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Be JOYFUL always, PRAY without ceasing, give THANKS in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess 5:16-18

Monday, December 6, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We kicked off our holiday season with Thanksgiving celebrating with Mawmaw and our friends Chris and Lindsey. Remembering how much we have to be thankful for, most importantly, our salvation and life in Christ, was a great way to begin to prepare our hearts for thinking on what Christmas truly means.

Christmas time is definitely one of my most favorite times of the year. This year has been especially fun because Maddie and Rivers are definitely LOVING everything about Christmas. She and Rivers both love singing carols and hymns, she loves helping me bake Mike's favorite Christmas cookies. They love seeing lights, opening the advent calendar each day, and talking about the baby who was born to save us from our sins (as they play with the nativity scenes in our home). Kids have definitely made the season more joyful as well as helped me really focus on teaching them the "Story of Christmas". We pray and try to make Him the center of our home during this time of year as we do throughout the entire year. Some things that have really helped us do that is Andrew Peterson's "Behold the Lamb" CD. Madeline can sing the chorus on several of the songs from this now. The past few nights we have really had extraordinary opportunities to worship the truth that God became man. Our church had a wonderful time of reading Scripture and singing about the incarnate Christ, and last night Michael and I went to the Keith and Kristyn Getty concert at Southern Seminary and had an amazing time of worship. We hope you're Christmas season is full of the Comfort, and Joy, and Peace that knowing Jesus brings and you have a wonderful time celebrating with friends and family!

Look how they've grown...

Dec 2010 Dec 2009

Christmas card "photo shoot" was semi successful.
First snow day!

Little man all bundled up
Merry Christmas!