Quiet and common notions...shared here...with you! Of life ~ our hearts and our home.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Family Christmas Memories - Ones already made with more to come!

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We're looking forward to celebrating OUR SAVIOUR's BIRTH in just a few days...
We trust that you and yours will be able to do the same.

As we continue to prepare our hearts and our home, for Christmas Day! - we'll take a few days to SLOW down and be absent from this little online space.  I know you'll (continue to..) understand.

The gifts are mostly wrapped and boy, are we ever looking forward to Christmas this year!!

We'll be sharing and making lots of memories...as a family!  You can be sure!!!
Last Christmas!
Here are a few of our favorites - Memories - made just this past week alone!

Thursday, Caleb was in a Character Musuem at his school.  
This is poster/art project to go along with his story and character of the Little Wolf...who wanted a new home!

Note:  We're still bandaged up in the Left Hand pinky finger.  
He has a follow-up appt on Wednesday - the day before Christmas!!

Here's Aubrey!!  She lost both of her two front teeth, this week!!  Here are two before, photos...

And, the one after...

She wasn't feeling all that well in this photo... running a fever and possible sinus infection.  We mustered our best smile, here... for the moment!

She is so stinking cute without her two front "toofers" (I remember the day they first came in...boohoo!) ... but, let's just say these two did not leave her mouth without a fight!  This girl is so, so creative!!
It's the marks of a girl growing up!!

And Jayne!!
Here to sing for you!!
  Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
((sorry, for the sideways video))

Well, let's just say she is really coming into her own.  Always singing...
and having to keep up with her siblings!!

Here she is with her brother's poster..

Our Little Star!!
We're getting ready to host my entire family here for Christmas Day!!  If all make it - there will be a total of 22 - kids and all.

Once again, we wish you and yours a WONDERFUL and BLESSED Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Until next time...

** Linking along, HERE, today!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Five Minute Friday :: Adore

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Joining HERE, again today - the last time for 2014! - as yet another brave soul to take on just five minutes of my day in sharing my thoughts.
You're welcome to join in, as well!!  See the button link-below for details..

Little did I expect I'd write a three-part monologue...on what happened that First Holy Night in Bethlehem and thereafter... 
I just appreciate you reading along! 

Today's prompt is :: Adore

Sleep couldn't come. By the mere light of my lantern, I had stumbled to my abode, my heart racing and feeling ready to burst.  As I lay there, wide awake, in the night - my head to the pillow - my thoughts filtering back to that dusty stall.  My heart still in that process of preparing to receive this Heavensent Wonder!!
How was it that one could feel so much... for another?
He was just a baby!
His Mother, a wee thing herself.  So winsome and wise; one confident beyond her years.  Her whispered story, that night, had held for me my own moment of wonder.
I thought back to that night... while I was bending low.  She had begged me to stay.  I remembered I  had felt so unsure; positive I was intruding, in this moment.  I remembered the tears falling..

Even now...they trickled down my cheek ...

The awe I had felt, that night, in my soul just couldn't be contained. Humbly, the tears fell freely on to this baby's adorable little feet.  Embarrassed, a bit...the only thing I could think to quickly wipe them away was a lock of my chestnut brown.
Even, this didn't awaken the sleeping child.  But the peace-filled smile that broke onto the delicate corners of his sweet reverent face filled the stable room.

I remember that... so distinctly.  So surreal...
It's what babies do, don't they?  They melt you in ways you never think possible...

Oh, how I adored HIM! and I didn't even know why... I didn't understand.

And then...
Then there was that ruckus and shuffling outside the stable.  Mary and I looked up in a simultaneous glance - as Joseph rose, too, from his corner nap!  We heard the hurried murmuring of voices and saw three lone figures shoving their way into the stoop of a doorway.. their presence though large didn't diminish the sacredness of the moment held close before.

Their joy and excitement spilled out at once as the three began tripping over their words.  They straightened up, looking all demure..as if their regalness would entirely excuse their humanness.  Their gifts shaking in hand...
"We have seen this star, in the East!  We are come to worship HIM!"
I sighed with relief...
Their adoration of this Child - humbled me all over again.
I was undone.

I wondered about the InnKeeper.. Had he ever come to see this Christ Child?  How many others, perhaps, filed by - after all that those Shepherds had done in spreading the news?  

I'm still (signed!) One-of-the-Crowd with a job to do...I thought to myself. Rolling over - sleep came at last.. The night sounds echoed my dreams loud and clear... 

Oh Come! Let us Adore Him... come, let us adore him!!
Have a Wonderful Weekend!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Some of the little Christmas Joys in our home...this season!

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Our children will often beg to go to the Golden Arches - for lunch or dinner!  
Whose don't?
I rightly and quickly respond, Nah... how about to the Silver Bells Cafe, instead?
 An appropriate response for this Christmas Season... don't you think?

