This Christmas, may we see the Creator and Sustainer of Everything in the baby in the manger. Let us look upon His face and see the miracles He will perform to free captives, the compassion with which He will embrace the transgressors. As we peer into the wooden trough, may we see the wooden cross on which He came to redeem and reconcile us to Himself.
As we eat and drink, exchange gifts, give money and time to the underpriveleged, and attend church services, let us not forget Christmas is the day we celebrate the God who humbled Himself for us. Let us spend Christmas on our faces, lifting up the very spirits inside us that He came to save.
“He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:7-11)
This year the children participated in their first-ever Christmas concert. The boys played recorder
and played handbells, Brooke sang with the choir and also played handbells.
They all performed the PattyCake Polka, sweet things!
Their music teacher was wonderful! We all are excited for next semester.
Brea loved being in the audience, especially since she got to sit with her beloved Grammy,
and even got her photo taken with her favorite “star.”
We were blessed to host my family for Thanksgiving this year. The kids were so excited to decorate.
Somehow safety goggles made their way into preparations.
They decorated the dinner table with handprint turkeys
and wrote special questions under each person’s plate.
They made a huge banner for the Welcoming Wall.
Of course we had to add in some fresh flowers. It’s not a dinner without fresh flowers.
My children poured their hearts and souls into creating a warm home for family and friends. I am thankful for their huge hearts.
As cliche as it is to post my Thanksgiving Day menu and top ten things I’m grateful for, I’m going to do it. There’s a reason things become commonplace–sometimes it’s because they’re simply universally warm and fuzzy.
- Turkey (my mama’s picking up our freshly killed Tom tomorrow)
- Stuffing (recipe also posted earlier)
- Sweet Potato Casserole (my grandmother’s recipe)
- Succotash (that’s lima beans and corn mixed together)
- Green Bean Casserole (my sis loves this!)
- Mashed Potatoes
- Cranberry Sauce (the canned jelly stuff and a crockpot recipe for fresh)
- Sauerkraut and sausage (the only time of the year I get it)
- Salad (my mama loves a good salad)
- Rolls (maybe I’ll make some honey butter for them)
- Pumpkin pie (mmm…mmm…mmm)
It’s been a pretty hard year emotionally, and I’ve done quite a bit of whining, grumbling, moaning, and complaining. But I’m seriously thankful for so much. Here are the top ten, not listed in any particular order.
- My beautiful family who thank me every single night for dinner.
- My just-the-right-size home filled with love and laughter.
- My husband’s new job, which has great medical and dental benefits.
- My friends who love me despite the aforementioned bad attitude.
- My extended family who have always been and always will be, through the many seasons of life.
- My home school network, which provides encouragement and exhortation day in and day out.
- My old friends I found on facebook who have become new friends again.
- My prayer partner, who makes me bust a gut every Monday morning.
- My (pretty) sound mind and healthy body.
- My God, who sustains me every moment.
I pray you all find His presence in your day of gratitude, however He makes Himself known to you. I pray your spiritual eyes are opened and you allow yourself to be enfolded in His arms. He loves you more than you can ever k now.
my true love gave to me–
Five loads of pukey laundry
Four children sleeping on the kitchen floor near the throw-up bowl
Three hours of sleep
Two cranky parents
And one husky who was mad he missed his walk and pooped on all the Christmas toys.
Good thing Jesus is our reason for celebration–and He’s eternally good!