Two Songs For Christmas

Two sons of mine learned music as gifts for me this Christmas.

The second one- chose his song with  me in mind when his teacher said he could choose any Christmas song to learn by ear. Touched my heart with his thoughtfulness. On that note… of heartfull-ness, my girl chose her song so she could play a duet with our youngest piano player. And so precious to hear and watch them play. Precious to me.

It seems to me, such music, should be set against a background of lovliness- and this is not so much. But this is what I have and what my heart wanted to share this Christmas.

Micah playing Christmas Fantasia– this was the best version we recorded. Excuse the snare drum “rattling” in the background.

Jonah and Carol of the Bells

Blessed Christmas Friends!!

Christmas is here!

“Christmas is here!”

That’s how my littlest girl greeted her Daddy when he walked in the door this evening. And she called to him to “Come! Come!” to see the decorations and our slightly off-kilter tree…that,

no matter,

to my sweet brood, is perfectly enchanting.

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Her first, quiet, approach. She came down from her nap to “Christmas!”

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We knew she would love our beloved Puzzle Nativity book and, indeed, she found it right away.

My oldest son unpacked beloved Christmas Picture books and stacked them in our baskets, remarking that it was like visiting with old friends. Kindred heart.

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My little blondie girl asked me over and over again if “Christmas would still be here when she woke up from her nap” until I pulled her onto my lap and stroked her hair and quietly told her in specific detail that our tree would be up until after New Year’s and explained again all I tried to tell her every time she asked in the midst of everything. Then she was satisfied.

Today, I baked my first batch of Christmas cookies. I invited my four year old twins to join me. Never was there such a joyous exclamation of glee and delight as chirruped out from those two little girls. I have been making cookies for a long time with my children and they were the most delightedly excited of all.

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Glee!

 

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Almost daily, my heart is full with the incredible blessing of these two girlies. Psalm 37:4

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Cookie Making!

I left the house for a brief outing with Todd this evening, and a little boy stopped me at the door overflowing with excitement and whispered to me: Could I help him make cards for everyone and write a Christmas song for him (his words) on the back and he will put them on everyone’s pillow for them to find tomorrow night?!? To which I said, of course, but suggested perhaps, he break up the work load and work on them little by little for a few days. He thrilled in excitement and delight, He squeaked with happiness. The thought of everyone finding a surprise on their pillow! Eyes aglow. Grin wide. Yes, it is more blessed to give than to receive!

My second born put almost all the Christmas candles in the windows. He always, always places the cardinals, too. Such symbols of hope, of joy, of bright gladness, and red redemption.

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He loves the cardinals as much as I

Today also, my oldest girl, got the all clear on her throat. We have all been- well, mainly her and I, dealing with this heavy burden and concern and the relief of the all clear! And she jumped and squealed in delight in total girlish happy relief. Raced up the stairs and gathered her two favorite friends from her bed…and then off to the piano- and never was there such joyous piano practice as sprung from those keys as today.

My tall son played in his first home Varsity basketball game tonight. I got to see some video clips. He was put in twice and he was giving it his all. He is the sub for the biggest player on the team. A senior. When he arrived home, I heard his Dad giving him some good tips toward the game and my eyes misted. Good, good stuff.

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Varsity Basketball. This image is from last week but he went off in this today. Albeit with a straighter tie. It took he and I a bit to get the swing of it with Dad’s “long distance” help.

Grace in A Monday. Endless Gifts. Christmas in my heart. Advent. Christmas with Children. Building a Heritage. Season of Anticipation.

We began our Advent celebrations on Sunday and I keep having to fight this “old” feeling. This feeling of being old and on the other side of establishing traditions. It is so not true for so many reasons. But I feel that I need a reminder and a fresh whiff of life and grace.

How are you beginning to “keep Christmas” this year?

 

 

Fresh Pressed-Teenager!

 

Happiest Birthday to our third teen-ager!! In his own words, he has long awaited this day!

An interview with Asher. Newly 13.

1.) Favorite Recent Reads: Golden Goblet, The Ranger’s Apprentice, Little Men

2.) Favorite Music Artist: Toby Mac

3.) Favorite Food: Fruit Salad

4.) Favorite Color: Dark Green

5.)Favorite Musical Instrument: Piano

6.) Favorite Free Time Activity: Working on and with Computers

7.)Favorite Place he’s been: Our small town in North Carolina

8.)Favorite Song: Feel It by Toby Mac

9.)Favorite Fun Thing To Do:  Hang out with cousins

10.)Favorite Movie: Avengers : Age of Ultron

11.) Facts about Asher: Boy Scout ranking up two levels in January; musically talented- plays piano, drum, and guitar; extremely hands-on and handy with electronics and appliances; loves to work with and on computers and technology; very good at Math; enjoys soccer; very determined and hard working; lives life with much fortitude and grace managing life threatening food allergies to dairy and tree nuts; funny and fun to be around.

12.)Favorite School Subject: School Reading

13.)Favorite Scripture Verse Psalm 119:105: Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

And….

14.) One to grow:  Pet he wants to get: Bunny Rabbit- Breed- Netherland Dwarf.

Happy Birthday my son! We love you!