Letting go this Christmas

This Christmas season has already been a bit different for our family.  As we prepare to move over seas it is forcing us to live differently.  This year won’t be the typical Christmas we are used to, and to be honest we are really excited about that.

We did go and do one of our favorite traditions.  Picking out a Christmas tree to cut down.
We did go and do one of our favorite traditions. Picking out a Christmas tree to cut down.

Of course we will continue doing some of our most loved family traditions (like cutting down a Christmas tree and          decorating it) but we are excited to be intentionally avoiding getting more stuff this year.

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Our kids don’t need a bunch of toys to have fun. Just give them a field full of trees!

Instead this year we decided to sell most of our possessions in order to help us on our move to Guatemala.  It was actually a wonderful feeling to let go of things and realize that they didn’t possess us.  We realized we don’t need a bunch of things to be happy.  We have always believed this to be true, it’s just even more fun to begin living it.

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An ornament that hangs on our tree reminds us of who we are called to be
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Our garage on the day of our sale. Thank you to everyone who came out and bought stuff!

We also haven’t asked for much for Christmas because we can only take the essentials with us.  (Spoiler alert) We also have not bought a single present yet for anyone.  Most of our gifts are things we already own that we can’t take with us. It really has drawn us deeper into the real story of Christmas.  Our prayer this Christmas is to be like Jesus.  To let go of all that we can claim as ours in order to give light unto the world.  Philippians 2:5-6 says that we should have the same attitude that Jesus had.  Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to but gave up his privileges for us.

Our little ones really make Christmas a special time.  And not worrying about presents lets us focus on just enjoying each other.
Our little ones really make Christmas a special time. And not worrying about presents lets us focus on just enjoying each other.
Abra on morning of the sale checking everyone out.  We had a big crowd bright and early
Abra on the morning of the sale checking everyone out. We had a big crowd bright and early 

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3 thoughts on “Letting go this Christmas

  1. Shannon and Darcy! We miss you guys a bunch! Meeting you all in Great Bend and getting to spend time getting to know you all will always be something Amber and I thank God for. Thanks for your prayers they are priceless.

  2. Awww… that is really awesome Will. You have inspired me in so many ways that I can’t even fathom. You have been so important in shaping my way of thinking. I will miss you guys so much. Stay in touch.

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