This fall, Anna and Mary were gifted with a night away at a Bed & Breakfast for all three of the sisters as a “thank you” for investing in some sweet little ones. We hoped to make the night work this fall, but since that didn’t, we scheduled it for mid-December.
Wow, what a special treat this time away was! Life has been packed full with Sunflower’s Christmas Miracle release, shipping books out (so excited as y’all are receiving your orders! loving those pictures!), Christmas-related things, and work in general. Those hours netted us such a sweet sisters-night-out. Time to just talk. To enjoy Christmas. To relax. To recharge and be ready for these next two weeks. Because, let’s be really honest. The rest of the month is going to be just as packed. Can’t wait to share it with you all!
15 days until John and Chelsy’s wedding!
“Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.” Psalm 111:1
Sink drains get clogged with hair, especially if one has long hair. My sisters love projects, and they asked Dad if they could please learn how to fix our drain. So, last Saturday, with some guidance, both girls tackled the project. They will tackle about anything.
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” (Colossians 3:23).
“… And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
I closed my eyes, marveling as a 120+ voice choir sang those incredible words. My heart burst with joy, and I knew this was only a foretaste of what the Heavenly choir will be like. The joy grew even greater as I listened to the Hallelujah Chorus.
So where were we? Friday night, some of us enjoyed the opportunity to attend a Messiah concert in Kansas City. This was our third year, and what a treat it is! God’s Word is powerful, and I love how Handel used Scripture for his lyrics.
The holidays are busy times, but may we never forget to slow down and enjoy the wonder of what God did for us.
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:17
It’s very exciting to see Sunflower’s Christmas Miracleshipping out to homes across the world. I marvel at God’s enabling grace during the intense season of writing + editing the book.
Attention blog readers, I’d love to see pictures of you reading the book. In fact, I’ll even do a blog post with some of your pictures. So send them to me at the e-mail address listed on this link. I can’t wait!
More than ever, this book has rekindled my love for writing, and while I catch up on all I left undone these past two months, I’m setting my focus on another book. It’ll have new characters you’ve never met, and I’m excited to jump into their lives.
“My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.” Psalm 45:1
This year, coordinating our family photo seemed nearly impossible. We almost gave up! Trying to work out schedules with four family units, John’s travel schedule (you can imagine why), weather, and well, the list could go on. Amazingly, right after Thanksgiving, we had a perfect day, and everyone was home and available. I’m grateful for the effort put into this picture: the young mommies getting their kiddos ready, Mary and Anna for finding a location, Mom working out schedules, Mary deciding on colors and drawing out an arrangement of how we’d be grouped, etc. Y’all are an awesome family!
This is what happens when one needs to pause and tries to rearrange our pose. It just wasn’t working right.
The final product! Love that family of mine!
“One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.” Psalm 145:4