to help them. Sometimes we dont know the situation other people are in and the help that they are in need of. The Lord needs us to be his angels and help those in need. So this Chistmas I challenge myself and all of you to go the extra mile for somebody else. Be the answer to somebodys prayer. Step out of your comfort zone and get into the Christmas spirit! Forget the hustle and bustle and reflect on what is really important. True Joy comes from within and there is no better way to get that true joy than to serve others! I am so thankful for a husband who is always willing to serve others and helps me teach that to our boys. Sometimes we have Chandler help pull weeds for the neighbors and Chandler is so proud when he can help serve. I have so much to be thankful for and my family is definetly my NUMBER ONE blessing. I love you guys!