Day 141

I have a very sweet but very disobedient husband.  We purchased a new chair for the living room on Black Friday and we agreed that it would be our Christmas present to each other.  I was more than happy with that plan, but he took it upon himself to get me more.  Everything he got me was very thoughtful and I’m very grateful for all of it, but they weren’t the greatest gifts.

A new pair of Fossil boots.  Super, super cute, but eventually they’ll go out of style.

A new set of knives… serrated knives, so now I don’t have to cut everything with my bread knife.  This will make my cooking life so much easier.  After a while though, they’ll lose their sharp edges and have to be replaced.

Sour Patch Kids in my stocking.  They will be gone tomorrow when I go see the Hobbit.

A denim blouse.  Pretty timeless, but I doubt I’ll have it forever.

Everything I got for Christmas and everything I gave for Christmas were nice, thoughtful gifts but not the greatest gifts.

God gave us the greatest gift 2,000 years ago and no one has topped it since then.  I love how my pastor broke down John 3:16 this weekend at church.

For God – The Greatest Lover
So loved – The Greatest Degree
The world – The Greatest Company
That He gave – The Greatest Act
His only begotten Son – The Greatest Gift
That whoever – The Greatest Opportunity
Believes – The Greatest Simplicity
In Him – The Greatest Attraction
Should not perish – The Greatest Promise
But – The Greatest Difference
Have – The Greatest Certainty
Everlasting life – The Greatest Possession

Jesus is the greatest gift.  He never goes out of style, He never breaks, He never never needs new batteries, He never runs out, and He’s free.  Anyone, anywhere can receive Him.

I’m thankful for the good gifts we exchanged this Christmas, but there is nothing more precious to me than the gift of everlasting life that Jesus gave me.

  1. Jesus!  The greatest gift of all time.  Nothing can even come close to touching that one.
  2. It’s still fun to exchange gifts in honor of the greatest gift.
  3. The “greatest” breakdown of John 3:16 Pastor Robert taught.
  4. I woke up and went to post my blog and discovered I had saved over it with an older version.  Thankfully, I was able to some how find a copy of it on my phone.  It was a Christmas miracle.
  5. Gus got a homemade cocoa from Papa this morning.
  6. We got to have lunch with my niece and nephew before they left town!
  7. Got to exchange gifts with my mom and dad today… and Norah.
  8. Gus loved his Imaginext Battle Arena!
  9. He also loved his Nerf football.  He and Josh enjoyed a game of catch on the cold, cold night.
  10. Beau loved her diaper bag for her new baby doll.
  11. She got the rest of the princesses to go with her castle.
  12. Josh and I got some cash to put towards our new fridge.
  13. My dad is a great Christmas candy treat maker.   I enjoyed all the toffee and chocolate covered graham crackers.
  14. My dad was in the floor playing with Gus all night.
  15. Got to hang out with my little brother and sister in law tonight.
  16. Sausage pie!
  17. My mom’s Christmas tree with all of our homemade ornaments.
  18. The Christmas decorations that have been around since I was little.
  19. My parents only live 15 minutes away from Josh’s parents.
  20. 24 hours of The Christmas Story.
  21. The BLOUNT scripture picture that Courtney made for us.
  22. Beau was telling us “Tigger is funny” on the way home.  “And Pooh too.”
  23. Oh Holy Night by Nat King Cole.  My very favorite Christmas song.
  24. Everyone is healthy for all of the Christmas festivities.
  25. The men and women that are sacrificing Christmas with the families serving our country.
  26. Beau’s niece Olivia gave her her own new toy puppy and Beau loves it.
  27. Getting in bed early in preparation for another round of Christmas!
  28. Gus’ touchdown celebration.  A spike, a point up to give God glory, and a good shake of the booty.
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Day 140

A few nights ago my husband and I had the privilege of attending a Christmas celebration with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. We have never been to anything like it before. When I was younger I went to my older brother and sisters orchestra concerts, but it wasn’t like this. No offense, guys.

For two hours we sat fascinated by the sound of all of the instruments and the beautiful voices of the choir accompanying them to some of our favorite Christmas songs.

To close the first half of the program they preformed Handel’s “Messiah.” It was so moving to hear the story of the birth of Jesus told through music.

