Merry Christmas!

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   From my family to yours – “Merry Chirstmas!” Today we celebrate the first coming of the King of Kings!  I can’t WAIT for his second coming! Joni Eareckson Tada helps us to remember: “On this side of eternity, Christmas is still a promise. Yes, the Savior has come, and with him peace on earth, but the story is not finished. Yes, there is peace in our hearts, but we long for peace in our world. Every Christmas is still a ‘turning of the page’ until Jesus returns. Every December 25 marks another year that draws us closer to the […]

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Christmas is Not Your Birthday

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My husband and I have served in the church nursery on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month for many years.  Since Christmas is falling on a Sunday this year…this means we have to be up bright and early and to church for the 1st service to work in the nursery on Christmas morning…and guess what this has done to my typical Christmas morning plans?  It’s messed them up!  Serving Jesus has messed up MY plans!   It’s so easy to get caught up in all the excitement and traditions of Christmas…and to work ourselves so hard finishing our to-do […]

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Disagreements & Maturity in Marriage

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The first disagreement of our marriage came right after we made our vows…literally.  My husband and I had just lit our unity candle and all eyes were on us as the music played.  We could see our bridesmaids and groomsmen giggling…and we looked to see what was so funny – and there was our unity candle – snuffed out. Right before the Unity Candle went out! We have on video, me whispering – “should we relight it“?  Then my husband saying “no“…then me looking at him very longlingly as to be saying “pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease, can we relight it?” and his facial […]

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Decorating for Christmas & WLWW Link-Up Party

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Our Christmas Tree I so desire to make my home warm and cozy for the family. Think for a moment about how God has surrounded us in the winter season with scenery that is just gorgeous! The fresh fallen snow and icicles display God’s glory! Think about the crackle of ice and snow below your feet as you walk – the same crackle sound you heard when you were 5 we hear at 35. There is a continuity about the remembrance of the crisp air and the smell of pine that gives me peace. Though heaven is our eternal home, God […]

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry

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Thursday I went to a dinner party at my dear friend Kelly’s house.  The table was beautiful and the food – perfect. This is one of my troubles with the holidays…everywhere I go the food is perfect.   I have this terrible love/hate relationship with food in December.  I seem to not be able to restrain myself very well…a nibble here and a nibble there and by New Years Eve I don’t fit in my jeans! lol!   But sweet Kelly had served a healthy meal of soup and salad and then off to the family room we went to talk and laugh and enjoy one another’s […]

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Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas

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Are you looking for some inexpensive Christmas gift ideas? Here’s a few fun ones!! 1. Put all the ingredients of a S’more in clear containers with a beautiful bow. Voila the perfect gift for a sweets lover. (S’mores can be safely made in the microwave – 10 seconds and you’ll have a succulent dessert!) 2. Make a picture collage. My sisters and I made this collage for my dad on Father’s Day and it proudly graces the hallway of my parents home. Each grandchild held a letter in grandpa’s name. We made it black and white so we did not […]

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Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas

  Janelle from Comfy In The Kitchen has some GREAT Christmas breakfast ideas for us! Hi Ladies! I wanted to share with you one of my favorite meals of the year~Christmas Breakfast. I wake up early to start the cooking, but it isn’t long before I hear the pitter patter of footsteps down the stairs! At that time, I set everything on low, take off my apron and wake up “dad”…Let the festivities begin!!!  About an hour later we hear the doorbell ring and it’s my In-Laws and my parents coming over to eat with us and enjoy the children. […]

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5 Steps For Determining God’s Will

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Lately, I have wrestled with trying to figure out God’s will for some areas in my life.  Two weeks ago, my pastor gave this 5 step process for determining God’s will: 1. God’s will is revealed in his written word – the Bible. 2. God often uses wise people in our lives to advise us and help us determine God’s will.    3. God reveals his will through open and closed doors. 4.  God reveals his will through inner peace or turmoil. 5.  God uses our obedience for his glory. Number 5 resonates with me during this holiday season…because Mary the mother of […]

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Christmas Table Decorating Ideas~12 Ways of Christmas

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(above photo credit: DigsDigs.com)   Today I am participating in the 12 Ways of Christmas!  And I’ve been assigned the task of showing my favorite ways to decorate tables for the holidays.      One of my favorite parts of entertaining is decorating my dinner table. And if you asked my extended family – they would confirm that I have spent countless hours on my tables over the years, but when I looked through my old pictures, none of them capture the tables very well. So, I’ll share last years Thanksgiving table with you – and it could double as […]

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My Theme Word For 2011

Snap! Christmas was over in a snap this year! I truly can’t believe how fast the hours on December 25th went! All the days of planning, purchasing, decorating, baking and wrapping can fill us with expectations that this world can never fulfill. Don’t get me wrong – we had a wonderful Christmas! But if your Christmas was less than dreamy, it serves as a reminder that all this world offers is empty. We must not always be chasing the next rainbow, the next high, the next good thing, rather than chasing our Savior. Nothing this world offers can satisfy our […]

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My Christmas Photos

I pondered whether to post this picture from Christmas Eve or not…but this is me kissing Keith like I mean it – cause ladies you know that’s first on most men’s Christmas lists!!! So if you haven’t yet – do it! (My son took this photo – I think it’s GREAT for your children to see you loving your husband. One of the best gifts you can give your children is to love their father.) This is Christmas morning at 7:30am. The children woke sooner but we held them off till the sun was slightly up!!!!I love seeing that dimple […]

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