Friday, December 25, 2015

Haven Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

I'm here in Zambia for Christmas this year, and so I've tried to make these days leading up to Christmas extra fun and special. We cut snowflakes, we made paper chains, we practiced Jingle Bells until we're all humming it all the time. So much anticipation for today! 
Jose
Mercy
Helen
Patu
Risa
Reuby
The big day, our Christmas, finally arrived! They could barely be contained as they saw a pile of gifts with their names written on them. Jason and Kathi had picked out the gifts on a recent trip to Lusaka, and Cintia lovingly wrapped them to add to the curiosity and mystery! One by one they opened their gifts, celebrating with each other as we went along. It was such a great time. 

John
Dwini
Jonah
Jose
Reuby
Watupa (This is the face I got whenever I tried to help him get that paper off!)
Patu
Priscilla
Sesa Bean
Binny
Kenty
Flavia
Maureen
Memo
Helen
Flo
Edith
Mercy

A hula-hoop for all, and to all a good night

I've been thinking so much about Christ's birth, about how he entered this world solely to redeem us. I still can't fathom that at his birth, he was Lord and was our savior. It further blows my mind that he did that not only for those living in his time, or for us who live now and currently need that salvation, but for everyone who is still to come. I especially love thinking about how he knows each of our babies by name, by heart, and he knows how they'll sin and struggle one day. And that tiny baby Jesus coming took care of them, too. 

It has been so fun to see our babes marvel at the gifts and fun this season brings. At this point in their lives, they can't really comprehend the greater gift this season means in their lives-- a savior born just for them. Our prayer is that they'll grow to learn and understand that incredible gift he's given to each of us. 

Merry Christmas to you and yours! We love you guys!