Christmas Countdown

Christmas Countdown

11 days until Christmas! Are you ready?

Here in northwest Ohio, we’ve been ready since Halloween because of our early snow. In fact, our youngest has been sure to thank God every dinner time prayer for our Christmas tree. Since October. We didn’t have a tree up until two weeks ago.

As Christmas approaches this year, I’ve tried to take the pressure off and focus on more important things. I could be trying harder to whip out some quick posts for you, sell you all my favorite things, and focus on all the commercialism. But I’m not going to. I realize that makes me sound a little bit like Charlie Brown. 

Instead I’ve been focused on how blessed I am, focusing on my family, my goals for the next year, and focusing on my purpose.

A lot has changed for our family over the years. The biggest changes are of the heart for us. No one says life is going to be easy, safe, or that it will be constant. But I think God uses those moments of uncertainty to depend on Him. When we grow humble, we can see our blessings clearly.

Our family has been through a lot of stressful situations from NICU visits, ER visits, break-ins, military life, and at times financial strains. But those moments have shed some light on my blessings. I now see my healthy family, that we’re safe, we have amazing support, everything we need, and a God who loves us. 

Our pastor has been preaching on the Nativity story leading up to Christmas. I’ve heard so many renditions of the same story. The basic story, the cultural break down, and even this hilarious viral video done done by Soutland Church! 

In preparation for Christmas, we’ve been crafting, listening to a lot of Pentatonix, decorating, and making some goodies! 

What have you guys been doing to prepare for Christmas? 

To the Mom Who Needs Strength Now

To the Mom Who Needs Strength Now

Momma, 

Your job is a hard one. It has been a hard job for all mothers, for all of time! 

Our shift is 24/7 with no sick days. We’re on call in the middle of the night and early mornings. Our brains run at super speeds. All. The. Time.

We face challenges that leave us feeling helpless and out of control. And then we continue to blame ourselves for still not doing a good enough job.

Life is overwhelming no matter how much you seem to accomplish. Do you feel this way?

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Keeping Christ in Christmas

Keeping Christ in Christmas

We made it to December! What a great month to celebrate Christmas! Right after the month of being thankful, we celebrate a month of giving.

This warm season can be chaotic. Visiting Santa, baking cookies, sending greeting cards, cutting the tree, decorating the house, buying and wrapping the gifts, family pictures, hosting dinner parties, and the list goes on.

So how can we keep Christ in Christmas?

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