Sunday, December 13, 2009

A little Christmas Miracle

After a crazy week of temper tantrums, spontaneous crying, wringing of hands, gnashing of teeth and all other manner of pre-Christmas childhood angst, I came downstairs this morning to find Gabriel reading a Christmas story to Lily.

It was so quiet, so happy, so friendly.  When he finished the book Lily told him "You're a good reader Gabe" and he beamed ear to ear.

Ahhhhh, it warms a mom's soul to see her children happy and content, being kind to one another.

When the kids ask "Mom, what do you want for Christmas" I (predictably) answer "for my children to behave for one full day!" (you all say that same thing, right?).  Well, it felt like Christmas came this morning, and I told them so.  Of course they went off looking to see if Santa had arrived and insisted that the single package I currently have laying under the tree was a certain sign of Santa having visited.  They were disappointed when I told them that was already there, but what was curious to me was that they didn't seem the least bit disappointed that there was only a single item under the tree!  Of course Christmas day will be a little more abundant, but it made me feel good that we don't have to go crazy to make them happy.  Whatever Christmas day brings, I feel certain it will be joy and contentment. (now if only we can keep the kids at school quiet and not swapping "what did Santa bring you?" stories....ugh.)


Vanessa said...

We can only dream...right?

Marylois said...

One year my daughter, Rebekah, gave me a small refrigerator magnet that she had made. It was a small oil lamp. Along with it was a note wherein she said that if she was a parent she would want to know that her children has strong testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This oil lamp was to represent that her lamp was full and she was expressing gratitude for it. It was one of the best gifts I've ever received.

The Wixom Zoo said...

Ahhh...that would be nice. I feel like I'm going to have to ask Santa to leave all of my kids coal this year because they've been fighting and sassing so much. *sigh* Maybe it'll get better as we get closer?