It was another great Christmas at the Brown house. We had the whole family with us this year. Josh, Katy and Charlotte will be leaving us probably in the next 3-4 months as their house will be ready by then (Lord willing). So, it was such a joy for all of us!
Some of the best times are just sitting around the table eating a meal together. Truly, the older I get, the more I enjoy that. It’s really the simply pleasures in life that are the sweetest. This was at my parent’s home.
We also had a wonderful time at Pam’s parents’ home on Christmas Eve. Oh, you gotta love those Christmas traditions!
The kids got way too much. It seems to always be the case. You try to be frugal and yet, it’s easy to get “one more thing” that they’ll like. Why is it so much fun to give! Watching kids and grandkids open presents and be surprised is such a joy! It’s like the Father giving to us such kind and generous blessings and watching our expressions. I know He must thoroughly enjoy that!
I loved this “before” and “after” that was made…
Do the holidays come and go too quickly for you? They sure do for me! Yes, the older you get, the faster they zoom by! But one day, we’ll be in the presence of God and the joy of being together and never having to leave and go home will be behind us. Why? Because we’ll be home!
I know, I know… My kids tell me all the time, “Dad you equate everything to heaven.” Yes, that’s true. But, I do long for that time when all things are made new and there is no more disease, suffering or death. I long to not have to worry again. Be afraid again… Have to pay bills again… Set the alarm clock again… Or step on the scales again… Dumb? Perhaps… But, it’s how I feel. Those times when the family is all together and there are no deadlines. No worries. Just a good meal and time in the den together. Wow! What a joy! Simple, yes! But, joyous nonetheless!
Hey…did it feel weird being in short sleeves over Christmas? It sure did to me. Especially if you are a weather nut like me and your remember that just five years ago…during the Christmas of 2010, we were experiencing this…
Those two pictures were made just outside my mom and dad’s front steps. Amazing! What a difference five years can make.
But, hold on… Winter isn’t over. It’s really just going to get started with the new year. By the time we usher in 2016 it will feel very cold to our bodies (since we’ve gotten used to 70 degree weather). The pattern is changing and the weather is going to flip and it seems by the time we get to the middle of January and beyond, there will be our best chances for wintry weather. Remember, it was warm in December last year and we had a very cold Jan/Feb and four winter weather events. Time will tell. 🙂
I’ll sign off tonight by going back to a thought I had about Hawaii. As wonderful and as absolutely gorgeous as it was…I’ve come to the place in my life that I am satisfied and content where I am. When I was younger, it seemed I desired all the “bells and whistles” of life to make me happy. But, I’m really past all of that. Give me my wife and family…my church and a hot meal…clean shirt and I’m as happy as a clam. Have I arrived? Nope! Not on your life. I still desire things/stuff, etc. And yes, going to exotic places around the world is a blessing and certainly a thrill. But, my point is…I don’t have to have those things in order to be content. I don’t have to be looking to the next “fun” moment or “big thrill” to bring a thrill to my heart. The thrill in seeing a sunrise or a sunset whether you are in Waikiki or on your back porch is all a state of mind. Paul said, “godliness with contentment is great gain.” Lord, continue to teach me this and if you allow me the blessing of seeing more beautiful and thrilling spots on your earth, I’ll humbly thank you for kind provision and be grateful for all you have done!