Time has flown! I thoroughly enjoyed my temporary position and dh is still enjoying his. The hard part for me was leaving my kids. God has taught me a lot during this time. I'll have to go into that more later though.
We are enjoying our time of Advent this year. My dh found an old radio broadcast on this website called The Cinnamon Bear and each night we have turned off the lights (except the Christmas tree) and sat on the couch together listening to the radio. It has been such a sweet time and I'm surprised that my 4yr. old has been still and listened. Once The Cinnamon Bear finishes (it's only 12 mins. each night) we cut off some Hershey Kisses from a candy chain I make each year to count down the days to Christmas visually for the kids. Then the person who cut them off of the chain passes them out and tells each person a reason they love them and in return each person tells the giver a reason they love them. This is something new for us this year and has been really sweet to hear the kids share why they love each other. The Advent Log then gets lit by my husband or myself and we read our devotion and pray for people that we received Christmas cards from that day. The singing then begins! We rotate who picks a song each night and then our little guy stands in front of us and sings his version of Jingle Bells. We've also read some books about Christmas during Advent and we are doing What God Wants for Christmas .
I tried added some photos of some of this, but unfortunately I'm not very good at that and was unable to because the pictures were too large...so someday soon I'll get those posted, but for now I'm tired and need some sleep. I've rambled on in my sleepy state for too long as it is. Not sure any of this made sense.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!
Ok, so I couldn't wait I wanted to share at least one thing God has been teaching me recently before Christmas.
It's strange the way we meander through life, thinking we are moving forward, only to discover that we have left our hearts behind. We can so easily sleepwalk through our days-out of touch, disconnected. Life is not a journey you want to make on autopilot. God wants us to live from the heart. It's the key to so much-to trust and willingness to forgive; to laughter, wisdom, and sacrifice;to being able to love others in a real way.
- These words are taken from a book I'm reading by Paula Rinehart, just thought others might need to hear it too! I've written them a little differently, so that I didn't have to write a whole chapter for you to read.
OK, now Have a wonderful Christmas!! May God fill your day with His presence!