Of course, I'll usually get a quirky smirk...and a wry look from the eye!
But, all is well in our hearts and home.

And, little bellies are filled to the brim and settled once more.

“God bless us, every one!”
Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ (1843)

How is your week going so far?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Five Minute Friday :: Prepare

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Joining up with Five Minute Friday - and today's prompt is: Prepare.
Oh hello!  Remember me?  I am known as just 'One-of-the-crowd', here to share what happened that night as I went to pay a visit to the Christ-child... that first night!

I stand humbled in the serene of a world turned white.  The snow is falling.  Falling.  Biggest flakes I ever did see; like cotton.  They gather up and pile; all pillowy - as if they can add any more to my joy!  And, they do.

It's quiet - though not still.  My thoughts and these flakes conjure for my memory sake and I marvel as I recall the scene I encountered that night.  Almost as if I stumbled onto the most picturesque thing I ever did see; amidst the dusty and dark.

It was there.  This pure, white glow, reminding me of snow.  Surrounding them - maybe it came from the steaming of breath of all the livestock gathered there.  But nothing ... nothing more... was truer than this.  My world was turned upside down and inside out; swirling, twirling just like it was now, at the mere sight of this. This baby!

I think back to that moment.  The Child's Mother - bending low.  Her voice barely audible as she bid me come.


She picked up her son and held him close to her bosom.  Escaping her lips and into his ear, these words that so impressed my heart and mind... 'my precious, little lamb'.

Did she just say 'lamb'?  I swallowed hard... I didn't understand.

I shuffled over to kneel beside her...sitting in the silence.  Nary the bleating of sheep nor lowing of cattle seemed out of place, here. Neither, the slight snore of the bone-weary man off in the corner. Except for me! I began to feel a slight imposition.  My own admission, of course... I wasn't really meant to be part of this... this picture.  Was I?

Why was I there?  I remembered distinctly the imposturous feeling sweep over me.  Yet, the longing to stay was surreal.  The glance from Mary's sweet face; gentle and mild, convinced me, pleaded with me, that to be in HIS presence was all that I needed, and, all I wanted to know.

Nothing could prepare me for what happened next...

I  remember stepping outdoors to catch my breath!  There was this impeccable stillness. Incredible - Peace on Earth!  The snow had hushed its quiet-fury and settled into all the deep and dark.  Bringing with it a much needed definition.  My mind still graveling to grasp the significance of this wondrous story that Mary had just shared with me in that quiet night of meeting.

I too... treasured up and pondered... this Miracle-birth!  My heart.. could now... fully and willingly prepare Him room!

Joining up, today, with Kate from Heading Home and the FMF link-up.  
Today's word prompt was: Prepare

Have yourself a wonderful weekend!

Until next time....

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Dreams and Broken Wings

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So, it's that time again!  Christmas!!  Where the kids have each shared their Christmas Dreams or Wishes and one of these is on Caleb's list.  (You might want to check it out!! - please, if you can take a minute...it will be helpful for understanding - what this post is about.)

Guess what we found him playing with over the weekend?
Why, this hanger - of all things... or part of it, thereof.

We should probably return the store-bought item which just so happens to be hiding in the closet.  What do you think?  We could save ourselves a buck or two...

He has been having such a blast with this..this plane-hanger... and honestly, I'm kinda glad my kid can be content with a simple ole clothes hanger.  
Because, even I can't wait for Christmas this year..

In fact. This was funny...
So, he's standing in the kitchen - Sunday Morning... just hanging out off to the one side of the room.  A bit odd, I thought.  Here he is ..kind of glancing off into space, with the said hanger-turned-plane in hand, when my husband walks through the kitchen, just in front of him, and we hear, "Dad - stop messing up the galaxy."  What?!?!?!?! 

((Scott and I - We just rolled with laughter...))

Here all the "dust particles", that he could see in the sunlight had become his star studded outer space.
With the single shake of a kitchen towel - I filled his universe once more!

Oh boy!!  Wait till he sees what will be hiding "under the tree"... on Christmas Day!

Here he is showing me all the imaginary controls, and all the seats and all the "whatever else" goes into a plane...

And... yes!  We're sporting a broken pinky.  This happened about a week and a half ago, while playing catch football... with one of his uncles.

He goes back for follow up x-ray's, sometime today.

I'm praying for "healing in the wings"... that his finger will be fine and we can resume to what is called normal activity.  Can you believe me if I say - not much has changed, though, in his busyness. He is STILL all one bundle of action packed fun... and not much stops him.

Until next time...

UPDATED to ADD, regarding Caleb's broken pinky finger:
The Dr. visit today entailed more xrays.  The finger is healing - slowly - it appears we'll still be on activity "restrictions" and a bandaged splint will be "our friend" for the next two weeks.
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