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Little Letters | Springtime Notes


Dear Blog Friends, I have a disappointment to share.  I had intentions of writing a Little Letters post each month, because I like the format and and there was even a linkup attached!  Remember linkups?  The really early ones that were fun because they were small, and people actually commented on each other's posts?  But the blogger who was running the linkup seems to have dropped it.  I was waiting around to see if she'd bring it back, and was disappointed when she didn't.

However, I've finally decided, hey, why should that stop me?  So I'm sharing a few little letters from the past few months, and if you want to join in and share YOUR little letters (Michelle, Amanda, Bekah, Anyone-In-My-Sidebar, I know you would be great at this type of post, so consider this an official tag) - well, please do write one, and let me know.  We'll have our own informal linkup.

March

Dear Bathroom Renovation, I think you might be trying to kill us.  Or at least our budget.  And maybe also my feet.  I am tired of getting splinters while I'm trying to brush my teeth.

Dear Library, Why didn't you tell me you have a gorgeous back room with tons of windows?  I would have been visiting you each time I get away to work on computer stuff.  Do you know how much money I could have saved in Starbucks drinks?



Dear Bomb Cyclone,  I'm sorry, I'm just not that impressed.  I thought you were supposed to be like a hurricane, but our power didn't even go out.  (Just to clarify, this is not an invitation to try again, so don't get any ideas.  Let's just move on.)

April

Dear State Sales Tax System, I don't understand why I have to file two separate returns for two separate addresses when I'm just selling digital products out of my house (and I just happened to move).  I'm not even totally sure I have to collect sales tax on digital products, I'm just trying to be safe and follow the law and all that, but you are kind of making my life miserable.  Businesses that sell digital products are more common these days, right?  Can we come up with clearer rules please?  Thank you.

Dear Confused Reader, If you didn't know I have a "business", it's an Etsy shop in which I sell these pretty printable Bible verse cards. "Business" is in quotes because I just set it up and pay my taxes and do zero marketing, so it kind of feels like I'm cheating by calling it a business.  I'm just not very business-y, can you tell? #notabossbabe

Dear Swimsuit Shopping, Ugh.  Can we just...not?

Dear Warm Weather, I'm happy to see you and all, but can you please visit on a day when we are able to take a trip to the zoo?  Thank you.

Dear Self, It might be a little weird that you find it so satisfying to clip your kids' fingernails. Similar to how it might be weird to admit how satisfying it was to scrape mineralized bacterial colonies off people's teeth for a living for seven years.  Something about cleaning things up, and putting things back in order...maybe we shouldn't mention this to people.  They might not get it.

May

Dear New Swimsuit,  Where have you been all my life?

Dear Internet, Some of us do not have cable and must watch the new episodes of the Bachelorette one day late on Hulu.  PLEASE DO NOT SPOIL ANYTHING.  I like to analyze the show myself before I read your analysis.  Thank you for your consideration.

Dear Trees,  I do not approve of the delay and general sub-parity in your flowering this year, but I will grudgingly give you props for at least not skipping it altogether.  Good job.  But do better next time.




Dear Email Inbox,  Is this an episode of The Twilight Zone?  You've delivered a mere ONE email from a blogger who just had to tell me about the Build Your Bundle Homeschool sale tomorrow.  ONE.  What is happening?  Where are the other 25?

Dear Build Your Bundle Sale, I'm not really sure why you are so tempting.  I think I've used a mere two or three of the resources from the massive bundle I bought from you last year.  I feel like you tricked me.  And yet, I see all your shiny new printable curricula and worksheets, and I still get sucked in every time.  Maybe the homeschool inspiration and excitement you offer is worth something, but let's just say I'm going to keep a tighter hold on my wallet this year.  Just please don't offer me coupons.

Dear New Books I Bought,  Look what you made me do!  I was supposed to refrain from new-book-buying until the library sale.  Now you are making me feel guilty.  But also not too guilty, because the way you freshened up my to-read list has given my reading a boost.  I feel so torn.  Let's just not tell anyone about my lapse, okay?

Dear Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges,  Wow, you are timely.

Dear Bathroom Renovation,  It's almost time for you to move on.  It's been fun, but also not.  But look at what we have (almost) accomplished together! It's a beautiful thing!  But really, it's time for you to go now.  Thanks for all you do.

