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The Christmas Pageant

Saturday, December 15, 2012

My husband and I had been happily married (most of the time) for five years but hadn't been blessed with a baby.

I decided to do some serious praying and promised God that if he would give us a child, I would be a perfect mother, love it with all my heart and raise it with His word as my guide.

God answered my prayers and blessed us with a son. The next year God blessed us with another son. The following year, He blessed us with yet another son.

The year after that we were blessed with a daughter.

My husband thought we'd been blessed right into poverty. We now had four children, and the oldest was only four years old.

I learned never to ask God for anything unless I meant it. As a minister once told me, "If you pray for rain, make sure you carry an umbrella."

I began reading a few verses of the Bible to the children each day as they lay in their cribs.

I was off to a good start. God had entrusted me with four children and I didn't want to disappoint Him.

I tried to be patient the day the children smashed two dozen eggs on the kitchen floor searching for baby chicks.

I tried to be understanding when they started a hotel for homeless frogs in the spare bedroom, although it took me nearly two hours to catch all twenty-three frogs.

When my daughter poured ketchup all over herself and rolled up in a blanket to see how it felt to be a hot dog, I tried to see the humor rather than the mess.

In spite of changing over twenty-five thousand diapers, never eating a hot meal and never sleeping for more than thirty minutes at a time, I still thank God daily for my children.

While I couldn't keep my promise to be a perfect mother---I didn't even come close.....I did keep my promise to raise them in the Word of God.

I knew I was missing the mark just a little when I told my daughter we were going to church to worship God, and she wanted to bring a bar of soap along to "Wash Up" Jesus, too.

Something was lost in the translation when I explained that God gave us everlasting life, and my son thought it was generous of God to give us his "Last Wife."

My proudest moment came during the children's Christmas pageant. My daughter was playing Mary, two of my sons were shepherds and my youngest son was a wise man. This was their moment to shine.

My five-year-old shepherd had practiced his line, "We found the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes."

But he was nervous and said, "The baby was wrapped in wrinkled clothes."

My four-year-old "Mary" said, "That's not "wrinkled clothes," silly, that's dirty, rotten clothes."

A wrestling match broke out between Mary and the shepherd and was stopped by an angel, who bent her halo and lost her left wing.

I slouched a little lower in my seat when Mary dropped the doll representing Baby Jesus, and it bounced down the aisle crying, "Mama-mama."

Mary grabbed the doll, wrapped it back up and held it tightly as the wise men arrived.

My other son stepped forward wearing a bathrobe and a paper crown, knelt at the manger and announced, "We are the three wise men, and we are bringing gifts of gold, common sense and fur."

The congregation dissolved into laughter, and the pageant got a standing ovation.

"I've never enjoyed a Christmas program as much as this one," laughed the pastor, wiping tears from his eyes.

"For the rest of my life, I'll never hear the Christmas story without thinking of Gold, Common sense and fur."

"My children are my pride and my joy and my greatest blessing," I said as I dug through my purse for an aspirin.

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MISSDAISY23 12/18/2012 3:45PM

    emoticon Precious memories!


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REMEMBER2BME 12/16/2012 6:41AM

    Adorable.

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NEW-CAZ 12/16/2012 3:15AM

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ARTJAC 12/15/2012 11:46PM

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NASFKAB 12/15/2012 9:30PM

  awesome

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MS.ELENI 12/15/2012 8:10PM

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LTMURPHY7 12/15/2012 6:55PM

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Wonderful story

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123ELAINE456 12/15/2012 6:46PM

  Awesome. You have Four Wonderful Children. You can be very Proud of them. Love Your Blog. God Bless You and Have a Fantastic Day. Take Care.

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SHERYLDS 12/15/2012 6:41PM

    perfection itself ... thanks for sharing

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FLAME42 12/15/2012 6:35PM

    Do so love to watch the little ones in church and school programs. There are always some little gems said and gestures made.
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ONEKIDSMOM 12/15/2012 6:11PM

    Love it! Jesus loved the little children... and can't we all see why?

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1CRAZYDOG 12/15/2012 5:59PM

    I LOVE this!!!

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TOMWAMP 12/15/2012 4:45PM

    What a precious story. As a father that raised 3 boys, with my wife, I can relate to the Christmas Pageant, as we went through many, and directed many at our church. I remember their own personal pageant that they gave to my wife and I on one Christmas Eve. It was very cute and they worked on it during the day when we were busy with getting ready for our Christmas. Moments to cherish as they are all grown and off to other things. Have a Blessed Christmas.

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HEALTHYNEWPAIGE 12/15/2012 4:23PM

    emoticon They are priceless! Merry Christmas to you too!!!

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FORMERFATGUY777 12/15/2012 3:51PM

    I had a good laugh when I read this. I have three kids of my own. They poured a bottle of oil on the dog to give them a blessing, they washed the inside of my car with a garden hose. They gave their baby sister her first hair cut. She had natural curly hair. They gave her a crew cut. You have to love kids. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face.

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JILLITA55 12/15/2012 3:48PM

    WOW! Your college bills will be huge when they are at that age. But, I am blessed to you and your family. May yolu have a great Christmas

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