Monday, December 26, 2011

'Twas the day before Christmas

We began Christmas Eve with another new family tradition...we went to Brother Bill's Helping Hand to help pass out Christmas presents to the neighborhood kids and families. Matthew stayed with my mom, but Caroline was old enough to help us serve.
We had such a great time! Our friends, the Goodales, were there and we all got to be host families. That meant we took a sweet family through the stations at Brother Bill's and helped them collect all of their goodies. We had a huge family that consisted of a grandfather, two moms, and seven kids...Hannah (12), Emily (5), Annabelle (3), Adam (2), Joshua (2), Allison (1) & Matthew (8 months). I have some cute pictures of Caroline with her new friends, but I don't want to post the other kids' pictures without permission. It was so fun getting to know the family, love on those sweet kids and tell them how much Jesus loves them! I was sad to say goodbye and almost forgot to hand baby Allison back to her mother (I'm so used to holding a baby...oops :-)
 After Brother Bill's, we grabbed a quick lunch at Chick-Fil-A with the Goodales then headed home so the kids could take naps before our church's Christmas Eve service.
The candlelight service was wonderful...I look forward to it all year, and it is my favorite part of Christmas. We came home after church and took some family pics, opened our one traditional Christmas present, put Matthew to bed then ate a yummy dinner Mimi cooked for us.
Daddy and his Jr.
(who, BTW, was already sucking his thumb in the picture which means it's was probably 6:59 p.m.)

New Christmas pajamas of course!

Listening to Daddy read her last advent devotional and the Christmas story from Luke 2:

Hanging on the last ornament! Jesus' birthday is coming!

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