Dear Mother's Day Weekend,  You were nice to me this year.  Really laid back.  You gave me time with my mom and my kids, and that's really your purpose, isn't it?  We brought my mom breakfast, went to church, bought some loose-leaf tea, went to a park.  Derek made me my favorite dinner after the kids went to bed, which we ate while we watched our show.  I felt no stress of unreasonable expectations of you, and you even gave me some time to relax too.  Let's do this again next year.




Dear Summer,  Hurry up please, and no more fake-outs!  My poor sunlight-starved heart can't take it.  I have big plans for you.









He Is Risen!


"this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it..." Acts 2:23-24

This verse never fails to make my heart jump.  Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners, demonstrating His great love for us by paying the penalty we had earned. He died to pay it, even while we were still defiant and rebelling. But it was not even possible for our Savior to be held by death.  Now He is alive forevermore!  He has paid for our sins and conquered death! 

This is everything! 









Happy Resurrection Day, friends. He is risen!


Dear Candy Hearts | Little Letters Vol.1



Dear Candy Hearts, I love you.  I love you too much, especially with tea.  This has become a really unhealthy relationship.  I'm thinking of breaking it off on Valentine's Day.

Dear Galentine's Day, Are you actually a thing?  Like, do people actually get together with their girlfriends on Galentine's Day?  How do I get in on that?

Dear Husband, Why is it so hard to buy you presents?

Dear Snow, It's time for your mid-year performance review, and I have to say, your results are above average.  You've beautified the landscape, and you haven't melted off right away.  Keep up the good work.



Dear Red Rising Series, Why are you so hard to put down?  You are vulgar.  You are violent.  You killed off alot of the characters I liked.  You are everything I don't like in books.  If you were a human, we would not be friends.  So why can't I stop reading??

Dear Birds, Just sit.  Sit still.  Just for a minute, so my bird-crazy boy can get a picture of one of you. Please and thank you.




Dear Homeschooling,  You are so much more fun than I thought you would be when we first met.  And I thought you would be pretty fun.  Those days when I cried because I thought we weren't getting along, they were just a phase.  I didn't mean what I said.  If it happens again, just disregard.  In my saner moments (like now) I think there is something special here, and I know you can handle my crazy.  This relationship is worth fighting for.

Dear Churches Everywhere,  At the risk of being shouted down for dipping my toes into the broiling controversy of church music - my friend, it shouldn't be that hard to get the music volume level right.  It's not that complicated - I need to be able to hear the words and I need to feel like I can sing along.  If I can't hear the words or sing along, I fail to see the point of getting to you in time for the music.  If the music is too quiet, I hear myself sing too much, and realize I'd be one of those people that are laughed off the stage on American Idol, which is not fun for me or anyone around me.  If the music is too loud, I can't understand a word those people up front are saying, and I can't hear myself sing, and I can't hear anyone else sing, and I start to wonder what the point of all this noise is anyway, and I fear my eardrums may bleed when I leave.  Let's just try to avoid both these things, please.

Dear People Everywhere, Think of something more interesting to say about my five kids than "you have your hands full".  If I had a dollar for every time I heard that phrase, I'd never have to scrounge for coffee money again.  Preferably, pick something that is not rude, and bonus points if it's encouraging (because as you've noted EVERY DAY OF MY MOM-LIFE, yes, this is quite a job).  Comments on the cuteness of my offspring are always welcome.

P.S. People Everywhere, if you want to GIVE me a dollar each time you utter the aforementioned phrase, then please continue.  This mom needs her coffee.


(Moi on our nature hike the other day, powered by coffee.)

Sharpening My Goal-Making Skills (2019 Goals)



I don't usually make New Year's resolutions (if you've been around here for any length of time, you probably remember this).  I've tried the word-of-the-year thing, I've made reading goals, but New Year's resolutions?  Not so much.

However, when I was thinking about 2019 on New Year's Eve, I also realized that for almost every year for eight years, I've had something related to babies to look forward to.  Either the hope of a baby, or a due date, or a first birthday.  This is the first year I have nothing baby-related in my future (as far as I know, ha!).

