Saturday, November 27, 2010
Fir Tree - The pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of our thought turning toward heaven.
Bright Star - The traditional tree topper is the heavenly sign of promises long ago...God promised a Savior for the world, and the star is the sign of fulfillment of His promise.
Candle - The candles we light around the holidays symbolize that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of He who displaces the darkness.
Wreath - The wreath symbolizes the real nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.
Santa Claus - A symbol of the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December.
Holly - The leaf represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior. The red holly berry represents the blood shed by Him.
Christmas gift - God so loved the world that he gave his begotten son. Thanks be to God for this unspeakable gift.
Candy cane - This represents the shepards' crooks. The crook on the staff helps to bring back strayed sheep to the flock. The candy cane is the symbol that we are our brother's keeper.
Bell - The lost sheep are also found by the sound of the bell, it should ring mankind to the fold. It symbolizes guidance and return.
Angel - It was the angels that heralded in the glorious news of the Savior's birth. The angels sang Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward men.
After seeing the signs, you can't help but realize that the true meaning of Christmas is love. John 3:16-17 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love. The real Christmas story is the story of God's becoming a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ. Why did God do such a thing? Because He loves us! Why was Christmas necessary? Because we needed a Savior! Why does God love us so much? Because He is love itself. Why do we celebrate Christmas each year? Out of gratitude for what God did for us, we remember His birth by giving each other gifts, worshipping Him, and being especially conscious of the poor and less fortunate. The true meaning of Christmas is love...and yes, Virgina, Jesus loves you.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Quote: The finest clothing made is a person's skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.
Activity: Unloading all of Barbara's maternity clothes on someone that is much in need because we will be welcoming a new little niece or nephew into our family next year! Congrats again to Heather and her crew! Love yall!
Quote: People who love sausage and people who believe in justice should never watch either of them being made.
Activity: Barbara prosecuting speeders in the big Hatch of south
Quote: Why does it take a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye?
Activity: Saying goodbye to a family icon.
Quote: There is always one moment in childhood where the door opens and lets the future in.
Activity: One of Abby's BFFs has started hanging out with us at our home on Wednesdays...she came this past week and the two of them tackled everything from painting, playing, running outside, dress up, doll weddings, movies, and most of all - TONS of laughing!
Quote: The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.
Activity: A scare with a heart condition by one of our closest loved ones...we are still keeping him in our thoughts and prayers - and there's nothing sweeter than hearing your 3 1/2 year old ask to call this person (while they are still in the hospital) to tell him that she loves him and is sorry his heart hurts.
Quote: Sports is the toy department for human life.
Activity: 63-7....speaks for itself.
Quote: Gobble til you wobble.
Activity: Sitting with the twins while watching Abby perform at her school's Thanksgiving Program. And eating the feast afterward - should I have chosen the sweet potato pie or the salad? (Wink, wink!)
Quote: Would you like some cheese with your whine?
Activity: Having the most fun at an adult only party where one of our own turned the big 4-0! Happy Birthday dear friend, we love you!
Quote: Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
Activity: Abby's 1st official real-deal pedicure and manicure...for her, it was love at first sight and feel!
Quote: Let's not just go to church, let's be the church.
Activity: Another gorgeous morning and evening at
Quote: Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts.
Activity: Having three of the most fun relatives come over for a Sunday afternoon visit that had Eric and Barbara laughing so hard we had tears in our eyes! What a great day - love to all of you!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Mommy: No, I didn't forget. What do you want? Grits, butter toast, cheese toast?
Abby: Um, let me check the pantry. Oh, yes, chips. I want chips.
Mommy: (For the thousandth time this month already) No, you are not having chips for breakfast.
Abby: Wait, what's this?
Mommy: Rice Krispies
Abby: Oh yeah, I'll have some Rice Krispie treats for breakfast.
Mommy: It's cereal. You put it in a bowl and add some milk.
Abby: Soooooo, what? No marshmallows?
Mommy: Nope. Not today. Here, try some. When I add the milk, you'll hear the snap, crackle and pop.
Abby: (After the milk was poured) I hear it, I hear it! Now can we add the marshmallows because they may snap, crackle and pop too!
Mommy: Nope, no marshmallows this morning.
Abby: Well, then I guess we'll never know if they snap crackle and pop.
(And that's another typical Tuesday morning in our house - HA HA HA!)