I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! Like many of you... I got caught up in the blessing and busyness of the season and that's my only excuse for being out of touch for soooo long... but a good excuse I'm sure you'd agree! The last few weeks have been full of family and friend gatherings, decorating and now undecorating, finishing up end of the year speaking and business stuff and dreaming, planning and preparing for the new year to come!
Here are some photos from the past few weeks... welcome to my world!
For those of you who have heard my tinsel story... this is my sweet hubby helping me decorate by placing the star on top of our beautiful tree!
I couldn't stand not having any family ornaments out though... so I decorated a small tree and had it on the island in the kitchen... it was the perfect place for it as everyone who hovered around the food throughout the season also enjoyed looking at some very old and very handmade family ornaments!
After just a little bit... I began to miss my snowpeople so I took inspiration from my daughter Michelle and attached all my wonderful snowpeople to a wreath and I LOVE it!! It is so festive and fun!
We are so grateful that we live so close to Michelle and Gary and the girls and even more blessed that they invite us over early every Christmas morning to be a part of their family Christmas. It is so much fun to watch the girls open their gifts and love on one another! Lex bought this doll for Jess and it was the only doll she got... she was thrilled with it!
Then it was back to our house for the family gathering. This is Mike's sister Cindy with the girls and one of the beautiful quilts she made... one for each of the girls! She is amazing! She and her husband Kerry and their daughter Monica were here along with his other sister Debbie, below, with her friend Lyle. They drove down from Hood River about 80 miles... we were so glad to have them!
I leave early tomorrow morning to fly back to Illinois to celebrate my sister Margie's 60th birthday. I'll try to fit in a few minutes to blog and keep in touch while I'm there... we can only wait and see!
Thank you to all of you who continued to check back while I was away... you bless my heart. I believe God has great things in store for us all in the coming year ahead. I look forward to sharing some of where He's taking me as we journey into 2008 together!
The photos show the celebration of the blessings you've given me here on earth but they don't show the celebration of my heart for the greatest blessing of all... and that would be Jesus! Thank You for the opportunities you give us during this season and all year long to proclaim your Name and the reality that You did come to earth and walked among us so we could know You... and that You died on the cross so we could have relationship with You... and You rose from the dead so we could be born again and live with You into eternity! Thank You God for the Gift of Jesus!