I must say I have never really been a fan of the Hallelujah Chorus. I think it’s been overused and in really unfitting settings. Like on a commercial where a guy finds a bag of his favorite potato chips and the Hallelujah Chorus kicks in… not how it was intended to be used.  I’m so glad I got to experience it like it was meant to be experienced.

The first time “Messiah” was ever performed in London the King of England was so moved during the Hallelujah Chorus he had to stand. And of course everyone followed. I learned that it’s now custom to stand when that song is being played. As the whole audience rose to their feet at the Meyerson Center on Thursday night, I was amazed at how a group of random people with random beliefs were able to usher in the presence of God just by singing about Him.

If you are having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit or feel like God is far away, spend some time ushering in His presence by singing songs of praise to Him.  Christmas is all about Him, so if you aren’t feeling Christmas you aren’t feeling Him and if you want to feel Him, start singing.  I sound nothing like the singers in the choir sounded that night and I don’t have an amazing orchestra to accompany me, but I have learned there is nothing that will bring me into the presence of God faster than singing praises to Him.

Psalm 147:1 (Buddy the Elf translation) The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.
  1. My new found appreciation of the Hallelujah Chorus
  2. How a random group of people with different beliefs were able to fill the room with God’s presence just be singing praise to Him.
  3. Sing, Sing, Sing by Chris Tomlin.
  4. Buddy the Elf.
  5. Christmas party with five year olds at church today.  Love teaching those little guys about the best gift ever.
  6. Josh got to leave church early so we got to hit the road early.
  7. Beau’s teacher at church gave me all the lyrics to the songs they sing in her class so now when she requests one I’ll be able to sing it for her.
  8. Car packed with Christmas presents for our family in Tulsa.
  9. We had a safe trip.
  10. Beau took a nice, long nap.
  11. My four hour uninterrupted talk with Josh on the drive.
  12. Gus & Beau are traveling pros.
  13. The kids looked adorable in their Christmas outfits at church.
  14. MeeMee, Josh’s grandma is in town for Christmas!
  15. Hanging out with the family at my sister in law’s house.
  16. Mazzio’s pizza.
  17. Home made cinnamon rolls thanks to Aunt Brookie.
  18. Beau loves her Aunt Brookie.  I really enjoy hearing her say “Aunt Broopie”
  19. Hearing Gus and Beau talking to each other through the monitor.  Beau was SO excited to sleep in the same room as her big brother.
  20. The deep bath tub at Josh’s parents house.
  21. The beautiful Christmas decorations Nana puts up.
  22. 11 stockings hung by the chimney.
  23. Beau’s stocking has a bag of Cheetos in it.  Perect.
  24. Got to give Nana & Papa a special gift and share a special moment with them.
  25. Pictures of Josh when he was little that I can really see Beau in.
  26. Sitting by the fire, fellowshipping with the family.
  27. I love coming home for Christmas and I love that my kids will love to come home for Christmas when they have families of their own.
  28. The yummy white chocolate popcorn M&M treats Allie made.

Day 139

I was greeted by my four year old at 7:00 a.m. this morning with a very sweet, “Merry Christmas, mom.”  He hung out with me in the bathroom while I put on my makeup and everyone else was still sleeping.  He talked to me the whole time, hardly taking a breath in between sentences.  He was so excited that Christmas was finally here.

He and my daughter both had an awesome morning opening all of their new toys.  It was so fun to watch their little faces light up as they got enough paper off of the gifts to figure out what they were.  Gus got the Eagle Talon Castle he has been talking about for 6 months now.  And Beau got her Disney Princess Fisher Price Castle complete with Snow White and Cinderella.  When we, and by we I mean Josh, got the castles put together and ready to play with they both played with them for a while, while we, and by we I mean me, cleaned up.  But after a few minutes they were both asking, “Mommy, daddy come play with me.”

Here they have all of these new toys that they are so excited about, but what they really want more than anything is for us to play with them.  They desire our company.  They want to be with us!

Did you know that Jesus became God with us because he wanted to be with us. He downsized to the confines of a human womb and put on skin just so He could be with us!

2 Corinthians 5:21 He who knew no sin became sin for us so that we could become the righteousness of God.  

Why would He do that?  Because He wants to be with us.  He wants to spend eternity with us.

