Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Little Christmas Reflection

Today I am linking up with one of my most favorite bloggers, Linny, over at A Place Called Simplicity.  If you haven't read her blog, you really should head over there...she is one of the most positive, inspiring voices I have ever read on this big Internet.  And her kids are adorable...it is worth a peek just to see her beautiful family.  

Anyway, today Linny has asked her readers to take a moment to stop amidst all the Christmas preparation craziness to rest (Selah) and to reflect on how God has provided this year.  

We have been blessed with a new home.  We took a huge leap of faith, threw caution to the wind and are now enjoying our new place.  We have a wonderful lady who is living in the apartment attached to our house.  She is an artist and was over last weekend teaching the kids to paint with real watercolors (from a tube!).  We share our space, she shares her talents...this is life as it should be!  We look forward to many more gatherings of our favorite people now that we have a bit more room to spread out!

We are blessed with Hubby's job- a job that he loves and that provides for our family and allows me to stay home with the kids.  This year we are especially thankful for the wonderful health insurance benefits he has as we are heading into a year of serial casting, leg braces and intense physical therapy for our daughter.  We have dealt with medical care provided through the state for many of our Safe Families kids, and this experience makes us ever more grateful for the excellent care that we receive!

We are thankful for family that lives close- both sets of our parents live in our town, and this year my dear grandparents have also moved in up the road.  Never did I dream of being so lucky to have this much family close, or for my children to get a chance to snuggle up on their great-grandma's lap for a story like I used to!

We have been amazingly blessed this year to become a Safe Family.  We have had seven sweet children come through our home, some staying for a few days, others for a few months.  We have been challenged and changed by each child and I truly believe that we and our biological children have gained so much more from the experience than the children we have fostered.  We have not been able to change their worlds, nor to always send them home to the situation we would chose for them, but in the end, we can look at each child and feel good that we were at least able to love on them, feed them and remember them in our hearts and prayers.  

I am putting in a video of our current little boy, who will most likely be leaving us and heading back to his family at the end of this week, in time for Christmas.  This afternoon I was sitting at the kitchen table, working on a Christmas gift for Little Bee and listening to this boy SING SING SING all alone in his room.  What has he been singing?  Songs from church!  It is moments like this that make it all so worth it.

I could go on and on with thankfulness for dear friends, celebrations, new babies, wonderful schools, safe travels and adventures, but instead I will wish a Merry Christmas to you all and hope you are able to take a moment to rest and consider the beautiful things that have happened in your life recently!  Enjoy this little video and a few pictures from our year.

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