It's loud. It's crazy. It's crowded. And it's full of family.
Just the way it should be.
And for me ~ the older I get ~ it is SO much more than the gifts. In fact, I would be just as happy some year...or for all the years to come, for that matter... if we would just completely fore-go the gifts and instead do what we have always done best.
Gorge ourselves sick.
And just be together.
For me ~ THAT'S Christmas!
So, for the sake of recording my family's Christmas memories on this here blog journal of mine, I give you a little photo montage with Amy's List of Loves for this ~ 2012's Christmas in the County!
:: Tea parties with Grammy. Complete with their very own appropriately sized mugs, their own little milk pitcher, and about fifteen treats to choose from. Belly aches, free of charge.
:: Four-wheeling adventures involving a little bit of hunting, a little bit of getting stuck, a little bit of freezing, and a little bit of dragging each other behind on sleds...attempting to strike the fear of God into each other.
:: Escapades with Dad in ALL of his impy glory. This man of full of it...and there are times where I think he lives to antagonize both his wife and my husband...and I cannot help myself but join in, at times. Both Kev and Mom say that we can be a bit impossible when we are together for any amount of time.
I personally, find us both hilarious...
:: Hunting. Always hunting. And sometimes out our living room window. Good gracious. This week yielded two partridge and three squirrels. And for the record...squirrel does not taste delish. Kaden heard from someone that "there's nothing like eating squirrel," so the last one he shot we let him skin it and grill it...for all to try.
Let me just say, there are few other times where I have felt as "redneck" as I did when eatin' that thar squarral...
:: Nighttime sliding with the hoolies in the field across the road. And realizing that my body is not nearly as young - or as small - as it used to be. And having the boys laugh hysterically at their Mama because of her mad skillz....or lack thereof. And then going inside to warm up with hot tea and a Christmas movie. Love.
It was indeed, a very merry Christmas.
For our family, for our health, and for the gift of spending time together...
For love, for belonging, for knowing Jesus, for unconditional acceptance...
For my heritage, for my childhood, and for all of our memories made...
We are wealthy, indeed.
Exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond all that I could ever ask for or imagine...
Preach it, Mr. Grinch.
I could have said it no better myself.
#4184-#4206 ~ My Joy Journey
...So very grateful... giving thanks...not for the gifts that I want...but for the gifts I already have....