I would reinterate all of the things we have done this year, but in reality, this is a blog so most of you already know.
What I did want to write about are the things we have experienced this Christmas season and just how blessed we are by our loving Heavenly Father.
This holiday season has been bittersweet.
We are so excited to have our own little Christmas and start new traditions, but everyday we come across a slight pain of sadness from missing our families and distant friends this holiday season. From wishing we were riding a ferry down a freezing river to see some string of lights, or staying up late and playing games til we're too tired to make much sense, to getting all of the Christmas Eve preparations ready for another gathering that night...we miss you all so much.
This year, we decided to go the weekend before Christmas to the temple as a family. Though little Edana of course couldn't go inside, she loved her chance to talk about when she "has a boy and gets married in the temple". We have loved our little girl's desire to see the temple and constantly talk about the day when she gets to go in there. We hope to encourage this throughout her life and feel so blessed by the motivation a two year old can give us in going to the temple more.
Though maybe not a lot of outward changes are happening with us this year, we feel so many inward changes and how our persectives of life and our eternal goals are slowly coming into place.
Our goal this Christmas is to draw closer to the spirit and to really contemplate what a glorious holiday this is: the birth of our Savior!
"He lived a perfect life so that He could be the infinite sacrifice, the unblemished Lamb promised from the foundation of the world. He suffered the agony of the guilt of our sins and all the sins of the children of Heavenly Father that we might be forgiven and go home clean. He gave us that gift at a price we cannot fathom. It was a gift He did not need for Himself; He was without the need for forgiveness." -President Henry B. Eyring, Dec. 2009 Ensign.
May we all remember what this holiday is and feel the pure love of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that He holds for all of us.
Merry Christmas!!! We love you all so much.
Love, The Colorado Eyrings