Today at church the international childrens choir His Little Feet led us in worship. These kids were from Ethiopia, India, and Haiti...wearing their traditional cultural clothes and singing their hearts out to the King. All I kept thinking while listening to them sing was...This is the Father's heart.
This is the heart of God on display. His children, from every nation, every tongue, every tribe...shouting His praising and proclaiming His truth in all the land. The Love of God is real people, and these children have humbled me and reminded me of how faithful our Lord is...and how he has never left us...and how he will never forsake us.
Never once did we ever walk alone. What a gracious Father we have!
The other day he walked into my room and said, "Bon bon, why is your room such a mess?? You really need to put your toys away." And today when I took him to Walmart he said, "okay so after you buy your things we really need to get me a new minecraft toy, okay?" Sometimes I feel like i'm hanging out with a bossy teenager, and then I remember he's 3. This kid is something else I tell ya and seeing him grow up is one of the greatest joy in my life!
^went to downtown to check out Peddler's Creamery. Strangely, I felt like a tourist in my own city! haha..just goes to show how little time I spend in downtown. Hopefully this year I can venture there more often and check out all the hidden gems to be found!
^Peddlers is an icecream shop where they churn the icecream using bike-power! Really cool idea..and the icecream was so good! Nothing like that homemade deliciousness.
^I just stuck with dark chocolate and vanilla. yummm.
^If you peddle for 20minutes you get a free scoop of icecream! haha.
^love the buildings in downtown.
Also...yesterday I went paintballing *correct word?* to celebrate Kacy's birthday. During Christmas we had this grand idea to do something crazy for her bday and we thought - what could be fun for 9 girls to do on a rainy saturday in January...paintball!
^no one in our group had gone paintballing before...so it was pretty fun suffering through the unknown together. It was actually really nice that it was overcast and rainy because we had to wear so many layers anyway! I cant imagine playing in the heat.
^hahaha we look pretty legitimate here. The best part was the workers let us play on our own small field so we played 4 on 5 for a few rounds. At that point we could yell at eachother "I see Kacy over on the right!" or "Lithe you shot me in the vest!"...which made for a really fun battle. Some of us got hit pretty bad, a few bruises here and there because those paintballs fly FAST but nothing too bad. We did get pretty muddy though, and im sure all our legs will be sore today after crouching behind all the barriers and running around like crazy trying to not get hit. haha.
^to remedy our long day on the battlefield we treated ourselves to soon tofu aka AMAZING KOREAN TOFU SOUP. I could eat this everyday. I'm Thankful to have friends who are willing to spend all day running around in mud shooting paintballs at eachother and then spend the night eating tofu soup and icecream. amen!
We kicked off the festivities with Komae Christmas and spent the night eating really good food and chasing all the 8 great-grandchildren around the house (phew. i'm tired just thinking about that craziness). Then on Christmas day all the siblings gathered to eat a big breakfast here at home and we surprised the kids with the playset that Dad and I set up in the backyard. After a morning of exchanging gifts and watching the kids open all their cute stuff (Christmas is so much more fun with babies!) we cleaned up for moms side of the family festivities. Technology really came in to benefit us as we were able to skype with the Hans, who are living in Colorado, and they were able to watch the kids perform their talents live! (as tradition goes all kids have to perform a talent in order to get their gifts).
This year I was just so thankful for the extended family God has blessed us with and the celebration of the birth of our Savior! And, also I will say that it was so great to have Grandpa and Grandma around for all the activities. Just think - my grandpa was born in 1918 and Camden was born in 2014! crazy!
His faithfulness continues through all generations. - Psalm 100