A deliberate Christmas season

So this year our church did a huge production called “Another Christmas Vacation”. This was a parody on the movie starring Chevy Chase set in the 2012 with 18,000 lights, drama, and amazing music. Unbelievable! It was funny. It was beautiful. It was beautifully directed. It was PERFECT! I saw all four productions – my husband was an actor in the drama and my daughter sang in the choir. What an opportunity to reflect on what the real meaning of Christmas is all about. The birth of our Savior – Jesus Christ! This has been a difficult Christmas season and one that has caused me to reflect on how thankful that I am. A teammate of my son’s wrestling team died in an accident. He was 10. This coupled with all of the sadness on television from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings has caused me to shed many tears this holiday season but I have a new set of eyes focused on the ones that I love. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to continue to do just that – focus more on others and simply love. I choose joy this holiday season and will continue to do so in 2013.


Madelyn holding the birthday cake we made for Jesus.


They are loving their gifts. They love going to Grandma’s house.


My son and his pretty girlfriend.


My daughter and granddaughter. What an awesome first Christmas.


These two are two peas in a pod. Madelyn loves her grandma Tinker.


Christmas in July

My son was so excited as he gave this to me this Christmas. This was a under $5.00 trashy gift he received in a Dirty Santa game.

He immediately set his plan in motion as he hid it under his shirt so I wouldn’t see it when I picked him up that day. He was smiling ear to ear as he quickly wrapped it and placed it proudly under the tree with my name on it

Two can play this game. I am thinking a little Christmas in July at the campsite. Won’t it look beautiful on a hot summer day as we are preparing BBQ for supper?