This Christmas...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sleepily she stumbles into the room....rubbing her eyes trying oh, so hard to focus them. She slowly raises 2 fingers (every thing's a little slower in the morning for this one) & croaks out in a 'first use of the morning' voice, "two more days!?" She looks intently at me to make sure she is correct. As I nod my head at her, the excitement lights up her beautiful big brown eyes!

I remember when I was her age counting down. I remember the excitement of Christmas. I remember the fireworks leading up to Christmas, the Christmas carols we attended, the anticipation as each day drew closer. I remember my sisters & I counting down, waiting, waiting, waiting for Christmas morn... much as my children now are.

This year we won't celebrate on Christmas day with extended family, yet God has provided a new family - our church family who will not leave us lonely, but instead make sure we are not alone on this special day of celebration.

This year (& every year) as we celebrate we thank God for His precious Son - our Saviour, Jesus!

This year we enjoy the blessing's God's given us.

Sure we will miss our family (trust me, the tears will flow), but we will also thank God for new friends He has given us!
A wise friend told me "Christmas is what you make it". Well I choose to make it a fun celebration of our Saviours' birth!

Wishing you & your family a very Blessed Christmas!

Love the Sunnyside Family XO


Kimmie said...

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas...with Christ as the center, you can't go wrong. Worship and adore Him my precious friend.

mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted

Haf Dozen Reasons....... said...

Merry Christmas to the Sunnyside's!! May you have a Blessed day away from your families. And not too many tears.

Cute pics!!

Cassandra-ann said...

I see how excited my kids are every morning waking up and saying its only this many days till christmas and i too remember how excited i used to get...
I will say a prayer for you as i know how much you'll miss your family but i know you'll have a great christmas with your gorgeous kids anyway!
Merry christmas Renata, to you and your lovely family :-)
Your friend Casandra xx

Ana said...

Merry Christmas Renata. I hope you have a blessed time celebrating Jesus♥ Hugs!

Elysia said...

Merry Christmas - Awww i will miss you all soooooooooooooooo much!!!!

Can't half tell who Elly takes after hey.. :)

Love EJ xoox

Saminda said...

Merry Christmas to you too, sweet friend. It is such a blessing to know you and your family!! xoxo

BoufMom9 said...

Beautiful! gave me a nice big smile :)

Have a very blessed Christmas!
Much love & faith,

aunty sel said...

Merry Christmas to you all!!! I hope you have a wonderful day, and don't forget, you get to celebrate Christmas with us next week!!! (Yeah I hope your busy cooking goodies for when we arrive).

Mum-me said...

Loved your first paragraph. Hope you all have a great Christmas, and any tears will be ones of happiness.

Leanne said...

Merry Christmas, you dear, sweet girl!

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Yes the kis really make it something extra special.
Enjoy your day ,count your blessings and eat up!
XOXO to you all

Grandma said...

Aaaawwww.....we are going to miss you all sooooooo.... much too!!! Dad was very happy to see your old school photo....can't believe how fast the years have gone - enjoy each day, as each one is a gift from our precious Lord (as are each of the lovely ones!!!!).
give them all an extra special hug tonight from us
We'll miss you all heaps & heaps, but pray that you have a wonderful Christmas. We used to find that sometimes Christmas away from all the family was easier on the kids!!!
Have a lovely time. We love you all heaps & thank God for you all
Lots & lots & lots of love
Mum xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Skipper said...

Ahhhh!! That's a school uniform I recognise!! :)

Have a very happy and blessed Christmas Renata! I hope and pray it's wonderful and filled with happy moments that will create beautiful memories - even if you are far away from your family.

Much love to you.

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