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.
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day- Live- Casting Crowns.
How I have loved taking a few moments in the morning, with my hands cupped round a steaming, hot coffee and just let the beauty and the memories and the joy of his ability to play this beautiful music still my mind and fill my heart.
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
Christmas Cookie Making- Snickerdoodles
Enjoying Play Kitchen Food all to herself
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…
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.
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.
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.
Happy, happy birthday sweet son! You are a treasure and an amazing twelve year old.
Thanksgiving 2011 and Thanksgiving 2014.
That was then….
and this is now! All tuckered out.
My precious, little love.
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. 🙂
A friendly game of Uno. 🙂
Getting ready to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Cozy and Drowsy.
Twin B. 🙂
Happy Holiday Season! May the Light and Love of Christ be Strong in Your Midst.