Revelation 21:3  I heard a loud shout from the throne saying, ‘Look, the home of God is now among His people! He will live with them, and they will be His people. God himself will be with them.

I love the way Dick Foth says it, “He came to our place. He took our place. And He invites us back to His place.”

My kids had new toys all over the place this morning, yet they wanted to be with us.  Jesus was an all knowing, all powerful God, living in heaven with his Father surrounded by glory and beautiful things, yet what He really wanted was to be with us and He knew the only way that would be possible was to come to earth and live and give His life for us.

Think of all He gave up in hopes of an eternity spent with you.  There isn’t a word to describe the awesomeness of that.  I’m so glad He came to our place, took our place, and we’ve been invited back to His place.

  1. Jesus wanted to be with us so bad He gave everything for us.
  2. He will be with us for eternity.
  3. My morning with my excited little four year old.
  4. Gus told me he cried tears of joy in his bed this morning because he was so excited about Christmas.
  5. Gus told us that God told Him we should take time to be thankful this morning before we opened gifts.
  6. The kids loved all of their gifts.  They were even happy about the socks and undies in their stockings.
  7. We surprised Gus with some Wreck It Ralph toys.  He was so pumped about them!
  8. The huge mess of paper, ribbons, and tags we made today.
  9. Josh surprised me some some new Fossil boots!
  10. I have a husband who can shop for me when I’m not with him and pick out stuff I love.
  11. Josh remembered I mentioned I needed a new make up bag and got me a really nice one.
  12. Beau’s reaction when she saw her bitty baby sleeping in the box.  So glad we got it on video.
  13. Josh put together all of the toys that needed putting together.
  14. Took a little recovery nap this morning.
  15. That our kids want to play “with us.”
  16. I enjoyed playing with them and their new toys.
  17. I wrote 3 blogs this afternoon.
  18. Josh shaved his face all the way clean! Kisses no longer hurt!
  19. Had time to get the kids dinner before church.
  20. Awesome Christmas praise and worship tonight at church.
  21. Pastor Robert’s I believe in Christmas message.  It was the perfect way to end Christmas.
  22. The kids had a great time in their classes too.
  23. I got peppermint bark in my stocking!
  24. Beau had to tell everything she saw “Merry Christmas” before she went to bed tonight.  Diapers, books, bubba, everything.
  25. New books to read to the kids tonight.
  26. The chance of snow on Christmas in Tulsa is looking good!
  27. Got a super sweet text from Josh on his way home from church.
  28. We get to do Christmas all over again on Monday and then again on Tuesday.  We’ve only just begun.

Day 138

Seven years ago, on our second Christmas together as a married couple we were miserable. Earlier in the month of December we discovered our marriage was failing.  I guess I kind of knew things weren’t great between us, but I had no idea how bad they really were, until that day.  I was only 20, we had no kids, and I felt like throwing in the towel. I spent a few nights at my parents house trying to figure out my plan.

I will never forget the morning I woke up and something inside me had changed. I no longer felt like throwing in the towel, I felt like fighting… fighting for our marriage. I went back to our tiny house on Brookside and told Josh how God had changed my heart. I forgave him and he forgave me and we started our new life together.

Before everything fell apart that December we talked about starting a new family tradition. We had our real Christmas tree that we got right after Thanksgiving, but we thought it we be fun to rescue another tree on Christmas Eve. To find a tree that no one picked, one with some deformities, one that was too skinny, or totally misshaped and rescue it. We would take it back to our house Christmas Eve night and decorate it. Give it a chance to fulfill it’s purpose. To be the Christmas tree it was cut down to be.

It was really hard to get into the Christmas spirit that year, but we decided to start the new tradition anyway. We went out on a cold and rainy Christmas Eve night looking for the perfect imperfect tree. We drove past an Ace Hardware and spotted the most pathetic tree you’ve ever seen. It was the only one left and it was laying on it’s flat slide getting soaked in the rain. We turned the car around, went back and rescued that tree. We brought it home, put it in our kitchen and strung bright blue lights around it and hung some mismatched ornaments on it. It turned out adorable.

