Sunday, December 19, 2010

What a week!

Whew, has this been a week. Up and down it went. My precious nephew was born after a somewhat difficult delivery. And he's so cute with dimples!  Then I got sick with a head cold.  Plus, my grandmother fell and fractured her pelvis. My husband got promising news about a promotion at work, and on the same day I got in a car accident. I came through the accident fine, only to strain a muscle while lifting a crate of winter clothes down from the attic yesterday.

Oh, and I had to make 46 gingerbread men cookies for my son's class party on Friday.  That took a while. And thankfully I only decapitated a few of the spicy men before delivering to the class party.



By Thursday I started declaring aloud, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life!"
It helped.

It also helped to join some friends Thursday night for a Christmas party.  Matt and Chris' house is beautifully decorated for the holidays every year, but this year I fell in love with what they did in the entry hall. I even took pictures so you could see it. Walking in the front door is like stepping into an enchanted forest:

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And looking back at the front door:







And here's the view into the dining room, you've got to see what they do over the table!




Yes, that is a Christmas tree hanging upside down from the ceiling.


So today a new week begins - Christmas week!  And I am declaring Psalm 27:13, "I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living."


Under 2 days left to complete all my holiday preparations by the 21st. I think I'm going to make it.
Leave a comment telling me how close you are to ready, and you'll be entered to win a copy of the novel The Mountain Between Us by my good friend Charles Martin.

Thankful for God's protection and grace, and the blessing of friends.

26 comments:

  1. My goodness - you take the Christmas decorating thing very seriously! Each year I put out my cedar Nativity set - I call it my scratch & sniff Jesus. But I never feel ready for Christmas in Africa - far too hot. I think I'll go carolling in the freezer section at the supermarket to see if that helps!

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  2. No tree...just a wreath. I will also be sharing along with you in declaring Psalm 27:13 starting now! Wishing you a blessed Christmas :)

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  3. I have a ways to go, but made progress over the weekend. Monica

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  4. What beautiful decorations. I love to listen to Christmas music all day long. I am done with everything and now to pick up our son today. What a delight to have him with us for more than a week. As, I get older, I can appreciate all the beauty of Christmas and the scenery outside is sooo beautiful ...with the snow covering the trees and ground what a beautiful sight to behold! For unto us is born a chld!

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  5. Oh, Rachel, my goodness you've dealt with a lot this week, but I love your response "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life"! How great it is when scripture comes flowing forth instead of um . . . what could come out when struggles are at every turn.

    The pictures you included of your friends' house made me smile - how beautiful!!! I do love that idea for the entryway and the upside down Christmas tree as the light fixture - ohhhh, I love it!!! I'm sure after your hectic week it was nice to admire these beautiful decorations and enjoy a great time with friends.

    I do wish you and your family Christmas blessings this week as the hustle and bustle winds down and we all take a day to remember the Christ child.

    Christmas blessings,
    Pam

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  6. I am still working on it. I have a couple of gifts to buy and the wrapping left to do.

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  7. Emily B (emleepc@yahoo.com)December 20, 2010

    Gifts are bought and wrapped and under the tree...1st family gathering was this past Saturday! Next one is Wednesday night, then another Friday night and Saturday! I was able to enjoy the family on Saturday, which I was worried that I would be stressed and exhausted from cleaning, wrapping and cooking. And yes, I was exhausted, but good time was had by all!

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  8. Love the decorations...I so don't have time to do anything like that! Plus my kids would have it torn down :-)
    I'm done shopping...well, almost!
    Glad you're OK!

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  9. I am ready! My daughter surprised me and flew in from Switzerland Thursday night so now nothing seems too overwhelming to me! I am going to relax and enjoy the Christmas countdown.

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  10. I would love to share my blog post with you today. It tells of my favorite Christmas moment. Please check it out if you have time.

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  11. We had one family celebration already. So I just need to cook/bake a few things for this coming weekend, and I'm going to enjoy that.

    Good luck with the rest of your Christmas preparations. I love your verse for the week. And just remember: Christmas doesn't have to be perfect. In fact, it only has to be Christ-centered and filled with love!

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  12. I am completely done except the santa presents for my step-son! He can be tough to shop for, so I'm hoping I find something special for him!

    Krystal D
    lucky7_ks@yahoo.com

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  13. Getting close..I think! We have my son's stocking left to do and I'm still trying to figure out a way to take a picture of the kids in the back of my dad's 57 chevy pickup without him knowing, but he guards that key like a hawk! :)

    Praying you have a blessed week, especially after such a crazy one last week!

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  14. Just got to wrap the presents and I'm done. Woo Hoo.

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  15. I am nearly done. I have a few gifts to wrap and that's it. Leaving town tomorrow, so I better be about done!!! =)

    Merry Christmas!

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  16. Let's see - I still have cookies I want to bake, I haven't wrapped even one present and I haven't even finished my shopping! Oh well, what ever doesnt' get done just won't happen. A few years ago I was so late writing my Christmas letter that I turned it into a New Year's letter and that has become my new tradition.
    Kate S.

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  17. I have everything purchased except groceries. That shopping will happen tomorrow! All the presents are wrapped and under the tree. Thursday is the annual baking day with my daughter and brother - a tradition we are not willing to give up yet! Merry Christmas!

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  18. I won't make it by the 21st, but my focus has been more on Christ.

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  19. I have wrapping and baking left :o) I think this is the earliest, ever that I've been done with shopping! (I finished today!) :o) Merry Christmas!

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  20. The gingerbread man is cute. The pictures of the Christmas decorations at that house are beautiful.
    Have my decorations up.

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  21. I have a few gifts to wrap & baking to finish.
    Thanks for sharing the pics. What awesome decorating.
    Merry Christmas

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  22. What a beautiful home and your son is adorable! I love old homes - all the detail in molding & windows...

    Okay, I'm taking my boys (10&14) shopping today...yes, I'm brave - LOL! They get to pick out gifts for the people special to them. Then we are baking cookies & I'll be done!

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  23. We still have quite a bit of wrapping to do. Each day, as I see a friend, I put together their gift. I need to do my hairdressers', as I see her Thursday...SO MUCH TO DO! Lord, help me!!
    The pictures are beautiful. Looks like a haven of rest in a winter wonderland. Hope things get better for you after all of the craziness, especially as you reflect on the amazing gift of salvation...Merry Christmas!

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  24. We scaled way back...only a tree, wreath and nativity scene. It's actually a little bit freeing to not be completely overwhelmed. Still have some things to do, but nothing major.
    Teresa

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  25. Clearly, my invitation from Chris and Lori is lost in the mail. :) (who are Chris and Lori?) :)

    WOW WOW WOW!!!! BEAUTIFUL decorations!!!!!!! LOVE the upside down tree. And what a Christmas wonderland walking into their foyer!! Looks magical!!! Please tell them I am so sorry to have missed the par-tay! :)

    Ready for Christmas! I think I am more excited than the cherubs! Today, we were invited to go horsebacking riding in the snow and snow tubing "up the mountains" where our friends have a home for the week. We are bundling up and heading out!

    Hugs and Merry Christmas!
    Sharon

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