finished wrapping gifts; ready for Christmas Eve/Candlelight and Communion Service at church; we were honored as Olivia passed out candles and our family lit an advent candle during the service; Christmas Eve dinner with friends
Before leaving Grandmother and Granddaddy's this morning; ate peanut butter cookies and chocolate milk after returning home; spent the afternoon as a family time watching The Polar Express and Miracle on 34th Street
The Lee boy cousins; the muscadine vine (swing) that Grandmother decorated with a Christmas bow :) ; shopping for Peter's Pottery; the scrumptious Ding Dong cake that Michael made with his mother's recipe; time with cousins; opening Christmas presents and then playing with them
Olivia is busily working away on a cross stitch piece for her great-grandmother; I'm making my mom's traditional cherry and apricot candy cane coffee bread and packaging our spice tea mix; our advent calendar
On the eve of 12-12-12 I brainstormed with ideas of things we could do for the upcoming monumental day.
I came up with an idea that would involve even more 12's on the day of 12's. We began by going to the store and purchasing 12 balloon in rainbow colors. Then headed home to discuss what a unique monumental day it was and how it would never occur again within our lifetimes. I then began a discussion with my children of "words of hope" that we have as requests for God our Father. We began a word list of prayer requests for God. Our list included:
10. Spiritual Growth
I then wrote each of the words on individual balloons. Afterwards, we took our balloons out in the field beside our house and had a time of prayer asking God to guide us in each of our future lives and bless us with the items we requested on our balloons. Then one by one the kids released the balloons. We each lay down in the grass and followed our balloons in the beautiful blue sky for 13 minutes until we no longer could see them.
It was a beautiful way for me to spend time teaching my children on 12-12-12. I pray that each of them will forever remember this special day and "Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." Philippians 4:6