We have kept the tradition alive every Christmas since then. Although I didn’t think about this the first year, I did the next year and all of the years after that. God rescued us that December like we rescued that little tree. We were not fulfilling the plans and purposes that God had for us.  We were unhappy and unfulfilled.  But when we decided to take ownership of our relationship with God, He took ownership of us. He brought us home, strung light around us and turned our lives into something beautiful.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other.

I’m so thankful for our fresh start and the constant joy that has been present in our lives over the last 7 years.

  1. The tradition lives on.  Rescued a tree tonight!
  2. We have two perfect kids that love the rescue a tree tradition.
  3. We were lost, but now we’re found.
  4. Joy!
  5. Started my day with a nice hot shower.
  6. Home made, delicious cinnamon rolls thanks to my sweet friend Anna.
  7. 30 something years ago today my sweet friend Anna was born!  So thankful she’s my neighbor now and we get to do life together.
  8. 40 something years ago today my big sister Amy was born.
  9. Josh got an awesome fire going today.
  10. Gus & Papa got to go out for hot cocoa this morning.
  11. Watched Christmas movies all morning.
  12. Took an awesome nap on the couch by the fire.
  13. Tomato soup and grilled cheese for lunch.
  14. Egg nog and Coke.
  15. Josh found a song called “Rejoice” we heard at the symphony last night.  It will forever be on our Christmas playlist.
  16. Tried Chicken Express for dinner.  It was tasty and the restaurant was really nice and clean inside.
  17. Nana & Papa made it back safely to Tulsa.
  18. One more sleep til Christmas!!
  19. Pajama exchange Christmas Eve tradition.
  20. Josh got me some very cute PJs and threw in the best pair of camp socks.
  21. Beau looks unreal cute in her own night gown.  It might be the cutest I’ve ever seen her.
  22. Gus loved his Spiderman PJs!
  23. Made cookies for Santa aka Dida.
  24. Filled all of the stockings tonight.
  25. All packed up for Tulsa and rounds 2 and 3 of Christmas next week!
  26. Hickory Farms Christmas set.
  27. It’s A Wonderful Life Movie Night.
  28. My children are nestled all snug in their beds!

Day 137

I read this verse today and it reminded me of all of the Christ-less Christmas celebrations that take place all over our country each year.

Isaiah 1:13 (NIV) Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me.  New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations- I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.

Christmas celebrations that don’t mention Jesus are worthless assemblies that I think God despises and detests.  Christmas has become so commercial that unsaved people everywhere celebrate it and don’t feel an ounce of guilt.  They exchange gifts, decorate a tree, and eat a ham all in honor of “Christmas” without ever honoring Christ.

I think this portion of a poem called “Happy Birthday Jesus” by Donald Arey, Sr. issues a great challenge to all of us who do celebrate Jesus at Christmas.

I had a birthday party, most everybody came. They danced and ate and had a ball, But no one spoke My name.  They gave each other presents, as nice as they could be.  People came from far and near, But no one mentioned Me.  The stores were filled with shoppers, The restaurants crowded out, But no one seemed to really know what the party was about.

No one seems to know what the party is all about these days, but we can do something about that.

1 Peter 3:15 (AMP) But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.

It’s more than saying “Merry Christmas” or putting a “Jesus is the reason for the season” sign up in your lawn or on your Facebook wall.  People should be able to tell that you acknowledge Jesus on Christmas and the rest of the 364 days each year by the way you live your life.  It should be super obvious that He is your hope and if they want to know why, you should be able to verbalize it in a kind and courteous way.

My new year resolution is to save a few people from ever having worthless Christmas assemblies again by being ready to give anyone who asks about the hope I have an answer that changes their life.

