Monday, December 13, 2010

Talking...

After our last several crazy weeks, especially this last one, I felt I needed to "talk" a little to catch you up on our lives lately...you know, before all of the picture posts follow *grin*

Obviously, Christmas is right around the corner!  I really don't know where to start, but I think life got crazy-busy right before Thanksgiving, so I'll try to catch you up starting there.  The weekend prior to Thanksgiving, we packed up and headed to Mobile to enjoy the most beautiful wedding of the year, for my brother-in-law, Myles and my new sister-in-law, Angela.  I was a little busy keeping Austin from making disasterous scenes at the church and keeping Katie dressed and ready to be the cutest little flowergirl ever, so I have absolutely no pictures...which hurts to say!  BUT, I am sure the "real" pictures will be ready for sharing soon, and I'll let you know when they are :-)  Recapping for fun - I learned that 1) nerds work great {one at a time} to keep a little rambunctious 2-yr-old sitting still through a wedding ceremony; 2) Katie cannot stand still through a wedding ceremony, but instead shows everyone that her beautiful Cinderella dress can twirl; 3) Dancing for hours at the reception makes for two tired but happy kids, which helps Mommy get a little glimpse of relaxation - which was definitely needed!

After the wedding, we spent the rest of the Thanksgiving holidays with our family and friends in Mobile, loving every second of it!  Mark and I even braved a little Black Friday shopping late Thurs night/early Fri morning.  It was fun to be out on something like a date {we were kid-less for a few hours!}...but not something I would desire to do often ;-)  Then, we packed up again {wondering if we were actually going to fit into the car} and headed back home, ready to put our own Christmas decorations up! 

We had a couple of days of normality around here, then we began gearing up for our church's "Journey Through Christmas" presentation, which we were a part of each night last week.  I had never seen anything like this, but it was incredible!  This was a drive-through (hayride through) presentation of Christmas, from the Old Testament prophets all the way through the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, explaining that Christmas doesn't stop at a babe in a manger.  Christ didn't come to be a babe, but to be killed, buried, and resurrected, to pay for our sins!  Mark and I were Gabriel and Mary, when she was told she was to have a son, Jesus, and we had such a great time!  It was freezing outside most every night, and we added rain to the mix the final night, but it was worth it.  We had over 2,000 people come through those 2 1/2 nights!  A WONDERFUL turn-out of people wanting to hear the true story of Christmas!  I will say on a funny side note, though...Mark and I had to joke that God was testing me to become a missionary this week, though, as each night we were given a sack lunch dinner before we headed to our sets, and almost every night was one of my most dreaded meals...starting with Peanut Butter AND Jelly {I gag thinking of the jelly part} *grins*...and ending with bologna sandwiches {the only way I like bologna is fried until burned black and put on a biscuit} *grins*...but God saw me through that, too!  I ate it every night, and didn't die ;-) hehe

Now that Journey Through Christmas is over, life is getting slowly back to normal...except Christmas is almost here, and there is lots going on!  We're using "What God Wants For Christmas" as our Advent family devotion this year...and the kids love it!  I don't think they will ever get tired of hearing the Christmas story while being able to open presents to tell it.  :-) 

And, how could I fail to mention that the kids have seen their first official snow!  It's been snowing beautifully the last two days...not accumulating very much...but beautiful, nonetheless.  And the windchill is currently 5 degrees!!  WOW. 

Now that you've made it through all of my ramblings from the past few weeks...look forward to several picture posts of fun things we've been doing :-)

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