When you have a new baby on the way, that is your New Year's goal - "have the baby".  When you have the new baby in your arms the New Year's goal is "get some snuggles and sleep".  Nothing else is quite as important as that.



But without those things automatically on my goal list this year, I am feeling the void.  So I thought it was probably time I brushed off my resolution game so this year doesn't pass me by with nothing fun or meaningful being accomplished.

So here are my goals for the year.  I haven't made goals like this in so long, and I'm fairly worried that I'll just fail right out of the gate, but I'm going to give it a go!

Spiritual - Memorize the book of Hebrews.  I have been wanting to do this for years, and now that I've finally got a tentative morning routine established, I have a consistent time to work on this each day.  I've done some slight brushing up on Hebrews already and was pleased to discover that I still have Hebrews 1 and 2 solidly in my memory bank.  So I'm starting with chapter 3.  That means I have 11 chapters to memorize in 2019 - one a month, and break for December.  I feel like this is completely doable if I focus!

Marriage - One note per month.  I really struggle with making goals for my marriage.  We have a pretty good relationship overall, and I can't add in things like "go on a date every month", because...five kids.  I can't say something like "do something nice for Derek" because that's too vague and I'll forget to do something specific.  So I think I'm going to try to write him a little surprise note and leave it somewhere each month for him to find.  Just something fun to keep him guessing.

Motherhood -  Document my children better. One thing that I regret in my motherhood journey so far is my lack of documentation of the specific cute things my kids say and do, and my lack of printing out the pictures I take of them.  I had an inspiration the other day about how I could be more consistent in recording cute things my kids say and getting their pictures printed at the same time.  It involves Chatbooks.  I might share more in a separate post once I get all the kinks ironed out, but I'm excited about it.  My goal here is to take one picture of each kid per week, as well as write down one thing they say and/or answer one question for each kid per week.

Health - Go sugar-free one week each month.  Ideally I'd like to get a gym membership back.  We had to let our membership expire in the summer for lack of funds, and I miss going to the gym.  However, even if I did have the gym, I know that I should also improve my eating habits - I drink too much sugared coffee and eat too much sugar.   So for at least the first week of each month I'd like to go sugar-free, just to give my sweet tooth and insulin production a break.

Reading - Participate in the unread shelf project.  I counted up the amount of books I own that I haven't read, and the number is a bit staggering.  I'm embarrassed even to type it here.  In my defense, these were mostly Kindle books that I bought for a dollar, collected over several years.  But still - I should read some of those!  So I'm going to attempt to buy no more books in 2019, and only read books from my unread shelf.  I will allow myself one library book each month, and book purchases at our library sale in the summer.  I'm also allowed to ask for books as gifts.

Blog - Try some routines.  I'd just like to add a little routine back to my blog life.  The posts I'd like to try to incorporate on a monthly basis are:

-Monthly recap/goal update post (this will make next year's blog recap so much easier to put together).
-Monthly summary of what I read.
-Monthly "currently" post.

These mini blog goals may or may not happen.  I have to give myself a lot of grace when it comes to the blog so it stays enjoyable and doesn't become a chore.  But I do think it would be fun if I could be more consistent with these types of posts!  They are fun to write, and, I think, fun to read.

Financial - Save $1000.  Bekah turned me on to this handy savings chart that is totally doable.  I would like to save $1000 for the next few years so I either could 1) get Derek better Christmas presents, or 2) save all the money and surprise him with something really good for his 40th birthday in a few years!



Everything is written down in my bullet journal, so it's official.  I'll try to post at the end of January to let you know how it's going!

Do you make New Year's goals?  What is on your to-do list this year?

Wrapping Up The Year: 2018



Last year on New Year's Eve, Derek and I sat down for our traditional ringing in of the New Year by drinking sparkling cider by the tree.  We usually spend this time reflecting on the last year together, and dreaming about everything we hope the new year holds.

But I'm not going to lie, last New Year's Eve, I broke down and cried when I thought about 2018.  We had just had our last baby (as far as we have planned), and after seven years of pregnancies or new babies or the hope of new babies, I didn't know what to look forward to anymore.

There are no big exciting things on the horizon!  There is nothing left to look forward to! I thought.

