We got all our Christmas stuff out and our halls are decked. Max was beyond excited. It was a merry time playing Christmas music and seeing this little boy light up over it all. I'm not one for decor for the holidays but when I decided on getting some I bought all matching kinds so it would look nice. I've been reading Little Men and after learning from it I decided this year to give up on having an adult tree and to just embrace the sweetness of a tree full of mismatched ornaments handmade and gifted by those I love. I was reminded in the book of how important it is to treat child playthings and fancies with respect. I've been known to throw rocks, dead bugs in jars, and such out to keep the house less cluttered but realize my error in disposing of Max's little treasures - so I decided that I want to embrace and honor his little collections and trinkets of his youth.
Max requested to have the above and below pictures taken - I love how proud he is of his tree. I loved seeing him light up as he put on his homemade ornaments from last year and looked at all the different ones we've collected.
I decided to start a tradition of buying ornaments each year for each kid of mine so they have a collection when they move on if they want it. Here is one I got for the year little D was born. How we miss that sweet boy. He is always in our hearts and prayers. I find hope in knowing that after this life we will know each other and he will know how I loved him.
Max declared this was his favorite ornament yet - This was the year he started swim lessons and here he is today still swimming. I like to find ornaments that represent something in his life. Anyone know where I can find cute vegetable or fruit ornaments (in honor of our backyard that Max loves to play in and help with)
And of course the most important part of Christmas. I am so grateful for my Savoir. My desire is to know Him better and learn to trust Him implicitly heart and soul when it comes to promptings and moving forward with important decisions in my life. One thing I remind myself of often is His love for me especially when I don't feel deserving or worthy. I know He is there and provided a way so that I can keep trying and being more like Him and even though I won't ever get tot that point I know He still loves me and there is still a way back to Him. There always will be.
Can't really see the star - I will have to do another one at night sometime.