Monday, December 21, 2009

Cookies & Elves

Today was the first day off of school, so we decided to trash the kitchen make cutout cookies for Christmas. We do this every year, and Kaya was totally into it this year!

Then, the "elves" came!! You see, every year, these same elves do something very similar to ding-dong-ditching, but much nicer! Out of nowhere, there will be a loud knocking on the door, & when we answer, there is no one there! However, there will be a special goody bag on our front step with a note & instructions for whatever is inside. This year, the bag was full of cardboard snowflake ornaments ready to be decorated with snow from the North Pole. The note was, once again, so special & a beautiful reminder of what this season is all about. It's too good not to share, so here you go:
Dear Friends,
Christmas is a time of miracles! Just imagine--God sent us His son to be born in a stable! What a precious gift!
At the North Pole, we are getting ready to help the world celebrate that special gift! each year, we have our "Snowflake Party" at the beginning of December. Snow is ever-present here. It blankets our world just as God's love gently covers our sins with His grace. each snowfall is a shower of blessings sent from heaven. Each flake is so intricate and individual--so special, just like you!
We hope that you will use this symbol of the season to make your own distinct snowflake for Santa to see. He will be happy to see that you remember how much God loves you! Be good and share that precious love!
This has become such an anticipated event--God bless those elves for surprising the kids every year (10+ years!) with a beautiful gift to remind them what it's all about!!
I had to laugh, though, b/c after our cleanup from the initial sprinkle-fest, I got out more wax paper for round 2! Kaya discovered that these sprinkles didn't taste nearly as good, but they sure are pretty!

And to top off all this fun stuff, we found out that our dossier is on its way to Ethiopia!! One step closer to bringing our blessing home!


Kimmie said...


Sorry, I glossed over everything I read when I read your dossier is going to Ethiopia!

We are sending ours to Washington tomorrow...looks like there will only be one this round. ;-)

Enjoy your celebration...may it be sprinkled (heavily) with His goodness.

mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted
*expecting again...from Ethiopia

Adeye said...

wooohooo, your dossier is on it's way! Hallelujah!!!

Rejoicing with you--and loving that the elves came :)

Sharon said...

Oh, Dardi! What fun! I love how you said "trash the kitchen" true, so true. My sister in law is in town from Seattle and spent Friday night here with the kids and did cut-out cookies. We came home after it was all cleaned up! :)
I'm so happy your dossier is on it's way! Come on court date!