In regards to Veteran’s Day, this morning I read a devotion about the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Australia. You can go here if you are interested on the topic. I just think it is amazing that the creators were able to channel the sunlight so that on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11:00 AM, the light shines directly on the word “love”. And then I think that as amazing as that feat is, God’s timing is even greater and of far more consequence.
Now, I just have to throw this question out there: what are you getting your kids for Christmas? What is THE toy this year? I’m still hearing the “Wii”, so I think my friends with older kids are considering this gift for their kiddos. But for most of you that read my blog, your children are about the same age as Alise, so I’m curious….what is Santa bringing?
So let me tell you our thoughts for Baby Girl. We would like to take Alise to Walt Disney World for her 4th birthday in May (Just an FYI, during 2009, kids can get into the parks free on their birthdays). She is in love with the Disney Princesses and I would love to see her expression when Tinkerbell flies down from the top of Cinderella’s castle. So, having said that, we are not planning on going all out for Christmas. My BFF, Leigh, mentioned that a friend of hers does the “three gift limit” for her children because the wisemen brought three gifts to Jesus. I’ve decided to do that this year (I said I was going to do it last year, too, but you know how that went!). We’re going to get Alise three “big” gifts and just a few smaller ones…stocking stuffers, that kind of thing. One of her big gifts will be a new bicycle. I’m also thinking about getting her the new Fisher Price digital camera (not the expensive one) because everytime I take her picture, she says, “Let me see, Mommie! Let me see!” I’m going to keep the fact that she (or Mommie) can upload the pictures to the computer a little secret. Ha! The third gift is still up in the air, but right now, it looks like it will be something educational. Sorry, Alise, but Santa DOES bring educational gifts! You may be thinking why don’t I give Alise what she wants for Christmas. The truth is, I can’t get her to tell me anything! A friend suggested sitting her down and having her circle the things she likes in the Christmas books that have come through the mail and newspaper, but she won’t sit still long enough. I even took her to Toys R Us to get her to pick out things. We were there twenty minutes and half that time, she was playing with the Thomas the Train table. After I convinced her to get away from that, she told me, “I’m ready to go, Mommie!” Ugh! She just doesn’t seem interested right now.
So, what is Santa bringing your children this year? I can’t wait to hear!