Tuesday, December 23, 2008
These yummy little guys were delivered to our house from Germany - from our Julia. Thank you Julia! I feel so guilty eating these cute little Santas...but that won't last long.
I may not be blogging for a couple of days. Our internet doesn't work at home right now so unless my husband has some superhuman hours to get the washer fixed, the office cleaned, the garage cleaned out, the shelves hung, and then, the computer modem fixed, you won't be hearing from me no sireee.
Things I'm looking forward to over Christmas break:
1. witnessing my big brother Todd beat the pants off of everyone with his sweet pool playing skills (i live for this because normally I am the loser... you know... big brother doing my dirty work for me).
2. singing 80's karaoke mercilessly while my children listens with jealousy that they do not know all the words to the songs.
3. screaming ball-room blitz at the top of our lungs while returning from shopping (oh wait...that was last night... and Abbie's sweet friend was saying things like "I have never heard this song before...and your family knows all the words to it, even your little sister") **** The girl in the corner says boy I'm gonna warn ya it'll turn into a ball room blitz...ball room blitz **** I fear I should look up the meaning of this song before I proudly exclaim that my 9 year old knows all the words.. hm...
4. the decadent dessert that I will make for Christmas day. (I always get to make the dessert and it's almost more fun searching for the perfect dessert than it is eating it. okay...that's a lie.)
5. Opening the spectacular gifts from my darling brother in law, Shelly. One year he gave haleigh some shoes from the second hand store that had dog poop on the bottom of them. it was awesome!
6. lots and lots and lots of pictures. and lots and lots and lots of pictures. and then lots and lots and lots of pictures.
7. Shawn's aunt shari's appetizer tree
8. pajama pictures (every year I get the girls pajamas and then we take photos of them in them on Christmas eve... some time I will have to post them all. I have only done it for about 5 years or so)
9. the new guacamole recipe that I have is KILLER. I can't wait to claim it as my own at all of the holiday gatherings! ;)
10. movies, movies, movies... I know of a few movies some people are getting in my family... and they are ones I want to watch. I am pretty sure one weekend will be movie weekend.
11. cranium cadoo, balderdash, huggermugger, things, what's yours like, to name a few.... we're big gamers here oh yeah.
Well, have a super great fantastic and merry Christmas... and a happy happy happy new year! May your days be filled with family and fun, and your evenings with laughter and joy!
Monday, December 22, 2008
There are 3 days to Christmas. And I'm not ready.
All of our events from our busy week were canceled this past weekend due to inclement weather. Which freed up a lot of time to do NOTHING. Because we couldn't leave our house. These pictures really don't do it justice. We had about 10 inches of snow. It took my husband 4 hours to blow the driveway open. Then, the following night, we had high winds, and it blew shut... another hour to clear.
We did, however, have the concert on Friday night. Emily sang so sweet. I was so proud of her. They wore their pajamas and sang a song from the Polar Express.
Lindsey made it home.... we're still waiting for Haleigh to show up. Weather was too bad.
Tonight, I'm going to brave the below ZERO temperatures and go to Target.
I have to. HAVE to.
Tomorrow after work, I will wrap. and wrap. and wrap. and wrap.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tonight, 7 days before Christmas, my 9 year old will sing a duet at the HS Orchestra concert - a song from the Polar Express... and she's praying there is no snow storm (until after the concert).
Tonight, 7 days before Christmas, my 16 year old will also sing in the same concert.
Tonight, 7 days before Christmas, my 19 year old is coming home.... hopefully before the storm hits.
Tonight, 7 days before Christmas, my dad's train rolls in from California.. hopefully before the storm hits.
My 21 year old comes home in a couple of days... there is something about having all of your loved ones home.
And then THIS... this is something you have NEVER seen from me before....
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
But, for some reason, the weather man had to deliver bad bad bad news. To the tune of 4 to 6 inches.
Therefore, no shopping will occur. none. zippo.
And it's 9 days to Christmas. 9 days. 9.
(((( sigh ))))
Monday, December 15, 2008
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Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
This morning in my daily Bible reading, I started reading 2 Corinthians. I really needed to hear from Paul this morning!
This verse really hit home:
6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.
I took some time and meditated on this verse. This idea of comfort.... I realized that there have been lots of times in my life that I have looked back on something and realized that God had used a particular set of circumstances in my life to give me compassion and be available to comfort others going through the same thing. Lots of them.
However, I didn't always know it at the time I was suffering. It was some time... hours, days, weeks, months, even at times years later that I would realize what I had gone through was useful to pray for and minister with and alongside another brother or sister in Christ.
Today, I needed to be encouraged that even in the midst of sufferings...times of great despair... God is ministering to me in this present moment that I too can comfort another later.
So, instead of crying out in anguish this morning, I chose to rejoice and to take time to pray for whoever it is that will experience loss or heartache in the future that I can share God's incredible love and grace and mercy with.