Anticipation. Anticipay… yay… tion! Ohhhhh, it’s making me wait! Carly Simon. What a song! Can you hear it? Wait, I’ll sing it for you again: “Anticipation, it’s keeping me waiy… yay… yay… yai-ai-ting!” (Oooops! Too loud? Here comes Dan. He’s heard enough!) But not me! I LOVE this song. Sure, I know it is not a Christmas song but I’m really thinking of calling up Carly and asking if she’ll include it on her next holiday album. Someone should. Don’t you think? I mean really! Of all the crazy things we have had to wait on this year! The list is endless. From daily things like school report cards, email, the market, to more major life events like Caity’s (our recent college graduate) job pursuit and offer, IEP evaluations, school fairs, snow days, to really crazy waits by the mailbox. Yes, waiting for snail mail to deliver news from the Veteran’s Administration concerning benefits for Dan’s illness, Parkinson’s Disease. Aaaaargh! With Christmas Eve just a … [Read more...]
a Christmas Acronym
What is the meaning of Christmas? Christmas has become so commercialized that people forget what it really means. Each year people go through the same stresses about having the perfect Christmas. What is a perfect Christmas? The turkey cooked moist and juicy? The house cleaned and decorated? No last minute stocking stuffer shopping? Is it finding the perfect gift? Nope. It is none of these things. It is about the birth of a Savior, so that we can be forgiven of sins and spend eternity in Heaven with our Creator. :) Here is an acronym that also puts what Christmas really is about into perspective... What is Christmas? C - Compassion It's understanding that people are different, and loving them anyway. We all go through hard times and it's not every year we can do something special for someone, but the little things that are done throughout the year are important gestures that show you care. Loving one another and having compassion for our fellow man is what a true Christian's … [Read more...]
Is Jesus Still A Baby?
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.” Isaiah 9: 6-7 (NIV) It was a morning like every other. My two blond daughters sat on bar stools in our kitchen, eating breakfast and getting ready for school. I was pouring myself a cup of coffee and packing lunches for the day as they chitchatted together. You never know when children will open their mouths and say something so brutally honest it makes you laugh out loud or ask a question which leaves you speechless for an answer. Occasionally they unknowingly speak a truth so profound you wonder why you never realized it on your … [Read more...]