As another year comes to a close, I enjoy looking back on the past year. This year it was very easy to do, and I actually had to in a very real way. Maybe I need to back up a little bit...
Do any of you struggle with wondering what to give your parents for Christmas from year to year? As we were wracking our brains for ideas for something to give them, the subject came up that the gifts that are the most treasured can't be bought with mere money.
As we continued to bring up and veto various suggestions, the idea was mentioned to give them this whole past year of happenings and memories: scrapbooked. For those of you who have done anything of the sort, you know it is a time-consuming project. Oh -- and did I mention that this idea hadn't been thought of until 5 days before Christmas?!
A scrapbooking marathon ensued. With my sisters taking turns helping me and covering for my home chores, I scrapbooked almost non-stop for 4 days. Whew! In between developing all the pictures, finding just the right colors and accents, writing the perfect sentiments, and putting together close to 70 different pages, I was reminded over and over again of the faithfulness of the Lord over the past year.
Pictures bring back so many memories. There were definitely joys and struggles. Times to enjoy each other, as well as grow closer together as we'd persevere through an exhausting schedule. Hugs, tears, work, sweat, laughter, beauty, peace, forgiveness, patience, flexibility, love; how is a year summed up?
The most miraculous happening was the
Prison crusades, children's ministry, more miles on the bus, crazy laundry mats, seminars, a little home time, big brother leaving, and now working on the bus again; it has been a full year.
I just have to laugh, because anytime anything out of the ordinary happens (which in a family of 15 is probably once every other day or so) someone will invariably say "Oh -- think of all the memories we're making!" The one problem is: after so many memorable moments you began forgetting them! But hopefully not now for the year 2007! It is officially compiled to be remembered -- not solely for our benefit or enjoyment, but to record the faithfulness of the God we serve!
(And in case any of you are interested in knowing: the scrapbook is one of the reasons for my lack of posting recently! If you don't think that is a sufficient excuse, just try scrapbooking 300+ pictures in 4 days -- and you'll understand!)