Merry Christmas From Our House to Yours!

2010 was not without its surprises, joys and intermittent drama at our house!


Just 2 days ago, on Tuesday, as our family prepared to sit down to dinner, Ellia sent us rushing out the door to the emergency room.  Standing in her little, wooden chair, watching me cook as she often does (but won’t anymore ;-)), she turned around in the chair, and while holding the back of it, the chair fell, slamming her hand between it and the tile floor.  As soon as I scooped her up I saw blood spilled everywhere and all but panicked.  Even when I ascertained that it was “just a finger” (as my husband tried to remind me to calm me), her finger was split almost in two, from tip to joint, with a tremendous amount of blood. All’s well that ends well, I suppose, and after a long wait in the ER, we got her stitched up and my blood pressure down. There’s just something very traumatic about your baby being hurt, “just a finger” or not.

That hasn’t been my only near-heart-attack this year…

My husband thought it would be fun to take the kids on a wagon ride, pulled by our draft horse.  Leading it by a rope in front, he had no idea that Rex would “freak out” a few minutes into the ride.  He took off in a full gallop with Aaron still holding the rope, trying to stop this huge beast from running away with Avalee and Brooks.  Once the rope had given him 3rd degree burns on his hands, he was knocked down, and run over by the wagon.  The horse continued speeding away into the woods with our children.  Finally the wagon broke with the horse dragging the front axle and the cart hitting a tree.  God, in His tender mercy, held my babies inside the cart.  After a panicked few minutes figuring out where all the blood was coming from, we were able to treat only a gash in Brook’s head and a banged up lip on Avi.  I’m too old for this.  Aaron is still not fully recovered from his injuries of a torn shoulder ligament 🙁

The near-tragedies have been balanced with joy, however!  As we anticipate the birth of our son in March, the Lord reminds us of the sacredness of life and of our responsibility as parents to nurture these little ones and point them to the glory of our Creator.  Contrary to popular assumption, every one of our children is excited beyond words for this little one’s arrival.

We rejoice in the friendships among our children!

We also rejoice to watch them grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus. As Bria becomes a woman, we are so humbled by God’s goodness through her. She is a best friend, an example, even to her parents, of a heart thirsty for the things of God.  Her constant joy, love and gifts to this family are beyond measure.

Bria is enjoying all the freedoms and young energy to pursue her loves and gifts…she is developing a photography business, has an incredible gift of sewing clothing without a pattern, is still enjoying her love of violin and piano,  is devouring every book in the house and in all her delicacy, is a strong, sturdy, athletic girl who loves to work and be outside.  I wish I had been less occupied with trivial pursuits when I was her age, and had the freedom of spirit she enjoys.

Mallie, as each child does, brings her own unique personality to the mix.  She is, hands down, THE most affectionate child I’ve ever known.  She runs to me, periodically throughout the day, just to “give me love”, and then scampers off to play again.  Her smile is infectious, her laugh contagious and she’s been nicknamed “My Squishy”.

One of Brooks’ favorite things to do is to ride Ellia around on this rolling box 😉

Ashton sneaking some sister love after her bath…

Kyla loves playing in the hay with the others.  We are blessed to live on my parents’ farm, so adventure is never far away.  (Children, PLEASE do not fall in the cracks of the hay….)

We almost escaped the year with hardly any sickness until a few weeks ago, when the stomach virus wreaked havoc through our house.  There’s always a bright side…the children are much more calm and quiet and they love to snuggle!

Ashton has really grown in his love and gift of art.  We are blessed to host art lessons at our house each week and he has started his own website, hoping to expand it soon!  He sold some of his work at various craft shows this year. Nothing like cash in hand to fuel his entrepreneurial fire!

Summer fun at the creek on our nature walk.

Just because she’s so cute 😉

Alexa is a rare gem.  I could wax boastful as a parent and list all her amazing qualities, but I won’t.  She loves to make things–sewing, crocheting, etc.  But her real gift is in the kitchen.  She loves to cook and she’s great at it.  What a blessing to us!

Another perk of living on the farm is raw milk and butter, enjoyed immensely this year.  Don’t be mistaken though…it’s hard work.  Aaron and Bria handle that task and just laugh at me when I offer to do it.  (What’s with that?   Oh well, it’s really convenient on cold, rainy days.)

Avalee–funny, cute, spunky, smart–this, my fourth-born child, the first child born to us after our decision to “let God”.

I wouldn’t think of closing this post without telling you all what a blessing you are to me.  As we wrap up the 3rd year of Generation Cedar, the Lord has taught me so much and has encouraged me through these friendships here. Please know how warmly I think of you all and how blessed I am to share this little part of the net with you.

Above all else, may we glorify Him whose birth we celebrate this season, and may we His love spur us on to remain faithful to share it with all those around us!

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38 Responses to “Merry Christmas From Our House to Yours!”

