Day 11: Christmas craft & Christmas cookies. We put two together on this day because I had hopes of doing a special advent activity with Aunt Ashley the following day. Unfortunately, their family was sick so we had to postpone. So, my day 12 activity was kind of made up on the fly. =) Thanks, Grandma Cleve, for the train ornaments!
Oh, also, I forgot this trick…if the boys refuse to smile or can’t handle not smiling with huge eyes…tell them to look at each other. So much cuter!
Day 12: drink hot chocolate and read “A Christmas Carol”. We read a children’s version of the story to prep for day 14….
Day 13: This was supposed to be banket-making with Auntie Mel, but there was sickness in their house, too. So, sadly, this was postponed, also. It ended up being a really rough and exhausting day for me. I had pretty much cancelled Advent Activities and reached my very own milestone – calling my mom in tears over parenting. =/ BUT, the Lord gave me a wonderful idea that night…to pour grace upon grace on them so that they would have a tangible example of God’s grace and love towards us. I sent them to bed early because oh.my.word. the day was too long! But before they fell asleep, I got them out of bed for a late-night drive to see Christmas lights. The message was loud and clear: you don’t deserve this, but grace wins! It was a great lesson for me, too…I had to ask myself, how do I respond to His grace and goodness in my life? Do I obey willingly and thank Him? Or do I do my own thing and forget to be still and rest in His goodness?
Day 14: Watch “A Christmas Carol” downtown! We had excellent seats for this fairly scary performance and saw lots of our CC friends there. Afterwards we got to chat with some of the actors/stage crew people about their roles. It was really neat! Also…smiling is hard for us right now. =/