Sitting there beaming my face out watching the preschoolers completely steal the Christmas program (though the school-agers had a really cool Alphabet about Christmas time... "A is for Angel, Z is for Zeal..."). The two songs they sang completely stole the show, and they finished with their big, "Merry Christmas!"
Man... I won't get that day out of my head. Them so excited in their fancy red dresses. More excited than I've EVER seen them!!! Having me read them Christmas books and just so so excited...
then after the program we decorated cookies and made crafts with all the families of the kids at Hope. So much fun. ... And I even got to babysit two little boys I really love that night. ... And got my first Christmas card and letter from them!
what I love are the Christmas praise parties with Kaitlyn Nelson.
Going Christmas shopping with friends.
The feeling of having SO MANY THINGS I WANT TO DO AND GET READY AND GIVE to others that I can't possibly get even a tiny smidgbit of all I wish I could done.... but what I can do is work my fastest and hardest and take advantage of every shopping opportunity to make and find things for the many people I really want to give to this Christmas...
I love the excitement of the chance to just be with family. To play games with them. Sing with them!!! Decorate with them!! Watch them open their gifts. Watch movies with them. Make cookies with them. ... And just sing sing sing...
I love dancing to all the Christmas songs to Jesus, worshiping Him and imagining the story. The crazy and beautiful story of His birth. The great wonder and mystery of it all. The way He came... I can't even comprehend it or why... but it's fun to imagine it each day.
I love caroling at nursing homes!!
Ringing bells for the Salvation Army with my grandparents.
Going to all the Christmas programs and concerts!
Making crafts with the kids...
Making cards for people!
Finding little things for those cooks who spoil me with hard boiled eggs (just for m) every day!
Driving around looking at the lights (especially in Bismarck!)
Watching kids play in the snow....
Okay, I love it all.
And I also love how this song almost makes me cry. I can never comprehend how great His grace really is and how much I am blessed by God.
I can never thank Him for coming the way He did 2000 years ago.
A baby. To save us all.