  1. Heidi says:

    What beautiful pictures of your family….You look very pretty…Your blog has been a blessing to me …Merry Christmas, Heidi

  2. Bless your heart! I have carried butterfly bandages in my wallet for years because of all our accidents. I am so thankful everyone was protected from more serious injury and that they are all mending. Merriest of Christmases as His Love fills your home and hearts!

  3. What a beautiful family!! Thank you for sharing your heart and life with us. I always learn so much from the things you post.

  4. Kim says:

    Merry Christmas! What a beautiful family you have. God is so good!

  5. Ruth Adams says:

    Merry Christmas! Beautiful Family! How nice to have a photographer in the family. 🙂

  6. Michelle says:

    What a blessing! For you, your family and for us, your blog! I read often and pray that God gives me such wisdom to hand down to my children.

    As I read through I must let you know, Avalee…brought tears to my eyes. We’re still battling with an understanding of “letting God” and when I see these precious blessings my heart is moved. Of course, since my oldest is 3, I have a 19 mon old, and am due in March…I’m not too sure God is “letting” us have too much of a part in it either! 😉 LOL!

    • Word Warrior says:

      Aw, Michelle…sweet comment. It’s a beautiful, sometimes fearful journey. But when I look on each of my children, I have no regrets and praise God for their lives. I pray you find peace…

  7. Daja says:

    We just had a trip to the ER last week as well. “just a finger” A fractured pinky and four stitches for the three year old due to an older child slamming a door. Our trip was followed by two trips to the orthopedic hospital and hand specialist because the fracture is near the growth plate.

    Fun times.

    Anyway……MERRY CHRISTMAS and a BLESSED NEW YEAR!!!!!

    • Word Warrior says:

      Yikes! I hope it heals quickly!

      I’m sure you were a much calmer Mommy. When I called the house to check on the rest, Bria said they were “finally recovering” but not so much from Ellia’s injury–more my response :-p

      Bria says, “Can I just say, ‘you don’t handle trauma well’?” *sigh*

  8. Sheila, Mama to Six says:

    A new little BROTHER?! How wonderful! Congratulations. 🙂
    Merry Christmas!
    Sheila in snowy Iowa

  9. Jessica says:

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing your family pictures with us!

  10. Lori says:

    You have an absolutely beautiful family! Thank you so much for your blog! It’s been a great blessing to me since I found it 2 weeks ago! Merry Christmas!

  11. Sylvia says:

    I’ve been busy with visiting family, but I wanted to pop in quickly to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas.

    Sorry about the mishaps, but glad things are better.

    May the Lord bless and keep you and yours throughout this blessed season and through the next year.

  12. Kristi says:

    What a gorgeous family! May God bless you abundantly in the coming year and beyond.

  13. LucyT says:

    You are so very blessed.You look beautiful standing in front of the tree expecting your precious new baby. I was so looking forward to being pregnant this Christmas but as hard as it is to understand I guess it was just not ment to be.Thank you so much for sharing your life with all of us and your God given wisdom it is alaways so refreshing to come here and find people who believe the way I believe.Merry Christmas wishes to you and yours.

  14. jonna says:

    Enjoyed the update and photos of your children. Miss the Keepers meetings! May you be blessed with a Merry Christmas!

  15. Cathy says:

    Enjoyed reading about your fam. I came on a moment ago to retrieve your cinnamon roll recipe, and ended up reading about kids and a bloody finger. As any mom can attest to, it is only God who gets kids through childhood. Years ago, we had a spate of accidents that included a nearly severed thumb, a broken leg, and I don’t remember what all else. I told my husband that I was tempted to make everyone sit on the couch, and not move–for weeks. Ah, but the Lord gets ya through, and we look back on those events, and just shake our heads in wonder.

    I hope today that instead of getting uptight w/all the things that I have to do (e.g., make cinnamon rolls), that I shake my head in wonder again–but this time, it’s because the incarnate Christ came into the world to save ME. And, like Paul, I FEEL like the “foremost of sinners” this week…my daughter is getting married on January 8…need I say more? But, today, I am looking to the manger for my fulfillment and for my “self-worth (quotes intended),” because God sent His son–for me. Astounding and glorious.

    Merry Christmas!

    Cathy

    PS You’re radiant as a prego, Kelly. I had a perpetual grimace during my pregnancies…I was sick as a dog almost the entire time, but I did love giving birth.

    • Word Warrior says:

      “Looking to Him for my self-worth”

      Good stuff, Cathy. Merry Christmas!

      And about that “radiant preggo”–perhaps, sometimes…but not on the 2 hour drive back home tonight after eating too much junk food, just trying to stretch my torso enough to breath while making groaning sounds so my family would know how miserable I feel :-/ Our van seats don’t recline–drat!

  16. Jennifer says:

    It’s a BOY?! Aw how cool! Three little boys pretty soon. Congrats!!

    Thanks for the pics. Sorry about the trauma, I know somewhat how that is; my little sis once slammed the bathroom door on my toddler sis’s finger. No blood, but how scary! My mom had a strangled scream as she rushed to the door. Eech! Ok no more bad memories, they’re both grown now with lovely fingers. Kudos to you for being a tireless mom!

