a true day of hope.

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

‘til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. 



I hope your Christmas was wonderful and truly blessed.  We had a heart-full and very action packed day of celebrating with our loved ones.  We got to see all of our parents and spend part of the day with my grandparents, too.  We couldn’t have been more surrounded with love.  What a blessing.




We started out the celebrating on Christmas Eve.  We went to the candlelight service at church and then back to mom and dad’s for dinner and fun.  By this point, Jack was pretty tired.  But he got a second wind later.



Christmas Eve collage

Pictures from left to right:  Jack got to open a present on Christmas Eve.  My grandparents are so cute!  Love my siblings.
The girls.  We had a great night watching Home Alone together.  Jack actually was interested in the movie– it was

crazy.  And he even spent a little time cuddled up on the floor with Aunt Lindsay.  Then he joined his Pops on the

couch for a nice, cold glass of milk.




Christmas Day collage1

Early on Christmas morning we headed to Grandma and Grandpa’s.  Jack gave me a big “cheese” and smile for an early morning picture.  Love him and his bed head.  He enjoyed opening presents, eating Dada’s delicious sweets rolls, and playing his first game of hockey.



Christmas Day collage2

At Granny and Grandfather’s it was music time!  A dancing santa and a snowman who plays the piano were highlights for Jack.  He pushed the buttons over and over and over.  And he and Pops danced out to the music.  We had a beautiful lunch!  Tommy took his annual lay on Granny’s couch and sleep for 10 minutes post eating nap.  Then it was back to Nan and Pop’s house for more fun.  Jack got a cozy coupe and he was ready to ride it before it was put together!  He LOVES that car.



Throughout the day, even though we were busy, I kept trying to remember the words– the Scripture, the song lyrics, the wise words read and heard, about this day.  And as I sit here now processing our wonderful, family-filled, love-filled day of togetherness, I can’t even quite take in all it means that the true Hope has come.  That we no longer have to long for anything.  That He is come.  He is risen.  We are redeemed.  I am so thankful.  On this day I keep remembering and thanking that the weary world rejoices at this thrill of hope!


Hoping your Christmas was full of Hope!  And plenty merry and bright, too.


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