What a fun, beautiful week! The fun and Christmasing still goes on here as the hubby is off of work all week (I feel so spoiled!), so the posts may be few and far between (just in case you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for them, heh heh).
This is the first Christmas that I was not completely depressed by the time I slipped under the covers. I’ve mentioned before that I *love* the Christmas season and that I’m usually “down” after it’s all over. This year, all that has changed and I think it has a lot to do with the mindset that has finally been clicking with me and seems to be in the blogosphere as well.
Christmas is just the beginning.
This year, in the midst of all the partying and baking and shopping, I just could not get the Cross off of my mind, as evidenced in the last post. And the Lord just kept giving me glimpses of His whole Redemptive story at a time when I oftentimes get stuck in the first chapter.
I found this picture from Easter of this year:
Notice what the little one is wearing on Easter morning? Her Christmas pajamas. Not planned. I just noticed it a few days ago when I was looking through the year’s pictures.
And then my sister made hard-boiled eggs for Christmas Eve brunch:
And simple things like that.
So now, I feel like the season has just begun! He has come! He is with us! I am anticipating His work in me . . . in you.
So, I am just sitting here, bursting at the seams in gratefulness:
#82 little sister hugs
#83 thoughtful birthday wishes before I’d even pulled back the covers
#84 a new piano book – music to feed the soul
#85 hydrangeas in December
#86 a friend who knows me so well
#87 a delicious Italian dinner, celebrating with My Man
#88 unexpected drop-ins from friends!
#89 a belated card
#90 a new, healthy baby girl on the street
#91 the Christmas errands, FINISHED!
#92 the hubby, home for the holidays
#93 the weaving of the Resurrection in the Birth
#94 a heart and life transformed through the years – pure joy before my eyes!
#95 a basket of bread to give away in the moonlight
#96 that sextupling instead of tripling the batch by mistake was actually His provision
#97 grown men reading the Jesus Storybook Bible around the table
#98 a confidence, not my own
#99 matching Christmas Eve pajamas
#100 family togetherness
#101 six to seven inches of snow on Christmas morning!
#102 the best Christmas gift ever:
#103 finding each other in the chaos
#104 a snow plow to rescue us!
#105 being with my brothers and sisters despite the snow
#106 cell-phone lights, waving in the night
#107 making it home safely
#108 a quiet, lazy Sunday morning
#109 arms full of little girls
#110 answered prayer
#111 blossoming sister-love
#112 building my first snowman on Christmas Day
#113 memories captured
#114 He came, He will not leave, and He is coming again