Christmas 2014 “FLU” by

Today I am thankful. Very thankful. Thankful for the little things. This Christmas season has been one for the books. One I hope not to repeat this year, but it was still a great day. The past two weeks have been a bit interesting with sickness in our home, we’ve had hand foot and mouth, a serious ear infection, 3 flu victims and 4 bottles of amoxicillin. I know that there have been people praying for our family to get well soon. I appreciate their prayers. All of them. Prayers for my sanity and prayers for the sickness to end quickly. Those prayers have been answered in several ways. All three flu victims were only REALLY sick for 3-4 days not 7-10 and that is a huge difference in a family this large. #thankful

This Christmas wasn’t exactly what I planned. I didn’t get to do gingerbread houses like I planned. I didn’t get to go look at Christmas lights liked I planned. As I was reminded this week to not get discouraged because many are the plans of a mom’s heart, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. This morning we were blessed to have everyone fever free all day. The day after Christmas could be different, but for this day everyone was fever free. We spent our day at home so that we wouldn’t get any of our family members sick. We’ve missed 3 family events and that is not fun, but we were able to talk to them or FaceTime. #thankful

DSC_0510My kids were so thankful and appreciative of their Christmas gifts. I love how they receive gifts and how they love to give to one another. #thankful

DSC_0514DSC_0517All day I have reflected on those who have so much more going on in their lives: lost loved ones, sick parents or spouses, and families torn apart for various reasons. When I look at our Christmas flu it is so meager compared to those bigger issues. I don’t do well with sickness. I’m not a mom of mercy and I know that when certain kids get sick it shows the ugliness of my heart. I’m praying that as this Christmas season comes to a close that I will see His mercy and grace in the little ways He provided for us this year. #thankful

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Merry Christmas! So as this day ends, I am counting our blessings. Many of which include and begin with God’s rich and unfailing love and Jesus’ miraculous birth. Thankfully it didn’t end with His birth because His perfect sinless example of living life and His sacrifice gave me the opportunity for salvation. My family and friends, I am so very thankful for them. I am thankful for their patience with me, their love for me, and for their health. I am blessed. My heart is full. #thankful

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This is how she went to bed and woke up a little nauseous, however, by lunch she was all smiles and getting into the Christmas spirit.

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DSC_0498 All of the kids enjoyed watching Caroline open her presents.

IMG_8657Everyone needs to wear a leotard and skates while pushes their three babies. The twins were born this Christmas and Katy in the back is 5. She’s a good momma.

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