I suppose this will be a downer type of Christmas post…. but its weighing on me VERY heavily this morning.
We have always tried to keep our Christmas’ simple… wanting the boys to grow up really knowing what Christmas was about… but obviously still wanting to keep it fun and enjoy giving them some gifts as well. Its a hard balance between what “society” does… and what you really do want to do… in order to instill things into your children that will last.
I will admit we have not done a great job with that lately… I have tried to justify it with the fact our lives have been a tad busy… with pregnancy, bed rest, new job schedules, COR church stuff, having a newborn….etc..etc… but really feel we’ve let the ball drop and I know because of that our kids this year have been incredibly selfish and spoiled.
Yes…. I just openly admitted my kids are way spoiled this year… and have had the most ungrateful spirit I have ever seen from them.
Complaints over gifts they get… discontentment and wanting MORE.
This morning I let it get the best of me and honestly had a hard time even looking at my kids! I was just so frustrated with how they were acting. I actually wanted to take every Christmas gift we got for them back to the store.
.. but … I think if anything this is being used to really teach me the importance of teaching our children… and I think a big thing we will strive to do better in the future, is to SHOW them how to serve… SHOW them those who have so much less…. SHOW them how thankful they should be for what they do have.
I want them to learn to serve… and minister to others. To see the importance in more than just toys… and gifts. I was telling Travis how I wish tonight we could go serve at a homeless shelter or orphanage…. I think it impact our children greatly… If Travis was not working the next two days, we would. It is something I am looking into for the new year… and praying we can really begin to teach our children the value of investing in others… instead of always being focused on “themselves.”
Not sure if any of this made sense…
It was “that” kind of morning… The two older boys are in separate rooms after bickering… the baby is asleep and Travis and Owen went out to get a few last minute things we needed (eggs, creamer… that sorta stuff). Im just trying to use this moment of silence to collect myself…. and try to see past the flesh not only in my children but in myself as well.
Now… to end on a more positive note…
Are the boys not cute in their Christmas Jammies? Theres just something so fun about dressing them up in fresh Jammies on Christmas Eve.
I am so thankful for how the Lord has provided for us this year! That we are all healthy… and together this Christmas… so many are not. Our boys are a true blessing to us… and I honestly cant imagine Christmas Day without them… Its hard to even remember what Christmas was like before them.