Sunday, December 13, 2009

Not a lot of room at the inn...

So there's not a lot of room at the inn this year (AKA: Grandpa and Grandma's house), but there is a lot of room in our hearts to still appreciate and enjoy the season.
"Buddy" our family's elf, found Grandpa and Grandma's house this year with no problem. He showed up on December 1st to help us usher in Christmas.
Since we moved, the kids were a bit worried he wouldn't find us.
Brayden insisted that God must have told Santa.
I think he is right.
We had a laid-back weekend filled with family activities.
There's always room for baking...
and enjoying these baked delights.
The kids and I made another Gingerbread House together Friday night
while daddy was working.
(i love these can buy them for under $10 and all you need is a little water to mix up the frosting. A great, fun, easy activity, and the kids love it!)
We also made snowmen out of cotton balls, toothpicks, yarn, etc.
I'm so thankful the kids love doing crafts as much as I do.
We have so much fun creating things together.

And Saturday morning we decided to decorate the basement a bit with some of our Christmas decorations.
Hope I get lucky enough to find this man at the bottom of the stairs under this.
(I think it can be easily arranged)
And ya just got to love this look. Oh, one of the things I love the most about having a 4 year old daughter. Who else would decorate a Christmas tree in a bathing suit, tap shoes, an apron and an Easter hat on an early Saturday morning?
Moments that put a smile on a mama's heart.
"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
I Thessalonians 5:18

There certainly is not a lot of room at the inn this year...but we had to make room for our Christmas tree. It was a bit too tall and reached up to the top of the unfinished basement ceiling...but she is still standing proud.
We let the kids completely "have at it" with the tree. Usually we have a "kids" tree and a pretty tree. And I admit I can be a bit particular about the decorating and placement of ornaments, etc. This year was so fun because we let the kids decorate to their merry hearts repositioning of ornaments, no rearranging, nothing.
We didn't dig out all of the Christmas decor...
but we made room for enough.
Reminiscing of things of old...
and treasuring things of new.
Brooke brought home a beautiful angel she had made in preschool last week.
Nothing more perfect to top this tree...
it didn't quite fit at the top of the tree...
but we made do.
And there you have it.
Our beloved Christmas tree.
Not a lot of room at the inn this year...
but plenty of room in our hearts to enjoy the things that do matter...
a Savior born...
so that our joy may be complete.

"I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete."
John 15:11

learning a lot about this this year.


  1. I had to let go of a lot of decorating too this year. No pulling out my grandma's antique ornaments because the cats like to get in the tree. No place to set out my Christmas village. But, like your house, there is ALWAYS room for the love ... and for HIM.

    Love you!!

  2. i'm not sure i can type this because i'm laughing too hard...the bathing suit ensemble is just way to funny. i detect a little of aunt bear there -- she would have lived in her bathing suit 12 months out of the year -- even in that old cold farmhouse.

    GREAT tree -- just the right angelic touch!

  3. yes mama jo! she is so much like her aunt bear. last week she was in a bathing suit probably 6 out of the 7 days (with silver high heels). i can hardly keep a coat on her too...she is always HOT! too funny!

  4. Oh, oh, oh so precious. My heart is alive with the truth of your post and the beauty of your words (and perspective...'not a lot of room in the inn, but plenty of room in our hearts to enjoy the things that do matter'). I think the Christmas tree looks absolutely perfect..and what a perfect angel to sing of its glory. And, like your mamajo....the bathing suit, apron donned, princess is just too much!

    thank you so much for sharing this treasure of a post,

  5. O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how lovely are thy branches!