"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -Edward Everett Hale

Monday, December 25, 2017

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing...

Glory to the newborn King!

And what a glorious morning it was as we celebrated this truth...


Just like always, it was over in a flash...


But we had the whole day before us, to enjoy our new things, spend time together, and relax in our pajamas...


And although December 25th came to a close, the truth behind it lives on every day, never ending, an eternal promise for all who believe...

"Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild he lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! the herald angels sing:
'Glory to the newborn King!'"

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Kick-Off

We spent the weekend before Christmas making the rounds in Bowling Green. 

With plenty of food, family, and presents, the kids were more than excited...


And even a bit crazy as we kicked off this Christmas celebration...


And after a wonderful weekend, we made it home just in time to prepare for a special visitor...


And fall into bed with visions of sugar plums presents dancing in our heads.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

First Day of Winter

What could be better than a first day of winter walk to the Arboretum in jacket (or not) weather?


A sleepover at BoBo and BeBe's house sure comes close...


Missing our two big boys tonight, but loving this kick-off to winter break.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Secret of Snowflake County

With two more days of school remaining, it wasn't quite winter break yet. But it was the day of the Christmas musical at church, and that provided just enough excitement to get these kids to the finish line...


We had a line-dancing angel...


And a tap-dancing wiseman...


The musical was called The Secret of Snowflake County, and one thing is for sure, it is no longer a secret that we are not a family of dancers. In fact, I was left wondering if some of these roles weren't assigned to provide a little comic relief. 

Levi, on the other hand, just wanted to sing in the choir, and now I understand why...


Oh, but Easton. He had a small, yet significant speaking role. 

Think Linus in his drop the blanket moment in a Charlie Brown Christmas...


"So Joseph also went up from Nazareth, to Bethlehem. While they were there, the time came for the Baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger. And there were shepherds living out in the fields...an angel of the Lord appeared to them and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; 
He is Christ, the Lord."

And at the end of the night, the true meaning of Christmas was shared by an amazing group of elementary kids. And no amount of missed dance steps could take away from that. 







Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sharing is Caring

I typically try to avoid the mall around the holiday season. Actually, make that all year long. 

However, when presented with the prospect of being bell ringers for the Salvation Army red kettle campaign, I said, "Sign us up!"

Because first of all, it was inside. And secondly, it was near the food court. And those two facts alone could possibly reduce the amount of complaints by at least 75%.

With different shifts and many breaks, these four managed to keep the bell ringing for three hours...


And have a little fun at the same time!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

More Than Enough

Christmas decorations are a little sparse around our house this year. While I'm happy to report that my previously missing, beloved Willow Tree Nativity set has been found, I'm not sure I'm brave enough to put it out. Because at any given time there are all manners of sports games, wrestling matches, karate chops, and good old fashioned roughhousing taking place in all areas of the home. 

And if that's not enough, there's also a two year old boy...


So, for our nativity decor, we left it at everyone's favorite...


 And with one "big" tree and another "kid's" tree we called it a wrap...


And for these little elves...


It was more than enough.



Saturday, December 2, 2017

My Girl on the Run

Piper spent the past ten weeks as a participant in the Girls on the Run program. The team met two afternoons each week focusing on having fun, bonding, character building, and oh, a little running too. 

It all culminated in a 5K race on a not-too-cold December morning...


Hundreds of girls were anxious to start the run...


And I had a blast handing out medals to each girl as she crossed the finish line...


Especially this one...


I wasn't the only one cheering Piper to the finish...


The whole program was a huge confidence builder and Piper is already talking about next time. 

Every girl was a winner today, and we're so proud of ours.