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maybe christmas doesn’t come from a store

I really hate to start on Christmas already when Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  I wanna give it it’s proper due man!

Grinch Christmas Print

But I can’t deny the reality of the world.  Let’s get real.  My Facebook feed is starting to already blow up a bit with the Christmas shopping and the Christmas tree decorations.  Lot’s of y’all are already there.  So I’m not going to look at it as overlooking Thanksgiving.  I’m going to look at it as extending the celebration of Christmas. A holiday that we all celebrate and have an amazing opportunity to really share our faith with others who may not understand why we celebrate this day.

Each year Christmas means so much more to me.  Maybe it’s because I’m getting older.  Maybe it’s because I’m a mom (and when you’re a mom there really is a sort of an enlightenment of how you see the world that just happens unexpectedly).  Maybe it’s because I’ve had more time and more experiences in my faith.

A couple of Christmas’ ago, I shared a little about how I am seeing Christmas and want more from it.   This year is no different.  Well, that’s not true. It is really.  As I start to think about the shopping and the gift giving… there is just something different.

So. With that being said, I made a Christmas print.  This is one of my favorites as far as Christmas quotes go.  The Grinch is a big deal in our family.  Since I can remember, my mom has loved this movie.  We’ve gotten her Grinch slippers, Grinch shirts and all kinds of Grinch shenanigans. Fittingly, she has passed that love down to her grandkids so needless to say I have seen and heard this movie a lot.  I know just about every line.

This one’s a favorite.  Jaime and I made it a quote plaque in our Christmas line for Off The Wall Home and it was always a best seller.  I think everyone just really get’s it.  I think we all know there is more to Christmas.  So much more.  Thank goodness there’s more!

If you like the print, head over to The Shop.  I have a few other Christmas prints in the works and hope to have them up soon.  However, I’m (thankfully) knee-deep in cabinet doors at the moment so they might make the shop next Christmas.

 

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no excuse and a jimmy fallon christmas happy

Hey y’all!  Remember me?

I have no excuse for not being here as often as I should.  There is no good reason for only writing six posts in the last month.  Well, unless you count making a decision to move our family from Iowa to Texas in a little over a months time a good reason.  And maybe trying to find a place to live in a city that is the fourth largest in our country is possibly a good excuse.

I sure hope y’all will forgive me and allow me this time to transition.  I wish I could be one of those really good bloggers that keeps writing daily and other then the news shared here, this major change goes unnoticed.  However, I think we can all safely agree… I am not one of those good bloggers. There is always hope though.

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The good news is… we did find a home!  More good news… we will be all moved in and settled in as Texans by the end of next week!  One more bit of good news… it’s 70 degrees in Texas!  Yee-haw!

So, just because I think y’all more then deserve a little bit of happy and Christmas cheer this morning…

you gotta watch this video!

Jimmy Fallon is really a creative genius.  His “Thank You Notes” bit every Friday night never fails to crack me up.  He is really bringing late night talk to a whole ‘notha level.  I think this proves it.

And considering we are moving in one week, the only Christmas we have up is Lil’ B’s mini-tree and our stockings.  It was pretty pitiful around here until I put those up.  Lil’ B would stare out our front windows at our neighbors Christmas lights and say to me, “It’s Christmas at their house Mama.”

Um… broke my heart!  It must be Christmas in our house too, move or no move.

So here we go. A little bit more of Christmas for you!

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Who Do We Say He Is?

I bring good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior, yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David ~Luke 2:10.

Who do people say I am? ~Mark 8:27

Who do you say I am? ~Mark 8: 29

I am the resurrection and the life.  The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.

Do you believe this? ~John 11:25-26

This Christmas, more than any other, I have been more aware of the greatness, the magnitude, the miracle of the birth of Jesus.  God MUST really love us!  To send his only son to this place?!?!

I have one child, a son.  Bart and I waited and prayed a loooooooooong time for a child.  Because it didn’t come easy, because we trusted and hoped in God for a miracle from Him, It’s difficult for me to imagine giving him up -to the point of death- even to save others. It actually causes a pain in my heart.

But Jesus, who was with God before the world was even created, came into the world in the form of a baby.  A BABY!  Jesus, our Savior…a baby!  He was completely reliant on a human being to take care of him, to feed him, bathe him, keep him warm and safe.  He had to learn how to crawl. Someone had to help teach him to walk, to eat, to speak.

He didn’t have to do this.

But, it’s because he came to the earth, in this way… that we can call him

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~Isaiah 9:6

He grew up.  He became a man.  A real human.  Yet still – The Son of God!

So he knows.  He knows what you are going through.  He knows the hurt you are feeling, because he has felt it.  Only, he felt it a million times more than you can even imagine… on the cross.

He wants you to know the real story of Christmas.  He wants you to understand why this happened.

For you.

Do we believe?

Who do we say he is?

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From my family, we wish y’all a very Merry Christmas!

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