Last night was one of those nights. It's our Christmas Eve tradition to wear our family pajamas and have an indoor picnic. These pictures came from last night.
Like I said...probably not the pictures, but the memories. I love those smiles and every one of those
little not-so-little toes. I love the minutes and hours and days we spend together. We are blessed.
This Christmas season I challenged myself to read all the gospels (the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) in the month leading up to Christmas. I've heard of doing this before, to really draw near to Jesus Christ during the season of his birth, but for whatever reason, this year it was in my heart to actually do it, and what a blessing that has been. I needed an extra dose of Christmas in my heart this year. (And for the record, I finished last night, and even went back today to re-read some chapters in Luke I slept through while trying to listen instead of read.)
This experience has made this Christmas remarkable. Reading in detail about the Savior's life and his mission in such a short period of time has made it all seem more real to me. I love the feeling of the Savior's love in my life, and even when life gets challenging (especially when it's challenging), that love carries me.
Earlier this month I gave a Christmas message at Tim's family's Christmas party. I talked about "joy" because I love that word. To me it means living in lasting happiness, even when things aren't what we wanted them to be. Not even a few days later, life got challenging again. As much as I don't like challenges, I do love the feelings of peace and joy that are always ours when we seek it. Over the past several weeks, I continue to be amazed at "joy" as a possibility, even during difficult days.
Today in church, one of the speakers said, "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall; Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the kings horses, and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again. But the King can, and the King will."
I love the Savior. I love what He has done for us. I love how the Son of God could find it in His heart to come down from heaven, to walk the earth, to teach, to heal, and to love, then to give up His own life for all of us, and to give eternal life to all who seek Him.
Amazing if you think about it.
God bless us, everyone!