The Christmas That Happened

The Christmas I had planned:

... make cinnamon rolls and cocoa for breakfast
... Christmas devotional with the Nativity story
... open stockings and presents
... take family picture somewhere (maybe Iao Valley)
... go to ward sacrament meeting
... go to in-laws for lunch/dinner

The Christmas that happened:

... I didn't have any pans to make the rolls in, and the dough turned (to) sour(dough)
... Almonds and Jobi slept in, so Blondie and I opened our stockings and ate fruit snacks for breakfast
... Almonds opened one present, fell madly in love with it, and didn't wanna open any more ... Blondie just opened her juice box from her stocking and ran around the house drinking it
... our car got a flat tire the night before so we didn't make it to Iao Valley
... or to church
  ... at least Lasi gave us a ride to lunch/dinner

But at the end of the day, we had a good Christmas, because:

... The girls got wonderful presents from angels in our ward
... we got to eat great food that we either made with our own hands or had the funds to purchase
... we made it to my in-laws', and everyone enjoyed themselves
... Jobi gave me presents ... yep, not just one present -- THREE
... we tried to make it a good Christmas. Together.

This was our second official Christmas living on our own (meaning under our own roof with no other families in the home), and it was much better than the first. (Don't even ask about how the first went.)  After almost five years of marriage, Jobi and I are finally starting to figure out how to be married to each other.  Isn't that a funny thing to say?  I used to look at other newlyweds who seemed to have their marriage well-established right off the bat, and I would get really jealous.  But now I can say that we are getting there.  This year was really trying for our little family, and at times I didn't think we would make it.  But somehow we got through them, and our trials made us stronger -- made us more like the couple we are meant to be.  It's nothing short of a miracle, and this Christmas season I have had nothing but gratitude in my heart for my Savior who has given my life meaning once again.

So now I'm looking forward to a better year for us.  A better year for me.  And many more Christmases to come.

P.S. As our Christmas "gift" to you, here is a clip of Almonds laughing.  You may not think much of it, but if you know Jobi, you'll appreciate it.  Laugh courtesy of "Winnie the Pooh" 2011.


1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful Christmas. I love that you are so real about how you feel. More newlyweds and new-to-marriage couples should read this and find comfort that they are not alone. Merry Christmas, Esther. Much love.

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