Christmas · Christmas cards · family

From Us to You!

I’m currently waiting for pizza.  I just dropped Cub 2, the last of the Cubs to get home from school, off at home with his cub siblings who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of my Momma Bear.  It’s going to be all the way LIVE at our house for the next ten days or so.  Therefore, I wanted to take a second to say Merry Christmas to my blog family!!

  
It took me some time to get into the “Christmas spirit” this year.  Perhaps it’s the unseasonably high temperatures here in Maryland.  We won’t have a white Christmas this year, but it will be wet!  

  
Most of our Christmas cards were mailed.  Some family and friends may end up with two cards because they weren’t all mailed on the same day and I didn’t keep track of who had already been addressed.  Others will probably receive their cards next year, which technically will not be late because they do have Merry Christmas AND Happy New Year on them!

  
We voted to stay away from professional pictures this year, and the images I’ve included in this post  are the result of me trying to get one decent picture for the Christmas card.  Next year, it’s back to regular cards.  

  
They do make me laugh, though!  

  
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Party of Six!!  I’ll chat with you again in 2016!

  
Momma Bear

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Christmas · Easter · family · Halloween · holidays · Thanksgiving · Trunk or Treat · write31days

It Is My Circus And They Are My Monkeys

I hope that you have enjoyed the last 31 days of cubisms!  I have enjoyed the challenge of turning the things my cubs say and do into lessons for me (and us).  If you’ve missed any of the cubisms, have no fear!  They are all listed on a separate page called Bear in Mind: Cubisms on the blog website.  I will not be writing on a daily basis moving forward, but I am making a commitment to post more frequently.  I appreciate you all for following my blog page about Our Party of Six!  

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2014 – A Ninja, A Pink Power Ranger, and Doc McStuffins

We have had a full day!  Thankfully, we get an extra hour of sleep tonight.  The day began with a leadership summit at the church.  When it was over, we returned home to change into costumes with the challenge of collecting the most candy.  Our neighborhood has very little trick or treaters and not very many houses that give out candy, so we’ve resulted to going elsewhere.

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2015 – Violet from The Incredibles and Sabine from Star Wars

Holidays always bring about conversations for Christians about what is okay and not okay to participate in.  Halloween, I think, is judged the most because it doesn’t have a Christian origin.  Our cubs think Halloween simply means that you dress up as a character in order to get candy.  No celebrating the dead or hiding out from evil spirits or scary superstitions.  It’s all about candy.  This year, we had a blast in fellowship with our brothers and sisters at Faith Baptist Church.  Their Trunk or Treat event is an amazing way of reaching out to the community around them.  Other holidays have been debated by Christians as well.  Like Christmas with a Santa and tree, or Easter with a bunny and baskets.  Here’s my opinion…remember from The Littles First Rule that my opinion is just that…mine, and  I’m not trying to get you to agree or disagree.

2012 – Snow White, A Pumpkin, and Bumble Bee

As parents or as a family, decide what will work for your family.  Poppa Bear (PB) and I had to decide for our Party of Six what we would do and how we would do it for all holidays that we observe.  Also, we’ve had to tweak it as our cubs have grown older.  When we were just a family of two, we used to be able to spend Thanksgiving Day traveling to see both sides of our family before returning back home all in one day.  If we tried that now, I can’t imagine that I would still be sane by the end of the day.

“Not My Circus. Not My Monkeys” is a phrase used as a reminder that something is not your problem, and whatever “it” is, is not under your control.  However, in choosing your family’s beliefs, it is your problem, and it is under your control.  So, what do you want the holidays to look like for your family?  YOU get to control that!  Do your research by digging into God’s word.  Let’s not bash other sisters and brothers for doing what you think is the wrong way to enjoy the holidays.  I just believe that Jesus would meet people where they were when he was here in human form.  Today, he would take any and every opportunity to creatively connect to others by any means necessary with friendliness, kindness and love.   Whatever you and your monkeys decide to do…”do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” Colossians 3:17 NLT

Momma Bear

family · forgiveness · school · snow

Forgiveness: Difficult, but Necessary

Winter break is over.  I was a little sad, but I think all of the cubs were ready to go back to school.  Here’s a quick recap of God’s goodness during our break:

Although, the grandbears gave our cubs everything they requested, PB and I still managed to throw in a few surprises like a new game system for Cubs 2 and 3, a tablet for Cub 4, and Cub 3 was most excited about Juggle Bubbles!

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The best part of Christmas Day is dinner!  We eat in the dining room and everyone drinks sparkling apple cider.

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I think it’s safe to say that this was PB’s favorite gift this year from his parents.

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Cub 2 had a once in a lifetime opportunity to play in a basketball scrimmage at the University of Maryland during halftime of their men’s basketball game.  He had so much fun and the crowd was so supportive of them!  He didn’t score any points, but the whole experience solidified his goal of attending the University of Maryland when he graduates from high school.

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We also had a chance to visit the Philly cousins.  Cub 3 loves her time with her favorite cousin, so she wasn’t too happy when we announced that it was time to leave!

We’ve just wrapped up day 2 of being back in our old routine.  Although this second day back at school was one that we won’t soon forget!  Today, a little winter clipper came through our area.  What was thought to be a light dusting ended up being about 2-3 inches of snow and ice.  The county we live in was one of only a few that chose not to close schools.  It was a huge mess and a huge mistake made by the county.  It was very frustrating trying to get my cubs to school this morning.  As parents, we trust that the school system has thoroughly checked out conditions and have made the best choice for our children and their employees.  Today, was not one of those days that I felt the right choice was made.  Many of us made our dissatisfaction known.

Just last night, PB and I were discussing forgiveness.  His position is that you cannot forgive someone who has not asked for forgiveness.  My position is that you have to forgive whether they ask for it or not.

This evening the superintendent of schools released a statement.  Within the body of the statement, the superintendent said, “I am sorry that the day ultimately played out the way it did…”.  Hmmm.  He said, “I am sorry…”.  That does make it easier to forgive and move on.  However, what if there was no letter sent?  What if the county felt they did nothing wrong?  Is it really possible to forgive without a confession that someone has done something wrong to offend you?  I don’t have an answer…yet!  PB really has me thinking and needing to dive into God’s word concerning forgiveness.  I love being stretched by him!

I would love to hear your thoughts on this!  Leave me a comment or something!

Living for Him!