Friday, December 25, 2009

Presented Him with gifts

"And they (the wise men) came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh." Matthew 2:11
The reason we give gifts today is to remember the gifts that were given to Christ at his birth and to remember that Christ is the gift from God the Father which makes salvation possible.
Psalm 72:10-11 "Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands bring presents; the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts. And let all kings bow down before him, and nations serve him."
The girls bought advent calenders are now empty of all their chocolates but their calender of pictures is now full. We have had a lovely time through December focusing on Christ. It has been a wonderful blessing.
Our matching aprons. Rachel got our three made and was so surprised when she opened hers.
Eventually it was a joint effort in opening their present from Grandpa and Nana. A net ball and
a free standing netball stand (with adjustable height).
We stopped half way through the set up to talk to Grandpa and Nana and have breakfast but then it was outside again.

All having their turn. Although Rachel will get the most use out of the net at this point the younger two are going to benefit so much from all the throwing practice they are getting and already they are both trying to see how high they can throw the ball on their own. They are going to have hours of fun with this.
Then it was time to get our aprons on and make chocolate mousse for pudding. Hannah did such a good job with breaking up the chocolate (not one piece went to her mouth). They all got a piece of chocolate when they were done. My happy helpers.
Then we headed over to the sandpit to get the weeds out. Actually all acorns that have started to grow. This also resulted in hours of playing as Hannah spend ages out here on her own this evening. Now that she finally has sand to play with. :D
Rachel is not the gardener though - so she spent the time reading her new 96 piece puzzle book and had some interesting things to tell us when we came in.
Unfortunately Ruth was not feeling well though and we thought it was just from her missed nap yesterday. She was asleep this morning by 11 and when she woke around 1:30 she had a fever. So she spent most of the afternoon and evening in my arms (and with Dad when I needed to get some things done). Thankfully we had jelly and peaces in the fridge which she managed to eat a little of. I do hope she has a good nights sleep tonight and is feeling better in the morning. It's so hard to see your little ones not feeling well. :-(
So while Hannah slept we watch The Nativity Story. It was so wonderful to have such a visual recap on all that we have been talking about over the last week. Ruth has learnt so much and it was also great for the rest of us to sit and ponder what it was like when our Saviour was born. It was such a blessing. God is soooo good.
And as soon as that movie was done Ruth asked that we watch "Doe a deer". She got this as a present today and so we put it on. Thankfully we have a "sing along" version and so we only listened to the songs.
We had such a lovely day today as a family and I thank the Lord for all His wonderful blessings. The most amazing one being the gift of His Son.

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