Hello, My Dear Friends!
I've missed each and everyone of you in the last few days. I trust that each of you had magnificent holidays with your precious families. There is just nothing quite like taking some time to rest, relax, and enjoy the ones we hold most dear.
We had a wonderful Christmas around here. Truly magical. It was just so special to have extended leisure time with family, and if you are like me, you'll enjoy looking in on some of our festivities. Now, please bear with me. I have lots of pictures to share, and therefore I'm not going to take the time to blow them all up big. That takes forever, unless one of you more techy sorts can tell me some way to default my formatting to display large photos (sorry for all of that computer mumbo jumbo). I definitely prefer to have them large, but in the interest of time, I'll spare you. Okay, maybe I'll enlarge just a few of them. :)
Happy Holidays from Us!
Mom preparing fruit for the trusty old Jack Lalanne juicer. We were making organic, sugar-free wassail. It was delicious!
Brian is standing guard at the juicer.
David supervises from afar.
The wassail stress is almost TOO much! :)
Looking good, so far...
Mom and Ashley
Cozied in for a midday Christmas movie while the kiddos nap.
Maddox the Magnificent has no shortage of creativity. His birthday is on Christmas Eve (pictures to follow soon). He wanted to use some of his birthday money to purchase a cane and a beard to dress up like an old man. We'll never get it, but it was hysterical! Here's Brian making his beard.
Setting up the Spiderman Slot Car Track
If you are looking for a tasty beverage, try Steaz. It's sparkling green tea that is sweetened with stevia. It was a wonderful Christmas treat!
Nana shows Hensley her new pop-up book. So very cute!
Grandparents are good for many things. Holiday window clings are one of them.
My drained glass of wassail. Mmmmmm!
Trying out the astronaut helmet
Papa and Maddox make the Santa cake
Stay tuned for more holiday pictures this week. I'm going to do my very best to get them uploaded to share with you.
One thing that really struck me this year on Christmas was just the sheer abundance that the Lord has given me. He's blessed me and my family in an enormous way. His provision has been extravagant, in every single way. It was just one more reminder that I can trust Him. He is a powerful God who loves me extravagantly. And, He loves you that much, too. So, whatever trials may come, you can take comfort in knowing that He's provided above and beyond, in every situation.
A few more things...
1. Brian and I have the wonderful privilege of sneaking out of town for a few days. What a blessing! You can imagine how long overdue a little getaway is for the two of us. We were planning a departure for the week of Thanksgiving, and we all know how that transpired. Some very generous people are sending us out of town, and we couldn't be more grateful for it! So, please pray for safe travel for us and wonderful rest and relaxation while we are away. Pray that the Lord would center us on Him and His blessings and peace!
2. We are free from doctors' appointments until after the New Year! Praise the Lord for a reprieve!
3. Please continue to praise God for His healing power in my life. We are standing in faith, believing that He is the Almighty God, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and the Great Physician who IS healing me. Would you claim that same thing in faith?
4. Please continue to pray that the Lord would restore me to complete and total health. I am mostly feeling very well. But, I am still working through the side effects from brain radiation (some nausea, headaches, fatigue, and stopped up ears). Please know that these things are not, in any sort of way, debilitating. Mostly, they are just annoying. I was so used to feeling like a million bucks, so any little setback really irks me! :)
Thank you so very much for checking in on me today!
And now, I'm off to get myself packed for my time away. I'm going to try to do a few scheduled posts, but I'm planning on taking a major breather from all things related to blogging, emailing, facebooking, or texting. I'm slightly addicted, and think a break might do me some good!
Love you guys!