Monday, December 22, 2008

Enjoying Cold Days in St. Louis

Hello from St. Louis! I have been feeling under the weather for the past week or so, but I am happy to report that I feel refreshed and happy being home. It has been really cold and snowy here and I love how that makes it feel like winter time. For me, this is how I remember Christmas time growing up.
I know our tendency is to rush around this time of year as we try to get everything prepared for Christmas. I feel compelled to pray for myself and everyone that we would take time to reflect on Christ and know His wonder! May His purpose in coming to this earth and His love encourage our hearts . The greatest news is that He did come to draw us to Himself and He will come again to glorify us one day!

Kurtis, Lara, Mom, Lynn, and Pete


Pete, Lynn, Christy, Dad, Lara, and Kurtis

Friday, December 12, 2008

"Songs for Christmas"

I love this time of the year because Christmas music is playing nonstop! A few years ago my sister and her husband gave us Sufjan Stevens Songs for Christmas box set! I was tired of the same Christmas music I had and needed a change. I love these Cd's! There are some classic songs and then there are some hilarious ones. I find myself singing along with the songs and this makes me happy. If you are looking for something new I highly recommend this. Enjoy the video below!

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Thankful Heart

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever."
Psalm 107:1

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with Kurtis' parents and each year I am reminded of how good the Lord is to us. As I look back on this year it was hard, but in the midst of the pain we saw joy and hope. When we first heard the news that Kurtis was being laid off we both were very scared and I didn't want to give thanks to the Lord. As we continued through the long journey we were reminded of His goodness through His Word, friends and family comforting us, and drawing closer to one another. It is so awesome how the Lord handpicked Kurtis' new job. He is more satisfied in his new position. Even during the valleys when you feel like you are falling a part...I want to learn to give thanks to the Lord! He is making all things NEW.

What are you thankful for? or What valley in your life has brought joy, thankfulness, and hope?

I love my sweet hubby

The edible turkey appetizer

Dad, Mom, Me, and Kurtis

Aren't we cute?