This is silliness for a multitude of reasons, but as I remember how I felt last year, I think I would just give myself a gentle slap, and tell myself to stop worrying about the lack of big events on the horizon.   Even when you don't seem to have anything exciting in the near future, things have a way of changing a lot over the course of a year anyway.  This year, I think the overarching lesson has been to learn to appreciate things as they are.

Wonderful things happen in the course of a year, and sad things happen in the course of a year, and you don't necessarily see any of that coming.  You can hope and pray and plan, but in the end God knows what will happen.  "A man plans in his heart, but the Lord directs his steps."

This year, I'm calmer on New Year's Eve.  Tonight I'm going to take inventory of where they Lord has brought us this year, how He saw us through to the present, and just memorize what it's like to be in this small moment in time, on December 31st, 2018.

It will all change before next year, and that can be happy and sad.  It's best to remember that it's always both.

Now, on to the year recap!

Note: Some of these links are to photos on my Instagram account (follow here: @callienicole7), and some are to blog posts!


January

-Georgie turned two months old at the very end of December, and I wrote about it on the blog.

-We went on a gorgeous mountain drive as a family on New Year's Day!

-I got in a lot of baby snuggles.

-We started homeschooling again after Georgie was born and I started to find my rhythm.

-I started attending my local Community Bible Study and reconnected with a lot of ladies I knew as a teenager.

-We went to our local stock show and bought the kids some new heavy-duty farm toys that they still love!

-We visited our local "insect zoo" with friends!

-Georgie turned three months old.  We found out that she wasn't gaining weight because she wasn't getting enough milk from me, and we started supplementing with formula.  I tried really hard to get my milk supply up, to no avail.  Georgie, obvious to my struggles, laughed and discovered her hands this month!

On The Blog: Why I Wear Makeup, 18 Book I'd Recommend From My 2017 Shelf




February

-Derek started swimming lessons with the big kids, which gave me some nice time with the littles!

-Wyatt turned 7 years old!

-The Lord started to convict me about evangelism.

-We celebrated Valentine's Day and I took a bunch of cute pictures of the kids.

-We took the kids bowling for the first time for our friends' 30th birthday party!

-I started to realize that there are other moms in this small town.  What do you know?

-Georgie turned four months old!  We figured out she had a lip AND tongue tie and took her in to get those clipped.  We discovered her love for toys.

On The Blog:  How To Start A Casual Blog, Evangelism Is Scary




March

-Georgie turned five months old.  She started to chunk up quite a bit!

-We made slime for the first time.

-We visited our dear friends on their ranch - a yearly tradition that we all love so much!

-We colored Easter eggs.

On The Blog: Thoughts About Homeschool Rooms, Large Family Q&A



April

-We celebrated our first Easter with Georgie!

-We booked our vacation for North Carolina in May.

-Gwen got her first haircut!

-We went on a field trip to our local railroad museum, and the kids had a wonderful time!

-Clyde turned four years old!

-I only spent $200 on groceries for the month.

-Georgie turned six months old.  I quit nursing her right around her month birthday.  It was especially sad for me this time because I would have gone longer, but my milk supply was just giving out.

-I introduced Wyatt to microbiology.  It was an exciting day.

-I injured my knee!  I had knee surgery after Wyatt was born and didn't have any problems since then, but I pushed a little too hard at the gym one day and ended up tearing my meniscus (just a baby tear). I hobbled around on crutches for a week.

On The Blog: Don't Be Like Bob, 8 Minute Memoir: Spring



May

-There were a couple wild fires and the air smelled like smoke.  It was unsettling.


-We visited my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in North Carolina for the first time in years!  It was a wonderful vacation. (I just realized I never shared photos on my blog! Sheesh. Lots of pictures on Instagram though.)

-Georgie turned 7 months old!

On The Blog: Why I Won't Be Sorry To Turn 30, Homeschool Curriculum: First Grade In Review




June

-We continued at the church we started attending in 2017, and really started to make some friends in our Sunday School class and enjoy the fellowship there!

-We went on lots of hikes.

-I made a bunch of summer plans after we got back from vacation!  I found out some disturbing news about Nancy Drew.

-We went antique hunting.

-I read in the hammock.

-Derek planned a birthday party for me!  We celebrated my 30th birthday with family and friends, and it was lovely.

-I reflected on nearly 10 years of blogging, and why I think it's still worth it.

