just a few.. there were TONS!
Lucy getting her slippers from Regiers
Lucy and Uncle B
So, this wrapping paper was bought our very first married christmas together. Both rolls ran out on the same package.. TEN YEARS LATER :)
Mom, and the son whom brainwashes her :)
in the littlejohn house we decided several years ago that one of the ways we could truly communicate to our children the real meaning of christmas was to protect them from the overwhelming pull to saturate their hearts and desires with the things of this world. rather than the SAVIOR of this world. so that meant putting a limit on the things they received at christmas. they each receive 3 things; a need, a want, and a book, plus a stocking. i CAN NOT communicate to you how much we LOVE this system. it sets up such strong boundaries and clear expectations on both sides of the coin. our children do not feel neglected nor unloved. and we don't feel stressed out wondering all season if we have "given them enough". it also allows us to have the time and energy to focus on our Redeemer....SO WORTH IT!
anyway, the following are the kids receiving their "wants"!
anderson, and his new bike. he rode around all morning in his underwear. he is extremely fast and makes his mama a nervous wreck!!
Lucy, and this stuffed horse that she just thought had hung the moon (before you judge and call us cheap, really this is what she had her heart set on :)
julia, and her pillow pet (again, don't judge this is REALLY, REALLY, what she wanted. trust me, i only asked her a million times) doesn't that smile say it all?
katie, whom is getting more sophisticated in her "wants" received an ipod shuffle!
again, isn't that face priceless?
mark and i weren't buying each other gifts, we had bought tickets to Virginia for heaven's sake! BUT he surprised me with a classic Mark gift. He had me sit on the coffee table and cover my hears. zach and i joked that he had adopted me another baby and that's why i had to cover my ears. while he was retrieving the gift i was yelling down stairs and told him if it was an animal it wasn't staying :) but it was neither a baby nor an animal...it was a BIKE!!! so thoughtful!!
and probably my favorite picture of all: grammy and poppo meeting Jaxon for the first time via skype! so, so, special!
merry, merry, friends!!