Sunday, December 2, 2012

Renewed

Two months? Doesn't seem possible.

I've started a number of blog posts in the last couple months, but apparently never returned to finish them.

God continues to teach me so much, through His Word, through a small group study, through weekend sermons. I am truly feasting spiritually right now! Which at times means Satan is all the more active to counteract the growth.

Now, with Christmas just three weeks away (that just does not look right, there in black and white), I feel the need to record the richness that is bubbling inside.

I have always loved this time of year. The lights, the decorations, the music, the chill in the air, the family time, the focus on church and Christ's birth. Our Christmas celebration has changed over the years. When we first started married life we decorated. Lots of color and lights, music all the time, shopping, wrapping, lots of family gatherings to go to. And, church was in there, too. The birth of Christ remembered through it all, but more in the midst of the wrapping, not the center of it.

Times change. Families spread out. Things accumulate, children come and grow, and the birth of Christ becomes all the more precious.

This year as we put the ornaments on the tree, I reminisced about the evolution of our Christmas celebrations. From where we came to where we stand now.

As a little extra motivation to settle back into some type of blogging routine, I'm going to share pictures of some of the ornaments on our tree, some favorite, some significant, some typical and give you a glimpse into our Christmases past.

In the midst, I'll share my Christmas priorities, projects (very few), motivations, and focal points that have grown and changed as well.

I'm sure you'll hear it often in the weeks ahead, Merry Christmas!

Please feel free to share your favorite ornaments and maybe the stories behind them throughout the weeks ahead, either in the comments or by sharing a link.