Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Somebody has a birthday!

On the second anniversary of thirty-nine I haven't changed one bit.  Have I?

This is one time I hope my brother and sister don't read this.  They will want to kill me. (I am smiling)  Do you see I am holding up one finger.  Must have been that I was somewhere around the age of one. And the year was 1970 something.

I have no idea how old I was here.  But I was adorable wasn't I?

And here too!

Then there was this!  Oh my word!  He came along and the rest is history!

Then he came along!


And then him!  His card to me today said to keep smiling.  He could have been twins! lol  Always my comedian.

I can't leave him out!
I will have to say that I had my resolutions for last years birthday.  It was a significant year.  A milestone.  It has taken me a year to come to grips with it.  Why is that so hard?  But today I can say with pleasure (I think)  that I have walked this earth for a full forty years.  Today marks the beginning of forty-one.  There I said it.  I am forty-one today.  God has blessed me far beyond what I deserve.  He has giving far more than what I need.  And I am so thankful.  Many have posted on Facebook.  Many have called.  Many have sent texts.  I thank you all so much.   If you know me at all you know that "It's a Wonderful Life" is one of my all time favorite movies.  At the end Clarence gets his wings and writes in the book to George "A man is no failure who has friends."  I am so thankful for my family and my friends.   So many people live this life and make nothing of it.  They have no one or nothing to show.  I may not have a lot to show, but what I do have, I am ever thankful for it.  And my hope is that in the next forty I will praise Him well.  Because without Him, I have nothing.
Again, now that Christmas of 2011 has come and gone I am ready for warm weather and flip flops.  But until then I literally have some partyin to do today because it is my birthday!!!!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

This is how we do Christmas


We don't do Christmas in a "normal" way.  Since D & I married Christmas begins on Christmas Eve by supper at his mom's.

And since our boys came along it has been, leave her house, go home, get everyone in the bed & wait.  But we don't wait too long.  This year they were up by 2:30 a.m.  Yes, you read it right.  2:30 a.m.  And they are how old?


But before going off to bed to wait, we set out the treats for Santa. 
Yes we still do that.  It just wouldn't be Chritsmas if we didn't.


I would love to be able to tell you that our Pretty Boy was humbly bowing at the Nativity on the table.  But I can't.  He was wanting the cookies!
I love these three!!! This is before it all began.  At what? 3:15?



And here these two are on Christmas morning at 3:20 a.m. or close to it.  After we ripped into our Santa gifts and our gifts from each other, we headed back to bed for a little bit.  Then it was up and at up by 6:15 a.m. to head on back to D's mom's.





These were only three of the thirteen there. 
After this stop we head back home.  Get ready and go to church.
Then it is off to my mom's.  This is what you get there...


Don't ask me why I took a picture of pork tenderloin and country ham. Maybe because this is just how we have always done it.  And it is always served on this platter!


My big brother in his spot ready for presents!  He has sat in this spot for as long as I can remember.




They too, are in there usual spots.



We ended the gift giving back at the house. 
Then the desantafacation began!!!
I am now ready for some warm weather and flip flops!





Friday, December 23, 2011

A promise

Isaiah 9:1a, 2 ,6 & 7: "Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light: on those living the the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. 
For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.  He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.  The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this."
Folks we have this promise from long ago.  Matthew 2 tells of the Magi visiting this baby.  They fell and worshipped Him long before He turned the water into wine.  They fell and worshipped Him long before He bled and died.  All He had done at this point was enter the world. 
Luke 2 tells of the shepherds visit and how excited they were.  They couldn't keep it a secret. 
Luke 1 tells of the angel telling Mary what will happen and her saying "Yes!"
This Christmas I am so thankful that I have this promise.  To know He came just as it was told in Isaiah.  To know that He is my light in this dark world.  To know that He is my Counselor, my Mighty God, my Everlasting Father, my Prince of Peace.  To know that He is still reigning on His throne.  To know that no matter what I am the apple of His eye and He loves me.
Oh, to have the faith and humbleness that the Magi did.  To have the fire that the shepherds did.  To have the servant's heart that Mary and Joseph did. 
It is Christmas Eve Eve.  As Christmas morning draws closer, my heart melts a little more.  I am drawn a little closer to that stable, to that cross, to that Resurrection.  I am drawn a little closer to the heart of my Father.  My "Daddy".
Oh how He loves us!
Merry Chirstmas!

Monday, December 19, 2011

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas


These are the decorations for our church.  Doesn't it look beautiful?  I think it does.

After a very difficult week, our church family gathered together Sunday morning for our Christmas Cantata.

I will have to say this choir done an excellent job. 


This picture pretty much sums it all up.  O Holy Night!  That babe in a manger.  His willing parents.  All for our messed up world.
Oh how He loves us!

We came back Sunday evening for these little ones to get in line to do this....

They were so excited.  I remember doing this as a little girl.  Oh the memories!!!!

Now I realize that I haven't been too good when it comes to posting these past few months.  Let's just say that my life has gotten busy.  But it is a good busy.  I am thankful for the health to do it.  I am thankful that my boys are both healthy and able to do all that they do.  God has been busy here in this house.  More on that later.
We started our Christmas break Friday.  And believe me, up until today, I haven't had a break.  Have you ever felt like you were drowning in laundry, dust, & junk all over the tables and counter tops?  I have.  It seemed like there was no end in sight.  But today, today, I have made progress.  Clothes have gotten washed.  Floors have been vacuumed.  Food has been cooked.  And last but not least there are gifts under the trees!!! Yes! Thank you Lord!

I am beginning to feel a lot better about it all.  I think I just might make it now. 
So, if I keep with my record, I probably won't be back on to post for a while.  With that being said, let me say on behalf of D, the boys, Samps, and myself, May you all have the very Merriest Christmas yet.  It is our prayer that you really remember the reason of it all.  It isn't about the gifts. How many or how few.  It isn't about the spending.  It is all about Our Lord.  The One and Only who came from on High to save a lost and dying world.  It is His birthday. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sunshine

My heart hurts this morning.   This man pictured above went home for Christmas this morning.  While we celebrate our Savior's birth in a week he will be celebrating face to face.  In fact he already is.  There will be no limit on the ice cream he can have.  However, I don't think he will be too worried about the ice cream.  He is worshiping and singing his lungs out now with his Jesus.  Our loss is heavens gain today. 
He was a humble man.  Quiet.  But boy did he do some aggravating.  I asked D who will I aggravate now and who will you pick on.  He loved his Lord.  And we loved him. 
Sunshine, I'm gonna miss you!!!