With the money from family the kids were also able to get gifts for each other (something they had wanted to do). It was so sweet to see them to open their gifts from each other, and exchange thank you's and hugs with each other. I pooled the rest of the money they received with a gift card to wal-mart (given to us by a sweet friend) and got them a few gifts each.... new play doh tools (they LOVE their play doh stuff!), a strawberry short cake car for Samantha, a couple of puzzles, a new game for James leapster, and a couple of stocking stuffers.
But then we were also tremendously blessed by a few individuals....and one in particular..... a secret Santa. We have no idea who they are, but they blessed our family with 5 gifts each for the kids and a gift certificate to Kroger for us. Because of the generosity of others we had what probably amounted to our best Christmas yet......and not due to the gifts, but due to the love shown to us by others.
(This doesn't include all the presents we were blessed with when we traveled to Easley! More on that in the next post!)
Our family - Christmas 2010
To be blessed at Christmas by so many different people....family and friends....was overwhelming and wonderful.
Not to mention IT SNOWED ON CHRISTMAS!! A truly rare thing in GA (however, I think I've seen more snow since we've lived here than ever before...another post that's soon to follow).
God has tremendously blessed our family over the last year. He has sustained us and provided for us. He even provided over and above for me to be able to travel half way around the world to Ethiopia in September! The gifts at Christmas really were wonderful, but we are also thankful to Him for the gifts we all too often take for granted.... a roof over our heads; food in our fridge; a healthy, loving family; friends who are like family; and a loving church. We head into 2011 excited about what will happen next, and thankful for all the gifts He gave us in 2010.