New

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Sweet little Miss celebrated the first snow a – even though it was just a little bit!

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I’m just a little bit sweet!

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Hmmm… This looks delicious!

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Nomnomnomnom.

It was a relaxing uneventful day accentuated by a couple of baffs.

In the evening we went to see the Awaited show at Crossroads. Hopefully Nora can join us next year. It was an AMAZING production, as usual.

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Every show is a FULL house. We weren’t able to get (free!) tickets online but managed to get awesome seats!!

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One of my favorite parts is when it actually SNOWS in the auditorium!! I love the hushed murmur of excitement that falls over the crowd and all the little hands reaching out trying to catch the snowflakes. Magic.

I sat through much of the performance with a lump in my throat. I was emotional for so many reasons beyond the artistic portrayal before me. I’m so familiar with this story that it came to be just that. A story. As I sat there and watched the series of events unfold, the crazy blessed reality of this “story” filled my heart. Yes, the Messiah came to this earth in the form of a tiny vulnerable infant. No fanfare, no royal accommodations, not even a crib for a bed (as the song goes). He silently came into this world in a way that was completely unexpected by mankind. The “unexpected” aspect threatened to send tears and carefully applied mascara streaming down my cheeks. “Isn’t it just like God!!??” I thought to myself. I look at all of the things in my own life that were unexpected, especially concerning Nora, and Sophie too. In so many illustrations of the unexpected, God prevails and unfolds the story piece by piece as if it had been the most INTENTIONAL of things all along. From the beginning to the end of Christ’s story, the unexpected is revealed as a carefully and meticulously orchestrated triumph!! How can I possibly doubt His hand in my story, in Nora’s story? Why on earth do I worry??!!

Even though we are celebrating Christ’s birth, I can’t help but fast forward to Christ’s death – another source of my internal emotion. Just as the pain and evil of this world affect us, it horrifically affected Jesus. He didn’t cause or deserve to be crucified on the cross, thereby dying a grizzly death. He was innocent! (He didn’t cause the abhorrent and unexpected death of 26 lives in Connecticut. They were innocent!) He obviously could have prevented His own death, but without it there would be no salvation. Amidst the sadness we feel about Connecticut, we can’t help but ask why God wouldn’t have prevented something like this from happening. Evil can run rampant, simply because it exists – but it will NEVER claim victory. Through Christ’s death came Resurrection, new life!! Once again, in our modern times He will reveal Himself though this tragedy in Connecticut piece by piece, day by day and sometimes hour by hour. Treasure each piece because I believe that whatever God is creating here is ONCE AGAIN going to be breathtaking.

The show was beautiful, and I’m so thankful for a fun night out with my family.

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares The Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
(Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV)

7 thoughts on “New

  1. I am so glad that your family (minus Miss Nora in person but in mind) for the evening. It is something that each of you need to have. The pictures of Nora examining her fingers, etc. and checking out things is so sweet. Enjoy this blessed Christmas that you have and may God bless each one of you.

  2. Soooo happy the four of you went out and enjoyed a wonderful evening!!!. Love Nornor’s Christmas PJ. Muuaahh
    P.S: Amazing views from the restaurant !!. Love the skyline !!. The skyscraper with the lighted dome at the top that appears on the background caught my eye. We don’t have many skyscrapers here … 🙂

  3. Oh, Nora looks so precious! And for some reason, I just l.o.v.e. pictures of that finger pointing as “if” she is giving instructions.
    You are such a beautiful writer. It is amazing how a story we know so well takes on a bright new meaning when our life has taken a different challenge on! Look at the good that God is showing us; we cannot dwell on the bad. Something unbeknownest to us might happen before that which we dread. Who would ever have thought those 20 parents would not see their children alive again? We must believe that God has plans that one day we can all say AMEN, His plan was perfect!

  4. So wonderful you were all able to make it to see Awaited this year. It was magnificent .. and the real snow truly was magical. Many blessings to you and your family this holiday season. To further shrink this already small world we all live in, I posted one of your (amazing) posts to by Facebook feed and my sister commented it. She is friends with Sophie.

  5. NORA LOOKS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS IN HER LITTLE SNOWBODY CUTER THAN ME OUTFIT. SHE IS A DOLL BABY. I AM SO GLAD YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GOT TO GO OUT FOR THE EVENING. NORA PROBABLY ENJOYED BEING AT HOME BETTER THAN BEING AROUND ALL THOSE PEOPLE. YOU ALL LOOKED SO NICE, AND ALL LOOKED SO HAPPY. THIS IS SOMETHING YOU ALL NEEDED. LOVE ALL THE PICTURES. THE PICTURE THAT LOOKS BLUE IS REALLY NEAT, IT JUST GAVE IT A DIFFERENT APPEARANCE. THANK YOU FOR SUCH A BEAUTIFUL BLOG. YOU CAN EXPLAIN THINGS WHERE IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I AM RIGHT THERE AT TIMES. YOUR FAMILY HAS BLESSED SO MANY OTHERS. LOVE YOU ALL, GOD BLESS.

  6. Are you all in Cincinnati? Looks like a Prima Vista shot 😉 Just taken aback as I’ve been following your blog for a LONG time now and never noticed!!

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