A Song

A dear friend shared this song with me in a post on my prior entry. So kindred and timely- I am going to share it here. Also add this note post Christmas:- that Todd gifted me with the whole lovely Christmas album as one of my gifts this year. It is beautiful! I love it.

A little backstory: Our family loves Casting Crowns… some of us with a connection more than others.  I had never heard this song before and shared it with my boys with great delight. We especially enjoyed the instruments featured as our family plays many of them or hopes to (drum set! 😉 ).  So fitting as Micah actually requested Casting Crowns music for Christmas this year…. so this was just so perfectly timely.

Blessings to you this Christmas Week. Praying that hearts are stilled with the wonder of Christ’s coming and the promise of all that He is in the midst of the intensity and celebrations that fill days. May it be a joyful, peaceful, Jesus- filled Christmas 2014.

May God bless your celebrations and be rich in your midst.

And so-

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day- Live- Casting Crowns.

A Poem For Christmas (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

With so much tragedy and hardship in the world, this poem is just as resonant as when it was penned. Our hearts would fail…but ‘God’s not dead…” One of our sons has been strongly impacted by the Newsboy’s song “God’s Not Dead” and is working on a duet with a friend for our homeschool talent show.  We also have been studying the Civil War (which is the context for when this piece was written). We have been singing Carols every day- and O, they are wild and sweet….Therefore, this poem for us today was serendipity…the fingerprints of God. The hope of Christmas is Christ Himself, God with us, Emmanuel.

Christmas Bells

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 18071882
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play, 
    And wild and sweet 
    The words repeat 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

And thought how, as the day had come, 
The belfries of all Christendom 
    Had rolled along 
    The unbroken song 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

Till ringing, singing on its way, 
The world revolved from night to day, 
    A voice, a chime, 
    A chant sublime 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

Then from each black, accursed mouth 
The cannon thundered in the South, 
    And with the sound 
    The carols drowned 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

It was as if an earthquake rent 
The hearth-stones of a continent, 
    And made forlorn 
    The households born 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

And in despair I bowed my head; 
“There is no peace on earth," I said; 
    “For hate is strong, 
    And mocks the song 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” 

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: 
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; 
    The Wrong shall fail, 
    The Right prevail, 
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

Advent Memories

Advent is whirring by quickly and slowly here. Each week a blur, each day a considered endeavor of commitments and duties. My rhythms are askew and I can’t seem to find their anchor. I know I often feel askew this time of year…but this year, I really do.

There is a loud cacophony of noise drowning out the quiet stillness and contemplation.

The peace of my heart.

I want to find it. Desperately.

Peace is a Person.


Beloved Wooden Nativity


Advent Candlelight

Advent Candlelight


Christmas Cookie Making- Snickerdoodles


Enjoying Play Kitchen Food all to herself




Happy Baker

Today I read The Nutcracker adapted by Janet Schulman and The Carpenter’s Gift: a Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree  to my two little boys. And it was good. It was very good.

Up next a song…




Little Girl- The Things They Say

On a recent early morning

a little girl

the littlest girl…

was in the kitchen with me at the start of the day. Her Daddy is getting ready to leave for the day. He crouches down to her level and opens arms wide for a hug.

“Elenorah, can I have a hug?” he asks.

“Yess..sh” she replies and runs into his outstretched arms, tousled curls pressed against a crisp dress shirt. He releases her and stands up.

And then….


she turns back toward her favorite drawer in the kitchen

(a drawer where she can often be found disturbing cups hither and yon)

“Thank you, Daddy.”

We lock eyes. Did we really just hear what we thought we heard? We did.

She said thank you, Daddy. That’s our girl. 21 months.

The Things They Say.

Birthday Blessings

Asher turned twelve on Saturday. We had such a wonderful celebration. Asher always blesses me with his heart for the enjoyment of others.  He always makes sure to choose multiple food items that his siblings will enjoy (even if he can’t eat them!) when planning his birthday menu. He truly cares for the happiness of others. He can be a little over ambitious in his choices. I had to trim his list a bit this year. 😉 Even so, we were all so full from his dinner- we saved the cake for the next day (at his request, no less)!

Memories from this year that added that little extra gleam of joy:

Asher loves TobyMac. Todd will often play a game with the kids while riding in the car. The game is: who can guess the Christian Singer/Band fastest. 🙂 They have all bonded around the radio this year. So- Asher asked for a TobyMac CD for his birthday. I researched a bit and then wisely consulted Todd. I went with the choice he recommended- and O! we had a great time listening to the CD together on his birthday and recognizing so many of the songs. Everyone dancing or laughing(and when I say everyone, I mean everyone! 😉 ). Never forget little Mellie’s dance moves. She loves to dance. Today, some of us were driving home from picking Micah up and a song from his CD came on the radio. I declared this music the Family Theme Song(s). Fun times.

Two of Asher’s siblings worked together to purchase a special gift for him. Watched prices, bought it, hid it, and then surprised him with it. He was so blessed and surprised. It meant so much to him and later he thanked God for helping him with his relationships with his siblings…something he had been concerned about and praying about. So blessed.

He had a very happy birthday and I am SO glad.

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Happy, happy birthday sweet son! You are a treasure and an amazing twelve year old.

Thanksgiving 2014, Part 3- The People!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and now it is December and our family is in full swing with Advent Celebrations and Christmas Spirit. Here is the final installment for Thanksgiving 2014. We truly had a blessed celebration and a blessed holiday weekend.


My girls. M, A, E, and A


My three baby girls.


My boys. J, A, M, N, and J.


Feeding the little birdies. 🙂



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A friendly game of Uno. 🙂


Getting ready to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Cozy and Drowsy.


Twin B. 🙂


Baby Girl.

Happy Holiday Season! May the Light and Love of Christ be Strong in Your Midst.