  1. Officially done wrapping presents.
  2. Josh helped me size, print, and frame a bunch of pictures.
  3. Gus got out of school early today, so I got to take the morning off, no lunch packing.
  4. Josh got to take Gus out for a guys lunch at Whataburger.
  5. The cold wintery weather day.
  6. Josh and I got to have a date night with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
  7. Getting dressed up to go out!
  8. When I came out of my room after getting dressed Beau said “Pretty dress!  Spin!”  She had to come see my skirt and touch it and wanted me to spin for her.  What a fun little girl she is!
  9. Talking uninterrupted with my husband on the way into Dallas.
  10. We had the perfect amount of time to travel to Dallas, eat dinner, and figure out where we were sitting before the performance started.
  11. Found a really neat Japanese restaurant for dinner.
  12. We felt like we were out of town, seeing new things we’d never seen before.
  13. Beautiful Christmas lights and trees lining the streets downtown.
  14. Nana & Papa were here to watch the kids for us.
  15. My ears can hear!
  16. Music and the way it all went together so beautifully tonight.
  17. Being able to enjoy the gifts and talents God blessed all of the singers and musicians with that preformed tonight.
  18. The Christmas story was read from the Bible during the show and there was such an emphasis on the birth of Jesus throughout.  It was so moving to hear such beautiful music about my Lord and savior.
  19. The Christmas children’s choir.  Their voices were beautiful and so sweet and pure.
  20. Making memories with my husband.
  21. Gus and Beau had a fun Christmas movie night with Nana and Papa.
  22. Josh and Anna brought us homemade cinnamon rolls.  I can’t wait til breakfast!
  23. I found some Star Wars cupcake holders for Gus and Snow White for Beau.  Perfect stocking stuffers.
  24. Gus got to wear his Santa slippers to school today for Christmas head to toe.
  25. Gus’ school has really majored of Jesus this Christmas and minored on Santa.
  26. His teachers gave him the cutest Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus block set.
  27. 31 years ago today my sister in law Mandy was born!
  28. How good it feels to take off tights after wearing them for 6 hours.

Day 136

The Wise Men were tired and probably discouraged.  The star they had been following seemed to have disappeared.  What were they doing in Bethlehem?  Was this all a big mistake?

Then… the star reappeared.

Matthew 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.

The message translation says, they could hardly contain themselves!  They were pumped!  Their mission was not in vain.  They had not failed.  All of their blood, sweat, and tears were about to mean something.  Here goes nothing…

They walked into the house underneath the shining star and they knew right away they had got it all wrong.  They packed up their camels and headed back home.  This was no king.  It was just a cute little baby.  He had no servants, just his mom and dad.  The house was not fancy, it was just a little cottage.

No.  Actually,  Matthew 2:11 says And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him.

They fell down on their hands and knees with the faces to the ground and worshipped this king without a throne.  They had no idea that 33 years later this baby would change the world forever, yet somehow they knew He was worthy of praise.  So there they were three, or however many wise men there were, laid out on their faces before a baby that they knew nothing about.

We on the other hand do know something about Jesus, we actually know a lot of things about Him. We have stories of Him in the Bible healing the blind, casting out demons, raising the dead, walking on water, calming the storm, feeding thousands with a few fish and a piece of bread, taking stripes on His back for our healing, enduring the cross for our salvation, and conquering the grave for our victory!  We have our own stories too, our first hand experiences with Jesus.  He saved my marriage, blessed me with an amazing family, loved me when I didn’t deserve it, healed my body, calmed every storm I’ve ever faced, and never once left me alone.

We know Jesus on a way more personal basis than the Wise Men ever did, but when is the last time He brought us to our knees?  Are we too familiar with his awesomeness?  Is it just something we have become used to?  Take time to refresh your knowledge of Jesus, take time to get on your knees and worship the King who you know is worthy of your praise.  Rejoice today with exceeding great joy like you rejoiced the day you found Him, like the Wise Men rejoiced the day they found Him.

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!

  1. I have a personal relationship with Jesus.  I know Him.  I’ve experienced Him first hand.
  2. He is worthy to be praised!
  3. The Wise Men worshipped even when they didn’t know Him.
  4. The Bible helps us to know more about Him.
  5. Josh let me sleep in.
  6. Ginger bread house and Ginger bread train kits!
  7. Had a great time watching Josh & Gus make their perfect little house while Trudi and I struggled to make our train.
  8. Beau votes for the train, Papa voted for the house so Gus declared it a tie!
  9. Gus gets so excited about stuff!  He had SO much fun decorating his house with his dad.
  10. Got my check book balanced.
  11. Josh made the kids their lunch this afternoon… and their breakfast.
  12. Leftover egg drop soup.
  13. Got to listen to the Muppet Christmas Carol while I worked this afternoon.
  14. Shopping with Beau, Nana, & Josh.
  15. Got to shop for baby boy clothes for a friend of mine’s new baby boy.  I loved it.
  16. Gus fell asleep in the car and Papa stayed with him while we shopped.
  17. Peppermint bark and apple cider samples from Williams Sanoma.
  18. I ate solid food at Panera Bread tonight and it hit the spot!
  19. Light looking at a beautiful neighborhood in Plano.
  20. It was so nice out we had all of the window rolled down as we drove around admiring all of the pretty lights.
  21. Nana got to read to Gus before bed.
  22. Ginger bread houses smell so nice.
  23. Clean hair!
  24. Enjoyed being a girl and trying on lots of different outfits for my date with Josh tomorrow night.
  25. Home Alone 2.
  26. Josh took the day off!
  27. Beau was in shoe heaven tonight at Nordstrom Rack.  She had to take her boots off so she could try on all kinds of different shoes in my size.
  28. Josh added 3 new presents under the tree for me and I have NO idea what they could be.  Yay for surprises!

