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GOD WITH ME

This past weekend found our family out spreading Christmas cheer to friends, family, and neighbors.  It is my favorite part of our Christmas traditions... caroling.  The kids donned their Santa hats, Christmas shirts, and bells and went home to home greeting people and wishing them a Merry Christmas.  Here are some pictures from our adventure:

Saturday was rounded out by a visit to our favorite Christmas lights display and a tour of a live nativity.  It was awesome!

Yesterday at church was special too.  During our morning service we were blessed to have an artist who painted a canvas of Mary and the baby Jesus as the choir sang.  It was beautifully done.  And last night we enjoyed family communion followed by a wonderful time of fellowship with our Christmas banquet.

Today we are off to visit friends at the nursing home, do some more caroling, and hopefully see some more lights.

Tomorrow will find us at the hospital for Tommy's shoulder surgery.  God has given my heart a peace about i…

A Perfect CHRISTmas

I've mentioned on more than one occasion lately that when it comes to birthdays and holidays, I tend to go so overboard to make sure that they are perfect that I often times find myself disappointed when things do not turn out exactly as I had envisioned. This year has been a lot different than most. Instead of driving around looking at lights or sitting by the Christmas tree reading stories, we have been planning and preparing for my husband's upcoming surgery. I feel like the whole holiday season has almost passed me by in such a whirlwind it has me left wondering where it went and how it went by so quickly.

This past week I have felt stressed to my limit more than once. I worried about my two year old relapsing although, praise God, when we had his re-check following his bout with croup, not only were we given the "all clear" but his breathing had returned to normal and he was not frightened to be back around doctors. I also was concerned about six year old. Again,…

Friday Funnies - Christmas Edition

I have not participated in Friday Funnies at Homesteader's Heart before. I had given it a lot of thought earlier this week as I do not need to look any further than my own home for a laugh to share. I thought this would be a great way to reflect on the humor in my family. So this being a Christmas edition funny - here's a story from years gone by. If you know our family or have followed my blogs at 360 in years past, you are probably accustomed to my term "Dacey-isms". My poor daughter can misunderstand something once and that is the way she says it from that point on. Like when she sang, "home, home on the range... where cell phone is heard..." is just one example. One of my favorite Dacey-isms occurred a couple of Christmases ago when she heard the old Ray Steven's song, "Santa Claus is Watching You." We were in the middle of Wal-Mart when she decided to spread a little yuletide cheer. She broke into the chorus but instead of singing, "h…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JADEN!!!

Yesterday my oldest son, Jaden, turned eight. For the past several years Jaden has wanted a birthday party where he could invite a few of his friends and enjoy the day with them. It has never worked out for him though as parties that have been planned have never been accomplished due to people being too busy doing holiday stuff or being sick. So this year his Aunt tinker-Sidney and I planned a surprise party for him. And boy, was he surprised!

Our day started early as Jaden and his younger brother Isaac both had dentist appointments at 8:00 a.m. Jaden was in the dentist's chair for well over an hour and when Isaac finally went back, they realized because of his "possible" heart condition he would need to be pre-medicated. A prescription was called in with instructions for us to give him the medicine and return in an hour. At this point Jaden says, "My birthday isn't going so good." He was rather disappointed to be spending his day in a waiting room.

We ate l…

Christmas Like a Child

I've said it several times before, but I'll say it again... I LOVE CHRISTMAS!! I love everything about the season. I love the shopping, the planning, the parties, the carols, the lights and decorations. Ok, so I don't love the wrapping part that much, but everything else I love. I try to put as much thought and emphasis on how to make the entire month leading up to the big day as special as possible for my children. We enjoy baking cookies together and then delivering them to friends and neighbors while we sing carols along the way.

This year the month has been over shadowed by my husband's impending shoulder surgery. He is scheduled for the operation two days before Christmas and will be off work for six to eight weeks following. We've had to make plans to have bills paid in advance, how we will manage the kids while he's in surgery and after he's come home. The kids are a bit anxious as well as the thought of their dad going "under the knife" is …

A Grand Day and Grand Bloggers

It can be said that I have had my drivers license over half my life, and that I have also been sixteen for the second time now. (It's amazing how quickly the past sixteen years have passed as it really doesn't seem that long ago.)

By now you've probably guessed but in case you haven't, yesterday was my thirty-second birthday.

It was a wonderful day. I was awaken early by my children with pictures they had colored for me to welcome my special day. Hubby took Jaden and Isaac to their speech session and when they returned they brought me brightly colored stickers that read, "Happy Birthday!" That was such a grand gesture as they gave up getting stickers for themselves as their reward for doing well to ask for birthday stickers for me! I wore them proudly all day.

While I was at my mom's office helping her out, my "precious" friend, Sidney, stopped by to bring me a cake she had baked along with a Precious Moments Christmas book. It was a wonderful sur…

Who Knew?

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

This CHRISTmas season has already been off to a busy start in our home. The tree has been decorated. Lights have been hung. Songs are being sung. We watched two parades and our hometown's annual CHRISTmas tree lighting all in the same day. I love the busyness of the season - all of the things there are to see and do, but more than anything I love spending time celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Last night my daughter, Dacey, and I were able to do both as we enjoyed a ladies CHRISTmas tea at our church. It was a fun night with carols and games and lots of good food, but the best part came at the end when our pastor's wife shared the story of CHRISTmas from Luke chapter 2. She spoke of Mary and questioned what was it that God saw in Mary that made Him choose her to carry HIS SON of all of the other women in the world. What made Mary different from me? I have identified with Mary on different levels in th…