A Sheperd and a Sheep

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A sheperd and a sheep….

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Those are what our boys were in the annual Big Canoe Chapel Christmas Eve family service at  Grandad Jim and Grandmom Janice’s house.  Ryan played the part of a sheperd boy while Owen carried the sheep.

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Yes, he carried the sheep.

Why?

Well because he refused to actually wear it like he was supposed to. But he was excited to go sit up at the altar with Ryan and cousins Megan and Tyler who both wore adorable cow costumes.

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I look forward to this service every year where the kids all get to participate in the service.  A few years ago Ryan screamed.  But this year he was thrilled.  He sang the songs during church and he would get excited when he recognized one, “Momma!  They sing this on my night-night CD!”

*Side note: He has been listening to a Christmas CD as his bedtime music for about 6 weeks now.  He loves it!

While Owen would actually wear his sheep costume, he definitely participated in the service too.  At first he wasn’t sure about going up to the altar, but after a few minutes he looked at me and said “Go sit by Ra-Ra momma.” and he marched on over to his big brother with the sheep tucked safely under his arm and plopped down beside Ryan and just stared at the pastor.

After they finished the live nativity scene the kids all came back to their seats and we each had a candle to light and hold as we sang Silent Night with the lights dimmed and the candles glowing.  It was beautiful.  Plus the boys thought it was so cool to hold on to a candle that had a fire on it.  Don’t worry though, we also had a tight grip on the candle with them; they weren’t holding them alone.  I certainly was not going to be responsible for burning down a beautiful chapel on Christmas Eve.

Before we blew out the candles the boys quietly sang Happy Birthday Jesus.  It was so cute.

As we left Ryan said “Momma.  I like this church!  Can we come back here again?”

Absolutely!

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