We took our family picture late this year. Because, well, life. I actually spent a good portion of November and December taking pictures of other people’s amazing families, but somehow in the hustle and bustle of the season forgot that it might be a good idea to get mine done earlier as well.
So naturally, the later it got, the more I ran into the problem of trying to get everyone together at the same time and in the same place. Church events, sports and the fact that it gets dark here at 4:00pm made it extra challenging during the weekdays. So last weekend, we finally found a time that kind of worked.
I definitely had to bribe and beg the youngest one. Because we were actually supposed to go ice skating that day and it fell through because it hasn’t actually been cold enough for anything to freeze here on our island. So despite the sweet smile that she eventually found, it was a little challenging. And also, for our first few takes, I did what most moms do and that is try to hide myself behind my family.
Honestly, there were a few moments that week that I had thought that I wouldn’t even do a card this year. Parenting teens, while full of joys and blessings is actually a pretty hard stage of life. And our kids like most weren’t super excited to go and do pictures because of this reason or that. And it brought out more of the struggles we seem to be dealing with a lot these days. And sometimes, we don’t want to recall or remember the struggles. But honestly, it’s those struggles that make the good times that much better. It’s those struggles that produce character and hope.
And my encouragement would be to document the hard times along with the good times, because that’s part of the grand balancing of life, right? I was also secretly glad that Christian asked to hold my camera when we finished and he captured this shot. To be honest, I’m not in a lot of pictures, because I’m always the one taking them. But having a picture of yourself that you don’t mind is pretty nice and I’m glad that he got this one.
Because I’m silly, on our way out of the woods, I took this picture of our new to us minivan. Because it’s a beautiful example of how God provides. I spent some good time this year praying for a newer vehicle and one that could hold friends and teammates and this was my answer to prayer. After a few initial bumps, it’s turned out to be a wonderful vehicle for our family and I’m so thankful for it.
And as far as our official 2018 family picture this would be it. A few things to note would be that Ellee and Jeremy were on a slightly higher piece of the ground. Which means that while she is close, Ellee is not quite taller than me yet and Christian is actually starting to slowly inch past Jeremy. Another thing would be that I paid way too much to get my Christmas cards rush shipped to our house only to find that they printed the same message on the front and back and that the pre-addressed envelopes were not up to par either. I was initially upset but ended up getting well over half of my money back so in the end, it all turned out fine.
All that being said, we do wish you all the Merriest of Christmases! We’ll celebrate with our annual Jingle Bowl this morning (I’m up that late, lol) and then our Candlelight church services in the evening (7pm and 9pm if you’re local and want to come and join us at Eastport Bible Church… all are welcome!). And then Christmas Day will be a nice break and celebration with our little family in honor of Jesus’ birth.
I have such love for you all and hope that whatever you’re doing, you have some wonderful days of celebration as well!