-I tried making my own body butter.  Update six months later - I'm going to try a different formula.  Too greasy.

-I bought a grain mill.  It's not as weird as it sounds.

-The Lord really started working on me with contentment with where I live.

-I turned 30 years old!  It wasn't a big deal at all.  30 is great!

-Georgie turned 8 months old and started eating purees and sitting up really well!

-We visited my grandma and grandpa at their cabin, and they took the kids fishing for the first time!

On The Blog: Things I Regret (And Don't) From My First 30 Years, On (Almost) Ten Years Of Blogging




July

-We celebrated Georgie's first fourth of July!

-We found a house we liked and put in an offer, which was soundly rejected.  Weirdly (and ironically, as you'll come to see if you keep reading) it made me more content with our little house.  I started my home tour series.

-We put up a hummingbird feeder and thoroughly enjoyed watching our little feathered friends.

-Gwen started ballet with her cousins!

-I got this cool metal print of one of our vacation photos, and shared about how and why I decorate with family photos.

-I started homeschool planning, and found so many great resources - I was so organized!  I shared here.

-We celebrated our ten year anniversary!  We visited a lovely restaurant and farm to celebrate (the restaurant closed this year, so I'm glad we went one more time).

-We caught a couple $1 movies.

-Georgie turned nine months old!  She got her first tooth!

On The Blog:  That Time We Almost Moved (And Why I'm More Content Now), What I Learned In Our First Real Year Of Homeschooling




August

-We made the most of the last bit of summer!  I shared about all our fun summer things here and here.

-We let the kids camp on the porch.

-We had a couple campfires.

-Derek and I watched our show on the porch with twinkly lights.

-I pulled up a ton of thistles - yuck!

-We took the kids to see Christopher Robin in the theaters.

-We went on a big "last hoorah for summer" camping trip!

-We kicked the school year off with donuts!

-Georgie turned 10 months old!

On The Blog:  My Homeschool Curriculum Picks (2nd Grade and Kindergarten), One Thing That's In Our Morning Basket




September

-Wyatt started soccer as his first sport!

-I was very vague and mysterious in my September currently post, and that is because we put in an offer on a new house and it was accepted!  It was a whirlwind.  We weren't really expecting to move (see July note about contentment), but a house came up that we LOVED, and the Lord worked it out for us!

-Derek and I took a (late) trip to celebrate our ten-year anniversary together!  We decided to go to Seattle, and it was a great choice.  If I didn't live here, I might want to live there - we loved it!  The photos in these posts are well worth the extra clicks, I assure you - it was beautiful!
Permit Me To Gush (Pike Place - Seattle Part One)
Ferries And Lakes And Orcas Oh My (Seattle Part Two)

-I finally shared about our new house!  And that it had pink carpet.

-Georgie turned 11 months old!  Amidst all the house and trip craziness I forgot to post for her ten month update (and accidentally deleted her ten month pictures - I might have cried a little about it!), so I did her 10th and 11th month updates together here.

-Clarice turned 3 years old!


On The Blog:  Donuts And Peanut Butter Cups: Currently, 7 Things About Our New House




October

-Moving month!  Inspections went through, and I put off packing to the very last minute.

-I took Georgie's one year old photos amid the fall splendor.

-I was crazy and decided to do a writing prompt series, so I was surprisingly prolific on the blog.  You can read the posts I wrote about "How I Handle It" here.

-We celebrated Georgie's first birthday party in the old house, the last party we had there.  It was a donuts and pumpkins themed birthday party, and it was adorable!

-Said goodbye to our old house with a bunch of pictures and ceremony.

-Moving day was October 25th and 26th!  We moved most things into the garage because our house needed a lot of work.  We had the painters and carpet people scheduled for that very first week in the house.

-Georgie turned one year old!  I totally didn't take a 12 month photo with her bunny stuffed animal, because we moved right before her birthday and all that stuff was packed up.  But I did write her a lovely birthday letter, so I'm counting that.  We celebrated her actual birthday the week we moved into our new house!

-We spent a lot of time at McDonald's while the house was worked on.

-We played in leaves.

-We also squeezed in some Reformation Day fun!

