This past weekend found our family out spreading Christmas cheer to friends, family, and neighbors. It is my favorite part of our Christmas traditions... caroling. The kids donned their Santa hats, Christmas shirts, and bells and went home to home greeting people and wishing them a Merry Christmas. Here are some pictures from our adventure:
Saturday was rounded out by a visit to our favorite Christmas lights display and a tour of a live nativity. It was awesome!
Today we are off to visit friends at the nursing home, do some more caroling, and hopefully see some more lights.
Tomorrow will find us at the hospital for Tommy's shoulder surgery. God has given my heart a peace about it that I have not had prior to now. I know Tommy is going to be fine and this surgery will be a success. I do appreciate all of your prayers for him.
This Christmas season has been different for my home than most years, but it has still been so blessed. God has opened my heart and revealed more to me during this season than I can possibly explain in this post. Here's a little though....
I've had the joy of having a son born at Christmas but have also experienced the loss of a child at Easter. This is the first year that I have stopped and realized the bitter sweetness of having had both experiences. I have a whole new appreciation for Mary, but I also have a new appreciation for EMMANUEL. Christmas didn't stop at the manger or the cross. It goes on forever because through everything we face He is Emmanuel...God with us! Tomorrow He will be in surgery with my husband guiding his doctors and nurses, but He will also be in a waiting room with me offering comfort and hope. He is my wonderful counselor, my mighty God, my PRINCE OF PEACE. He is my ever present help in times of trouble. He is my strong tower and my refuge. Through every situation I face He is EMMANUEL...GOD WITH ME!!