Kiera commented that it just didn't feel the same (it's true our decorations went up a bit late and we went very minimal this year) but I reminded her of the things we were able to do. We got to do our handicraft fair, we got to do our daily Jesse Tree devotionals and everyone was well enough by the time the living nativity date came so we all got to go to that. The kids talk about the living nativity throughout the year, so they totally look forward to that. And the best part, no one was sick for Christmas! Kiera told me, "I guess God wanted us to stay home instead of going all over the place" and she did agree that it was nice to stay home.
Rest, I think is what God was teaching us, and that's what we're taking into this new year that we've been given.
Here are authentic moments, mostly at home, that I caught with my camera.
The recipe we used was super yummy and we got it on the King Arthur website.
I took a day Robert was home before Christmas and took each child individually to the store. Nathan went to the dollar store, Kiera went to the 99 cent store and Domenic checked out the dollar bin at Target. I love how particular they are when they pick gifts out for each other and their grandparents. Kiera picks out nice things that remind her of the person, Nathan picks out practical gifts that do really go with the person and Domenic picks out things that he likes so yea, of course the recipient will like it too. :)
So these pictures are of them opening their gifts from us. I always use our video camera on Christmas day instead of my regular camera.
If you made it to the end, I hope you enjoyed our together time in December.
Hope you're Christmas was wonderful and your 2015 is blessed!