On The Blog: The Main Reason We Don't Celebrate Halloween, Why I Don't Daily Plan In Our Homeschool




November

-Lots of house renovations!  I wrote about everything we accomplished here.

-We voted.

-Lots of unpacking.

-Some things went down at church and our dear Pastor left (second pastor we've lost in two years).  We're honestly still sad and stressed about the whole thing.

-We celebrated our first real holiday in the house - Thanksgiving!

-We decorated for Christmas!

-I went Black Friday shopping for the first time in years and got ALL my Christmas shopping done!  I felt very accomplished. I also bought myself a couple things.

-I decided to go on a Facebook break for the month of December, which I mostly kept.  I was forced to break it a couple times, but overall I've really been enjoying being off Facebook!

On The Blog: The Gifts I Bought Myself, Screen Time - How I Handle It (Or Not)




December

-We took a break from home renovations to just enjoy Christmas together!  I wrote a Christmas list for Derek.

-We visited Santa (Georgie didn't like it).

-We made gingerbread houses with our friends from church!

-Derek bought us tickets to see A Christmas Carol!  We went with my sister and her husband as a double date!

-We went to a Christmas parade.

-We went to a Christmas light trail, which was beautiful (Georgie especially loved it).

-We surprised Derek at work and decorated his office for Christmas!

-I got my teeth whitened with Zoom at the dental office - it was an interesting experience.  Full video on Instagram.

-Got our new school area set up before we went on Christmas break!

-The kids were part of a living nativity at co-op and it was so cute!

-We got sick a lot, and I lost my voice.

-Lots of baking. 

-We went around to meet all the new neighbors right before Christmas, bearing Christmas candy!  Helpful hint: If you bring your neighbors a Christmas card or present, the best night to go is December 23rd.  People are usually home on December 23rd, before the Christmas rush.

-Enjoyed our first Christmas in the new house!  It was a lovely day.  We also put in a little more effort to the kids' "together presents" this year, and it paid off (play kitchen and Hot Wheels track were a hit!).

-Celebrated Christmas Eve at my mom's, and the day after Christmas with Derek's family!

-Celebrated Gwen and Derek's birthday on the 27th!

-I took Gwendolyn to get her ears pierced for her 6th birthday!  She's been asking for months and was so excited!  She looks so grownup now!

-Celebrated New Year's Eve (today) by cleaning the house in preparation for our official housewarming on New Year's Day!

On The Blog:  To Those Who Are Joyful This Christmas, And A Merry Christmas To You!

That's a wrap!





And A Merry Christmas To You!



Confession time: Christmas break has not exactly gone as I planned.

I had so many ideas for advent readings and crafts to do with the kids.  We were going to bake, and learn new Christmas carols and Bible verses.  I was going to continue waking up before the kids and get in a rich, meaningful personal Bible study leading up to Christmas Day.

And then the king of all colds struck us last week.  I tell you, if I ever needed a non-serious reminder of the sinful, fallen state of the world, this cold was it.  Even though we are well past being contagious, we still are struggling with scratchy voices and irritating remnants of a cough.  Derek took time off from work, and I rolled out of bed too late every morning for the past week.  Needless to say, my plans did not come to fruition. 

However, I finally felt well enough to get back to my new morning routine again this morning.  I grabbed the Christmas present I bought myself, an illuminated Scripture journal for the book of Hebrews.  I figured I'd just start by checking out the cross-references, and I stumbled across two passages that have helped set my heart back on Christ amidst the Christmas-Eve craziness this morning. (The first one is kind of long, try to take time to read through the whole thing - it's so good!).

"He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created that are in Heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions, or principalities, or powers.  All things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.  And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in Heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross."
Colossians 1:13-20

"For it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
2 Corinthians 4:6


I just love how these passages talk about the light of Christ.  We are lost in darkness, in our sin, without Him - but when we were stumbling around in the dark, God sent us the light of Christ, the light of Himself.  He was born to make peace for us through the blood of His cross.  We are the ones who deserve darkness and death forever because of our sin, but He bore that penalty for us on the cross.  And now if we will merely raise our faces to His light, trusting in His sacrifice and what He has done to save us, we need never be lost in darkness again.





















Merry Christmas, friends.  I pray that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ is shining bright in your hearts this Christmas (and that you have more joy than Georgie in that last picture)!
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