It's Christmas Eve and I feel a familiar giddy-ness. Much like I did as a child and yet, different. I am not excited about the presents I will open tonight, but I am excited to watch others open their presents. Honestly, I would be happy to not receive a thing this year. After all, I have already received the best present I could ever hope for.....Jesus. The Fathers gift to the world. The gift of Love, Hope, and Salvation.
So, on this Christmas Eve I would just like to say a few things to my family...including the 'Yada-Yada Sisterhood':
Mom and Dad- I am looking so forward to spending the next couple of days in your home surrounded by the beautiful decorations and my family who I love more than anything else on this earth. Thank you for making every Christmas special! I am so grateful to God that He gave me you as my parents. I love you:)
My kiddo's- There are not words to tell you how much I love you. It is my prayer that you will understand and accept the Love that God has for each of you. I pray that you will fully understand the scope of that Love when we read about Christ's birth tonight and realize that He sent His son for YOU! Merry Christmas babies!
Aunt Kathy and Uncle Steve- What a blessing you are! I have enjoyed our hours spent gathered around your kitchen table drinking coffee, sharing giggles and tears, and talking about our Lord. I pray that you will experience His presence over the next couple of days as you and your family gather in your beautiful home. I love you!!
Deb- Christmas will seem strange without you this year. What a blessing for you to be able to spend it with all of your family in California. I pray that you just absorb all of the love and joy that comes from being with family. I can't begin to tell you what you mean to me, so I won't. I believe you already know and it would make you cry if I did. I know how you hate that. So, I will just say.....I look forward to spinach dip when you get home (hint, hint). I love you, man!
Lori- I am praying that you, Daniel, Ali, and Syd will have the most Blessed Christmas ever. You are missed dearly by all who were fortunate enough to be called 'friend' by you, but I know you are exactly where God wants you...for now:)
Susan- I know this Christmas will be a little hard for you. I will be praying that God's love penetrates deep into your heart and that you will feel His arms around you and your family. God bless you!! I am thankful He has brought you into my life. I look forward to getting to know you better over the next year.
Tanya and Jeff- You are so special to me. I pray you will enjoy this time with Teresa and your family. I pray that God will fill your house with Joy, Peace, and Love. I look forward to getting together soon.
MelMac- You're on your way home and I am so glad. Your smile can light up a room like no other. May God bless this time you have with your family. I know He has blessed us with your presence!
Alissa- I am so glad you are coming home. What an amazing young lady you are and what an amazing heart for God you have. I pray you will enjoy this time in Red Oak as much as we will enjoy having you here. I hope we can find a minute or two to share some coffee!! (OH, and if you feel like making coffee cake...you know where I live:)
Christmas Blessings to each of you!