12/30/14 – Day 338: My Favorite Christmas Present

I’m back in the office after being home for Christmas break for a few days.

And I busted out my favorite Christmas present:

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Normally you give me pics of the kids (which I like), but this was unexpected. I’m not sure I love me in that hat (cute maybe, goofy, most definitely), but I love us with our big old smiles enjoying the sun (on the left) and the snow (on the right).

I love it. A couple fun selfies of us – a cute, early forties couple (ha – you’re not quite there yet).

I love you!

12/25/14 – Day 333: Merry Christmas!

Christmas morning!

Santa was WAY TOO KIND! 🙂

We had fun. We were tired. But we weren’t sick! Yay! A sickness-free major holiday!

More than that, we spent some fun time together and were blessed by a solid Santa visit.

And more than that, Jesus had a birthday. Without Him, who knows where we’d all be.

I’m thankful for you and our kids and for presents and fun and stockings and silliness and food.

Merry Christmas sweetie!

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12/23/14 – Day 331: Our Christmas Lights Tradition

I love the hot chocolate, pajamas, and Christmas lights tradition!

You really do make every holiday special. Without you, I’d be doing hot chocolate and PJs, but I’d be doing them at home, not out looking at lights.

You get me out. You help me to remember that our kids deserve these sweet moments. I just know that some day, they’ll be driving around with their families because ‘that’s what we used to do when we were kids.’

Thanks for giving them (and me) the sweetness of traditions.

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12.16.14 – Day 323: Set Apart, Not Set Aside

I just read this post from Lysa Terkeurst’s blog today.

I thought of you.

One of my biggest prayers for you is that you’ll not only feel loved, but that you’ll feel empowered.

You are a gifted, set apart, full of talent woman who has the power to do incredible things.

You don’t always believe that. There are times when you allow other people and what they’ve done or how they treat you determine your worth. Sadly, sometimes you even allow me to determine how you feel about yourself (sometimes this is good, sometimes not so much).

One of the biggest things you struggle with? You feel on the sidelines, set aside.

May I be so bold as to say this: You are only set aside if you feel like you’re set aside. To use a sports metaphor in an awkward way, you can sulk on the sideline or you can start filling water cups or cheer for those who you feel put you on the sideline in the first place.

If you steward the sideline well, then I think you’ll start to see more clearly just how set apart for awesome things you are (I need to listen to my own preaching here).

Just know that I love you and have tremendous amounts of confidence in you.

You are set apart... no matter how much you feel set aside at times.

You are set apart… no matter how much you feel set aside at times.

12/6/14 – Day 314: HisKids Rehearsal… Almost done

I’m not going to lie. His Kids is exhausting.

I love it, but it’s exhausting.

That said, our kids are well-versed in the sign language for ‘singing’ and ‘Jesus’ and ‘joy’ and ‘love’ and a bunch of other words that I can’t think straight to tell you what they are right now….

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12/4/14: Day 312 – The Elf Loves some Jazz Piano – and Candy Canes

(Author’s Note: I’m behind. I admit it. But I don’t want to publish Christmas posts in March, so I’m going to catch up by writing current posts while I fill in the gaps of old – I’ve taken notes and pictures and have some drafts, but I’ve not posted all things because, well, life.)

So we adopted an elf this year, and as you know, the elf (lovingly named Jingles by our daughter who, in your words ’embodies the spirit and wonder of Christmas’) kind of freaks me out on a number of levels.

Jingles seems to be very kind and sweet and undestructive. Let’s hope he stays that way!

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