Archive | December, 2012

dear birthday girl,

sometimes…i catch a glimpse of you in pictures of gramma mary…when she was but a girlie like you are now…

always…when i look at this one…

something in her eyes

and when i’ya captured that happy birthday picture of you in the sweet little cap emma made…it was this picture that immediately sprang to mind…

the two of you…in your winter caps…

how she just loved christmas…just loved giving at christmas!

wouldn’t she be so proud of you?  her little “éclair”!

i know i am

you’re the very most amazing christmas surprise i ever got!

very sincerely,
me (your so-grateful-that-you’re-mine mama)

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on this day in…

~ 2001 ~

four eighths

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dear emmie,

wasn’t that just so fun?

you staying up into the wee hours on christmas morning…knitting away on that sweet little cap for eian…

him tearing open the wrapand just loving it right away!

him wanting so badly to just put it right on!

him just begging, “please, mama, please…may i wear my new cap!?!”

him wanting to just wear it and wear it all the rest of that day!

him just positively loving that sweet little cap you made for him!

that truly was just the very most fun!

very sincerely,
me (your always-so-grateful-you-gift-with-your-gifting mama)

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on this day in…

~ 2001 ~


on this day!


– alex’s image

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Jesus will come

that’s what the readerboard said at the beginning of this advent season…

the one in front of the little church down the street…where we met and mourned our little gramma before they laid her to rest these five years ago…

and i just sighed relieved…so thankful to be reminded at just that moment…

Jesus will come!

and not like He did before…

when His suffering and oppressed people…having clung to the promise that He would come…that He would deliver…waited and hoped…and fixed their eyes on the heavens…so sure of a triumphant entry of a warrior to save!

but His plan was infinitely more wonderful…His plan was unimaginable

into a dark and cold and uninviting world…He came most ordinarily…He came just like us!

them fixing their eyes on the heavens…Him crawling right by under their noses!

Him walking this earth among us…

living this life the way we should live itdying the death that we should die

2000 years later and this world is no less broken…still so filled to overflowing with suffering…

that herod storming in just days ago and stealing all those precious babies away from their mamas

this world so aches…our hearts so ache

but Jesus will come!

and we can set our eyes on the heavens…we know how He will come!

we’ve been assured…

for the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God.  and the dead in Christ will rise first.  then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.”

He who testifies to these things says, surely I am coming soon.'”

so during this advent season…we’ve remembered their waiting…

and we wait…

and in His always perfect timingJesus will come!

1 thessalonians 4:16-17 and revelation 22:20

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– the kids’ camera  jack’s image (december 9, 2012)

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urban woodsman

– the kids’ camera  claire’s image (december 8, 2012)

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dear s.j.,

i don’t know

sometimes i worry that he just isn’t truly settling in

very sincerely,

– hannah’s image

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dear belly, bat wings and bum,

i think i found those inches we lost last summer at the bottom of the caramel corn jar…

what a relief that was!

very sincerely,

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dear mr. taylor,

when we were all gathered…i listened closely for a word just for me…

i listened through our singing…

i listened through the teaching…

and then…you stood before us as we gathered ‘round His table…and you said…

you hold in your hand the elements that represent
His perfect obedience and His perfect trust.

perfect obedience…perfect trust…

and because of His perfect obedience and His perfect trust…
we can obey imperfectly and trust imperfectly and it’s acceptable.

it’s acceptable…

it’s enough

because of Christ’s work by giving His body and His blood…”

and there!  there they were

and i was ever-so grateful…so very, very grateful to hear those words

words meant especially for a girl just like me

very sincerely,

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