Christmas was an amazing time for our family as this was the first Christmas in three years that have been able to do "Griffin" traditions. Getting out our decorations and stockings was really emotional for me...but also filled me with much joy and excitement. We even picked out our tree, in the dark...with flashlights - that was a hoot! We were content with the simple Christmas we were having but......the Lord had other plans for our family....several friends and a group of ladies whom we have never met blessed us with gifts and goodies. Our Christmas day was filled with awe and joy. It still amazes me how the Lord used so many to bless our family...there were gifts given to us that no one knew we needed or wanted - well the Lord knew and He used His people to provide for our family.
Another major event that happened is that our oldest son turned 15 years old...15 wow!!!!! Wasn't it just yesterday he was begging for "Veggie-Tales" one more time????? He is growing into a wonderful man...full of fun and joy! We really are blessed to know him and have him in our lives.
Conviction in my heart happened this December....(sheepish grin)...during this season I realized how selfish I've been in the kitchen. I've not done my children any favors by keeping them out of planning, cooking and baking....ugh!!!! Since my "conviction" I've been cookin' up a batch of something with each of my children...and you know what - it is really rewarding and enjoyable to have them in my very "little" kitchen helping....and to see the joy in their eyes as they accomplish a meal or dessert for the family. If you have small children, please learn from my mistake and get cookin' with your little people before they get big and complain...like our older son who thinks Top Ramen and Mac-n-Cheese are fine dinning...he did make a delish potato and bacon soup and he did admit it was "fun" cooking with mom....
Hoping you will have a delightful new year and may you learn to walk in the spirit of the Lord...where there is life and joy and where you will be pleasing to the Lord! (Romans 8)