Wednesday, December 23, 2009

the unexpected

As we get ready for the big celebration day I can't help but remember that the people of Israel were waiting for a King - the Messiah - a Savior - one that would rush in and save the day. And He came. God kept His promise. He sent a Rescuer. And He was not what they expected. Which simply reminds me to take hold of that unexpected excitement & enthusiasm that I see in my children & place it everyday in my walk with the Lord. To remember that when I learned the truth of who Jesus is - He was not the condemning, mocking God that I had expected him to be. He is not to be figured out. He was expected, though unexpected. He was a baby. He was poor. He was a servant. And He is the King. I pray you will hold dearly to the celebration of this Christmas. Merry Merry Christmas!

"Ooh!" said Susan. "I'd thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.""That you will, dearie, and make no mistake," said Mrs. Beaver, "if there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most or else just silly.""Then he isn't safe?" said Lucy.
"Safe?" said Mr. Beaver. "Don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about being safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

my baby

Lots going on & am too sleepy to write anything, but these pictures made me smile. She's getting too big too fast.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

a great gift

At the beginning of this year I sat with my daughter's teacher to tell her some useful information about her personality & to learn some specifics of what they would be learning. One thing she told us was about the particular Bible they would be studying. The Jesus Storybook Bible - where every story whispers His name. I wanted to know a little more. So she got up & got it & just said something to the effect of "it shows all through the Old Testament the picture of Jesus" and went on to say, "just like with the story of Jonah - so many people use that story to show God punishing Jonah for disobeying (eh-hem, guilty) and it was actually God rescuing Jonah." Well, there was a perspective shift for me.....I ordered it immediately. I realized in that moment that I have read so much of the Bible with ME as the main character. Learning about what God has to say about ME ME ME ME ME! And it was all about Him. Every story was a whisper pointing us to Jesus. I was amazed.
Even with the story of Abraham & concludes with...."...many years later another Son would climb another hill, carrying wood on his back. Like Isaac, he would trust his Father to do what his Father asked." I felt like scales had dropped from my eyes once more. How I have gotten so hung up on the scary-ness of that story for...well, for as long as I've known it.....because i feared God would ask me to do something that unthinkable.

I see God's mercy differently now.

I see, once again, that I have been shown so much that I don't know.....that there must be so much more that I don't know.

So, if you need an AMAZING Christmas present for your child....that will end up being an amazing Christmas gift for your whole family...this is it.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

not the Christmas card

I actually almost put together a collage of these pictures plus others to truly be our Christmas card because it really is the picture of Christmas. Not because we've got it all together did God come to save us but even at our very worst He still calls each of us to Himself. Someone said once something to the effect of God never said "don't sin and then I'll love you" - He always knew we would never get that part right. He never asks us to be perfect on our own. But rather He loves us like the good Father He is - always helping to put us on the best path. Loving us through our stuff - begging us to just lean on Him so that His grace will fill us up - that grace that we simply don't deserve. When that part fills up my heart I am free to give it away - to love others out of that knowing that I am so fallen short & will never get it right. Knowing that I can love others that also will never get it right. It's when we think we actually can get it right that we miss the true grace that came with Christmas.
he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy...Titus 3:5 we are. Me with my bra peeking out, my baby checking out something intriguing & my boy.....pitching a fit.

who knows....

Big sister with the baby in a choker hold. This one is my favorite. That angelic look on her face & the baby screaming. Like a messed up Norman Rockwell image.
So here's to getting that heavy burden of trying to be perfect off your back so that you can actually be free to love others. Jesus took that one on for us.
Merry Christmas!
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Poor Old McDonald

my precious boy singing tonight...
"Old McFarmer had a cow. E-My-E-My-O. With an oink oink here & an oink oink there...."

Monday, December 7, 2009

it really is the most wonderful time of the year....

And this ranks up there with my top 5 favorite things about Christmas....does that make me a nerd? Maybe. But I take this over the Santa visit anyday.
This gets me thinking - what are my top 5 things about Christmas....
1. Of course, the truly actively remembering that we could never ever get it right on our own & that God sent a rescuer in His Son.
2. Christmas music
3. Food, hot chocolate, gingerbread lattes, sugar cookies, brownies, peppermint ice cream,....
4. Christmas shopping
5. Elf Yourself
Such a fun time of year!!!!! Enjoy the magnificent dance moves of the Mitchell fam. I can't get over Lee's moves.....stellar stuff.
and now, for whatever reason I cannot get this thing embedded on my was, not so much. so let's try this.... CLICK HERE

Saturday, December 5, 2009

SHE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow! It was a big day for us. If you've read this blog for anytime now - and chances are real good that all former readers have simply abandoned any hope that I would ever update again....and I'll admit that I wondered myself from time to's been a little wild around here & I won't bore you with the details.....and I'll move on.
OK, where was I? Oh - right. If you've followed our little family for anytime then you will remember Santa visit here & Santa visit here. That big girl of mine has been talking about seeing Santa since around July. She does a great job of talking herself into things but you never really know how it'll pan out until the rubber meets the road, or in this case when my almost 5 year old actually catches a glimpse of the man in the big red suit.
She was a champ!!! I wore a shirt with Santa on it to help get things going & they told him that :) - they said, "YOU are on my mom's shirt!"
I was so proud. My boy has never had a problem & the baby was fine last year when she wasn't old enough to know that the whole thing is just a little weird. All of that was quite clear to her this year & she screamed her apparent displeasure for all to hear.....and for all to ignore. Poor thing. She recovered nicely & I hope to have those pictures back soon to post....but for now, this is all I got.

Look at that baby...she still looks a little undone, doesn't she? Well, it's not Christmas without a little terrifying trip to see Santa Claus - then man who is supposed to make all of your Christmas wishes come true......

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