Archive for December, 2007

It’s been awhile since I did one of these. To be honest, I’ve been seeing things a little differently.

You see sometimes God is doing things that look like this:

Are you smarter than a third grader at Still His Girl

And ‘Oh’ do I love to see Him do that. I’m always on the lookout for that.

Or this:

It’s actually a sweet post about rats at Rocks in my Dryer

I’m pretty good at recognizing that one. Not always so fun. But sweet and manageable.

Or this:

Reindeers don’t say moo at In the Life of a Child

As Michele says, sometimes this one’s a long time coming. But I love to see it when it does.

But sometimes He’s doing things that look like this:

Inch by Inch at The Fruitful Vine

This one’s not so easy for me. Sometimes I have to look away when I see this one. There are so many other thoughts that creep in and have to be dealt with and discerned through. John and Margie are in the midst of it right now. And they continually move forward inch by inch and point to and give praise to the author and perfecter of our faith. I know they would covet your prayers if you could share in their journey inch by inch. I have been blessed to share in it in some small way. I pray that you will be too.

Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. ~Joel 2:13

Thank you all for pointing to Him.

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Wondering what this is? It’s Santa driving his “sleigh,” of course, with his “bag of toys” (*cough* dog food *cough*) and a very big elf. I just love it when they use their ‘maginations. (On Tonka, on Caterpillar, on Nemo, and backhoe…)


What does the countdown to Christmas look like at your house? These kids are wound pretty tight. Not sure what we’re going to do tomorrow…!

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Merry Christmas from bloginmyeye

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You Should Have a Blue Christmas Tree

For you, the holidays represent a time of calm, understanding, and peace.

You avoid family fights, and you don’t get too stressed out – even when things are crazy!You like to make Christmas about making everyone’s life a little bit better.

You don’t get caught up in greed or commercialism. You’re too sincere for that.

Your blue tree would look great with: Lots of silver tinsel

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: It’s a Wonderful Life

What you should bake for Santa: Chocolate chip cookies

(hat tip to Fried Okra)

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More thoughts on baby Jesus

I just cannot go down this “Baby Jesus” road without referring you to these hiLARious quotes from Talladega Nights. These alone make it worth seeing this movie. I hope these will not offend any delicate sensibilities, but I am silly, and they make me laugh. Some of you might just want to click away now…

  • Dear Lord Baby Jesus, or as our brothers to the south call you Jésus…we thank you so much for this bountiful harvest of Domino’s, KFC, and the always delicious Taco Bell. I just want to take time to say thank you for my family, My two beautiful, beautiful, handsome, striking sons, Walker, and Texas Ranger, or T.R., as we call him. And of course my red hot smokin’ wife, Carley, who is a stone cold fox (Cal: MMMMM!), who if you would rate her @ss on 100 it would easily be a 94. I also want to thank you for my best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton Jr, Who’s got my back no matter what (Cal: Shake and Bake)
  • Dear Lord Baby Jesus, we also like to thank you for my wife’s father Chip, we hope that you can use your baby Jesus powers to heal him and his horrible leg. It smells terrible and the dogs are always bothering with it.
  • Dear Tiny, Infant, Jesus…
  • Look, I like the Christmas Jesus best, and I’m sayin’ grace. When you say grace, you can say it to Grownup Jesus or Teenage Jesus or Bearded Jesus or whoever you want.
  • Dear Tiny Jesus, in your golden fleece diapers with your tiny, little fat balled up fists
  • Look, I like the baby version the best, you hear me? I win the races and I get the money
  • Dear Eight Pound, Six Ounce, Newborn Baby Jesus, don’t even know a word yet, just a little infant, so cuddly, but still omnipotent. We’d just like to thank you for all the races I’ve won and the $21.2 million, LOVE THAT MONEY! That I have accrued over this past season. Also due to a binding endorsement contract that stipulates I mention PowerAde at each grace, I just wanna say that PowerAde is delicious and it cools you off on a hot summer day and we look forward to PowerAde’s release of mystic mountain blueberry. Thank you, for all your power and your grace, Dear Baby God, Amen
  • Dear Lord Baby Jesus, lying there in your…your little ghost manger, lookin’ at your Baby Einstein developmental…videos, learnin’ ’bout shapes and colors…
  • Hang on, Baby Jesus, this is gon’ get bumpy!

