Christmas is such a wonderful time of year, especially for parents. Ok, I know that it can be stressful and exhausting but it is magical. Plain and simple, Christmas is magical. I don't know why it surprises me, but every year it does. It sort of sneaks up on me and I am amazed at the kindness of others. Well, it happened again. I guess that I am kind of slow and I was again taken off guard by overwhelming generosity. After the little boys and I had our death defying trip to church, we were down a car. Apparently rolling down a hill and landing on the roof of your car leads to said car being totalled. Who knew?! Anyway, after several prayers to Saint Anthony and (literally) hours online looking at cars and checking reviews and safety ratings, we were extremely blessed to find a car. We got a great deal on it and we should end up saving a ton of money on our monthly gasoline costs. Woohoo! Ok, back to the magical part... Thankfully we have good insurance and we were blessed to receive an insurance check that covered the cost of the new-to-us car. Unfortunately December is a very expensive month for us normally, so throw in buying a new car on top of three kids birthdays and Christmas and I was starting to panic. Why I panic, I have no idea. You would think that after years of God taking care of us over and over again, I would finally get it, but I am a touch slow. Once again, He did it. We went to church and Brian was given an envelope from Sister Jackie. When we got in the van after mass, Brian handed it to me and I opened it. I was dumbfounded. Inside of the envelope was a Christmas card addressed to my family with a very generous cash gift. I mean, seriously generous. I cannot even begin to explain how overwhelmed I was. Once again, God had chosen to work through people to take care of us. I am so thankful that these angels on earth were open to God's promptings. I am beyond touched that they would be willing to share their gifts with me and my family. If you are reading this, thank you. Because of you we were able to tuck away a little bit for an unexpected expense, get new tires for our "new"car, and provide our kids with an amazing Christmas. I know that Christmas isn't about the gifts that you receive. I get that and we constantly try to teach our kids that very thing. But as parents, we are always telling the kids no, we are always telling them that we can't do this or that. So to be given the ability to tell them yes and give them the one big thing that they really, really wanted for Christmas is a gift in and of itself. The looks on their faces when they opened up that one thing that they really wanted and didn't think that they would ever get, well it was magic...just plain magic. So whoever you are, I just want to thank you. Thank you for providing us with a little bit of magic. Thank you for allowing the spirit of Saint Nicholas to live on in you and your overwhelming generosity. I pray that you will be blessed over and over again.
Coley received a beautiful gold chain with a pendant that had belonged to her birth mother. Brian had bought it for Andrea when Coley and DJ were born. It is their birthstone. She loved it. And I loved to be able to give her something from both of her mothers.
Here you go folks! Look at that face! Do you know what that is? Magic, plain and simple.
My beautiful girls, Coley, Gianna and Hannah
These are my handsome boys, DJ, Jacob, Isaac, Noah, Aiden and Jonathan.
Here are my favorite gifts, all wrapped up and fancy to celebrate Baby Jesus' birthday!