Twas the Day Before Christmas!

12.24.2012

Merry Christmas eve, everyone!!!


Christmas arrives faster and faster with each passing year, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a beautiful and miraculous season.  This is the time of year we're actively and purposefully preparing for Jesus.  It's more than the glitter and lights; it's about the hope and unfailing love that came to earth all those years ago.

I pray that each of you have a magical Christmas!


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Christmas Prayers, Treats and Travels

12.18.2012

Before I start this post, I feel I should preface with the fact I spent a great deal of time deliberating on whether or not I wanted to do a "normal" post today or not.  We are all aware of the horrific nightmare that took place in Connecticut on Friday, but I also realize I could write a thousand posts about it and nothing would change.  I will continue to do what I can do, which is to keep praying for the children and parents that are having to live the nightmare out as well as our country as a whole.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. - Romans 21:4

I like to focus on the fact that those sweet souls will be getting to spend Christmas in Heaven and that lessens the sting for me a little bit. 

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It's hard to believe we're down to single digits until Christmas! I believe the month of December should be a little longer because it's such a fun and festive month, and there is just not enough time do it all.  Our home is and has been fully decked out and I'm pretty sure we got the best smelling tree in the world.


The guitar ornament in the top left corner was a sweet surprise from Andrew that made me squeal when he pointed it out.  I should probably be ashamed to say that, but sadly, I'm not.

This past Saturday, we headed up to my grandparents for their yearly Christmas get together and I temporarily lost my mind because I didn't take a single picture. I was so bummed when I finally realized it, but I'm going to claim temporary insanity.  On Sunday, we decorated Christmas cookies with our nieces and nephews, and let me tell you, this is is not an easy or pretty feat with 3 and 4 year-olds.  It ends up being the type of thing where you're asking if you'd like some cookie with your icing, but they had a great time and that's what matters!


Yesterday I came home to a delightful little Christmas goodie box from Jill which also elicited some squeals of joy.  I also instantly wanted to redo the package I had sent her (already making the resolution I will not be so busy next year), but more to come on that later!


Tomorrow Andrew and I will be hitting the road bright and early to make our way to Music City and the best way to describe what I'm feeling is with every synonym for excited!

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We were able to get an amazing hotel deal all because of a Facebook status.  Seriously. It was proof that it truly never hurts to ask.

We've made plans to go to the Bluebird Cafe, Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame, but if any of y'all are aware of somewhere else we should check out, please let me know!

The one thing I'm not so excited about is the drive to get there...over 6 and half hours! Now to some, that may not seem bad, but I hit the proverbial wall around the 3 hour mark.  With this being the case, I'll need to fill up my Kindle with some good reading material, otherwise, my sweet husband may drop me off somewhere in this vicinity...



So please wish both of us luck with that and prayers for safe travel are appreciated!

Happy one week before Christmas everyone!!



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Peaks, Pits, Praises and Prayers

12.11.2012

Today I'm linking up with Katie from Married...With a Pup for peaks, pits, praises, and prayers
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Peaks:

  • Getting Taylor Swift tickets!! Though the concert isn't until next March, I feel positively giddy when I think about it

  • My grandparents Christmas get together is this Saturday and that's always a highlight for me 
  • We went to our first Carolina game of the season this past Saturday and it was a fantastic game


Pits:

  • My one "pit" for the week is actually today; 8 years ago today, one of my dear friends passed away in his sleep and there probably isn't a day that goes by where I don't think about him.

Praises:

  • Seeing family this weekend
  • That our friends and family are happy and healthly
  • Having food in our cabinets and refrigerator 
  • That both hubby and I have jobs
  • Being able to buy presents

Prayers:

  • Please pray that I allow the peace of God to consume me this season.  I will praying the same for those in my life! 
  • That I'm opened to opportunities that God presents to us to be a blessing this season and everyday 


Please comment and link up with Katie to share your 4-P's!

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Christmas Time is Here!

12.10.2012

So, I'm pretty sure to consider yourself a "blogger" you actually have to, you know, blog.  This is becoming an apparent struggle for me as of late.  It's quite puzzling really.  I have no real reason for this to be the case and I keep hoping that this block will dissipate or at least fade a little.

So far, I haven't been so lucky. 

I found myself telling someone the other day that 2013 will consist more of me/us staying put.  2012 started off busy and it's only fitting that we'll be traveling every weekend of the it's final month.  Mind you, I am so excited for all of the places we're traveling to, but I'm ready to embrace being still, and that starts this Christmas season. 

I realize we can't be still in the literal sense, but I want to rest more in the Lord and recognize everyday what this season is all about.  Our halls are decked and presents are waiting to be wrapped, but more than anything, I want my heart and soul to completely at peace.

Each day goes by faster than the one before it.  Sure, we all of days that seem like they'll never end, but for the most part, time flies and shows no signs of slowing down.  It's hard for me to believe Christmas three weeks away because at times I feel like I'm searching for ways to "feel" this special holiday. 

Does anyone else feel that way?

As a kid, it's a piece of cake to feel excited for this Christmas because you're anxiously awaiting Santa's arrival.  But as adults, it's harder because we're in constant motion between work and life.  Christmas has one true meaning and it's so important not to lose sight of that and something hubs and I have started doing, is this Christmas devotional.


This has started to be one of my favorites parts of the day for me.  It's just a couple of minutes, but it's exactly the reminder we both need, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year. 

Next Saturday, we'll be headed to my grandparents and then to an ugly Christmas sweater party.  Both of these things I'm extremely excited about, but my concern is where to find a sweater to wear to said party! At Saturday night's Carolina game, I saw a perfect one...but it was on the woman sitting in front of us.  Sadly, I didn't think it would be appropriate to tell her I believed it was the perfect one, nor do I think she would've gladly handed it over :)

I will you with the words below in hopes this is not my only post of the week! Happy Monday everyone!





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