Be blessed.

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Boo Humbug

Well, I hadn’t planned to participate in BooMama’s Christmas Tour of Homes, but once again, I underestimated the voyeuristic fun and joy to be had in peeking into your bloggy homelives. So, here is a little but of our Christmas cheer, FWIW.


Now, not everyone seems to know that you should leave a little piece of Christmas out all year long, but this Santa has been hanging in our cramped entryway mudroom since last Christmas.


And I think this sweet little angel lady is going on year three perched atop our picture window (snowy today).


This here is our tree this year. I like to call her Bossy. (Baby’s got back). And she fell over (silently) twice, taking several of my most favorite fragile ornaments out with her. She is a beaut though. (Side note:  If you look under the end table, you’ll see the box I never unpacked from our move. It’s full of vintage Nancy Drews.)


There haven’t been too many fragile ornaments on our tree in the last three years. (Just when I finally thought it might be safe to get them out again, Bossy strikes). I do love me some handmade ornaments, and some kid art ornaments. This one is an especially fine sparkly Star of David made by my daughter a few years ago.


And speaking of handmade kid art, this year Bossy is sporting a darling paper plate angel my son made just a few weeks ago in Sunday school. I usually go with my fake red berry Target tree topper, but Bossy was a little too large for such an adornment.


These are some of my other handmade favs. The angel is a cross-stitch ornament made by a coworker. The dove is handhammered by Stuart Nye. The Snoopy was given to me by my kindergarten teacher over 30 years ago.


This is our resin Nativity scene my mother-in-law gave to my daughter a few years ago. Other than the fact that baby Jesus is missing a few digits, it has held up quite well. It is the site of our current Advent devotionals. Saint Nicholas is often in attendance. Just an aside…candle snuffer…great for amusing the kids.


And this is the lovely Christmas decoration my daughter purchased at the AWANA store this year (The girl loves a party and she loves to decorate). Although, I long to go all-Christian in my decorating scheme, we will proudly display this one, (at least until she forgets about it…because I’m just sentimental).

That’s all I’m prepared to share today, because I’m private and a little Scroogy that way. But thank y’all for stoppin’. And thanks to our gracious hostess as well.


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Sweet Dreams


So, this picture reminded me of one of my all-time favorite dreams that is quite appropriate to our recent discussions of all things Advent. I was in my twenties when I had this dream, recently married, probably with a lot of angst related to the “when are y’all gonna have a baby?” question because I wasn’t sure I would be a very good mom.

The plot of the dream is really quite simple, and I consider it a complete and total gift from God. One time, Mary asked me to hold the baby Jesus for her. And I did. And I glowed. And from then on I had a certain peace about my future as a mom that I never had before.

What about you? Got any favorite dreams? Or any dreams that hold special spiritual significance for you?

Don’t forget to take time to hold that baby Jesus this coming week and bask in His glow.

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Be Blessed


Go read this inspired post on Advent, then come back and tell me how lucky I am to be married to this guy.

I was also lucky to be pregnant twice during Advent, preparing my mind and my heart and my body for a real new baby (I know, slightly narcissistic…I realize I am NOT the mother of the Christ child). Yet God knows how to get my attention. Picture me sitting there great with child in the cushy pew during Advent, full of pregnancy hormones, weeping at how beautiful the prelude is, and at the beauty of the story where John the Baptist leaps in Elizabeth’s womb, (and frankly at almost anything else).

Becoming a mother opened my eyes to how much God the Father loves us as his own children. But do take a moment to turn that around. Jesus came as a baby. He wants us to love him as we love a baby. He loves us as a baby loves those who care for it. Not very complicated. Why do we try to make it so? Imagine Mary singsonging, “Wheeeeere’s Jesus….THERE He is!” And imagine Jesus squealing with delight.

I’m not there yet. But I’m definitely gonna meditate on this.

Be blessed.

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