It appears to be that delightful time of year, once more. As we watch our December calendar quickly fill up with piano recitals, church functions, caroling parties, birthdays, Daniel, Christa and Joshua's visit, it could be so easy for us to become distracted with all the glitter of the season and allow the truth we celebrate slip right by us.
Our normal family worship schedule has been put aside and I am so grateful our family is following the Advent calendar. Each time we light another candle, each passage we read leading up to the birth of our Messiah, and every time we say, Prepare ye, the way of the Lord! new light is thrown onto the road we find ourselves walking today. The weather outside is truly frightful (and no, two years still does not find me used to winter :)), but the fire inside our home cannot compare with the fire we find burning within our hearts. He came to be the perfect spotless Lamb of God, He has restored us to His name, He has raised our heads and has brought us unto glory. Our Lord has come, and our Lord is with us now.
As we give of ourselves to others this Christmas, whether is be through service or through gifts, may we give out of love, purposing to emulate our Savior as He gave of Himself for those He loves.
Our little man, always bringing a smile to anyone and everyone.
Some friends posted a humorous wide angle shot recently, and whilst I was photographing my favorite subject, I thought I'd give it a try. :)
*smile* He thinks he's an Incredible.
As he did last year, William is examining our Nativity tower.
A favorite part of our Christmas...drawing names and finding that perfect gift for that special someone.
He's drawn a name, and now he's a man on a mission.
Jessica and I took the little girls out shopping so that mom and Melissa could get some crafts finished. We spent just about the whole day on the town and made some wonderful memories.
Yes, lunch was on the agenda! We finally found a good Mexican restaurant! They opened about the same time we moved here...and it took us that long to find each other! *sigh* Such bliss... ;)
So, yes, we were crazy enough to get out of the car, traipse through town to get a picture by the giant Christmas tree...Emma was able to ice skate too. :) After the picture was taken, we decided to drive and find closer parking for the stores we wanted to visit. Anybody up for the next trip? ;)