Tuesday, December 20, 2011

2011 Family Christmas ornament

Here's a video of it in action.

Isn't this the most perfect ornament for our family this year?

Dan saw it on a friend's tree,
and we knew that it was just the right thing to commemorate what God has done in the life of our family this year.  
I went on a hunt for it, 
enlisting help on Facebook for ideas about where to find it.

And then, just a few days later, Dan came home from church
and found a package on our doorstep.
The tag read
"To Sparky and Rachael,
from Santa's elves."

We have a pretty good idea who it came from...
not many people can call Dan Sparky!  :)  
That makes it even more special.

Not only does it represent our new home,
and the work God did in our lives to bring us here,
but it also rings of memories that we're making with friends here,
and a life that we're building together.
We are so happy to add to this to our collection!

And then, just a day later,
came another precious gift on our doorstep:

The 2011 Pensacola Easter Seal ornament!!
Have you ever seen anything so beautiful in your life?!
Or anything so perfect for why we came to Pensacola?!?
A cross, on the beach.
The gospel is why we came.
Oh, just looking at this takes my breath away.

Again, while this is so beautiful and so amazing on our tree,
the real magic of this ornament is the giver.  
Our family friend Cyndi sent this to us as a special gift.
Mrs. Cyndi and her family were our next door neighbors in Daphne
when I was in high school.

Every time I look at this ornament, 
I will be thankful for the wonderful friends that I've made throughout my life so far.

I absolutely adore how very different these 2 ornaments are, 
and how they will always be a special reminder of our first Christmas in Pensacola, FL.

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