Thursday, November 26, 2009

Being Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone ate lots of yummy food and enjoyed lots of great family!

Today I am thankful for:

-The good health of my family

-God taking care of everything and providing for us in every way!

-The love that my husband and I have for each other and our beautiful daughter

-Time to spend with friend and family

-Being a Mother

-My husbands wonderful career that allows me to stay home

-The unconditional love my daughter shows me every day

-The wonderful relationship I have with God and my Savior, Jesus Christ

I think I could go on and on! I have so many things in my life to be thankful for! Thanksgiving is my husbands favorite holiday. He loves that we get to gather with family and eat great food without the pressure of "presents". He is a very humble man and I am very lucky to have him in my life!

With that said, our next holiday is obviously Christmas. Charlie and I started our traditions on our first Christmas together. We wake up and open stockings first. Then we cook (from scratch) pancakes, bacon and eggs with chocolate milk! Yummy! Then we gather around the tree and listen to my very favorite Christmas record (Christmas America) and open our gifts. We want our children to believe in Santa, but we have our own way of explaining Christmas to our growing family. In our eyes, and many others, Jesus was a gift from God to us and that is why we give gifts to our loved ones and friends. We do not want Christmas to be about the newest toys or hottest fashion. We want it to be about the birth of Jesus and it true meaning! Charlie and I want to raise a family that looks past the "watered down" version of Christmas. Yes, it is fun to get presents, but do kids need hundreds of dollars of toys to be happy? There are some who may, but they won't be living here. I have finished Lula Mae's Christmas shopping this year and spent a total of $56.00. She will be just as happy as the kids who open $300.00 worth of stuff! Christmas is such a beautiful time of year! I can't wait to enjoy the Christmas season with my family. I hope that everyone will try to focus on the true meaning of Christmas this year, and every year to follow!


Texas Two steppers said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you guys!!! So true about Christmas.....and trust me you can do it, with two older kids every year they take care of another child and recieve their gifts as well and love doing it! So what did Lula think of thanksgiving dinner what new foods did she get to eat??? I always love to hear about a childs first anything Just wait until the first time she gets to hang an ornament on the tree:-)

Amy said...

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too! Lula Mae enjoyed this Thanksgiving very much! She LOVED sitting at the table with everyone and eating all of the food that she could! She still chokes quite frequently so we have to be cautious on what we give her. I can't wait to see her face light up at the Christmas tree this year! Very encouraging to hear that other families out there are celebrating Christmas in a meaningful way! :-)