Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snow - The Great Equalizer

Right now, if I go outside and don't look to the East, I can pretend I'm back home.

Snow is everywhere. It's really going to be a white Christmas. And, under a beautiful blanket of snow, I can pretend the wheat fields are really corn fields. If I don't look too closely, I can pretend it's Iowa.

Of course, the huge mountain range on the East side of things spoils the pretending.

But then I get to stand in awe of the magnitude of God's creativity. Snow capped mountains are something else I must say! I could never tire of the view out here!!

And yes, that is Cherub 3. And yes, he's eating the snow. (He doesn't even have sense enough to pick it up first.) Gotta love Cherub 3!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Two Holidays

I love this time of year!

The two holidays are so much fun. I love remembering and celebrating the birth of our King. It's an awesome birthday party! We give thanks for the gift of our Savior.

I also like the other Christmas.

That's what we tell our children anyway. There are two holidays that happen this time of year. The only confusing part is that they have the same name - Christmas. It's a great way for us to discuss what we like about the secular things going on around us and what we don't - without having to say we don't like Christmas.

We decorate, bake cookies, give gifts to friends and family. We even let the big jolly guy that wears red come to visit on the 24th. It's so much fun!!!

The focus isn't on the secular Christmas. Fun comes with both holidays though. Freely we have received - freely we give. As a family though, we try to do this year 'round. I guess that's why I'm OK with celebrating both Christmas holidays. My kids really aren't hung up on all the presents. We don't over schedule ourselves. We just enjoy the fun.

Besides, as a wise pastor told us once - the REAL party is at Easter!!