    Merry Christmas!

  17. Jennifer says:

    Geez: sewing, piano and violin? And that little boy painted that picture? Are you kids genuises or something?

  18. Merry Christmas and God bless! Your family is gorgeous, and it was so nice to get “introduced” to all the children–I feel like the only ones I knew well from posts were Bria and Ellia, and now I get to know all the lovelies in between.

  19. lisa ente says:

    dear kelly,
    as i sit in my warm kitchen, watching the snow drift down and pile up, listening to Christmas music, i am getting misty as i read thru this post :-). what a blessing you have been for me (and indirectly to my family!). thank you for your blog and for sharing so much with us. it is a tremendous encouragement on the tough days!!!

    we are expecting our 2nd baby girl (and 6th child) any day now! God has been so generous. i would appreciate any prayers for a safe delivery as i am starting to get anxious :-).

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. – lisa

  20. Charity says:

    Kelly,
    I hope that you and your family had a lovely Christmas. You have been such a blessing and godly example to me through your blog. I have grown in my faith and in my confidence in what God has called me to be as a woman. Thank you!

    When I read about Ellia’s finger accident it made me think to ask if you have ever heard of The Learning Tower. We have never purchased one, but have looked at them since we have all littles that love to help out and watch in the kitchen. They can be used for other things as well and aren’t very pricey (although I would rather find used ones to cut the cost). Maybe you could search online to at least check them out. Just a thought from one mommmy of littles to another. Also, I’d like to add that in my book you handled the trauma well, if nothing else because you didn’t pass out at the sight of all the blood. I have always been such a wimp when it comes to blood or needles and I thought that would remedy itself once I had children. Nope! I’m nearly laid out cold on the floor if one of my wee ones scraps a knee. I just absolutely cannot stomach the sight of blood, especially on my children. So, to me, you are a hero!

  21. Lena says:

    Beautiful family!!! May God bless you and your family this coming next year! Its amazing what children learn from their mother… being brave, beautiful,and being a strong godly woman… Thanks for being an inspiration.

  22. Amber says:

    I just wanted to thank you for doing this blog. There are days when there is not another woman in sight or earshot who is of like-mind and understanding. At least I know I can come here and be encouraged to stay firm in my convictions. In a day when stay at home moms are looked down upon, even in christian circles, it’s nice to know there are others who are experiencing similar things. Thanks again and may God continue to bless you and yours!

  23. Melissa says:

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. So sorry about the ER. Not fun!

  24. Kelly L says:

    Merry Christmas a little late. I really enjoyed this post. May this upcoming year be blessed by God as you and yours follow Him closer than ever before!

  25. Missy says:

    Thank you for you blog! This is one of the first places I turn to when I am in need of encouragement or advice in my wife/mommy life. You have a beautiful family!

  26. h. rae says:

    You have such a lovely family… I have been reading your blog for many months now, but I never knew you had such a large family! How blessed you are. Thank you for every encouragement you give through this blog.

  27. jen in AL says:

    Oh Kelly!!!! I am so glad you are all okay!!!! we are praying for all injuries to quickly and completely heal! We love you all so! all the pictures are wonderful. Love the white Christmas picture! who would have thought in AL? Merry Christmas!!! jen in al

  28. Rachel says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours! you have such a beautiful family! It’s interesting how half your children look very much like your husband and the other half look very like you. I’m one of 5 and none of us really look hugely like our parents, more an odd mix of both, whereas your children seem to take definitely after one of you physically.

    My husband passed out in the bathroom last night and split his ear open – I’m pretty terrible in emergencies, but he’s rather accident prone so I’ve had to get used to being “on the ball”! It must be doubly scary when it’s such a little one with the injury.

  29. Amy B. says:

    So glad your Ellia is ok, and you too! My stomach hurts right now just thinking about it. I was glad to share with my hubby that I’m not the only momma that falls to pieces (either inside or out) when her little ones get hurt. Glad he’s a calm man though, cause seriously, we’d be in a heap of trouble with me at the helm. 😉

    This post so blessed my husband and I. You and your family are a blessing to us in such fortifying ways. Thank you for ‘living out loud’ on this blog and casting a vision for godly family life for those of us pioneering in our own communities. It is a treat to learn a little more about all your arrows and to see all of you in photos. Beautiful, beautiful family!

  30. Thanks for sharing! I love catching up with your posts. We all need a dose of shared truth and you encourage me to keep on the narrow path (even though it’s not easy!).

    You’re family is lovely. Prayers and blessings on your New Year!

  31. Kim M says:

    Aww, misty-eyed. Thank you for the pictures. Your family is so precious. I am so glad they are all ok after the scary experiences!

  32. Hannah says:

    Such a sweet post, and I love Ashton’s musical art! I will look forward to viewing his website soon.

  33. Jennifer says:

    Yowza, that cake! Can Alexa move in with us for a while?

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