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The Perfect Reaction

This is what you want to see on your kids faces when they see their present on Christmas morning!
This is what happens when your husband likes the new present almost as much as the kids do!
After our Christmas at home, we drove up to Duncan, Oklahoma to stay a few days with Gramps and Grammy. We’ll just say Justus is now a pro at saying the word, “presents”.



Pics to Help Remember

I know this post is a little late, but wanted to get it up anyway.  Hopefully I’ll get the whole week documented on the blog at some point today! So here’s the first of hopefully a few more Christmas posts.

Our Christmas Eve began with opening presents from Grandma and Grandpa.

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We’ve been planting grass seeds this month.  The kids only get to plant seeds when they show kindness or love to each other.   Needless to say, I frequently am told throughout the day reasons why one of them should get to plant more seeds.Fast forward to this morning…The middle child comes running, “mom, can I put more grass seeds in my pot? Justus was using the water in the potty to brush his teeth and I took his tooth brush and cleaned it off on your shirt and then brushed his teeth with it. Do I get grass seeds for that?”
I guess so???

Lazy….

The perfect adjective to describe our weekend. Wonderful would be the next adjective. Here’s a little picture sneak peak into our lazy last few days.

Rumors

I’ve heard rumors that Brent could sing songs before he could really talk in sentences.
It seems our little man is following in his daddy’s footsteps. Full sentences come out of his mouth if they are sung. One or two words come out at a time if they are spoken. His current favorite song: I Will Follow by none other than his favorite daddy.

Its Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas


A kitchen covered in flour, powered sugar, and frosting makes me smileThat much baking only means one thingChristmas celebrations are in full swing and I’m loving itHappy week before Christmas!

Fridays…

Today we got to spend the day with this little sweet heart.   This is the little girl that I keep during the week.  Doesn’t she just melt your heart?!   Her mommy is pretty sweet too and working her little tail off to finish school for this sweet girl.  Pray strength for them when you think of it.   I spend most days holding this sweet baby and praying for the two of them. 

Except today the holding and praying took place in the wonderful world of IKEA.  A great place to Christmas shop because we discovered you can put your potty trained kids in their FREE childcare, buy your gifts, hide them in the car, go pick up the kids, and then feed everyone for $0.99 each.  The kids had a blast, Brent and I felt like we sort of kind of had a date (other than the 20 month old and 3 month old we were carrying around with us), and all Christmas shopping is now complete.   Genius.

The girls also got to go on a date with daddy this afternoon.   This was Elliana’s first time to go to a movie theater, and I’m going to bet I will never get her in one again.  It seems the movie “Tangled” was a bit too intense for her.  Her response when she walked in the door wide eyed was, “the ending was good…I guess…”

We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening wrestling, reading happy Christmas stories, and praying she won’t be up all night with nightmares.  I hate to be woken up in the middle of the night….oh, and I feel bad for the kid and the whole nightmare thing too…but mainly I just hate to be woken up.

Happy Friday!

My Heart Melts

“Avery, if you could do anything in the world, what would you do?”

“Cuddle with daddy.”

Merry Christmas From the Minters

The Preparation Begins

In the busyness of preparing Advent activities to help point the kids’ hearts toward Christ, I realized I had forgotten to point my own heart toward our Savior. I focused on their smiles and their understanding rather than the smile of my Father as I draw near to Him in anticipation of the celebration of His coming.

So I now sit and read through Genesis and the story of Creation and am amazed at our Savior; amazed by His plan that began with creation.

I begin to get the grass seeds ready to plant tomorrow with every act of kindness and love shown knowing that in 24 days, there will be enough grass to bed a manger for Jesus, my King and my Savior.

I cut out the ornaments and get them organized so they may go on the tree one by one each morning over breakfast and devotions. I pray the verses enter our hearts and change us.

But most of all, I begin to quiet my heart and reflect about Christmas. My oldest replied, “without Christ, we wouldn’t have Christmas, and that would be very sad.”  I want that confidence that Christ alone makes Christmas.

Not presents, not family, not memories, but Christ.

And so tomorrow Advent begins.   I pray we are all changed mightily as we patiently await the celebration of the coming of our Savior.


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