Day 135

The star of every nativity scene is obviously baby Jesus, but there’s another star in the scene that I’ve been thinking a lot about today… it’s the star.  The star that led the wise men to Jesus.  We don’t know much about the star, what it looked like, it’s name, or if it really had a tail as big as a kite.  The only detail given about the star is found in Matthew 2:2, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

It was HIS star.  Every beam in that star shone forth for Jesus. (Spurgeon)  It shined so brightly that the wise men could not resist following it.  It drew them in.  So much so that they travelled days across the desert to find the new born King of the Jews.

I was excited to discover today that I was born to be a star, born to be HIS star.  To shine so brightly for Him that people can’t resist following me, and when they follow me they find Jesus because like the Christmas star, that’s where I’m heading.

You were born to be HIS star too.  To be a light in this dark world.  And if you haven’t noticed the world seems to be darker than ever these days.  You were not born to shine for yourself but to radiate for Jesus with every beam inside of you and to attract people to Jesus like a porch light attracts crazy bugs.

I heard my little girl singing this song to her baby today, Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.  It reminded me that it’s okay for people to wonder what you are, but they should never have to wonder whose you are, and you shouldn’t have to wonder either.  Like the famous star that shone the night that Jesus was born, you are HIS star.

Where are you heading and is anyone following you?

  1. I was born to be a star!
  2. The awesome Charles Spurgeon message on the star and the wise men I read today.
  3. If we shine for Jesus and are headed to Jesus people will follow and they will find Him too!
  4. I’ve found a way to shine and I so enjoy doing it everyday.
  5. Beau singing Twinkle Twinkle little star today.  So sweet!
  6. I slept for 10 hours last night… finally getting rid of this strep throat.
  7. Had a fun morning running around with Beau.
  8. Found Gus a Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster shirt for his Christmas dress up day on Thursday.
  9. Chic Fil A date with Beau.
  10. Beau was saying her memory verse loud enough for everyone at Chic Fil A to here her.  She was really shining!
  11. The sweet man who helped me carry a high chair to the table for Beau.
  12. Josh came home for an hour to watch Beau so I could go to Gus’ Christmas party while she was napping.
  13. Gus was so excited that I got to read Frosty the Snowman to his class at school today.
  14. Gus is THE sweetest four year old boy alive.
  15. I got the present from Gus today.  A really sweet and adorable baby Jesus in a manger made from his handprint.  I told him I’d keep it forever and I will.  I love it.
  16. Clean house!
  17. Nana & Papa had a safe trip to Texas today.
  18. Yummy dinner at Kenny’s paid for by Kenny aka Papa.
  19. Ice cream for dessert.
  20. We got our Christmas chair today!
  21. We are sitting around watching TV and no one has to sit on the floor!  So nice having an extra seat.
  22. Gus’ teacher told me he shared the Christmas story from Luke 2 with the class today and she then took him around to all of the classrooms so he could share it with them too.  He was really shining!
  23. I don’t know how it’s possible but only 4 more sleeps until our Christmas morning.
  24. The kids are still young enough that if we want to move Christmas up a few days they won’t realize it.
  25. Gus was surprisingly understanding when I told him dinner took longer than expected and we would have to wait until tomorrow to do our gingerbread houses.
  26. The weather guys are predicting snow in Tulsa on Christmas day!
  27. I think I finally found a reliable data entry software for work.
  28. I’m swallowing right now and it doesn’t hurt!  Whoo Hoo!!