Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Elf Letters 2016: Night Twelve

For the last several years, Elves - with very interesting names - from the North Pole have come to visit our home beginning at midnight on the first day of December. They leave little trinkets for each of our daughters, but more importantly they leave a letter for them to read each morning. The great thing about the letters, that I've come to realize and appreciate, is that they each serve a purpose. They are not just quickly written notes on Post-its, but instead are filled with the importance of family, the real meaning of Christmas and a reminder of how special and beautiful (and fortunate) they each are. I look forward to their visits as much as the girls do.

December 12th 2016

What in the name of Christmas STOCKINGS is going on here! Can you believe that in THIRTEEN more days it will be Christmas morning!

You know what that means don’t you? No, not toys and fun stuff for you. No, not giving of gifts to bring people joy….well, of course all of that, but do you know what else that means?

It means SANTA is bringing the hammer down. Literally! I mean you still have lots to do so he’s LITERALLY helping us make the TOYS. So he doesn’t go anywhere without his hammer. Let me tell you something, girls. Santa is old. I mean really old. But that dude in the white beard and jelly-like belly can still make toys like a champ. He is amazing! Still LIKE a big kid after all these years.

But, he’s ALSO bringing the hammer down  figuratively. He’s making our time here in your home shorter and shorter BECAUSE we have to keep the toy train moving. Not literally the toy train, I mean we literally HAVE a toy train, but I didn’t mean literally KEEP it moving, I meant…okay, never mind. This is confusing.

The bottom line is that we gotta booty scoot on out of here tonight. But, not before taking a moment to just sit and look at your trees.  I was particularly looking at the birds that your great-grandfather gave you a couple years ago. He loved BIRDS, didn’t he? What a VERY nice gift. I noticed how one is broken. I think that may be my favorite one.  Broken, but beautiful. Do you know who that describes? Every single person. It describes ALL of us!

We aren’t perfect. We are broken. So it is IMPORTANT to know what I’m about to tell you. YOU ARE LOVED NO MATTER WHAT! You heard that before didn’t you? Well, guess what? It’s WORTH repeating. Because of His GRACE, we are loved, forgiven and never, never…FORGOTTEN.

I’m proud of you girls for HUGGING it out sometimes. That’s a sign of FORGIVNESS because Jesus has us wrapped in His arms all the time. When we’re broken AND when we’re put back together. 

Girls, I hope you are getting something out of these letters and that the little trinkets aren’t what is most important to you. We’re happy to give them to you because GIVING is an act of love and kindness in which Christ taught us to do, but I want you to also REALIZE how lucky you are to have these letters, these life lessons if you will.

You ARE also very lucky to have a MOM and DAD that love you to the moon and back.
We love you too, Madison, Bailey and Sophie. You are wonderful, amazing kids!

Merry Christmas!

Your Elves,

Joy, Midnight and Sledder

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