No, You Won’t Steal My Joy!

Into the mud rolled the big fat truck, and his big important wheels got STUCK! His heavy-duty dump-truck tires were sunk down deep in muck and mire.

MUCK AND MIRE?!!!!!

Without fail, my 4 yo will always, always pause and place extra emphasis on this part of the Little Blue Truck. She thinks it’s hilarious! I typically burst into uproarious laughter with her, but after reading it this last time it hit me in a different way.

Sunk down deep in muck and mire.

Leave it to a children’s book, granted an excellent one, to give me pause as I stopped to reflect upon the current condition of my heart and mind.

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Weekly Image of Life: On Christmas Day

Has it really been a week since Christmas?!!  It all happened so fast!  Well, we enjoyed a wonderful holiday season, and had a great time celebrating my daughter’s first Christmas Eve and day.  I hope you all cherished your time with family and friends, and remembered the gift of Jesus Christ in all that you did!!  Here are a few pictures of our day… 🙂

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Good morning my loves!
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Oh boy, is this for me? Thanks Grandma!!
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And these too? Yep, most of this loot belongs to Miss Alexandra. 😉 Thank you to all of our generous family and friends who thought of our little dear.
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Mommy, when will my feet get big enough for me to wear these? They’re so cute!
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What’s Christmas without some homemade mac and cheese?
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Spent the day with one of my best friends and her family. We’ve known each other since the 7th grade, and our babies our only 5.5 weeks apart! Happy times. 🙂
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And of course, all I ever really wanted for Christmas I have in these two! Love, love, LOVE them.

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey. If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!

Weekly Image of Life: A Christmas Surprise

I LOVE surprises.  I pretend like I really want to know whatever it is that’s being hidden from me, but the truth is, I’m completely tickled pink by the suspense!  I had no idea what my wedding ring would look like because my hubby did the shopping for that on his own, and (with some convincing on my end) we decided not to find out the gender of our baby before she was born!  I give little to no hints about what I want for my birthday or Christmas, and I’m delighted to unveil the mystery at the appointed time. 😉

Today I was met by a knock on the front door, and the mailman had a special delivery for me.  I had no idea what it was and I couldn’t wait to tear the package open.  It turned out to be Alexandra’s first Christmas gift!  It was a beautiful personalized book that told the story of how she became the beloved fairy princess.
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It was from some good friends of the family, and was completely unexpected. Receiving such a sweet and thoughtful present made me think of the excitement I have when I’m able to give a heartfelt gift.

It’s a blessing to be able to give, and share a token of affection with the people you love.  I give to show my appreciation, and I can’t help but to become giddy as I wrap gifts and imagine the  big, broad smiles that I hope to see once they’re opened.
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I wish I could buy and share a Christmas surprise with everyone in my life, but as beautifully stated in this poem, the best gifts tend to be those that are intangible.

If I could wrap up gifts for you and put them under your tree, I would choose a lot of lovely things you couldn’t even see.

 I’d wrap up fun and friendship true, and happiness galore, and more joy in living than you’ve ever known before.                                            

And in a lovely package, star-trimmed with purest gold, the message of God’s love, the sweetest ever told!                                                                                                                                                                               ~Mary Kay Ash

Rejoice in giving this year, because I’m sure that to someone in your life YOU are the best Christmas surprise there is!!

Acts 20:35 (AMP)

35 In everything I have pointed out to you [by example] that, by working diligently in this manner, we ought to assist the weak, being mindful of the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, It is more blessed (makes one happier and more to be envied) to give than to receive.

Have you finished your Christmas shopping?  What’s the best gift you’ve ever given?

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey. If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!

Weekly Image of Life: Happy Holidays (Jesus is the Reason!!)

I love the holiday season!  The parties, delicious food, songs of the season, Christmas cards, decorations, giving, family fun and most of all, celebrating the birth of JESUS!!!

Please remember the real reason for rejoicing this season, and I hope you like our Christmas tree!! 🙂

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The star is my favorite part. It used to be my dad’s and it still shines brightly!

Luke 2:1-20 (NKJV)

Christ Born of Mary

2 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife,who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Glory in the Highest

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

HAVE A VERY, MERRY, CHRISTMAS!!!

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey. If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!