November 29, 2011

Wonder

We're changing things up here at the Meyers house this year, and will begin our Advent Celebration soon, courtesy of Mrs. Ann Voskamp. Working on my Jesse tree ornaments here pretty soon....but, today, I decided to take a crack at Dr. Jeremiah's first way of Christmas over dinner with the girls.
This Mommy has some work to be done as far as the overall message is concerned, but I was fairly impressed with my literal girls. *Please remember they do have a doula for a Mama.

Wonder.
These questions are simply some of the questions Dr. Jeremiah's shared when children are contemplating the true meaning of Christmas...

"Where did Jesus live before He came to live on earth?"
Shelby: Heaven
Anna Lee: In Mary's tummy.

"How could God become a baby?"
Shelby: Because he drank boobie milk.
Anna Lee: Because he came out of Mary's tummy.

"What did the baby Jesus come to earth to do?"
Shelby: to help people eat.
Anna Lee: to help people that were sick come alive again, do miracles, and help. and, he was kind of like Robin Hood and was REALLY nice.

"Why was Jesus born in a stable with animals instead of a hospital?"
Shelby: Because.
Anna Lee: Because all of the houses were full, and the kind young man let him be born in his stable.




I love the sense of Wonder around the holidays. My kids are definitely asking how Santa Claus doesn't burn himself when he comes down the chimney, and how he reaches ALL the houses in the world, and I teach them the magic as part of the wonder. I think the wonder surrounding Santa could also be as magical about teaching my girls about Christ. We incorporate both in our house, and I don't know about y'all, but Santa Claus still comes for me! I haven't ever stopped believing! I think Dr. Jeremiah's point is (if you are a Christian), *remember* how important it is to incorporate both! Instead of focusing on how busy it is, or what deals you can score...(even if you aren't a Christian), it's about slowing down to enjoy the wonderment of it all. Slow being the operative word. I want to slow down and sit by our fire, sing and hear songs, have simple gifts and reflect on the Christmas story and what it means to me, and appreciate what God has done in this life, and all around me.

November 27, 2011

Barf.

I'm sitting in bed right now with my two little girls watching some Dora pirate story. We are enjoying our feast of saltine crackers and sprite, pepto and tylenol. Yep, you guessed it...the stomach bug has officially landed here at the Meyers' house. This entire week we had so much fun with our Nona, celebrating Anna Lee's sixth birthday and Thanksgiving, and shopping and movies and EATING....and now we're snuggled trying to recover. MAJOR BUMMER! We had a wonderful Gingerbread house event this evening at Shelby's preschool, and most of my Daisy Scouts were scheduled to attend. Another bummer! Thankfully, they are saving our kit and we'll get to it when we can. I always find it hard to slow down like this. I worry about laundry that needs to be done, decorations that need to be put up, disinfecting that needs to be happening in restrooms, and then I look over at my girls and realize how much I love we've been in bed together all day. It's warm, snuggly and despite the queasiness, everyone is cozy and together. Last year, I bought the book The 12 Ways Of Christmas by Dr. David Jeremiah. My Dad had been reading his daily devotions and so I figured that book would be a good addition to our libraries. The last two years, I decided to follow this guide when shopping for our girls. I love how simple and consistent it is...and it's usually as their Mommy what would be satisying to me, also. But, this year, I thought how awesome it would be to try and pick the aspects Dr. Jeremiah highlights, "wonder, sacrifice, humility, charity, creativity, simplicity, affection, reflection, giving, children, music, and tradition" and incorporate those aspects into our holiday season. Will it slow us down so that we experience it together? That is the hope, because this feels darn good. I also want to do a Jesse Tree for the first time, as well. Pray that Daddy's stomach stays strong as steel!

November 24, 2011

Anna Lee's Sixth Birthday




I have to admit, I get birthday insanity. I go way overboard planning for my children and always have. But, every year it gets better, and this year for the first time, Anna Lee gave me a HUGE hug and said, "Thank you, Mama for the best birthday party, ever!" It made my year.




November 10, 2011

trying again

Well, it's been over a year, and I guess I could blame Facebook, but whatever. I like blogging, and I should. It was so fun reading all of the old posts and seeing how the girls (and I) have grown.
There's not much to say today except that I'm in a really happy place.
I'm two days away from 35...
I love my friends. I love my family. I'm REALLY loving my neighborhood right now and where we are, and it's been a LONG time since I've felt this way.
So...more to come.
Voila.