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December Photo Project

Such a big miracle in such a tiny child.

Beautiful Christmas Cards

I received my email from Shutterfly with links to their cards. I am in love! I found so many cards that I like!

I like the look of this sage one, but I’m not so sure about the wording…”joy and magic of the season”. I think that I would prefer a simple “Merry Christmas”, so I’ll keep looking.

I love the colors of this charming one. This says, “Happy Holidays” which I’m not so sure I’m against. I know that most Christians make a big deal about “merry Christmas”-only, but isn’t Happy Holidays taken from “holy days”, which I like even more than Christmas/Christ’s Mass. Plus, I hope people have a happy Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

I also like the unexpected yellow in this card.

I have some fabulous pictures taken by Rebecca, and I am having so much fun putting them into various online photo projects. I’ve got a canvas and 3 photobooks in the mail. We’ll have to see if I can wait until Christmas to give them out!

Don’t forget, bloggers, if you want to take advantage of this deal from Shutterfly of 50 free cards, go here and have fun! And if you’re in Lincoln, have Rebecca do your photos.

Shutterfly Christmas Cards

We had some fabulous pictures taken by /RT, so now I’m looking at all the wonderful presents I can make for those near and dear to us. Shutterfly is offering 50 free Christmas cards to bloggers. So, since I have a blog, that makes me a blogger, even if I haven’t written since March of 2009, right?

The Estate of Marriage

I attended the Nebraska Christian Home Educators Association (NCHEA) conference and curriculum fair this past weekend.  We have Kindergarten books (and ant hills, classical CDs, and math rods) in hand.  I even got some workbooks for Elsie, who will be doing 3 and 4 year old preschool this year.

One of the best quotes I heard this weekend was in the class “What Do You Do All Day, Dear?” by Betsy Ray.  This quote is from Martin Luther during the third part of his three part sermon entitled “The Estate of Marriage.”

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“Alas, must I rock the baby, wash its diapers, make its bed, smell its stench, stay up nights with it, take care of it when it cries, heal its rashes and sores, and on top of that care for my wife, provide for her, labour at my trade, take care of this and take care of that, do this and do that, endure this and endure that, and whatever else of bitterness and drudgery married life involves? What, should I make such a prisoner of myself? 0 you poor, wretched fellow, have you taken a wife? Fie, fie upon such wretchedness and bitterness! It is better to remain free and lead a peaceful. carefree life; I will become a priest or a nun and compel my children to do likewise.”

What then does Christian faith say to this? It opens its eyes, looks upon all these insignificant, distasteful, and despised duties in the Spirit, and is aware that they are all adorned with divine approval as with the costliest gold and jewels. It says, “0 God, because I am certain that thou hast created me as a man and hast from my body begotten this child, I also know for a certainty that it meets with thy perfect pleasure. I confess to thee that I am not worthy to rock the little babe or wash its diapers. or to be entrusted with the care of the child and its mother. How is it that I, without any merit, have come to this distinction of being certain that I am serving thy creature and thy most precious will? 0 how gladly will I do so, though the duties should be even more insignificant and despised. Neither frost nor heat, neither drudgery nor labour, will distress or dissuade me, for I am certain that it is thus pleasing in thy sight.”

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Hope this encourages you as much as it did me.

Overheard

Elsie (Mary) to Livia (Joseph): Hurry up! King Herod is going to kill all of the baby boys!

Of all the parts of the story to retain.

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Today, my brother, Matt, graduated from Army Boot Camp at Fort Benning, Georgia, where my Grandpa McBroom was stationed in 1952. Yesterday, my Grandpa, my mother’s father, pinned Matt’s blue ribbon on him.

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I bought a TUBE of sugar cookie dough and let the kids go to town.

Pete said that it was the best day of his life.

My job just got a whole lot easier!

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Baby, it’s cold outside.

This is the window right by my computer desk.

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The Christmas Program went off without a hitch.

Thanks to everyone who helped me. Couldn’t have done it without you!

Pete loved being on stage. He did a great job. You know that kid that stands in the front row and sings obnoxiously loud? That was Pete. He knew those songs and he wanted everyone else to know it, too!

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Mike’s mom took us, his brothers, his brother’s wife, and the older two to a fancy dinner in Omaha and then to the Air Force Band concert at the Holland Center.

Dinner was so delicious (The Cheesecake Factory), and the concert was incredible. We had an excellent babysitter. I didn’t worry about Tess in the slightest. All in all, a great evening!

When Santa came in during “Zat You, Santa Claus”, he walked right by us and patted Elsie on the head. So, with a spotlight and all eyes on her, she scrunched up her nose and cocked her head to the side. Her eyes then got wide and her mouth gaped open at all of us. She was a riot.

Mrs. Claus invited all the children up on stage to listen to a story, and Elsie ran up there, found an elf, stole the elf’s candy cane and sat on her lap. Then Pete went up once his sister had blazed a trail. They sat on Santa’s lap afterwards and told him that they would be in Dallas for Christmas. He said that he knew where that was so he would be happy to drop off their presents there. Pete asked for Hot Wheels and Elsie for baby dolls – in case you have some last minute shopping to do! :o )

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