Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Marvel...

What a sweet reminder we got this morning at our church service of the marvel of Christmas... to stop and enjoy the season... to be sure we are filled with joy in our hearts... regardless of our circumstances, to-do lists, and everything else that seems to be flying on around us at every waking moment!

"Are you a marveler this Christmas? Or, are you too caught up in the busyness and stress of the season? Have you been running around because of the Holidays, or are you taking the time to make Christmas a “holy” day? Has Christmas become too predictable, too familiar? Have you heard the Christmas story so much that it no longer astonishes you? Actually, this can be a dangerous time of the year for us. Our annual celebration of Christmas can immunize us to its reality. We hear just enough of the story each year to inoculate us against the real thing, so that we never really catch true Christmas fever. There’s something exciting about meeting Jesus for the first time. Some of us need to come back to that."
Check out what John MacArthur writes: “Here's a side to the Christmas story that isn't often told: Those soft little hands, fashioned by the Holy Spirit in Mary's womb, were made so that nails might be driven through them. Those baby feet, pink and unable to walk, would one day walk up a dusty hill to be nailed to a cross. That sweet infant's head with sparkling eyes and eager mouth was formed so that someday men might force a crown of thorns onto it. That tender body, warm and soft, wrapped in swaddling clothes, would one day be ripped open by a spear. Jesus was born to die.”

Having a 2 year old in the house this Christmas has sure been a GREAT reminder of the joy of Christ's birth, but also the importance of not getting caught up in the busyness of it all.

What are you doing this week to be sure you haven't left CHRIST out of Christmas?

We are: taking an intentional approach to giving gifts with purpose, making homemade gifts in order to free up funds to GIVE where God calls us to give, spending time together each day doing the Jesse Tree with Malakai Aweke, and NOT going ANYWHERE on Christmas day! Have I mentioned how excited I am to be HOME on Christmas for the ENTIRE DAY for the first time??? :) eek!

And a few recent photos to share with you... cause I just love this boy so much!
what you get when you put a VERY tired 2 year old in a photo booth at nap time! :) 

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier in Chicago. Do you see how TALL my boy is?!?!?

is that not a creepy snowman?

thought I was going to have to make them stop the ferris wheel... note to self: don't go on a ferris wheel 6+ mo preggers right after lunch! :) haha

he loved these little bouncy houses SO much... almost as much as the train he got to ride on! Seeing things through Malakai Aweke's eyes over the last 6 months has been so incredible! 

and last, but not least... his favorite thing to do before he hops in the bathtub! hehe

Merry Christmas everyone! May we never forget that Christ was born to die... for you... and for me! 


  1. Love love love seeing all the fun things you are doing with Malakai for Christmas! and for real, he is getting SO BIG. Mama is feeding him well :) Merry Christmas friends, wish we were all closer to celebrate together.

  2. Precious!!!! Love these pictures!