Trust in him at all times, O People;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
One of the many projects I have going on right now is December Daily. The basic idea is to capture something from each day from Dec 1-25 and appreciate the Christmas Season. (If you want to read more about the project, check out Ali Edwards Website. I was able to get my first page done Wednesday after church but didn’t get to finish yesterday’s until tonight. I thought I would post the first three pages and I’ll post the rest as I can.
PS For all you scrapbookers out there, I hope to make this Christmas Kit available for free download soon! It’s uploading as we speak!
When we came home this evening, we noticed that the folks behind us were burning. As we got stuff out of truck and got the mail, Cody remarked that cool- the neighbor would have burned his stuff before we burned our Ike debris. Jack and Lisa were planning to come up but now aren’t. . . leaving Cody’s honey-do weekend free. I noted that if Jack had come up, they still could have burned CAREFULLY.
We came in the house, I changed, and came into the kitchen for a cup of hot chocolate and to figure out dinner.
“Oh my goodness” I yelled as I looked at the back door. Half of my back yard was black! Our neighbor fire had gotten out of control sometime today, burned much of what we needed to burn, and half the yard. I yelled for Cody, who was in the back bedroom to look outside.
You know those strange thoughts that come to mind. . . Well, I now knew what my pick for my 365 project picture would be. We noted that we should have some better grass. Cody just might be able to mow the back yard with our poor sad riding lawnmower on it’s last legs when spring rolls around- The tall stuff that Cody hadn’t been able to mow is gone.
Who do you call when your yard’s charred. . . your “little bro” who works for the forestry service of course. . . And then we called the sherriff’s office just to make sure the incident was documented. Strangely, the neighbor still hasn’t come by even though we’ve been home for several hours now.
This kind of thing makes you appreciate having a house and no damage beyond the yard was done. God was looking after us. Bring on tomorrow’s rain!!!!
When I look back on 2009, I cannot help but be glad it’s over and hope that 2010 brings more happiness. Despite all the negative of this past year, I’d rather dwell on the many good things from 2009- the many things I give thanks for. . . . Here’s just a random list (though I alphabetized them using the computer) of some of the things. . . I know there’s a lot more. . . . I bet I could list 2,009 things or more if I had the time.
(If you read my blog many of these may sound familiar. . . others I’ve yet to write about.)
365 Days of Life with Cody
50 mm lenses!
A family Christmas
A Husband who makes me smile and laugh every day
A Job that gives me variety and freedom
A portable water heater
A Royals Win in Houston!
A trailer at the deer lease
Ability to listen to great music
Acoustic Jason Boland, Cory Morrow, and Roger Creager Concert
Adam Carroll in Concert
Breakfast and Shakes at Jimmy’s
Cell Phones that do more
Chocolate Fondue at the Melting Pot
Climbing around at Turner Falls
Cody and Jack playing catch at the ballpark
Cody getting together with Billy and Terry
Cody’s Blue Eyes
Coke Cans being gone from the house
Confirming my middle name
Cutting a Christmas Tree from the Farm
Deer Meat in the Freezer
Finding Inspiration Online
Flexible Work Hours
Food on the Table
Football kicks into the brush at the deer lease
Fred Eaglesmith in Concert
Fudge at Crowne Center
Fun at Nine Flags
Getting Cody a camera
Getting Packages in the Mail
Getting through tough times with Cody
Getting to go to the Park for work
God’s Saving Grace
Great spots to take pictures
Having my Uncle and Aunt around
Hearing the History of the Round Barn
Heated Mattress Pads
Help from Friends
High Speed Internet at home
Impromptu Trip to See KC play in Arlington
Improving my photography skills
Internet on our phones
Jack “graduating” to the 243
Jack getting to hunt
Jason Boland in Concert
Learning from Frank White
Living in a town with so many memories
Living Small Town life
Macaroni and Cheese
Morning Fog Paint
National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum
New Speakerphone at work
Photography Class Scholarship
Reading Good Books
Renting Camera Lenses
Route 66 Trip
Royals Hat with the Fleece Flap
Ryan Bingham in Concert
Seeing a Drive-In Movie
Seeing Chris Knight in Nacogdoches
Seeing the Negro League Hall of Fame
Seeing the Plaza in Lights
Seeing The Proposal with Cody
Seeing the Renovations at Kaufman Stadium
Seeing the Royals Play in Kansas City
Seeing the Sabres Play Hockey
Skipping rocks in Turner Falls
Soaking in anything I can learn about photography
Spending time with Family
Spending time with Lisa and Jack
Spending Time working to make the trailer ours with DH
Sports packages on the Satellite
Surprising Friends when in Need
Surviving the Year
Taking Candice Strigham’s Portrait Photography Class
Taking Cody to Nelson Atkins and him watching the guy break the ice
Taking Jack through Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri
Taking Karen Russell’s Photography Class
Texas State Aquarium Membership
That Cody and I didn’t get arrested when he touched the Shuttlecocks
That Kaufman’s was renovated instead of replaced
The Baseball Diversion on TV
The Field Goal at Smith’s Restaurant
The Joy Cody has gotten out of shooting a buck
The Old Front Porch
The Open Road
Time Spent at Deer Camp and Lease
Trips to Bass Pro, Boardwalk, Saltgrass
Tuesday Date Nights
Two running vehicles
Walmart Finished Renovating
Watching Jack and Cody feed the fish at the Blue Whale
Watching Jack grow up
Watching Mitch Maeir hit a home Run
Watching the Bears and Seals at the OKC Zoo
Zack Grienke’s Year
I was browsing the internet today and came across a book called “Lone Star Christmas”. . . I thought about what the book might be about as I clicked on the book’s image which included a single spur and holly. Lone Star. . . Christmas. . . There is really is only one star at Christmas, now isn’t there.
