Holly Jolly Grinch

We’ve decorated so, I guess now we’re ready for Christmas.  Ha.

I confess that I have a minor struggle every Holiday season navigating commercialization and traditions.  I think that Christmas was a day set aside by Christians to celebrate Jesus’ birth and while we’re at it, His sacrificial death and resurrection.  I’m not hung up on whether or not it’s the actual day or how other people want to celebrate or not celebrate.  I do get hung up that it’s become a commercialized thing (so Charlie Brown, I know) and a bundle of traditions that seem to me more like family gift exchanges (I know, I’m the grinch and Scrooge and all Christmas villains rolled up together).  I like getting gifts as much as the next girl, enjoy decorating and icicle lights, and I love seeing family; but I don’t like calling that celebrating Christmas.  Because I’m very literal and a possibly a crank.

Then I read something Suzanne Eller posted on Facebook that caught my grinchy attention.

     A friend shared that her greatest frustration was that Jesus’ birth wasn’t honored the              way she wanted…When she brought that to prayer, she felt the Holy Spirit invite her to    make this desire a personal goal, rather than a communal one.  The beautiful result of this was inner peace rather than outer frustration.

This was a helpful perspective change for me.   It might have made my grinchy heart grow.  Have a very Merry Christmas!  And God bless us, everyone 😉

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains He shall break
For the slave is our brother
And in His Name
All oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy
In grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy Name

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Fall Family Pictures!

Here are our 2018 Fall Family photos.  TEAMworks provides our pictures every year.  If not for them, we would have no pictures with the four of us together!  This is the best fundraiser ever.  Win-win win win win win win win.  We love it.  And, if you scroll all the way through, the outtakes are at the bottom.  You know, those pictures that are messed up because somebody is doing something awkward like rolling her eyes, or weird face talking, or wiping someone’s face, or laughing instead of smiling.  So irritating;)

Enjoy!

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…Outtakes!

 

Like Pulling Teeth

Sometimes taking the time to blog is like pulling teeth.  And sometimes I wonder when we’ll reach that sweet spot in life when we’re no longer so busy…It might be a while.

In the meantime, here’s a quick and dirty update:

It’s Fall and we’re happy about it.

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We squeezed in some lunchtime fun with Daniel.  The girls were super stoked.

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Audrey pulled her tooth during nap time and we celebrated the usual way: a tea party

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Daniel hooked me up for my 33rd!

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The girls had a great, great, great dental cleaning at ACH and Eva had a mold made of her teeth so she can get a custom appliance to help grow her little mandible.

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And that’s it.

Botox #2

The girls had their second Botox procedure for the year.  It went really well.  We’re so thankful for the girls’ providers.

Audrey and Eva are making great gains and take all these appointments in stride.  Even if we occasionally have to wake up at 4:30…at least the view is nice.  The girls were so sleepy that morning, but they kept on saying, “It’s pretty out the left side!  And the right!”

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They rehearse a lot of medical stuff during their play.  Here Eva is examining this truck and her findings reveal that he needs Botox-due to “tight wheels.”  I kid you not.

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The girls’ joints already have noticeable gains, especially in Audrey’s elbows, but we don’t expect the full extent of their gains to  manifest until six weeks post-op.

When we arrived home, that Sibby cat was so happy to see us that she decided to not be introverted.  For about five minutes anyway.

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