Oh how she loved Hannah!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
I must confess this year my focus hasn't been mainly on the Savior Jesus Christ but more about me, and my feelings of loneliness. I realized this morning how important it is to keep Him the focus not only at Christmas but all year, everyday for the rest of our lives. He alone will be the comfort I need, He alone will give me Joy unspeakable, and He alone is the Greatest Gift. I am looking forward to refocusing on Him and allowing Him to write this chapter of our lives however He sees. I have grown weary of being homesick. I have grown weary of trying not to be homesick. So I give it to Him and acknowledge how weak I am without Him.
We hope you had a very blessed Christmas but more importantly that you stop and remember the reason for this season. Without the birth, life and death of Jesus, there would be no reason to celebrate ever. May we all find rest in Him and find our eternal life in His sacrifice on the cross.
Enjoy the pictures below and the videos to follow.
Merry Christmas Love, Bethany
Hannah bear in her sparkley red sweater for the Christmas eve dinner at church. We had such a great time, with good food, good friends, and good fellowship. We are blessed to be joined with such a body of believers who love Jesus and love others.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
One thing I remember when I was a child was a ceramic Christmas tree my parents had. It had holes in it that little lights would go in and then we would plug it in and it was just beautiful. I loved that particular decoration more than any other for some reason.I have always wanted one for myself, but could never find one and when on the rare occasion I did, I couldn't justify spending the money on it.
So today I got a package on my doorstep from my friend Jen (we used to live in Calais together) and what did I find inside? You guessed it a ceramic tree, lights and all. She had mentioned she had made one awhile back and I told her how much I had wanted one. So being the thoughtful and crafty friend that she is, she made me one and shipped it to me in time for Christmas.
Those of you who know me, know I am bit of sap. I cry pretty easily especially over sentimental things. Well I indeed cried. I was struck with two things. One how blessed I am that even though I have moved literally to the other side of the country I have lifelong family and friends who love me and that are loved so very much by me. And two how blessed I am to have my own little family, my husband, and three amazing children Isaiah,Elijah and Hannah to share my memories of Christmas past and to make new ones with. I had so much fun putting the lights on this little tree with the kids.
Thank you Jen so much! Miss you!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I am kind of disappointed the video didn't come out better...but this is the concert the boys were in and Isaiah say a duet.Keep watching and he sings the second verse of "go tell it on the mountain." Elijah is in the red shirt in the front. It was a lot of fun to see them up there singing. And we were very proud of them.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Ok the soap seriously looks like cheese here. But I assure you it is Ivory soap
The boys made enough to hand out to their friends at church. TOO CUTE
Growing our own crystals at room temp and then one in the fridge. We used Alum to form these crystals.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Trying to drive a boat aka cap through icebergs.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Outside my window ...it's still dark and they keep saying it's cold outside
I am thinking ...that December is going by too fast
I am thankful for ...my husband and I don't tell him as often as I should
i am wearing ...super comfy gray pants, and a hoodie
i am remembering ...to put my Christmas cards in the mail today
i am going ...to the dentist *sigh* BUT on a happier note two Christmas parties on Friday, one for the kids and one for mommy(and Hannah)
i am currently reading ...nothing. I need some new books for Christmas
From the learning rooms....so much fun stuff this week. Lots of fun experiments, our Christmas devotional, a trip to the library for Isaiah's first research paper
i am hoping ...to get Christmas cards in the mail. I love Christmas cards
on my mind ...my family in Maine. I miss them
noticing that ...it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
pondering these words ..."the only blind person at Christmastime is he that has not Christmas in his heart" Helen Keller
from the kitchen ...homemade chicken soup, with leftover chicken YUM
around the house ...pretty Christmas lights
one of my favorite things ...the kids getting excited for Christmas morning.
from my photo journal ...this picture was a finalist for the Christmas card this year. It didn't make it but it is still super cute. I love having 3 kids.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The finished product.