Jan 3, 2010

A Different Kind of Christmas




Due to the snow storm that blew through at Christmas, my family's Christmas plans were ruined. So we rescheduled from today. Since my mom's side of the family is so small, instead of buying gifts we play dirty Santa with everyone buying a $25 gift. We thought those were the rules again this year but with my sister being in Phoenix and not able to come home, my mom called and said we were just doing lunch. Imagine my shock when we show up to my g-ma's and after lunch everyone is heading to the front room for the gift exchange. As we drew numbers, Le and I both drew the number 11, so we thought it was a goof. But when everyone started handing us their gifts, I started to cry.





I unwrapped a dump truck from my uncle for my little boy, a tea set for our girl from her great aunt, my g-pa bought my children their first toy tractor, and my parents bought my daughter her first charm bracelet. And it went like that through my entire family. They each presented a small gift to my children and to each gift was $25, for Le and I to donate to kids in the orphanage who wouldn't have a Christmas. I'm blown away by the blessings in my life and for such an amazing family to bring my kids home to.






13 comments:

Shannon Plumb said...

Wow Lindsey! That made me cry! What a blessing to have such a wonderful family!!!

julie said...

What a sweet, sweet way to celebrate Christmas! I love how adoption changes things. :)

Rebecca said...

what a truly special christmas and such an amazing family to share it with. i love this!!!

Ellen Enright said...

That is a great idea!!!! I can see why you're so great, you came from a great family!
Can't wait to hear of a court date!

Karen Phillips said...

oh, that makes me tear up! so precious, and you are so blessed to have such wonderful support! i can see where you get your precious heart for these children with such a giving family! what a wonderful group to bring your children home to!! happy new year!

The Busters said...

How wonderful!! So happy for you and hoping you get a court date soon!!

Gail said...

Oh, how fun!

Love it when family, "gets it"

Laura Ferry-Jimenez said...

so happy, happy, happy... with just a few tears! can I fwd this blog to my sis so she can do the same for us one day? I promise to act surprised! :)

ps: don't forget I'd still be honored to do your announcement if you wish!

Oatsvall Team said...

hey girl ... send me an email .. i can't find your email ... crazy life here ... i got the hat so super cute ...

Rebecca said...

That made me all teary. Sweet gifts, sweeter family.

Jude said...

that is a wonderful way to celebrate! What a blessing your family is!!

emily said...

That is beautiful, I love what adoption does to the whole family- changes lives and hearts!

Julie said...

Thanks, Lindsey. I appreciate any prayers!