Tuesday, December 31, 2013
2013, you started off wrong. You started off mean. You started off hard. We said farewell to a couple of things. First, basketball.
Then Sampson. You made me wonder if I was even going to like you.
By the end of the first month, we had said hello to this wild thing...
By the time the fourth month rolled around we had another driver.
The level of stress had increased just a bit.
By the time June rolled around we had a high school graduate.
So to celebrate, relax & enjoy, we did a little of this....
July 4th came like none we have ever had. A ball field was spray painted. Bottle rockets were fired. We wore flannel shirts and coats to watch the fireworks that night.
October brought in family, with a photo shoot involving a mud hole & farm equipment.
And then November. A trip and a ring
I have no idea what 2014 will bring. But I do know with the Lord guiding and this man by my side, it will all be alright.
God always sends a reminder of His promises. Look closely and you can see the cardinal. Just a small family treasure. One that came when I needed it.
And now here we are. 2013, you may not have started well, but here we are at the end of you.
You had your painful moments. You had your mountain tops.
But you did not have one moment that our Lord wasn't a part of. He worked all things together for His good. And He saw us through to the threshold of 2014.
And as Lucy tells Charlie Brown "It's gonna be great Chuck!"
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
I type this with an over flowing heart tonight.
I have seen my mother today. My brother.
My mother in law, sister in law & all those kids.
My kids & future daughter in law have been under this roof today.
I woke up this morning with D by my side.
We are all healthy. We are all here.
There are some who are actually sitting at the feet of that baby boy tonight. And for that, I am thankful.
As I listen to "It's a Wonderful Life" in the background, my mind is racing. Maybe because of all the coffee I have had today. Maybe the anticipation of morning. I can still get as excited as a small child. In fact I was helping one of the nephew's try to track Santa tonight. It didn't go well because of all the other kiddos doing the same thing.
This Christmas is the first in a long time that I have actually enjoyed. And I mean it. We eliminated a large cause of my stress last year. Maybe that has been one factor that. But the biggest factor is the time I have spent with God. You may or may not know that I have been reading "The Greatest Gift" by Ann Voskamp. It is a daily read for the 25 days of Advent. All I can say is, it is a must. I will read it again beginning Dec. 1, 2014. Maybe even before.
You see, I am blessed. Not because of the things I have, but of Who I have & Who has me.
Again, as George Bailey & Mr. Potter rattle in the background & I know Clarence is fast approaching, I can't help but think back to Bethlehem. Mary. Joseph. And a little baby boy. I can't help but think that tomorrow is coming. And so will that baby boy. We place ALOT of emphasis on Dec. 24. But it all began that night. Christmas night. Christmas is the beginning.
I just about lost control of myself during our service yesterday. We had someone to sing "Where are you Christmas?" And I have heard the song many times before, but the line "My world is changing, It's rearranging" just about threw me overboard. Because it is. And I am ok with it.
But Mary & Joseph didn't have a song with a line like that. And their world changed. It was rearranged. Our world changed that night so long ago. It rearranged everything for us. Our Lord left heaven to come to this messed up world. To change & rearrange it.
No matter what is under the tree, a baby was born so that He could die on a tree.
"While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:6&7
May you & your's have the best Merriest Christmas