Friday, December 16, 2011

And puppy comes home!

Diesel came home last Saturday. I surprised the girls by going to get him two days early. I REALLY wish I had captured their expressions on camera because they were priceless, but I was too busy enjoying them! Anyway here are some shots from his first week home. :D

His first meal at home. :)
So cute!!!
resting on Anna's shoulder while she reads

Emma gave him a spiked hair-do, lol. He was not impressed.

trying out his bed, and no, he hasn't slept there once

I am overwhelmed by his cuteness!!

This is his official Christmas photo. :D

He quickly grew tired of having his photo taken.

Lots of Emma love!

And a squeeze from Cora!

And finally a snuggle with Anna.

Can you tell we are in love????

Monday, December 12, 2011

What do you want?

Need: a requirement, a necessity
Want: to long for, to desire

Yesterday, we sang All I Need is You at church. I absolutely love Hillsong, and this song is really beautiful and just so raw. I think, as Christians, getting to a place where we recognize that all we need is Jesus is a journey in itself, and it might be a place we never fully arrive. It's hard to believe that we truly don't need anything but Jesus. Not money, not approval, not social standing, not our families, and when it gets down to it, not even our church. Nothing. Just Him. I believe when we recognize that He's all we truly need, those other things (families, church, people) will fall right into the place they are supposed to be. 

So I started wondering something yesterday after church. What if we could get to the place where He's all we WANT? I mean, honestly, I think it's easier to say "He's all I need" than it is to say "He's all I want." What if we want Jesus more than we want anything else in the world. What if He were to become our one desire, our one wish, the only thing we crave and long for? Wouldn't that make all the difference?


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Why can't I find time to BLOG?? A.K.A. Christmas Plans

I love blogging. I think of a million things a day I could blog about. Then I talk myself out of it because I think I have to blog about something profound every time. Well, good grief, anyone who knows me knows I'm a total dork who is rarely serious. I can't always enlighten you with my deep philosophical knowledge. At this point, you are probably wondering when I've ever done that to begin with. LOL! Anyway...

It's almost Christmas. 16 days to be exact. Are you ready? We are most definitely not ready. We don't even have our tree yet, and that is tragic! But by Sunday night, we will have a tree if I have to go cut one off the side of the road. We have 3 Christmas parties this weekend, but that's not going to stop us. We are on a mission.

This week I've been planning our holiday baking (haven't started that yet, either, oops!). I ALWAYS bake Snickerdoodles. I'm kinda famous for those. I'm going to bake biscotti for the first time. My friend, Arlene, gave me some great recipes. I think I'll do some apple pies (Emma's favorite). Maybe some turnovers and bread. Okay, I'm getting carried away. I don't have time for all that. We always make some fun candy like haystacks, oreo balls, and chocolate dipped pretzels. YUMMY!

We'll probably take the last week before Christmas off from school to have some good Christmas crafting fun! We went shopping today to get the supplies. We are going to do button ornaments, cinnamon ornaments, glitter balls, maybe jingle bell wreaths, and if we get really ambitious, we will do these Christmas lanterns. I think we'll make little toy soldiers from old wooden clothespins and make thumbprint "snowmen" on solid colored Christmas balls. That doesn't count the gingerbread house we always do (yeah that comes from a box, I don't bake the gingerbread!). Whew! That's a lot. But they love it, and I love it (usually), so we do it. :D And on December 26th, don't even think about asking me how much of this I actually got done. ;)

By the way, Diesel comes home Monday. :)

We'll wrap up some treats, some ornaments, and a family photo and that will be the Christmas gifts for everyone.  Home made gifts make the BEST gifts!

So, now is there any question of why I can't find time to blog every day or every other day or even once a week? I always over plan and double book and squeeze a million things into every day. That's just how I roll. And I rock! LOL! <3