23 hours ago
Anyone who knows me, knows that Christmas is really special at our house. We go all out to celebrate Jesus and we are all about family traditions. .
I’ve never spent a lot of money on Christmas decorations, but I’ve collected Christmas treasures for over 17 years. I came to be the “Christmas dumping grounds” for anyone’s retired decor and I was never sad about it. We put it all to good use. .
It only dawned on me last week that every special ornament specifically selected for each of our children, every ornament I bought at markets in Lima and Iquitos,Peru; the treasures I found in Guangzhou and Nanning...every candy/treat themed ornament that I’ve been collecting since Josiah was a baby...every precious ornament made at church and school and with homeschool co-op...all of it-burned. .
It was not even something that had dawned on me, before. .
Know when it hit me, y’all? It hit me when I was scavenging for anything that could be salvaged in our kitchen and I found this single, solitary ornament in a pile. (Last photo)
I truly have no idea where this nativity ornament came from. I don’t even remember seeing it before, but there it was in a pile of rubble and trash in the dilapidation that was our beloved kitchen only three weeks ago.
It hit me all at once. All of those treasures linked to memories, gone forever.
But as I stood, locked into my own memories and sadness, and my eyes focused on little but the past, I suddenly remembered. I remembered what I was holding. .
I was holding an image of the Hope of Heaven in my hands. My Hope. My Reason for celebrating. .
Thing is, when we have this Hope in our hearts- we will always have every reason to celebrate, no matter what destruction seems to surround us. .
I’m not sure what Christmas will look like next year, but we have the one thing we need for a grand celebration. Our Hope, King Jesus. .
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