“Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;  for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Lately I have been thinking about guilt. I have a lot of it. Guilt that I shouldn’t have done something that I can’t really fix now. That I missed an opportunity that I should have taken. It’s usually that I did something I shouldn’t have. But there is something that I have heard a lot recently.

We can’t mess up. We are given a free gift that we could never earn and can never deserve. We are on the winning team, and we won’t be kicked off.

This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!

Because of this, we should be joyful, but so many people aren’t! Why do we do that?! We go around all torn up because of our guilt.

We have a little thing in our family. It started when someone said something about a guilty conscience, but kind of stumbled over the words and said conference. “Welcome to the Guilty Conference!”–turns to the side and hides face”Oh! I can’t believe I said that!”

So often Christian gatherings turn into Guilty Conferences! We get together, and instead of rejoicing and celebrating the freedom we have in Christ, we mope about and talk about all the rules we are following, and how hard it is to do, and how “people these days” aren’t following them.

How about this? Be honest about your own failures, but don’t focus on them, because you are free from them, use them to point back to how amazing God is. And then, celebrate. Even if you are just celebrating the fact that God can use someone as messed up as you, that’s a start. Just truly be happy. Seriously, there should be a whole lot more celebrating in the Christian community than there is. Why don’t we get excited about things? We have so much to be happy about!

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Truly Grateful

11 Thankful for ChristmasDSCF8480

12 Thankful for Hannahisms

13 Thankful for meteor showers that aren’t at 2amDSCF8543

The sky was as clear as you could ever ask for, there was no moon, and it wasn’t bitterly cold. We got to see more shooting stars in those few hours of the Geminid Meteor Shower than I have ever seen in my life. Adam, Claire Meg and I laid in the orchard in sleeping bags and basically on each other for a few hours. With some of the stars you could point and everyone else would have time to look at it, were with other ones you either saw it or you didn’t. I can’t wait for next years shower!

14 Thankful that God is in control no matter what crazies doDSCF8608

15 Thankful for Mom and Dad getting married 22 years ago

16 Thankful for finding the movie Elf

17 Thankful for getting a haircut that didn’t make me cry and looks really cute

18 Thankful for great, spontaneous  friends and awesome movies!

On Tuesday Meg, Claire and I went to go see the Hobbit with some awesome friends the Flowers (as I will call them) to celebrate SFlower’s birthday. The movie was amazing. Without giving too much away; It was a good bit less dark than the other Lord of The Rings movies. I really loved how they portrayed Smeagol especially. I won’t say anymore because I think you should go see it yourself, I really want to see it again in fact. When the movie was over I leaned over and said “Anyone have a time machine?” I can NOT wait for the next movie!

19 Thankful for cute little kids

20 Thankful for first snows coming earlier than St. Valentines day!DSCF8615

21 Thankful for fun at the White Elephant party with Mom’s Family

22 Thankful for artDSCF8630

23 Thankful for my silly family, long drives are never uneventful

24 Thankful for getting to cuddle brand new cousin PB for the first time!

25 Thankful for Jesus Christ coming as a baby to grow up and save the worldDSCF8604

26 Thankful for our neighbor letting Bunny hang out with his herd, complete with bulls, for a month or so. She wanted nothing more. 😉 lol

27 Thankful for Aunt D, Uncle B and the cousins EB, MB and PB, and Oma and Opa

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Returning Thanks

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.

First, go check out my Christmas Page before it’s too late!

2 Thankful for Walmart (yes, evil, giant, Walmart)

3 Thankful for being homeschooled

4 Thankful for actually getting into the Christmas spirit this year

Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.- Mark Twain

5 Thankful for the availability of classic literature

After seeing it referred to many times in the last few weeks, I ordered _The Princess And The Goblin_ from the library. I began reading it a few nights ago and found it to be a basic, classic princess fairy-tale. Perfect for reading aloud. It just so happened that that night Hannah was having a hard time going to sleep. We have been reading it before bed every night since.

6 Thankful to be able to debate with a group where we pray before beginning the tournament

Thursday we had a debate tournament. It was truly a great day. My partner EM was absolutely amazing. I am so impressed with all the first year debaters. I remember my first tourney. I had a partner I didn’t really connect with, who was also first year. Neither of us gave very long speeches. I just stood up, thanked the judge, the other team and my partner, said about the first 5 words of our plan and sat down. We didn’t win a single debate that day. I’m really amazed at all the first time debaters who not only did AMAZING but won the majority of their debates! I didn’t win my majority until about my third or fourth tournament!

EM and I had three great rounds, and won our majority! The first round we were Government and did a case about free speech in public schools. This round went pretty well. The next round we were Opposition and had to refute a case about shopping online. We would have done very well, and might have won, but we forgot to uphold the value and focused on side issues. I think that is the round we lost. The last round we did my thrift store shopping case. I really love that case. 🙂 I have worked on it, filling in the holes, for a while now. I first ran it when LD and I were partners two years ago. This one we definately won. After everyone was done with the third round I talked with Claire and her team. She was with LD and ElM, EM’s little sister. It turned out that LD and I had  the same idea and ran the same case at the  same time! I almost forgot to say something very important! Not only did Claire’s team win their majority, Claire won Most Quotable Quote for saying in her intro “”…and I would like to thank my comrades, for comrade-ing?” It was supposed to be “colleagues” but all day Claire had been saying comrades. So proud of her!

7 Thankful for my very original family

8 Thankful for funny movies that we can watch as a family

We were looking for a movie to watch and noticed “Elf” on Amazon. We had heard some people say it was terrible, and some say it was funny, both from trusted sources, so we decided to rent it. We laughed so hard. I’m not sure I remember the last time we all laughed that hard at a movie. Such a funny story. Get over the fact that he’s  grown man, he was raised by elves who never really quite grow up.

9 Thankful for Hannah-isms

10 Thankful for

Winter nights

Brisk walks

Cold air

Stars that shoot across frozen skies

Others that hang in the frostbitten air sparkling twofold a normal night

Frost on the grass that reflects the twinkling above

Pictures, Short

Long awaited Pictures! :D


He he…

You may recall that a few months ago my camera broke (just out of the blue decided not to work), on the same day that Claire’s camera got dropped and the lens jammed (and thus inoperable). For Christmas, Mom and Daddy got me and Claire a new camera. It is much nicer than any camera we’ve ever had. 🙂 We really love it (THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Mama and Daddy)!  And so, without further adiou, Pictures 🙂

Oh! And here’s a picture of the little booties I’m making for Josh(well, one of them) 🙂

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