Bella with her new doll houses.
She was just beside herself.
Running downstairs to see their new toys
Emma taking off with Macey's new purse!
Macey was so sick this Christmas with strep throat!
She was such a good sport enduring through the morning with all the children.
She sat with each and every one of the little kids and went through their stockings
and helped them open their gifts before she ever opened one for herself.
She is such an amazing big sister.
A gift from Daddy to me.
He surprised me with the same purse
I bought for Macey and then
Macey surprised me with matching pajamas!
What sweethearts! I felt so blessed.
I love that she still sits in my lap....
Every year Bella asks for roses for Christmas.
Yes. She really clutched them to her chest!
This little girl loves flowers.
Mommy and Daddy with Ashton
Mr. Pearls and Grace is easy on the eyes isn't he?
His heart is just as beautiful.
My favorite ornament this year
Daddy and the boys
Mommy and Bennett
We had such a wonderful Christmas. I am so thankful. More than any other Christmas in my life. I am thankful for our year, as difficult as it was in many aspects. I am thankful for the birth of my healthy baby boy. I am thankful that we are all together and that there are seven stockings hanging over the fireplace this year. I am thankful to be able to say the words- "A table for seven please". My dream come true. I am thankful that our home is filled with the scents and the sounds of the season. Gingerbread and Mulling Spices. Fresh Pine and pomegranate candles. Roasting marshmallows over the crackling fire. Homemade hot chocolate. Clementines and Christmas cookies. The sound of bare feet running through the house. Building tents with quilts and kitchen chairs. The sound of giggles and laughter. The joyful noise of children playing in the snow. It warms the heart. Most of all I am thankful for this day and for all that Christmas represents. This is truly the day that the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. I am rejoicing today. There isn't a present or package that could ever fit under our tree that could fill my heart and soul the way that He has. Even if there weren't any of the sights and sounds and smells of this beautiful season - and there have been many where there weren't- I would still have Him. I am so thankful for that knowledge. For that truth. He is the way, the truth and the life. Thank you Father for giving us your precious son Jesus. Merry Christmas for our family to yours.