I took her paci away over Thanksgiving break because we couldn't find one and she did really well. After a week, she was so miserable from teething, neither of us were sleeping and I caved and gave it back to her because it made her happy.
She finished reading Pollyanna to Jenna, she was reading it aloud to her and Anne at bedtime. Since reading it, Bethany has had a better attitude, I have not asked her about it but she is more helpful and willing to help. One morning last week, I heard the bath water running and she had decided to give Anne a bath because she woke up with a really bad diaper. After bathing Anne, Brady and Jenna got baths too. Granted it took like an hour and half but I couldn't complain!
Joseph picked out Jingle Bells on the piano all by himself and has almost finished picking out Silent night. He taps on the piano keys every time he walks by it, I need to give him lessons but it's so hard to find the time.
Tomorrow night, the three oldest kids are in the children's Christmas program at church. Joseph has a solo singing a verse of "Away in a Manger" and Bethany has a short speaking part. We are so excited and can't wait. I heard Joseph sing at dress rehearsal and it was so moving, my eyes filled with tears. You can see a short clip of his practice on my Instagram.
I am so thankful for the way God made him. Joseph has such a quiet confidence and his outgoing personality is so different than I ever would have guessed when he was a baby.
Joe found Brady sleeping in the hall one night. We have found him here several nights since. Yesterday he told me he was afraid of bad guys coming in with guns, when it's dark downstairs. This made me sad and I told him no bad guys are gonna get him because he is a good guy, he smiled. Then I told him God is watching over us and keeping us safe.
I guess it worked because about 11:30 last night I heard him coming up the steps and he had a bag of chocolate chips in his hand. He had gone downstairs, turned on the living room light, the bathroom light, gotten the step stool, pushed it to the kitchen cabinet, climbed on the counter top, and gotten the chocolate chips from the second shelf.
In 2009, I prepared for Christmas from my bed, post thyroidectomy, with very little thyroid hormones and to top it off, mono. In 2010, I prepared for Christmas while preparing for Brady to be born and welcoming him into our lives. Both of those Christmas' taught me so much about resting and simplifying and focusing on Christ with my family.
From years of financial limitations and those Christmas' of God teaching me to do what I can and trust Him completely for the rest, Christmas is pretty simple at our house, a season of settling in and enjoying evenings at home.
I read this excerpt a couple of weeks ago and wanted to share, if this doesn't give us all some perspective, what will?
Written from a Nazi prison, to his fiancee~
"I think we're going to have an exceptionally good Christmas. The very fact that every outward circumstance precludes our making provision for it will show whether we can be content with what is truly essential. I used to be very fond of thinking up and buying presents, but now that we have nothing to give, the gift God gave us in the birth of Christ will seem all the more glorious; the emptier our hands, the better we understand...and the more clearly we perceive that our hearts should be Christ's home on earth."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)