Saturday, January 7, 2017

Pondering Christmas 2016

"Noel"

"Come and see what God has done."

"Noel"

"The story of amazing love."

These words, these very powerful words from the song "Noel", sung by Lauren Daigle...


ring true for me every single day as I intentionally recognize God's protection, His steadfast pursuit and His blessings and direction in my life.

However, at Christmas time, they especially come to life as this family of nine relies on Him to provide what we cannot...


"Come and see what God has done"


It is a "story of amazing love" as  we step out and trust that He will fill the gaps...


not just financial gaps but those bankrupt gaps of the spirit that gradually fill as we release more and more of ourselves to Him...

amazing, transforming love...

video

It was a beautiful Christmas...


it always is...


The tree got trimmed...


the house was filled with the yummy scent of Christmas goodies...




and our yearly adventure into the dining room for Christmas Eve dinner, never disappoints!


sometimes it feels as if we come skidding to a stop around midnight on Christmas Eve...


but it always gets done...


and it is always just enough...

and it is always a reminder of His love and faithfulness.

"Come and see what God has done"...


This year one verse kept coming up for me...

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19


I have always been a ponderer.

As a child, before the Lord became real to me, circumstances around me and outside of me, affected my heart and I would "ponder"...

long car trips are perfect for pondering... 

and I believe I may have a "ponderer" now...

as I watch her...

her sweet, beautiful face gazing out of the window, seemingly lost in thought...


she knows Him...

How I wish I had known Him then...  as she knows Him now.

She is His and it is beautiful.

However, it wasn't until I became a wife and a mother, that His longing for me prepared the transformation of my heart and I began to "treasure up" moments in time...

and as soon as I became His born again daughter...

it all began to make sense and it was like Christmas all year long...


even in the hurt, even in the fear, even in the hard, even in the mundane...

there is joy...

there is joy, because there is "amazing love"...

and as Mary treasured up and pondered...

the world prepared to be transformed...

"Come and see what God has done"

It is always purposeful...

It is always beautiful and it is always breathtaking.


Merry Christmas y'all

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Picture 2016

Always an adventure.


It never disappoints...


I psych myself up for this one day, all year long...


not really...

but kind of...

*sigh*

I have determined that the kids spend whatever free time they have during the year thinking up creative ways to provide me with lots of "out-takes"...


*grin*


I have also determined that Emmeline is her father's child...


*haha*


and the way to motivate Charlie...


is to make him late to his sweet girlfriend's house...


Honestly, on this one day of the year...


the dogs behave better than the kids do...


wait... that's most days of the year...

not really...

but kind of...

*bwhahahha*

So while Christmas Picture Adventure 2016 did not disappoint...

I think I may have actually gotten a half way decent one this year...

and the winner is...


I am choosing to believe that Lizzie is looking up at her brother with loving admiration...

totally not instigating trouble...


not my sweet little Lizzie...


*wink*


Next year, the kids better be ready cause Momma's had an upgrade and is loaded for bear!

More on my sweet Christmas gift later...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

So, it is about 4 days before Christmas and I am just now getting around to writing about Thanksgiving!  

Yep, that pretty much sums up life for us right now.

You would think that after going from 7 to 6...


we would have more spare time than we would know what to do with!

*snicker*

Apparently when they go off to college...


they come back...

*hehe*

and I would not have it any other way!

Heck, I am finding it hard to let these two go back to "regular" school next year...



It was tough releasing this one into middle school...


but I had these two waiting in the wings...



it has been so much fun hanging with these crazy girlies of mine and if it weren't for that pesky middle school education thing...


I would love to keep them around a bit longer!

So because it is 4 days before Christmas and all of that free time never materialized...

*grin*

I think I will simply list the things that I am thankful for in 2016...

I am thankful for my beautiful Mother, who is the strongest, most loving woman that I know and the time we have gotten to spend with her this year.


I am thankful for my eldest, who chose the remain close and has continued to make us so proud with his hard work, good grades and amazing sense of responsibility.


I am thankful for the 3 years that I have had at home with "Laverne and Shirley" (hehe) - to say I am going to miss them next year is a tremendous understatement...



I am thankful for rescue programs like Gimme Shelter Rescue, who brought us our Chewy...


and our Bethie.


I am thankful for my Charlie who so effortlessly steps up whenever we need him and just makes me smile, every single day.



I am thankful for my Caleb who has been such an awesome and responsible "Bethie Dad"!


I am thankful for Maggie and Lucy who continue to inspire and bless me with their strength, courage and determination! 



I am thankful for my church family who has walked along side our hard and whose heart is opening up to the plight of the orphan.


I am thankful for sweet friends who encourage and help whenever we are in need.

I am (ahem) thankful for the hard that has brought us closer to the Lord - no really I am, sort of!

*wink*

I am thankful for soccer - no really I am, sort of!


*wink again*

I am thankful for an amazing Hubby who loves me like no other!


I am thankful most of all for a loving God who has never given up on me and has never left my side.

Soooo...

Happy Belated Thanksgiving


Looks like I will be wishing you a Very Merry Christmas just in time for Valentines Day!

No worries though...

it will take me that long just to take a decent Christmas picture!


*smirk*