I had a busy week with several Christmas parties and lots of excitement from the children in our school. It's such fun to be around little children at Christmas.
A wonderful blogging friend named Sonja (wink, wink) sent me a box of treats for "Miss Debbie's Kids". I gave each child a chocolate covered pretzel to take home. You should have seen their sweet smiles. :)
Since the weather in Phoenix this past week had been cold and rainy, the children in our class were indoors playing when I arrived at school. I got to see them play freely in our classroom and got such a kick out of it. Normally, when I arrive they are out on the playground.
The reality is that I've not even begun to set up the Christmas tree. However, my goal for this week is to get it done. Even though this house is much smaller and I hope I can find the boxes with my ornaments, I am trying to focus more on the reason for the season. After all, it's all about Jesus.
I found some wonderful resources to prepare my heart for Christmas. I downloaded the weekly prayer guide from The Church at Brook Hills here. It contains Bible readings for Christmas along with Scripture memory verses and prayer.
I also purchased a book on my Kindle called "Away in a Manger: An Advent Devotional" by Ian Strachan. I first read about it on The Faith Barista blog where they were doing a giveaway. I've found this very helpful as I read each day's reading.
#263 Thoughtful gift for the children from a precious blogging friend
#264 Seeing the smiles of the children as they are given the special treats
#265 An fun evening of laughter, good food and lifelong friendships
#266 Cooler weather in Phoenix (which is perfect for Christmas)
#267 Observing children at play
#268 Getting to pretend taste the children's baked goodies
#269 Seeing children make friends with each other
#270 Getting to spend time with the parents of the children in our class
#271 Enjoying our class Christmas party that was planned and hosted by the parents
#272 Christmas trees all decorated (except mine; not yet)
#273 Christmas music
#274 Christmas devotionals
#275 Reading Matthew and Luke's account of Jesus' birth
#276 Two weeks off work to enjoy Christmas with family
I'm linking up with Ann Voscamp of A Holy Experience as I continue to count my everyday blessings.
This might be a great time to join in. I encourage you to do so as it definitely changes your perspective.
Blessings and love,