This week we had the wonderful privilege of attending the Horses With Hearts banquet. Each kid that rides with the program is honored with a trophy, and unlike last year, Brenden was able to walk across the stage to receive his. He was very excited to get to go up on stage....long before they got to his name, he walked from our table all the way to the front, and waited patiently in front of the stage for his name to be called. It was so wonderful to celebrate all the accomplishments of all the riders but all the volunteers as well. There are so many people who give freely of their time to make this program possible, and words could never express our gratitude to everyone who helps.
Saturday, we took the kids to Home Depot for a snowman craft but also to see Santa. Madelynn is probably scarred for life from the experience....this sideways look is to make sure Santa wasn't getting any closer to her. He was about 20 feet away and the sight of him brought on major tears. She has never been more happy to get away from a store!
Brenden on the other hand, with some enticing, sat on Santa's lap, the first time since his first Christmas. He told Santa what he wanted for Christmas, asked where his reindeer were, and then said, "Santa, I love you so much." Afterwards, he walked all through Home Depot, stopping to "fix" things. He might take after my dad and granddad, as Lowe's and Home Depot are their favorite stores as well.
Brenden also had the opportunity to "Shop With A Cop" this weekend. There was one spot left, and Jonathan was asked at work if Brenden would want to do it. Brenden loves loves loves police officers, mostly from Jonathan talking about related stuff from work. He got to go pick out a few toys, but, melt my heart, he asked if he could get a toy for Madelynn, too. He loves her so much.....so she's now the owner of her very first Barbie.
I truly love this time of year, especially with kids. They both still stand in amazement looking at all the lights and decorations. They LOVE Snack the Elf (our Elf on the Shelf) and look for him first thing in the morning. But they both also know why we celebrate Christmas. Earlier this week I asked Brenden if he remembered, and honestly, I didn't think he would since last Christmas was really the last time we talked about the reason for Christmas. He immediately answered, "It's Jesus' birthday." And now Madelynn says it, too. He remembered that last year we had a birthday party for Jesus and asked if we could do the same this year.
I hope and pray that each of you take time to enjoy this season. It's so easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle that for so many people goes along with the holiday.