It is so important to me, as I know it is to you, that my children love one another.

I’ve already given them the “someday-when-we-aren’t- here-anymore-you-will-be-so-thankful-you-have-each-other” spiel and they’re only five, three, and two years old.

I was not raised with any siblings and while there are some bonuses to being the “lonely only” I will say that it is, well…lonely.

I marvel at the relationships I see forming between my children – the best of friends one moment and arch rivals the next.  Wonderful playmates and the biggest of foes.  Devoted defenders of one another and tattletales a moment later.

In other words, brothers and sisters.

Tonight I was finishing up dinner and my older two discovered that they could independently play a Wii game together.

Their giggles reached in and touched my mama heart like a warm cup of cocoa after playing in the snow.

The kids are alright.

Despite my sometimes horrible parenting or because of it, they seem to be forming a bond of friendship I fervently pray follows them throughout their lives.

They share a common history – a history we are in the process of creating.

No pressure.

In the end, they will have each other.  Yes.  But in the end, they will have more for if I raise them up the way I want them to go.  They will also have Jesus.

Neither will leave their side.

On this Multitude Monday, my list of 1,000 gifts continues…I am so very thankful for:

240.  The joy my children are finding in one another.

241.  White Chocolate Reindeer Mix – though it has caused a three pound weight gain, I feel that it’s worth every ounce:

White Chocolate Reindeer Mix

2 bags of white chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon of Butter Flavored Crisco (Yes. Crisco.)
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
3 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
3 cups Oatmeal Squares cereal (I use the brown sugar blue box)
2 cups pretzels (stick or twists)
2 cups honey roasted or dry roasted peanuts
12oz. bag M&M candy (plain)

Mix together cereals, peanuts, pretzels, and M&M’s in a large bowl.  Melt Crisco and white chocolate chips together in a glass bowl in the microwave for about one minute.  Stir.  Heat another minute.  Stir again and determine if you need to heat longer.  Pour white chocolate mixture over cereal mixture and stir to coat. Spread in a single layers over sheets of wax paper.  Let cool and harden then break apart.  Makes 12-14 cups.
Perfect for putting in decorative bags and giving to neighbors…

242.  The joy of celebrating Christmas with my family

243.  The end of school for two weeks – no drop-off, pick-up, the herding of winter gear is on hold for a bit, and we can be lazy.  The thought of it excites my soul.

244.  An almost six year old who declared it “Mommy and Daddy Day” yesterday and said that she “would keep an eye on Samuel” if we wanted to take a nap while the baby slept.  We did.  It was heavenly.

245.  Good friends who make me giggle

246.  Time to play and have fun as a family

247.  The way God provides for exactly what we need when we need it – even when we think He doesn’t answer us in the way we thought He would.

248.  The beauty of winter

249.  Time spent with JJ working on Christmas cards and his ability to turn the most mundane of tasks into a comedy routine.

250.  The busy “stuff” of the holidays is behind us and this week we can focus on why we celebrate what we do during this time of the year.  Him.

May your week be filled with the Savior we celebrate and  as you go about your days, may you feel His ever-present presence.  May you feel  gratitude for the magnificent gift He is to us all.  May you think of Mary – 9 months pregnant and riding several miles on the back of a mule.  May we just remember to remember.

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