Monday, December 23, 2013

A Few *More* of My Favorite Things....

...Continuing from THIS post...

Can you believe how much children grow in a year? I can't quite fathom how it happens so quickly...but just look at the difference...


The top photos are from last year's homeschool co-op. The bottom row are from this year's co-op photos. I feel incredibly blessed to be the mother of these young people...and at the same time, so unworthy of the task of raising them. Teaching, correcting, training...my continual prayer is that I do it in a way that pleases the Lord.

We were blessed to spend some time with my sister and nieces this past week. Here are just a few photos of our time together...

That smile...


Those eyes...


Dinah loves PopPop's jingle bells at his shop...


Back to Aunt TiTi she runs (can you believe this girl is soon to be one!? Where has the year gone? I'm telling you, the years go by quicker and quicker the older I get!)....


Xavier takes Dinah for a ride (while Eloise pushes from the back)...


Madelyn (that smile lights up a room, doesn't it?)...


Jaxson giving El a ride...


Playing...




And now...with the busy-ness of deer season *finally* behind us...it's back to wonderful family suppers around the table (with our new-to-us dishes....these are the dishes I grew up using at home!)...


Working on knitting projects/gifts...


The boys doing some science experiments...


Our church had a Christmas program last night. Xavier played his banjo...



And Madelyn played the piano...


There was much singing, worship, praise and fellowship last night too! It was a glorious time with brothers and sisters in Christ. I was brought to tears as I pondered, over and over again, the realization of *God with us*. 

His name will be called Emmanuel....God with us. If you let that sink in deep and process it a while, you can't do much more than fall flat on your face in utter gratitude, praise and joy to the One Who came to save us. It truly was the most beautiful gift *ever* given. What can top God with us? It's all packaged and offered to us...God's Son, His perfect life, His death in our place, His resurrection where He stands as King over *all*. Nothing ever has or will be a better gift, wholly undeserved and unmerited. Such a wonderful, beautiful Lord we serve!

I think we’re going to have an exceptionally good
Christmas. The very fact that outward circumstance
precludes our making provision for it will show whether
we can be content with what is truly essential. I used to
be very fond of thinking up and buying presents, but
now that we have nothing to give, the gift God gave
us in the birth of Christ will seem all the more glorious …
The poorer our quarters, the more clearly we perceive that
our hearts should be Christ’s home on earth.
(written to his fiancee from his prison cell, arrested for
defying the Nazi regime)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

Merry Christmas Friends. 
Lovingly,
Katy


It's all about Jesus Christ being first....
and second and third and fourth and fifth. 
 What I'm saying is, don't put Jesus first.
 Jesus is everything. 
 He's not just first in the rank, 
He is everything. 
~Paul Washer

2 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family Katy.
    Love & Peace ~
    Mitzi

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  2. Wow...they have grown. That smile sure could light up a room!

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