Merry Christmas! In honor of this beautiful day when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, I'd like to share a few of my favorite Christmas songs with you.
I hope you have a lovely day with your family. I hope you get exactly what you want under the tree. I hope if you want a white Christmas, it's white and if you don't, it's not. I hope you're surrounded by loved ones. I hope you're able to eat fantastic food.
But most of all, I hope you're able to take a few minutes to ponder what this day is really about. On a lonely night, in a manger that I'm sure smelled and sounded like animals, a young woman went through agony and gave birth to the greatest man that would ever live, the man who would teach us, love us, and save us.
Let's not forget Him this CHRISTmas.
To mark this exciting occasion, here are sixteen fun facts about Savannah.
1. Savannah is the least judgmental person I know. She ALWAYS gives people the benefit of the doubt and treats everyone kindly.
2. Savannah has her own style. She prefers shopping at thrift stores so no one else will ever be wearing the same thing she is. I roll my eyes at some of the things she buys, but then she puts it all together and she always looks great.
3. Savannah is creative. Insanely creative. She remakes clothing items, draws, paints, does pottery and ceramics.
4. Savannah is talented. She has the voice of an angel and sounds like no one else, plays guitar, writes music and is learning banjo.
5. She loves sleep. When she was little and the other kids were begging to stay up late, Savannah would go to sleep. If she was tired, she'd go to bed. She's in heaven if she can take an afternoon nap.
6. She's a funny sleeper. If she falls asleep and needs moved to her bed, you can expect to be entertained. She's turned cartwheels, walked up to walls and put her hands and cheek against them as she fell back asleep. She mumbles all kinds of hilarious gibberish. It's actually kinda fun to disturb her sleep.
7. Savannah is un-opinionated to a fault. She's always willing to let others decide what we eat, what we watch, where we go. Sometimes we force her to express a choice, just so she can practice. Agreeable is good but I don't want her to be a doormat for someone.
8. It's no secret, but a big, glaring fact about Savannah is that she doesn't like school. Gutting out the next 2 1/2 years of high school will be for Savannah like getting a doctorate for some people. It isn't that she can't do it. She just loathes the whole process. Some people don't like school, but they go anyway because of the social aspect (friends, a good crush), but not Savannah. She'd gladly forego the social part of school if it meant no school at all.
9. Savannah is mostly little--small hands, small feet, little button nose, petite height. The only big things about her are her eyes, her smile, her hair and her heart.
10. Savannah's very selective about her crying. Rarely does she cry at a sad movie or hurt feelings. But she ALWAYS cries when she shares her testimony or she finds something funny. She laughs until she cries more than anyone I know. The only exception to this is that she cries during the Fleet Foxes music video when the deer dies.
11. Speaking of deer, Savannah loves animals. It used to be dogs. She was obsessed over dogs. Now it's all kinds of animals. She loves goats and lambs and Shetland ponies and pigs and cats. And yes, she still loves dogs. Someday she needs a small farm, preferably near the mountains so she could domesticate a deer.
12. Savannah loves children and elderly people. Her little cousins adore her. The resident's at our assisted living facility love her. She goes there almost every Saturday morning with her guitar and goes from room to room singing to the cute people, who know her by name.
13. Savannah loves good food, but isn't a fan of chocolate or ice cream. If I hadn't given birth to her, this alone would make me wonder if she was really mine.
14. Savannah loves the mountains. She loves to hike or go for drives into the mountains. It would be a challenge for her to live somewhere without them. Two things I hear regularly from her are, "Aren't the mountains glorious?" and "Just look how wonderful the mountains are."
15. Her best friend is her sister, Veronica. Very few things in life make me happier than this fact.
16. Savannah is beautiful. If you look at her, you know that. If you know her, you know it even more, because she's one of those people who is beautiful to look at, but as you get to know her, she just gets more and more beautiful.
Happy birthday, Sweet Sixteen Savannah. Our family is better because of you. I love you so much.
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There are other, even more important, things to admire about Lori. She falls squarely in the middle of our family of eleven and you know what they say about middle children. She's a peacemaker. She wants everyone to be happy and get along and she's always kind and helpful.
On Thanksgiving, as we went around the circle and said what we were thankful for, her husband described her best when he said (and I'm paraphrasing): With all the stresses I get to deal with in work and church and family, Lori is never one of the causes. Never.
Lori's an amazing wife, a great mother, and a wonderful sister and friend.
Happy birthday, Lori. I'm so grateful for you and I love you!
You might see a young man who's focused and ambitious and smart. You might see a man who's handsome and loves to travel. You might see a man with good taste in music who loves to look at buildings. You might see a man with style and a good smile and varying degrees of facial hair. You might see a traveler who likes to see new things and is willing to try all kinds of unusual foods. You might see a leader, a friend, a teacher.
I see a baby with huge, dark eyes who loves to laugh. I see a little boy leaning over his baby sister's carseat, making her laugh when no one else can. I see a basketball player who wasn't the tallest or quickest on the floor but who had the kind of floor vision coaches dream of. I see a basketball player who considered the game a success if he'd been able to get the ball in everyone's hands and everyone had scored at least once. I see an oldest child who set an amazing example for his younger brother and sisters. I see a man who knows what he believes and speaks up. I see a man who's willing to make sacrifices to reach his goals.
I see my oldest son.
I love you, Bruce and I'm so grateful to be your mom.
Lisa is a pretty amazing person. She was blessed with a world-class voice. I know you always hear things like that and shows like American Idol and The Voice show families who think their singer is amazing when really, they're just okay or even kinda bad, but not Lisa. She has a gorgeous voice and could have performed on Broadway if that had been her goal. Instead, she sings to her children, sings in church and will eventually (I predict) sing in The Tabernacle Choir.
Lisa is quirky and creative and has decorated her home from second-hand stores and the classified ads and she puts it all together beautifully. She's always rearranging and tweaking things and she really has a good eye for design.
Her greatest accomplishment, however, is seven of the cutest kids you've ever seen. I mean, look at that family.
I'm blessed to be able to call Lisa not only my sister, but also my good friend. She's a beautiful, selfless person. Happy birthday, Lisa. I love you!