Friday, December 25, 2009
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
he is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you:
You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel,
praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on
earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
I hope you all have a wonderful day with family and friends remembering that without the manger we wouldn't have the saving grace of the cross!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
The above is a picture of my family a LONG time ago.
I'm the one holding the doll.
Don't worry, my sister is only upset because she couldn't get her doll for the picture!
Growing up we always opened our gifts Christmas Eve.
It was always a fun time in our household.
Most of our "work" was done.
My mom directed the Youth Choir in which my sister and I sang.
My mom also sang in the Adult Choir and by Christmas Eve both musicals were over and the only thing for my father to worry about was Christmas Day service.
My father would begin delivering the Christmas presents to the
various people who worked in the church in the morning.
A few times he would take me with him.
I never really enjoyed going with him.
I wanted to be home to smell the wonderful cooking.
My mom would be working away in the kitchen getting ready
for our big Christmas Eve dinner that night.
It was always just the 5 of us, which made it special.
During the afternoon she would have cookies and eggnog set up
for people who would drop by to wish us "Merry Christmas."
And there was always someone dropping by!
After dinner we would get to open our presents.
But first we had to put the Yule Log on TV.
Watching the fireplace from Gracie Mansion, the home of the
New York City mayor, was a tradition in our house!
The music was always so beautiful.
It seemed it would take us hours to open our presents,
no rushing, no ripping through the packages.
Everything was done slowly and we all had to "watch" each other open their gifts.
When we were first married and started our own family,
the Colonel and I always opened presents on Christmas Morning.
However, we found we were rushing through it too often.
I was always trying to either get a dinner together for company
or get us in the car to make the long drive to someone's house.
We decided two years ago enough was enough.
We were opening presents on Christmas Eve.
And it was so nice.
We went to Christmas Eve service and then came home
and spent as much time as we needed to open our gifts.
Then, the next morning, the kids slept in and
I didn't worry about having to get a house cleaned up before our company came!
The only difference between now and when I was growing up is that
the fireplace we watch is now in our house...not on TV!
This year will be quite sad because my dad won't be with us.
I still can't get use to that!
We are going to my mom's house for dinner and then to Christmas Eve service and then home to open gifts with Olivia and Michael.
I'm especially thankful that the Colonel will be home.
There's already quite a few presents under the tree.
Whether you open gifts Christmas Eve or Christmas morning,
I pray that you will take time to remember the greatest gift given to us...
the gift of Jesus, our Savior...I know I will!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
My 10 favorite Christmas songs.
Mary Did You Know
Breath of Heaven
Silent Night - I especially love it in German
Emanuel, God With Us - Point of Grace
Oh Come All Ye Faithful - Josh Groban
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Andy Williams
Oh Holy Night
Mary's Little Boy Child - The one we did as teens in Youth Choir
You may be wondering why in the world I have Andy Williams as one of my favorites.
Well when we were first married, I asked the Colonel
(of course he wasn't a Colonel then!)
to please pick up some Christmas music during the week
so when we put our tree up we would have something to listen to.
He came home with the entire collection of the Messiah.
He noticed the look on my face and asked,
"What's wrong with the Messiah?"
Well, I told him that I thought he would purchase something
a little more "Christmasy."
That's the word I used.
He looked at me and said,
"You asked for Christmas music and this is the best there is."
He then really noticed the look on my face and said,
"Okay, let's go pick something out that's a bit more Christmasy."
We then went and picked out the Andy Williams CD that we play
every year when putting up the Christmas tree
and we have a laugh over our definition of Christmas music.
Although I have come to love The Messiah as much as he does!
So how about you?
What's your favorite 10 Christmas songs?
Leave a comment so I can come and check out your favorite songs!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Today I am joining Susan at Thoughts From Over the Rainbow for her Deck the Halls Party and sharing with you my Christmas
Department 56 Village Collection.
I have seven lighted houses.
I love each house, but especially the "Apple Valley Schoolhouse."
When Olivia was just 5 years old,
the Colonel took her shopping and
had her pick out the house to purchase that year.
And since she was in kindergarten, she picked the schoolhouse.
They had it wrapped at the store and she placed it
under the tree when they got home.
I could tell how excited she was!
On Christmas Eve when my family was over and
we were about to exchange gifts
she ran and brought me "her" present to me.
I told her, "No, we're going to open those presents in the morning."
Well, the look on her face could have broken any one's heart.
My husband said, "Oh, please open it tonight, she's so excited."
I opened it and, of course, she helped and was so happy for me
to have the house she picked out all by herself.
With the Colonel gone, I didn't put up the village this year.
These are pictures from last year.
Olivia's choice...Apple Valley School House
I hope you enjoyed my little tour!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Her driving test!
Yes, my Olivia is now a licensed driver.
It only took 3 times but she passed on Saturday.
And now my real worrying begins.
There are so many accidents these days with teenagers.
I think it's because once a teenager gets their driver's license they get a car and forget everything about being careful.
They forget all their parents told them about being safe
and just drive as if they're going to live forever.
Well, I'm about to become a very unpopular mom.
But that's only because Olivia is my life and
I couldn't handle anything happening to her.
