We kicked off the Christmas season by decorating our memory tree.
Anna Mei has affectionately given it that name because it has all the ornaments, pictures, and special items we have collected over the years. As we decorate, it is so fun to remember the moments we have had along the way.
It's hard to believe that this is the last Christmas with this girl living under my roof.
Where did the time go?
Having a teen sure puts parenting the littles in perspective as I understand just how precious all of these moments the Lord grants us are..
I am grateful to have had the many moments of parenting this growing up treasure.
This is the first year that Jillian has actually had no stress about the tree going up.
Though she has been home for five Christmases now, they are still always rough on her.
This year, she had no anxiety whatsoever!
In fact, she actually decorated the tree for the first time.
She went back and forth to the ornament box completely on her own, and decorated the same spot on the tree with five thousand ornaments just as the other little girls did.
Daddy bought the girls some candy to eat as we decorated.
Molly was a goof ball as always.
This girl is truly our family clown, and we love, love her.
Big smiles from this girl as walking down memory lane makes her so happy.
It has never been more apparent to me as it is with this one that our children, at this age anyway, believe that they are who we tell them they are and I pray that the truths I am speaking into this precious girl stay put for a lifetime.
Seventeen, five, three, and seven this Christmas looks pretty good on us.