Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December happenings

Just a few goings on around here:

I couldn't find Hollis the other day but I finally heard her talking in her room and she had a chair pulled up reading to her baby.  It was so sweet.  I think she's ready to be a big sister! 

Harper's hair is so thick that it's hard to do things with and every time I DO fix her hair, she comes running out of school with it pulled down.  But I fixed her with braids tied back this week and she LOVED it and it was exactly the same after school! It was a Christmas miracle! 

I'm SOOOO behind on Christmas this year.  I haven't sent out my cards yet, I haven't shopped and I'm just overall behind.  We don't exchange gifts for adults in our families any more (which I have to say has made Christmas a million times better - none of us need anything) but I hadn't even bought for the girls.  So we got a baby sitter last night and went out to eat and shopped for the girls.  It was a really fun date! 

 Today, Hollis' preschool had their annual Christmas play. It's so sweet.  The 3 year olds are shepherds. 
 Hollis was SO proud to be in her play.  Her little face just kills me. 

It doesn't really matter in the end how many nights we go to see lights or how many gifts we get or give or how "AMAZING" our Christmas is.............having sweet babies to love and remembering that Jesus was born simply to live and die for us and how overwhelming that love is is the simplicity of the joy of Christmas.  

And I'm OVER joyed this year. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Que Sera Sera

Every December for the last six years, I have taken a picture in front of our Christmas tree with my babies.  I try to take one when they are dressed up for Christmas.  I love it because I get to see how they grow each year.  And I can't believe next year we will have THREE in the picture! I'm amazed at how much they have grown since last year.  I'm sure you are amazed at all the different hair colors I have managed to have! ha! 

My friend Ashley invited me to be on her blog today for Merry Monday.  She did an interview with me about Christmas! You can read it here!

A few months ago, I asked you to send me your Christmas cards for an article I was writing for Celebrate Arkansas Magazine! I had a huge response - I wish I could have used them all but we had to pick just a few.  I thought you might like to read the article and you might even see yourself! 

And on a sad note (but also a joyous one) - my grandmother passed away last night.  It's sad because I will dearly miss her but joyous because she had an amazing 92 years on this earth and now she gets to celebrate Christmas in heaven with her husband! Wouldn't we all wish for such a long life and homecoming? We will be traveling to Dallas this week to celebrate her life.  One thing I always remember her singing was "Que sera sera......whatever will be will be".  My aunt said she sang that to the doctor last week when they told her she needed surgery.  I feel like that's very fitting.
I wrote this about her on my instagram:
I always thought my Grandmother was so glamorous. She always listened to 40's music in the car. She loved football - especially the Cowboys. I spent a lot of summers with her growing up and she was so much fun. She took us swimming, shopping and to the movies. And she was a wonderful cook. I always imagine her moving around her house humming a song. She lived a lot of her adult life overseas and landed in Texas. She was my last grandparent and the only one to meet my kids. So thankful for the legacy of this amazing woman. She went to be with Jesus today. I imagine my Poppie was so happy to finally have her home!
My dad posted this picture of her.  Doesn't she look like a movie star on the set of a 1940's movie? 
And one more of her and my dad.

Because doesn't Hollis look just like my dad???? :-)