Tuesday, December 27, 2011

'Twas the Tuesday After Christmas

'Twas the Tuesday after Christmas, and all through my house,
It looked so horrendous, it was unfit for a mouse!

Okay, maybe that's a little extreme, but most of you wives and mothers know exactly what I'm talking about. Whew! Boy, am I beat. I spent today trying to get my house back in shape. It's quite a job. I have been going through Nathan's clothes, boxing up the ones that he has outgrown, and adding all his new clothes to his closet and dresser. I have been unboxing MORE toys for the little man and finding a place for his older toys. Bedsheets were washed. Dirty dishes are finally all washed. The laundry is almost complete. The candy is put away. The boxes have been burned. The books I received are stacked neatly and I restrained myself from stopping my work today and spending the whole day on the couch with one. Restraint. Restraint. Restraint. :) Tomorrow looks like a good "book day."

Was it a good Christmas? Yes, indeed. It was a busy, but enjoyable and blessed week. I got to spend time with all of my family and there were plenty of fun times. On Christmas Day, after both Nathan and Grant were sound asleep, I was thinking back to all the happenings of the week and, for the second year in a row, I began to cry. Last year, everything was new. It was my first Christmas away from my childhood home and with my husband. It was my first Christmas with a completely new routine. I was five months pregnant. And I was amazed at how welcomed I was into Grant's family. What a blessing. I didn't think I could feel more blessed....but I was wrong! This year, as I slipped into bed, my mind went through the year again. Since last Christmas, I brought a baby boy into the world. I celebrated my first anniversary. I traveled and sang. I wrote more songs. I was able to go to New York and Pennsylvania with my husband. This Christmas, we visited my grandma in Louisiana. We celebrated with Grant's grandmother. We had a wonderful time at my grandmother's annual Christmas party and saw some of our dearest friends. We spent Christmas Eve with my whole family and I savoured the priceless moments there. We spent Christmas Day with all of Grant's family and made more memories. And then for the first time, we had our first Christmas gift exchange...as a family. Last year, we were a couple. This year, we were a family, and I loved being able to experience my own little family Christmas. My favorite thing this Christmas was watching Nathan opening his gifts. At first, he was hesitant (due to all the "No's" and slaps on the hand for a month). He would reach out, then pull back and look at me. :) It didn't take long though, after the okay from Momma and Daddy, until he was "all in!" I loved watching him pull the paper, try to eat the bows, and touch his toys for the first time. When I was alone on Christmas night, I cried again and thanked God for not just another year, but a year that was "exceeding abundantly above" anything I could have dreamed. I felt like quoting Mary who said to Elizabeth, "For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name."

Below are some of my favorite pictures and highlights from this wonderful Christmas. I hope each of you had a marvelous celebration of our Lord Jesus' birth! :)

Our tree :)

My cute little Christmas slippers

Nathan opening his first Christmas gift at my grandma's
(as you can tell, he was a little hesitant)

Trying to figure it all out

My family in front of a beautiful poinsettia Christmas tree
at a Church's Christmas program

Sweet friendship <3
I love these girls! :)

My sister, Mercy, and I at our Grandmother's Christmas party

Nathan "riding the horsey" with Poppie

My parents, my husband, and my son. :) So blessed.

Me and the hubs

The tacky Christmas sweater party at G's office party

We had fun!

My family's annual Christmas Eve breakfast!
(sorry, the pic wouldn't rotate... :/)

Opening his gift from "aunt Deedee"

Helping Poppie open his gifts

Opening his presents

YAY! Toys!

My mom opening her gift from me -- a photo book
with years of memories of me and my sisters

She LOVED it

Christmas Eve night!

Us holding the picture we took last Christmas Eve

Our stocking area at my folks'


The bright and cheery tree at Grant's folks


He looked like such a big boy, opening up his gifts

<3 love this picture

Oh, did I forget to mention that he is pulling himself up now?
Ahhh!!! :)

All the stockings

Digging in aunt Kristin's stocking candy box

Leaving Grant's Dad's house, we saw all the geese.... BEAUTIFUL!

I loved these shoes

Pure bliss!

Grant picked me out these boots and I LOVE them!!!
I want more!

Christmas at Grant's Mom's house


Grandmommy reading the Christmas story

Christmas with Momma and Daddy

He loved all his gifts....well, except the clothes. But Mommy
loved all the clothes! hehehe

My favorite gift each year. The Christmas before Grant and I got
married, he gave me a beautiful jewelry box. Inside the box was
this stack of letters - one letter for the next TEN Christmases! I was
instructed to read one letter each Christmas for the next ten years. <3
**cue romantic swoon**

And, in closing, our Christmas card (courtesy of Shutterfly)
May God have the glory!



Anonymous said...

I promised myself I wouldn't comment on any of your blogs anymore but I think I'll make an exception here. I'm glad you all had such a great Christmas. From the pictures I can tell Nathan is getting pretty big. I hope and pray that you all have a great New Year and life together. Your family is in my prayers. May God bless you.

Lisa said...

I am very glad you had a great Christmas. Will talk to you soon, hopefully.

Brittany said...

I can't believe how big Nathan is! I was wondering if you could list the titles of the books you got? I'm looking for some new reading material and recognized a few titles from your picture and was hoping you'd share what they are! May God bless you in this coming year!

Kristen Elizabeth said...

Chris, feel free to always comment.

Brittany, I got some wonderful books! I received:

"Be Fruitful And Multiply" by Nancy Campbell which is very good thus far. It is what the Bible says about having children and how the world is becoming more and more "anti-kids."

"Gold By Moonlight" by Amy Carmichael. I haven't began this book yet but I know it will be excellent because literally everything Amy wrote is powerful and rich.

"Rees Howells: Intercessor" by Norman Grubb. I have heard amazing things about this book and am anxious to begin it. It is the story of his life and how intercessory prayer was the gateway to amazing movements from the Lord.

"My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife" by Sara Horn. I just started this book and, so far, it's okay. It's not as good as I'd hoped, but it isn't bad either. It's written like the author is literally telling you about her day and her journey, which I like. But I haven't read anything truly impacting yet. It may get better though. :)

"Then Sings My Soul: Volumes 1 & 2" by Robert Morgan. These books are amazing!!!! I am loving them. It has the lyrics to some of the greatest hymns and the stories behind them. Awesome. :)

The bottom isn't a book, but a DVD biography of Fanny Crosby's life. I've READ her bio and it's incredible. I watched the DVD just this morning and enjoyed it very much. :)

It isn't in the picture, but I bought "Ministry of Motherhood" by Sally Clarkson and, so far, it's wonderful as well. :)

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