Saturday, December 26, 2009

It's a White Christmas In Springfield, MO!

We are so thankful for family this Christmas!  Our family continues to grow!  This is Austin's very first Christmas break from college.  It has been quite an adjustment for his parents.  We are so excited that he's doing well and that he is enjoying his college experience, but we also miss having him close to us.  We know that these feeling are all part of watching your children grow up, and we have gained so much appreciation for our parents as they watched us grow up and become adults.  I never realized it would be so difficult!  Having our family together for Christmas this year is priceless to us! 

Alex is now 16 and we are looking at him and thinking..."I can't believe we have 1 1/2 years left!" before he will be gone to college as well.  My, how the years pass!  We are anxious to see what direction God will lead him in.  He has not decided exactly which direction he will go in yet-he has many ideas, though!  He has grown up to be an incredible young man and we are so blessed to call him ours! 

Aaron is now, almost 12!  He enjoys playing "Call of Duty-Modern Warfare II" with Alex and on-line with Austin.  I never thought I would be "thankful" for on-line video games, but the "brothers" have definitely been able to keep in touch with each other, even though Austin is so far away from us!  This time spent playing games is a highlight for Aaron!!!  He also enjoys playing soccer and the Miami Dolphins!  For several years now the Aberle extended family have played fantasy football and I must confess...Aaron is my personal advisor when it comes to planning my team!  He seems to know the scoop on all the players!  Thanks to Aaron I've enjoyed several opportunities of Victory!  :-) 

This year for Christmas Austin met us in Springfield, MO where we've spent time with the Aberle Family.  I write this from Springfield, looking out on a mostly snow covered deck and a beautiful snow covered back yard.  We will leave the Sunday after Christmas to head home.  Austin is anxious to get back to Huntsville to spend time with girlfriend, Elizabeth.  We'll share our family Christmas together with her on Monday. 

Andrew got the kids all together and taught them how to play bells this year.  It was a surprise to all the adults and we so Greatly enjoyed it!  Here's an opportunity for you to enjoy it as well!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 7, 2009

It seems like I lose track of time every December. I've been so busy and daily activities have to get crammed in between the holiday festivities. We've been decorating the house, baking Christmas treats, shopping, cleaning, working for the church and trying to keep up with all the "normal" jobs that need to be done like blogging and school!

I have to admit, I love the joy that I find in thinking about the amazing gift from God. That special, one time only, gift of His Son! How blessed could we be to be called heirs of Christ! Especially during the Christmas Season! I LOVE thinking about what gifts to give to family, I LOVE the praying for them that I do as I think of each of them. This time of year lifts my spirits and draws me in to the amazing promises we get to share only because Christ came and died for us. I can't wait to see Him one day! I can't wait to tell him "Happy Birthday" face to face! What joy my heart gets just thinking about it!

I pray that those who share Christ with me will also be able to think past the "bah-hum-bug" and remember the bottom line of Whose we are long enough to remember that it doesn't have to be as hard as we make it!

Enjoy the shopping...Enjoy the blessings...enjoy the business, enjoy the lights and the love and then...Pass It On!

Happy Birthday Jesus!!!

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