Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas (EVE)!!

We've had a great day together on this Christmas Eve...We attended our church's Christmas Eve service this afternoon AND as you can see from the above pic, our little one's were TIRED tonight....I couldn't help but get teary eyed today during the service as I held Lucy Lane in her matching Christmas dress and THOUGHT of HOW different her life was ONE YEAR AGO!! It was hearing the story of Mary being turned away and finding shelter to deliver her baby that brought the tears to my eyes....I could only picture Lucy Lane as such a new born this time last year being held tight by her birth mother as she went from place to place, home to home trying to find SOMEONE to help her care for her baby...She was such a young mom desperate to provide for the baby she loved so dearly....I don't know very much about those 3 or 4 months she cared for her baby she named "Martha"...but I know she did a great job and our baby's ability to LOVE, LAUGH and BE SO SILLY is proof of that!! :) So, on this Christmas Eve night I give thanks to God that Jesus was born in a manger, AND that ONE YEAR AGO tonight my baby girl was able to find shelter with her mom as their days together were numbered...I pray she feels my prayers tonight being lifted up for she can some how know HOW happy her baby girl is...AND just how much we cherish her!!!
The kids got to open their annual ONE GIFT on Christmas Eve which is always their matching Christmas jammies....I guess Helen got smart this year because she announced that she KNEW it was going to be PJ's...Oh, well...I knew they'd figure out my plan some day :)
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AND, the Johnsons want to wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas......We're counting our many blessings this year and give ALL thanks to God for His faithfulness!! Having my 5 children home and healthy and together this Christmas Eve is all ONE Momma could ever want or need :) Happy Thursday to you all, kj
(Christmas 2009: Helen 7, Julia 6, Hal 4, George 2 and Lucy lane 1)

"May I receive God’s blessing. Light of lights, I sit in comfortable darkness, knowing that you will soon arrive. Make me ready to receive your blessings and share the good news of your arrival. Come soon, Holy One. AMEN

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."
Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.
He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.
And he will be their peace. Micah 5:2-5"
-Beth A. Richardson, The Uncluttered Heart:
Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas


  1. Same thoughts here- with how our children survived Christmas before us? What it was like? Knowing that God was watching over them all along.

    My grandparents always gave us pj's and we loved it- very good memories :)

    Merry Christmas!!!!

  2. Merry Christmas to all of you also:) Your story about Lucys mom was great. Brad and I sit here this Christmas without our childern as we are on the waiting list....we are sad not to have them with us. We pray God is giving them extra hugs and kisses from us:) God Bless you and your family for adopting little Lucy Lane...prayers to her mother also!!! God is wonderful!!!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year:)

  3. You moved me :) I feel so sad for our birthmoms...what amazing women . Ok wiping tears here ..

  4. I just discovered you are back! So glad....I've missed your family....especially LL :)

  5. merriest of christmases, kristi! we a blessed year our households have had. what treasures we've been given!

  6. I am blessed once again-your family is back-YIPPEE and thank you Father! Merry Christmas to all the Johnsons! Please continue to pray for my neice and nephew and their twins Parker and Brooke who are anxiously waiting for their next gift from God-a child from Ethiopia. Love,Aunt Susan/Gramma

  7. My boys have the same pjs! Hope yours was merry!! Robin M


Thank you for your kind words!!