Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Magic

We have a lot of Christmas Magic happening around here.  Every time the lights go on it's like they've never seen something so great for the first time.

I love looking at the lights on our tree and thinking about how Christ is truly the light of the world, my light in the darkness, that his love can shine through any darkness.  I love thinking of the lights of the stars in the sky that filled that night so long ago at a manager.  I also think of it as the Tree of Life and the lights as the fruit or the love of God.  I'm so grateful for all of our "worldly" reminders of Christmas that aren't worldly at all when you think about it.

Merry, Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 8, 2013


I visit teach 3 different women who have so much wisdom.  They are all older women who have many children and grandchildren.  I used to think that I loved talking to other moms who are in the same stage of life as I am.  I do love that.  But I'm so grateful to the older women in my life who are so willing to give me a little piece of a bigger perspective.

My mom, my grandmas, my mother-in-law, and the wonderful women that I have the blessing of visiting teaching...these are my breaths of fresh air.  It's wonderful to hear them laughing like crazy at the things I tell them and to have them tell me with so much love that it'll all be okay.  I love hearing the stories of their mothering.

My cute grandma gets laughing so hard that she cries when she tells me about one of her daughters who was a bit, shall we say, adventurous?

I feel so, so blessed for these wonderful women who are willing to share a piece of their wisdom with me.  For those of you who don't have the blessing to learn from those older than you often, search out the opportunity!  It will bless your life.


Once upon a time (read yesterday), a woman at the store asked me if my kids were twins.  Now, I understand that Eden is not THAT much bigger than the Little Buddy, but she was walking and Brigs was sitting in his baby car seat.  #crazystorelady.

I think I could make up a whole post of things crazy ladies have said to me at the store.  Let's just recall a few of them.  Now please note that I'm sure that these ladies are all very nice and were just trying to make conversation...but that doesn't mean I can't get a good laugh from it.

1. Many, many people ask me if I die Eden's hair.  This happened even when she was 2 months old.  Yes ma'am, I strap my child down and foil her hair...crazies!

2. Telling me that I make beautiful children and need to "get busy". 

3. Asking me why I had Eden in her carseat when she was 4 months old...the lady thought she could walk.  Everyone thought Eden was older than she was because of her hair.

4. Let's not even get into all the awkward things that people say to you when you're pregnant-including people who assume you aren't married and make all kinds of awesome remarks as well as the belly rubbers.

5. I could go on, but let's not embarrass all of the ladies that make my life at the store a hilarious experience.

So thank you, Crazy Store Lady.  When I think that maybe I'll stay home, you help me get out the door just to see what you'll say next.

Family Pictures

                                 Thanks to my sister-in-law, Dani, for taking this for us!