If you once again want to reminisce....
Click HERE for our 2008 Christmas tree.
Click HERE for our 2009 Christmas tree.
Each year since we've been married, we've gone to Nativity Pines to get our fresh Christmas tree.
Initially, back in 2004 (our first Christmas "married"), we found this place by simply looking in the phone book and going there blindly.
It turned out that we really enjoyed it!
We went there each year -- adding Luke in 2008!
This year was no exception.
It was fun this year -- watching Luke for the third year -- this time, having at least somewhat of a clue what was going on (he knew we were there to get a tree).
First, we rode the hayrack together....Luke, of course, wanted to sit by his Daddy.
(And yes, Luke looks very SERIOUS. For some reason, that's the only face I could get).
We then walked along a long row of trees, looking for the "perfect" one for our house.
We soon found one that we liked for our home.
Marc began to saw.
Luke most certainly watched his Daddy. (And Debby -- during this process, Luke imitated the "sawing" motion -- thanks to the song he learned in Sunday School. Thanks!)
(Can you tell we were most definitely facing the sun?)
We then, along with our tree, rode the hayrack back to the entrance. They wonderful guys of Nativity Pines prepared our tree to go home. We then had it loaded onto our vehicle -- with Luke and Marc supervising :)
Finally -- our "routine" family photo in front of the tree -- taken by a very nice teenage guy who helped us with our tree (and yes, obviously, the sun was not in a good position to use with this camera). But, we don't care....it's the family memories that count.
(And yes, this photo will be our family Christmas card photo -- so, many of you are just seeing this early).
And, the final photo of our decorated tree will have to come in another post....Stay tuned!
A year or two ago -- Marc and I were talking about how each tree we've had since we've been married (and they've all been "real") always has some "quirk" or "imperfection." We were talking about the parallels of our "imperfect" trees or our lives -- about how each one of us truly is imperfect.
That "imperfection" requires us a Savior -- if we choose. This world is oh so very broken (see Genesis 3). We're all broken. None are perfect.
Christmas is when we celebrate our Savior's birth....That way, our "brokeness" is fixed :)
Oh -- how I'm so very thankful for that! I can't imagine living this "imperfect" life without a Savior!
One last note....
When I was paying for this Christmas tree this year, I noticed a small sign on the countertop with the cash register. It mentioned that this was the last year Nativity Pines was selling Christmas trees.
It would be an understatement to say that Marc and I are very sad by this news. We don't the reason for this decision -- I'm hoping it's a business decision and not a decision demanded by change in health or anything.
But, publically, we want to say "Thank You" to Nativity Pines for making our first 7 Christmas seasons together very memorable (the last 3 with Luke)!
I guess we'll have to find another tree farm to make future memories!
Thankfully, we have photos!
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