Saturday, December 24, 2011

The birth of Jesus

  This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
   But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
  When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him...

  (A few months later) 

   ...Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.  (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
  And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
  When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
  So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,  and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
  On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

~Compiled from Matthew 1 and Luke 2.    


As we celebrate this Christmas, may we remember the reason we celebrate. 
We celebrate the birth of Jesus, and this part of His plan for salvation! 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Random Photo, Take 79

Pic 78 was March 2008, the week that Laura adopted Keto.  She had come to visit us for her Spring Break, met Keto at the dog park and adopted him the next day.  He stayed with us for a week and became BFF with Nala until we flew him home with us for Dad & Gail's wedding.  He was SO cute!

Here's 79... Who? Where? When?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Random Photo, Take 78

Photo 77 was Prom 2001.  Matt's date was Ara (friend from church) and Steven's date was Jenny (graduated from CA the year before us.)  Weren't they lookin' nice?

Here's 78: 

Random Photo, Take 77

Pic 76 was at Cristen & Trey's wedding, March 2010.  These were a few of our VZW work friends.  

Here's 77:   (Stephani, I'm counting on you for this one.)

Still Thankful

I didn't do a Thanksgiving post last week, AND my Thankful Thursday theme has gotten slack... BUT I'm still thankful.  Exceptionally thankful.  

Here are a few things I'm thankful for: 
  • That God is Faithful, Abundant and True.  (And for the study I've been doing with a couple of ladies from church by that name.) 
  • My husband--who has been surprising me with a written love note every single day this month. (Stud!)
  • My job.  I started a new job in July, and it's definitely much more "me".  It's project-oriented, let's me be creative as well as administrative!  It is also meaningful--and the best part is that it's normal hours! Even better, starting in January, it will be full-time with benefits!  I'm extra thankful for the latest news. 
  • Hailey.  She is 7 months now and is SO much fun.  I wish I could see her more, but I'm thankful for each time I do get to see her. 
  • Other babies & kiddos in my life.  Thankful for my friends & family who let me snuggle their babes and take care of them every once in awhile. 
  • Family & friends who have been encouraging us through the process of adoption--especially those who have helped with yard sales and/or given donations. 
  • Nala.  Honestly, I love this dog so much!  
  • Our finances.  We've seen a lot of progress lately in our financial management, and this has been HUGE in helping with my frame of mind. Prayerfully, next time we touch base with the adoption social worker, we'll be approved thanks to these changes!
Well, that's all I got for now, but I'm hoping to do a better job with "Thankful Thursdays".  It's good for my heart to be "publicly" thankful.  AND by the way, I love reading thankful posts from other friends. :)