A Texas Christmas

Last post I wrote, I shared about some of the difficulties in moving and of how I was starting to miss home.

God is so good, because He’ll give us strength to carry on right when we need it, and for me He did this through bringing my sister Rachel and nephew Boe here for Christmas! πŸ™‚

It was heartbreaking thinking about not being able to be there for Boe’s second birthday, or for the first time ever not having the whole family together for Christmas.

At first, we didn’t think we’d have the money to be able to fly my sister and nephew out here from Colorado. I was ready to settle for that and try to be thankful anyways, but when I told a friend much smarter than me about the circumstances, her response was immediate: “I’ll be praying for God to provide a way so that you all can be together then!”

She was so right on, and her faith was a humbling reminder that made me go, “Oh, yeah. I should have gone to God with that. Duh.”

She prayed (I started praying), and guess what? The money we needed to get them here was miraculously provided just a few weeks before Christmas! πŸ˜€

It was so refreshing for me to have them here, and for the first time it felt “right” or “complete” somehow being in this new place with Rachel and Boe here.

Maybe it’s because I’m so family oriented, I’m not really sure.

But it was such a gift, such a fun and sweet time, and there’s not a doubt in my mind God heard the cries of my heart and answered it with a little boy’s cuddles and laughter that made a quiet house not feel so empty. πŸ™‚

And it was only a few days after his birthday, so I didn’t have to completely miss it after all!

I actually got sick on Christmas day, but having Rachel and Boe here made up for everything else completely.

I was so worried that Boe would have forgotten about me or been angry with me for leaving and that we wouldn’t have the close relationship we’d had before I left, but see if these pictures tell you anything about how good God is and the fun time we had…

 

2nd Birthday

Celebrating Boe’s Second Birthday! πŸ™‚

Baking Cookies

Baking cookies! πŸ™‚ One of my favorite holiday traditions, and the first year we got to share it with Boe!

Cookies

Shopping Day With the Girls

Kenzie was off with a friend, but it was so fun to do some last-minute Christmas shopping with (almost) all of the girls! πŸ™‚

Playing With Rocks 2

Taking Boe down to the river one day to play with his bucket! πŸ™‚ His favorite thing by far though was the train that went by.

Feeding Ducks

Feeding the ducks on another trip down to the river! I think Boe might have liked chucking handfuls of corn more than actually “feeding” the ducks though…

Sea World

Sea World! πŸ™‚ We didn’t have many opportunities growing up to go on many vacations, so to be able to go to something like this altogether as a family now was like the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for me, and I couldn’t have been anymore excited!

Sea World 2

Very impressive, very fun! πŸ™‚ I will never know how they train them so well. Favorite thing I learned: all whales have a different dialect, or way of saying things. Who knew?!

Boe With Gampie 2

Does this make your heart melt like it does mine?! πŸ™‚ So sweet and precious, Boe with his Gampie. The poor little guy was getting so worn out by this time. But he was such a trooper!

Crazy Eyes

Boe climbed up onto my lap one morning as I was getting ready and wanted to take “shelfies.” πŸ˜‰ It completely melted me! ❀

Such a Sweetie!

Would you just look at that grin?! πŸ˜‰

Another thing that kept me going when the homesickness was hard was some incredibly thoughtful gifts and cards that came in the mail from some very dear friends:

Gifts From Friends

Starbucks Card and a Christmas card from my friend Meagan, and a card all the way from Africa from my friend Erin! πŸ™‚

Katie's Gift

A card, T-shirt, and Color-in Postcards from my thoughtful writer friend Katie! πŸ™‚

 

Butterfly

Then there was this beautiful drawing from my friend Given, with a quote from a book that meant a lot to both to us. I hope it can be an encouragement to you today as well.

All-in-all, it was a wonderful first Christmas in Texas! πŸ™‚ I was sad to have it end and to say goodbye once more, but thankful all the same.

 

Christmas Party

Β At Dad’s Company Christmas Party this year. Merry late Christmas!! πŸ™‚Β 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s