Sunday, December 26, 2010

Joy, Unspeakable Joy!

JOY, UNSPEAKABLE JOY!!!  What better way to celebrate the birth of our Christ Savior than on Christmas Eve with family and friends.  As I listened to the angelic sound of children singing in the choir it reminded me of the pure and sinless life of our Lord Jesus Christ and the joy he placed in our lives.  I praise him as I sit back and think about this past year... of all the blessings He has generously showered our family with.  Thank you Jesus!!!
 During our service, Sydney sang in the children's choir and was absolutely beautiful. 
 She was involved in practices after church for the past few weeks.  She was very nervous to be in front of people but excited to be on stage.  I think she did a fabulous job!
 During the Christmas Eve service, our church tradition is to light candles representing the light of Jesus.  The Pastor lights the first candle representing Jesus and then the Deacons light there's off of the Pastor's.  Then Jesus' light spreads to the rest of the congregation from there.  We sing Holy Night with no music... just the voices of Christians who love Him so.  Joy, Unspeakable Joy!
 The first service was packed!  There wasn't an empty seat in the house.  Ashlee ended up sitting with her friends because we didn't have enough seats for all of us.  Mimi and Grandpa Powell were able to come celebrate with us. 
 As well as Grandma and Grandpa Higgins and Aunt Jamie. 
 After the service we had Smores and Hot Chocolate!  The church provided little fireplaces with all the fixings!  Ashlee hung out with her church besties and Grandma Higgins and Sydney got right down to business...roasting marshmellows. 

 Darrell and his Dad enjoyed conversation and hot chocolate.  They remind me so much of each other in many ways.  Two handsome, loving fella's!
 And my bestie Moe came!!!  She, her husband, and nephew surprised me!  I loved squeezing a Christmas hug out of them!  Joy, Unspeakable Joy!
 Even James was able to celebrate with his friend, Stone.  Running (literally) the lobby and cookie corner.  Two peas in a pod...LOVE it!!!

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