The heart of Christmas… has a name.

Sometimes I just like to sit down and write how I feel. I hope that I can get the message across of how I truly am feeling this afternoon. I am going to try and do just that.

As I look back on this year I think of all of the things that I have told Bryson that I want for Christmas. We would be out shopping and I would spot things that I wanted and instantly say “I want that for Christmas.” Silly things that I really didn’t need. Like new clothes, an Itunes gift card, a hippopotamus. Ok maybe not that. I’ve never really understood the song by the way that says “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas.” Trust me there would be nowhere to put a hippopotamus in our apartment.

Anyways… I just have to tell you before I go on. I have the most giving husband in the whole world. If he had the money to, he would probably just give all of it away to anyone in need of presents this year for Christmas for there family. A couple of weeks ago I was talking to him on the phone and he said, “Were going to start doing something ever year at Christmas time.” I said “Okay! What?” He then said “I’m not going to tell you until I get home.” He likes to keep me waiting and on my toes to find out what hes talking about until later in the day. Little did I know he was going to bring me something home that would change my perspective on Christmas.

Well after work he brought home a slip that said that we would need to go buy presents for a 12 year old boy in need and we were to drop them off at UCCU. Such a sweet husband I have to care to do this for this little boy. My first thought was “We’ve already spent enough money on Christmas there is no way we are doing that!” Which is silly because usually I am the first person to be the one that encourages doing stuff like that. Then I agreed and didn’t really think much about it.

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Today as I went into the Kitchen I saw the piece of paper laying on the counter that said this 12 year old boys name and the Christmas presents that he needed/wanted. One thing that he needed was a white shirt and tie. Anyways, strong emotions flooded over me as I thought to myself, “I am blessed with so much every day. But I am so selfish that I can’t sacrifice going out to eat a couple of nights this month for this little boy to have some sort of Christmas.” My thoughts immediately turned to the savior as I thought about this little boy who would not get Christmas if I was to stubborn to sacrifice a little bit for him. I am not sure what circumstances this boy is under. He may be homeless for all I know. But I hope that we all can take a minute to maybe think of a way that we can make someone elses Christmas special this year.

I hope we don’t ever forget the TRUE meaning of Christmas. As I wrapped my husbands gifts this morning I thought of what the greatest gift that you can give someone is. In my opinion. The spirit of Christ is the best present that you can give to someone, whether its helping someone in need, or standing with those who are in need of comfort. It may even be just telling your family how much you love them and how much you care about them. I am thankful for my testimony of my Savior. He died for us! This I know to be true! Through his large sacrifice we can be made whole no matter what our mistakes are, or the heartache we may face in this life. He is the perfect example. May we remember him this Christmas season and not forget what the true heart of Christmas is all about!

Merry Christmas Everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Below is a quote from one of my favorite Christmas Songs. Its by Matthew West, and the name of the song is The Heart of Christmas.

“In the shadow of a steeple
In a star that lights the way
You will find Him in a manger
The heart of Christmas has a name

I’m gonna make a wish this Christmas
I’m gonna say a little prayer

Wherever you are, no matter how far
Come back to the heart, the heart of Christmas
Live while you can and cherish the moment
The ones that you love, make sure they know it. And don’t miss it. The heart of Christmas.”

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the Smiths | Utah Family Photographer

Hey everyone! Check out this cute family as well! They were so fun to photograph! I also took a few extra pictures of there daughter and her friend. We were lucky to get these done right before the big snow storm hit. I was glad because we were still able to have some of the fall colors! especially since it seems like fall colors don’t usually stay around for to long in Utah. Enjoy!

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Self Defeat

This is one of my favorite quotes ever! What do you all think about it?

“At times many of us let that enemy of achievement—even the culprit “self-defeat”—dwarf our aspirations, smother our dreams, cloud our vision, and impair our lives. The enemy’s voice whispers in our ears, “You can’t do it.” “You’re too young.” “You’re too old.” “You’re nobody.” This is when we remember that we are created in the image of God. Reflection on this truth provides a profound sense of strength and power.” -Thomas S. Monson