It seemed to sum up what I want Christmas to be like this year. In the last few Christmas’s, I’ve really focused on Christ- Decor for Christmas. I’ve focused on cutting out the secular world from my Christmas. I’ve decorated with things like Poinsettias, Stars, and Nativities. Even my Santa cookie plate and Santa stocking have stayed in the decorations box. And, without kids, I haven’t had to wrestle with what to do with Santa at Christmas.
I will continue this new tradition this year. When I think about my holidays this year- From Thanksgiving to Christmas- the things I want are the same. To focus on my faith and family with simplicity, joy, and gratitude.
We’ll be going to my parents for Thanksgiving and I’ll be spending time with my husband out at the deer lease for much of the holiday season. Advent starts just after Thankgiving and I’m looking forward to the waiting and preperation for Christmas. I plan on completing several advent devotionals this year. And then it’ll be Christmas. I really want the focus of my Christmas to be celebrating the Nativity of Jesus with my family- and good food of course.
(To my dismay, the book actually appears to be a Christian Romance novel and I’m not sure that it even touches on my thoughts as I read that title.)
Today, I read a devotional about God’s Will. Part of it read, “A major cause of the restless, unsatisfied feeling and the frictions that spoil the soul’s peace is that God wants one thing and we desperately want another.” . . . “This spells civil war within.”
Been there, done that. These days I’m awaiting for God’s full will to be revealed to me. These days I’m at peace with that and really enjoying letting go and letting God.
My husband opened his big fat mouth yesterday and created quite a stir in our household yesterday. You see Monday we were talking about my enrollment into Karen Russell‘s Snapshots of a Good Life Photography Class and how much it cost. You see, he’d had selective hearing in our previous converations about the cost.
Well yesterday, he was telling a dear friend of ours about his selective hearing. Next thing he knows, he get’s a card with my name on it. It was a Photography Scholarship for me. (And it’s not the first time she’s done something like this for us either!) This friend is crazy but oh so Good. Too Good. Too Good to be True.
She loves giraffe’s and so I made her a little thank-you- using none other than my photographs.
I can’t wait to take Karen’s class. And, I’m in awe of the people that God has put in our lives and how crazy good they can be. And, Cody is going to have to learn to keep his mouth shut around a certain someone we both know and love.
Saturday, we went down towards Houston to watch Jack play his last soccer game. On our way home, we marveled in the beautifully lit dark stormy skies off to our east. We saw showers a few times on our way home. As we came up the hill to our road, we saw a rainbow.
I doubted that as we turned the corner (and subsequently the angle) and drove to our house that I’d still be able to see the rainbow. But, as we pulled into the driveway, the rainbow was shining over our house. I wish I’d taken a pic from our driveway, but alas, I didn’t take any until I got into the backyard.
Sunday, as I prepared for church, I marveled at that rainbow and God’s promises. We’ve been healing around here and it was a great reminder that God isn’t going to flood us out. He’s certainly not going to give us more than we can handle. He made his bow in the sky a covenant with Noah, his family, and his people.
A really good friend of my sent me a message after reading my blog posts about what’s going on in my life. She shared with me this song that’s an awesome fit for how I feel these days. I wanted to be sure to share it with all of you.