Actually, I take that back, I'll start with a quick story to set the scene:
On our way to Dallas, we stopped in Fort Worth to have dinner with Zach's aunt & uncle. We were having a great time at Mi Cocina until Will unexpectedly threw up. For the first time, I got the be the mom with the kid who ralfs in the restaurant. We quickly cleaned it up (A restaurant worker tried to help me, but I just can't allow someone else to clean up my kids' throw up. It's just not right...)
Little did we know, that was the beginning of our 'Christmas 2009 Stomach Bug'. Sounds fun, right?!
We hung out at my parents house for the first couple days before Christmas and had a great time. The boys love going to their house because there is so much to do outside.
Levi and Papaw. I love the look of Levi's face in this one. He's thinking that he is preettty coool.
Miss Anne and Toughie.
Zach and I have made it a tradition to see the Dallas Choir and Symphony Christmas show every year. It has quickly become one of our favorite things to do around Christmas. This year, we invited our friends, Luke & Shannon, to go with us! We had a great date night, and we are already looking forward to going again next year...only 350ish more days! : )
Here are my sweet grandparents. My grandma passed away just 6 days later. It was such a blessing to be able to spend Christmas Eve with everyone together. She was such a wonderful, Christian woman, and she truly lived out Proverbs 31. She will be greatly missed.
My family has a Christmas tradition of everyone getting their very own Christmas Cereal. I was starting to get 'the bug' so I stayed away from the food, but here is everyone else enjoying their Christmas Cereal!
My very favorite Christmas present came from Zach. He (with the help of my mom) put together a picture frame collage of pics with me and my grandparents. It has been a rough year for my family because all of my grandparents' health has been declining. My Papaw came very close to leaving this earth in May, but he has been recovering well. My Memaw has been slowly losing her memory and ability to care for herself. My Grandpa has been getting weaker and weaker, and five days after this photo was taken, my Grandma died from a sudden heart attack. So, needless to say, it has been a year of 'letting go and letting God'. The collage now hangs in our hallway and I look at it every day. Thank you Zach.
We had a wonderful Christmas in many ways, but we also had a time of remembering those who are now in Heaven.
Zach's brother, Tyler, died on Dec. 21, 2006, and we always miss his presence a lot around the holidays. The boys talk about 'Unc Tyler' every day, and we still remember him every day.
Thank you God for choosing to show your absolute power and unconditional love through the birth of a perfect baby.