In the middle of the day today, I walked around my house looking for the kids. I found Adaline in her room playing with her new dollhouse and dolls, laying on her new rug, perfectly quiet and content. Wenhao was in his happy realm, playing Skylanders on the Xbox. He had waited for weeks to get this game and was so excited to play all by himself. He later came to get William to play with him, and so proud to show his brother what he had already learned and discovered. Corbin fished in his new kayak with his first baitcast rod and reel. He chased us all with his huge Nerf gun and built a great Lego tower. Allie found an awesome surprise in her stocking, keys to her first car. She drove half her siblings around the block before presents were even opened. William, who is always the most excited and emotional, got his first rifle. We had to go to Pop's to try it out, though he had to wait several hours before we left. Mr. Beckett loved the day. He loved his brothers' kayaks and Wen's new bow. He didn't care much for opening presents, but after the chaos settled he played with every gift he could. Even now he is playing with square magnets, making his designs and aligning them just so.
I sat with Beckett and swung on the swing set for several minutes today. I realized how relaxed and happy he was, just to sit in his daddy's lap and swing. I so would have sat there all day if possible.
My greatest gifts were my time with each of my kids over the past few days. Whether shopping with Allie and letting her be my driver, or target shooting with my sidekick in the hunting world, or building a Lego pagoda with my rapidly maturing 9 year old, I absolutely loved my time with them. Adaline and Wen sat with me to watch a movie tonight. That's a rare treat for me. I finally finished the family swing set last night, which made Wen so happy and stopped his insistence that I work every free moment I had this past week.
Melissa and I are so blessed by these kids of ours. They are loud and emotional, and fight like siblings do, but they are amazing and awesome kids. They make us laugh and smile, melt us with their hugs and snuggles, and full our hearts with their love and perfect spirits. I cannot imagine our lives without this chaos.
Merry Christmas to all who read this. I pray you experience the love and joy we share, and see the perfect Reason for this season through your chaos and craziness. Jesus came to this earth to live perfectly and die selflessly for our imperfections, so that we can experience and live in His righteousness. This is why I have joy and peace in the hectic lives we live. I choose joy, because He chose me and gave me His joyeous, perfect Spirit. This is my prayer for you all this Christmas. God bless you all.