Sunday, December 14, 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS it is. The one. After 30 some photos taken by self-timer on a home-made quad-pod (stacking together three 4 legged stools) This is the one.

Our photo experiences from year to year are maybe the most memorable part of the advent season...sad, I know...I am the last minute planner who is always behind on my own Christmas plans. The men in our home are the goofiest guys when it comes to picture taking. I used to think it was "fun with the photographer" but this year I learned differently......"DO SHARE", you are thinking...well, okay. A small sampling...

In his ever-expressive dramatic way...Ethan "smoking" my battery-operated candle with Dale holding his favorite CARS character. Then there is Dale...nearly never a normal face on the guy...he was born to laugh! Which makes life interesting here for this more serious gal.
So again I say, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! from our house to yours!

Luke 2
The Birth of Jesus In those days 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 his 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 room for them in the inn.

Is it not profound that the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Glorious, Majestic, Magnificent, Holy God was born to us in a barn? Then the angels appeared to the "riff-raff" of society first, the humble shepherds... That tells me something. He came as the most lowly to make the way for the most lowly to be holy. OOOH AAAH

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 of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] 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, and on earth peace to men 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.
Be amazed by grace!


Karen said...

Hi Kathy,
What beautiful family pictures. There isn't a bad one in the bunch.
I like photos like this rather than the stuffy ones that are all posed and perfect.
Merry Christmas to you and your family from Wisconsin.

Spring Fricks said...

Hi Kathy,

It's so nice to "see" you too. I didn't know you had a blog.

Okay, you have a beautiful home!

Merry Christmas

Truth4thejourney said...

Hi Kathy,

What an amazing reminder that Jesus came as the lowest possible human.

Loved the pics! Thanks for sharing the humor with us, too.

Laughter is medicine to the soul!


Julie said...

Kathy, Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet words!

I loved seeing your pictures. I got one of my kids in front of our tree, but haven't attempted a family one, so you are ahead of me!

I love seeing your house too. It's beautiful, warm and inviting.
Is the picture on your blog your house in the snow? I've only seen that much snow once or twice here in the south..

Have a blessed day!

Angela said...


Your family is absolutely beautiful! You all look like you have so much fun together. But tell your son that smoking candles isn't as cool as it used to be. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Edie said...

You have a beautiful family here. Looks like a housful of fun and laughter!

Tiffany Stuart said...

Beautiful pics! Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours.

Loved your fun pictures.

Shonda said...

Love the family pictures! Merry CHRISTmas to you!

Anonymous said...

Wishing you all the best this Christmas and a blessed New Year!

God bless you and your family! ♥

Starr said...

What a lovely family you have!
I finally got to post today, so stop over and read what I'm dealing with. I need your prayers. Love you,