Now, don't worry. I will let her drive.
But I need to have her take it slowly at first.
Or maybe, I need to take it slowly at first!
I remember reading the following when I was just a teenager myself.
It made a huge impact on my life.
And now that my daughter is going to drive in a car alone I need to share this with her. Maybe we all need to share it with a teenage driver.
The day I died was an ordinary school day.
How I wish I had taken the bus. But I was too cool for the bus. I remember how I wheedled the car out of Mom. "Special favor," I pleaded. "All the kids drive." When the 2:50 bell rang, I threw all my books in the locker. I was free until 8:40 tomorrow morning! I ran to the parking lot, excited at the thought of driving a car and being my own boss.......
It doesn’t matter how the accident happened. I was goofing off going too fast. Taking crazy chances. But I was enjoying my freedom and having fun. The last thing I remember, I was passing an old lady who seemed to be going awfully slowly. I heard the deafening crash and felt a terrible jolt. Glass and steel flew everywhere. My whole body seemed to be turning inside out. I heard myself scream.
Suddenly it was quiet. A police officer was standing over me. There was a doctor, and my body was mangled. I was saturated with blood. Pieces of jagged glass were sticking out all over. Strange that I couldn’t feel anything.
Hey, don’t pull that sheet over my head! I can’t be dead. I’m only 17. I’ve got a date tonight. I’m supposed to grow up and have a wonderful life. I haven’t even lived yet, I can’t be dead.
Later I was placed in a drawer. My folks had to identify me. Why did they have to see me like this? Why did my mother have to face the most terrible ordeal of her life? Why did Dad suddenly look like an old man? He told the man in charge, "Yes, that is my child."
The funeral was a weird experience. All my relatives and friends walked toward the casket. They passed by, one by one, and looked at me with the saddest eyes. Some of the boys were crying. A few of the girls touched my hand and sobbed as they walked away.
I wish someone could wake me up and get me out of this casket! My mom and dad are so broken up. My grandparents are so racked with grief that they can barely walk. My brothers and sisters stare ahead like zombies, and move like robots. No one can believe that this happened to me.
Please don’t bury me! I have lots of living to do! I want to run and jump again. I want to laugh and sing. Please don’t put me in the ground. I promise if you give me one more chance, I’ll be the most careful driver in the whole world!
Please, God, I’m only 17!
⋅ Labels: Kids
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I really think Monday's post was a test for me.
Would I really accept God's will even if it meant
the Colonel had to be on that plane?
I know I would.
Would I be happy?
But accepting God's will isn't always easy.
But God is good. He's so good to me. He really is.
I was so worried about being without the Colonel for Christmas.
Not that we haven't done it before.
We have, 2 other times.
So I know how much "fun" it can be.
We THOUGHT he would be leaving last Saturday.
THEN we THOUGHT he would be leaving this Saturday.
But as of yesterday, he needs to be at Ft. Benning, GA on
Yes, that's right.
He'll be home for Christmas!
It seems the area in Ft. Benning that processes all the soldiers heading overseas
is closing for Christmas this Saturday until the day after Christmas.
Isn't God good?
He really does give you the desires of your heart.
Will I be happy when December 26th comes?
But I know that my Lord will watch over the Colonel and keep him safe.
Thank you for your prayers!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Growing up in a pastor's home I heard those four words all my life.
All my life.
My father always said them.
And the older I get, the more they mean to me.
Even while he was lying in the hospital after his fall,
my father told us not to question God's will.
And guess what?
I've learned not to question.
I've learned to accept God's will.
I haven't always wanted to.
It hasn't always been easy.
But one thing I know, God's will is perfect.
God's will is perfect.
My father always said that too.
I believe it.
The Colonel waited all week for his orders to come in.
If it's one thing we've learned, they always wait for the last possible minute to send them.
And the same thing happened on Friday.
His orders came around 1:00 in the afternoon.
One thing they forgot to include...his traveling orders.
After spending quite a bit of time on the phone trying to figure out what to do, it was finally decided to push back his arrival to Ft. Benning, GA to this coming Saturday.
He's still here!
We have 5 more days together before he leaves.
I don't know why these things happen.
But one thing I do know...
God's will is perfect.
And I believe that!
Enjoy your day!
I'll be here all week, hopefully!
Monday, December 7, 2009
I really hate to take one, but I need to.
I know you'll understand.
The Colonel leaves in 5 days.
He's home this week and I want to spend as much time as I can with him.
I'm about to do something I don't know how to do.
Say "Good-bye" to someone I love for a year.
I really could use your prayers.
I'll be back next Monday.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Yes I am relieved to find out that I'm not alone in my obsessive ways!
After I posted Monday's post, I actually thought of
I thought do I really want people to know these things about me?
But life got busy and when I came back to delete
the post a few of you already left comments.
And told me you ALL have certain ways of doing things as well.
Makes a girl happy to know she's not alone
in her peculiar ways!
Hope you all are enjoying decorating for Christmas.
I am almost done.
I just need to put the candles in our windows...
If I could FIND the box that has the candles!
Doesn't sound too good for someone who claims to be organized!
Enjoy your day!