We don't give a lot to the children throughout the year. So I don't feel guilty about giving to them on their birthdays and at Christmas.
When I look at the photos we made (with my new camera that Santa brought me), I see that Mike is exactly right. Christmas is for the children.
How sweet are these two boys?After all, looking at the photos we made and thinking back, I see each of the grown children taking time to enjoy one another's offspring...like the photo above...Happy little Levi was glad to share a little time with almost everybody. (Jessica said that Bryan admitted later that it was nice to have a sweet little one to cuddle again.)
Who is teaching?The big children seem to be teaching the little children at the same time they are learning from them. Don't we all love it when little children open our eyes by showing us the world as they see it? As we grow older, we tend to forget the mystery and magic of life around us until a little child points it out. We forget what we have learned and the process of learning it until we are in the throes of sharing with little children.
Harris showing off a trickWhat you see in this picture is an adorable little bundle of energy showing several of us a new trick he has learned...just how interesting the world is when we look at it from different angles. What you don't see is that Harris's aunt is across the room showing him that she knows the same trick. Showing that no matter how old we grow, we still have fun tricks and can see things with new perspective...and a little giggle.
Controlled Chaos...well, sort of...At times the children seemed to be everywhere and into everything. They were enjoying the moments together and the time of sharing and the excitement. None of them seemed to need guidelines or rules or laws. They just worked things out and made things happen in their own way and everybody was happy with it.
Corey and Luci
Stephen, Bonnie, and Levi
Mike and Levi
Jessica and Levi
Lillie and Luci
With little children there is always time for interaction. I love how everybody seems to interact with whoever the child is at hand. They were seamless in sharing time and attention.
Harris and Lydia
Stephen and Bonnie
Grand B and Harris
Bay and Levi
Bridgette and Luci
Grand B and Levi
Bonnie and Levi
Bryan and Levi