Christmas Countdown Day 7: Shhhhhhh!!!!

Our Advent Scripture Passage for Day 7 is Micah 5:2-4.

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From everlasting.”

Therefore He shall give them up,
Until the time that she who is in labor has given birth;
Then the remnant of His brethren
Shall return to the children of Israel.
And He shall stand and feed His flock
In the strength of the Lord,
In the majesty of the name of the Lord His God;
And they shall abide,
For now He shall be great
To the ends of the earth

After we read our Bible verses, I announced what our family activity would be tonight. Jackson was thrilled! We were going Christmas shopping, and he and Lauren would get to pick out gifts for each other. He immediately told me what he thought Lauren should get him: a Buzz Lightyear.

I could see all the toys he wished for dancing in his head as he grinned, but when I told him there would be a price limit for our gifts and that Buzz Lightyear was above that, his smile disappeared. He was frustrated. For him, this family activity was about what he could get, instead of what he could give.

My husband gently began talking with Jackson about why we give gifts at Christmas and that we wanted him to experience the joy of giving to others. Jackson’s attitude began to change as Matt shared this verse with him:

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

The kids loved looking down the aisles, of course first gravitating to the toys they wanted. They created quite a stir in the toy section at Walmart when they started screaming with excitement over Angry Birds toys. We split up, girls and boys, and went on the hunt for the perfect gifts for the other. After making their choices, I snuck them up for purchase without either seeing their gifts (score!) and wrapped them in at least five plastic bags so peaking would take some serious effort. (That’s also why there are no photos of them in this post, because it would figure that one of them would see this and the surprise would be ruined.)

Now, we’ll see if either kid can keep a secret!!!

Rockin’ the Kiddie Pool


My kids know how to have a good time!

It’s been in the 90s for a few weeks, and we could wait no longer. I had Matt pick up a kiddie pool from Walmart on the way home for lunch, and by 1 p.m. we had the sunscreen on and splashed into the cold water.

Here are some things I learned rockin’ the kiddie pool this afternoon:

  • Adults are not meant to merely watch poolside while the kids play. You’ve got to get in too!
  • Bring on the bath toys. A kiddie pool is just a little larger, and bath toys make the time more fun. If you have any ball pit balls, those work great, too!
  • Splashing is a must. It is a requirement for kiddie pool fun, so don’t think you’ll get in but you want to keep your hair dry. You will be soaked from head to toe.
  • You can measure the amount of fun had by how much grass is in the pool.
  • Don’t fill the pool but maybe half full. When you sit down you’ll know why.
  • Moms make the best waves.
  • Kids have a compulsion to splash water outside of the pool. Just go with it!
  • Wet, sunscreened kids are slippery. Be careful when entering the house!
  • Naps should quickly follow afternoon kiddie pool fun. Treasure their worn out, peaceful faces already asleep before you tiptoe out of the room.
  • Leave the pool for dad to empty when he gets home!