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Crown of Laurel Leaves is moving to a new home!

Would love for you to come on over…

www.crownoflaurelleaves.com

Love to you!

 

 

He would totally not love that title…But he is cool…and he does smell like Christmas trees…

He walks in the door after working a crazy, grueling day hauling people’s Christmas trees…a lot of manual labor…and he has dirt all over him and leaves plenty all over the floor…

His hands the same…filthy and rugged…

And he’s so cool about it…about working so hard.  He has been at his new job at Fish River Trees for over 2 months and it is no-joke hard work.  And he comes home and I want to jump on him because he smells like Christmas and he looks handsome and worn…

Nothing more attractive than a hard-working man…No one more wonderful than him.

Happy 34th baby!

Yes, we are the Decemberists…

 (p.s. watch for the move…Crown of Laurel Leaves is moving soon to a new site!! Will keep you updated!!)

 

The music starts to play.

This song, it is dramatic and kingly sounding.

The tempo slows, the hush comes…the sound of darkness plays…

The people… Israel…us…they don’t know what is about to happen…they are walking around in darkness.  They are oppressed, burdened, hopeless, confused, scared, solemn.  They stumble around. They fall. They cry out. The people are worn down from the labor, from the law, from the toil of trying to be good enough. They are tattered and torn.

But, then….the tempo picks up…in the song, there is a higher note…a softer note…it gets faster and brighter…

Hurling toward the Earth through universe, space, sound, and time comes a light…

It has dawned!

He has dawned!

He has been born! This little one, The Holy One has been born through pain and suffering and long labor by His  mother…He is here…Emmanuel, God is with us.

He, this tiny baby, is Wonderful Counselor…Mighty God…Everlasting Father…Prince of Peace…The government IS on His shoulders and His reign will never, ever end…

The song, now, is bursting with sound…begging you to dance…to rejoice…

Rejoice as if you found a treasure with jewels and ancient artifacts and crowns and precious things…Laugh and jump up and down because you know what this means!!! You know that His birth means your life! It means your salvation! Your redemption! Your joy is inexplicable and you feel as though any moment you could burst because you are so happy. The Rescuer has come and His plan will succeed and His reign will never end.

The song comes to a close. The story, though, is still going…still happening…in real time…right now…

You are in this magnificent story… Do you feel the weight and the joy of it all at Christmas time?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Christmas time something serious shifts…It is like I live in another world…

It has just begun to sink in…the whole Christmas atmosphere…I never want to fake excitement.

I want it to be real…Holy Spirit induced…

And He always does.

It is this magical world I am put in, where I envision what is happening in every Christmas song, I envision directing marvelous Christmas plays and theatrical productions, I cry at the drop of a hat at the thought of what it meant for Christ to come….for us. The mystery consumes me. I pretend I am Jo from Little Women with dreams and books in her head…

I become a little bit weird.

I have, as of late, been reading Maris her books in a very very brilliant accent.  I don’t know what accent it is. I would say British/Scottish. She loooooves it. It is honestly a lot of fun…You should try it!

We make our second annual magical tent (here’s to you, Marisa!) ….and play until it comes crashing down…We have been dancing and singing to Michael W. Smith’s Christmas album…one of the best…I make up dances and try to teach Maris Marie…

I laugh more…We laugh more…

Life is richer at Christmas. Thats just the way it is….And would you like to know why I think that is so?

Because the Christmas season, in my opinion, is a small…teeny….tiny…glimpse of what Heaven will feel like.

Thats my theory, sweet honey’s!!!

And that picture of Mac in the bear jacket made me laugh until I cried!!!! He is enormous in that thing!  And so cute!

I hope you are soaking up the magic!

Much Love to You!!!!!

My Favorite Girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maris is four years old….

She is my favorite number…she is my favorite girl…

I had NOOOOO idea four years ago the magnitude of this gift God was placing in my hands….I had no idea that from that moment on, part of my heart would be out of my chest and walking around and saying things like…”Mommy, your I-pod is your responsibility!”….Or the pain I would feel as they held her down to administer her first stitches in her chin…Or the humility and awe I would experience as she sat at the kitchen table and talked about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection…Or the desperation as I stay up late at night to read books like The Spirited Child and The Strong-Willed Child so that I can get a little bit of help…Because she is such a fire-cracker….

One second she is brilliantly smart…and the next she is stubborn as the day is long….and then she is as sweet as honey…then she can be mean as a hornet….

She leaves me speechless.

And I still can’t believe that this little precious thing of a girly girly girly girl is in our hands…for a time…

Maris, You are My Baby Girl…

I Love you to the Moon and Back!

Pumpkin Bread

So…I have looked for a while for the perfect Pumpkin Bread recipe…

They were all too dry…not sweet enough…Not bakery quality bread…

Well the search ended a few weeks ago with this recipe…

http://www.food.com/recipe/pumpkin-spice-bread-71732

I L.O.V.E  recipes from food.com….

And this one is seriously perfect.

Please try it soon!!!!!! You will enjoy!!!

I hope you are doing well and looking forward to Thanksgiving week!!!

Wanted…

 

We need a puppy.

We have the perfect house and yard for one.

It is time…

Now we just have to find one!

Preferably a mut…Preferably free…

If you come upon one…will you let me know?

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!!!

Much love to you!