Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Christmas morning....woke up way before Michael - sitting in the quiet...thinking about this day.

Such a sweet little Christmas gift!
This Day i am missing my family....most are in Kansas City celebrating with our Kansas City peeps - Addy and Avery are celebrating with their moms, Shawn is at his house and Michael and i are home.  One of the sweetest gifts we received this Christmas is a little sweet boy named Matthew....our great grandson!
Aunt love already!

Christmas gift from God

You are loved beyond measure!
Sweet Audrey...prayers for you and Todd and this new chapter.  You will find that love that you never knew's more powerful than you can ever's such a precious gift.  Love you to the moon and back!

Some of us are not quite sure about momma holding another baby!
 I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.Charles Dickens. 

We had our Christmas with the family last weekend.  Because of sharing the girls, this Christmas was our year to have Christmas on another day.  It's really so REAL, Michael and i both feel like Christmas was a week ago.  Mimi and her girls....but missing Audrey
Love you Chase Corley
Christmas kisses
Ready for Santa
Missing Audrey...
We had a great time.  Wish i had pictures of Shawn....he's doesn't like his picture taken....makes me sad....all through the years we will have so many pictures of everyone, except Shawn.  Makes me sad, but it makes him mad if i try.  Sad that in the years ahead, Avery won't be able to look back and remember her daddy.  She will just have to rely on her heart and mind.  Every once in a while we sneak a picture of him though.

On Christmas Eve, Michael and i went to the candlelight service at our church.....
Silent night....HOLY night.
It always reminds me of the reason for this season.  I get so caught up in the gifts and the decorating and the food and the stress of the season that i often forget the reason we celebrate.  It's not the gifts we's the gift we received.  It's the fact that God sent His Son to earth, as a tiny baby, to live among us - all the time KNOWING His Son would die on a cross - an agonizing death - so that we could live in eternity with Him.  Tears this morning....i think a bit because i am missing my family so much.  It's Christmas and i miss waking up this morning with them....but mostly these tears because 1) - i am SO thankful God loved me enough to send His son to die for me....that's first and foremost but 2) i have tears because i think i lost the true meaning of this holiday in all the hustle and bustle of the season.  I pray that next year our entire family will focus on Christ....not the gifts under the tree....but the gift that lives in our hearts - the gift that saves us from separation from our Creator.  God please forgive me....i got caught up in the lights...and i want so badly to be caught up in YOU.  I pray Lord Jesus, that this year, 2016, will be a year of drawing closer to you....of simplifying our lives and concentrating on what TRULY matters.

I am SO thankful for my family.....they are such precious gifts in our lives...
One of our granddads...
No pictures this early Mimi!

Avery Grace!
Merry Christmas Addyboo!

Santa came!
Hayden Michael and his new hat Santa brought him....wish Santa could bring a win for the Cowboys!

This man....thank you Lord for this precious gift in my life.  I thank You too for healing him...thank you Lord.  
Dada, this might be his sport!  He can HIT that ball!

Sweet Angie.....such a gift and an answer to this momma's prayers.

Two days before Christmas we got to celebrate Addylou turning 13!  I can't believe it's been 13 years.  She is such a beauty.....inside and out.  She loves the Lord and is growing in her walk with Him.  She is such a precious gift in our lives....Thank you Lord for Addison Lane Corley....i pray that You will hold her tight and guide her sweet life to Your perfection.  Guard her heart Lord i pray....

Love my sweet girl so much....

Teenager now =)

Thank you Lord for this day.....i pray that we will carry it's meaning every single day of the rest of our lives.  I pray Your protection over  my family....i pray Your Holy Spirit in our hearts....i pray for each of us, people in our lives that will help us love You more...serve You more.  Lord please fill our hearts with Your love....and let us ALL live with thankful hearts....all year long!  I want to fall deeper and deeper in love with You...Hold my heart Lord...Mold us and make us YOURS.