Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas to All.

The Birth of Jesus.

1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled.

2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

3 So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.

4 And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,

5 to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

6 While they were there, the time came for her to have her child,

7 and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.
9 The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.

10The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

11 For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.

12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

The Visit of the Shepherds.

15 When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”

16 So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.

17 When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child.

18 All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.

19 And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.

20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

Luke 2:1-20 (NABRE)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

We're Making CHRISTmas Cookies.

We're baking and decorating cookies today.

So, naturally, I arranged the cutters & sprinkles to take a picture for the blog:

And it is a cute picture.

In fact, it would have been perfect until I walked away from the kitchen
to upload it to the computer and heard Katie saying,

"Here, Mommy, you should have done it like THIS":

I so love that girl.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Food for Thought

When you know good things are coming,

you wait with excitement,


and a light heart.

When you expect good things to come your way

somehow every dark cloud is a little brighter,

every bump a little smoother,

every obstacle a little bit less significant.

When you embrace gratitude every day

for each step you have taken toward the good things that await you

the journey becomes

just as enjoyable

as the destination.

Friday, December 2, 2011