Long time, no see!
If you’ve been wondering where we’ve been, what we’ve been working on–we have a blog in the family! Click over to the hungry kid to join Schaeffer as she explores life one bite at a time!
Can’t wait to see you there!
With the turn of each calendar year, I try to evaluate what I’d like to accomplish. A new skill or hobby? A character trait that needs refining? A goal for the next twelve months?
2013 has led me to evaluate the stuff of my daily life–where I spend my time, talents and money. As I evaluate, I’ve seen the need for less of many things in my life and more of others…
Less time wasted online: Less pinterest. Less facebooking. Less blogging and reading other blogs. Truthfully, the majority of the time I spend online is a mindless time filler with no eternal significance. Blogging with purpose is one thing–feeling the obligation to post regularly is another. While I have taken a much-needed hiatus from blogging over the past few months, and fully intend to re-establish a regular posting routine, I want my writing to be from the heart and out of a desire to write, not out of a presumed expectation to do so.
More time spent on what matters. More time spent really being present with my family. More books read (both for me and for Schaeffer). More conversations engaged in–conversations where I really, really listen. More going out of our comfort zones to meet people and share Christ with them. More time with Griffin and more time spent in prayer.
Less worrying and stressing.
More trusting in God’s plan and timing. More choosing to be intentional in remembering God’s past faithfulness and more telling others about his goodness.
More gratitude and More acting out of gratitude from what God has done.
Less stuff that we don’t need.
More giving. More hospitality. More trusting in God’s strength to live in a way that shows His likeness.
“For a child has been born—for us!
the gift of a son—for us!
He’ll take over
the running of the world.
His names will be: Amazing Counselor,
Prince of Wholeness.
His ruling authority will grow,
and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.
He’ll rule from the historic David throne
over that promised kingdom.
He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footing
and keep it going
With fair dealing and right living,
beginning now and lasting always.
The zeal of God-of-the-Angel-Armies
will do all this.” Isaiah 9:5-7MSG
In addition to ‘pumpkin patch day’, one of my most favorite days of the year typically happens the weekend after Thanksgiving. All the family gathers at my mom and dad’s house to officially welcome Christmas. We put up and decorate their Christmas tree–dragging out all of our childhood ornaments and reliving each accompaning story. We bake and decorate Christmas cookies and assemble gingerbread houses. Last year we began making teacher gifts with the grandkids–pinecones dipped in peanut butter and rolled in birdseed and topped with a pretty ribbon bow.
It’s so sweet to my heart, time spent together as a large family–celebrating both where we’ve been, where we are today, and where we’re headed into the future. I couldn’t be more blessed.
I can’t help but feel in some small way like Mary, taking in all the things of the Christmas season with those who I so dearly love:
“Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself.” Luke 2:19
Our family enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving. The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful, our plates were heaped with delicious food and our hearts were filled to overflowing with all the good things God has done. With so much to be thankful–one day hardly seems to be adequate.
“At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.” Ephesians 5:20
Schaeffer Jo & her ‘baby’ Betsy
Schaeffer & Ellee, with their dollies
fashion & cookies
Our local school district’s education foundation hosts a yearly American Girl Doll fashion show–a great event to build esteem in young girls and donate much needed funds to public education. It was a fun-filled afternoon for the girls–they had sweet treats, watched fun doll fashion and even got the walk the runway themselves.