The Unexpected

It is cold and rainy outside and a week later on updating the blog than I had planned….

My little family has been battling the flu and bronchitis over the past couple of weeks (both of which came a little too close to our stomach bug fiasco than I would have liked).
The onset of sickness began on our trip to Texas and made for a little (but only a little!) less enjoyable time with my parents.
I’m thankful still for the sweet memories, the laughter, the movies, and all of the precious moments E and L had with my family.
Only seeing my parents once or twice a year does make for a lot of rejoicing when we are together…sick or not! 🙂 And my little ones sure did soak up time with their Granddaddy and Granna.

But our days are like this, are they not? Filled with many unplanned events…illness, car trouble, unexpected house maintenance, loss of a job, or even loss of a loved one.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” -Prov. 16:9
Our days are not our own and the Lord has every right to change and completely modify even our best and truest of efforts.

“As humanity we see only the imperfect, underside of God’s tapestry of our lives. What we judge to be ‘tragic-the most dreaded thing that could happen,’ I expect we’ll one day see as the awesome reason for the beauty and uniqueness of our lives and our family.” -Elisabeth Elliot

“Almost always the question comes, in one form or another, Why does God do this to me? When I am tempted to ask that same question, it loses its power when I remember that this Lord, into who’s strong hands I long ago committed my life, is engineering a universe of unimaginable proportions and complexity. How could I possibly understand all that He must take into consideration as He deals with it and with me, a single individual?”
-Elisabeth Elliot

These quotes came to mind, even as they would relate to the trivial nature of the flu and bronchitis.
To all things… God be the glory!

As I noted in my last post, I was going to share a couple of things regarding this Christmas season. Though it has now passed, I’ll share a couple of my favorites from this December month:

1) The Expected One, by Scott James

The expected one

So thankful for this book and the way that Scott James brings you through the Old Testament prophecies leading up to the 1st coming of Christ. A great Advent resource to consider!

2) Savannah Cinnamon

savannah cinnamon

This made for some wonderful Apple Cider (and naturally fills your home with delicious Christmasy scents!)

3) Jane Austen Devotional

Jane Austen Devotional

I love Jane Austen. She was truly one of the most amazing authors of classic literature and that is evident by the millions of people that still treasure her novels today. My Mom knows this little fact about me and got me this book for Christmas. It is a sweet little gem that has been added to my library. For any ladies that love Jane Austen— this book has taken pages of her novels and added a small biblical commentary (addressing positive/negative qualities of her characters or themes) and bringing them to light with Scripture. Love. It.

4) Favorite song that I found…
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Hillsong

5) Favorite movie… Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn

An all time favorite… Loved having the opportunity to watch this with my family in Texas.

6) Favorite little hobby of the month… Arm knitting.

arm knitting

I love knitting, though it does take quite a bit of time to create anything of substantial length. Especially with two little ones.
When I came across this I was really intrigued at how quickly you were able to make something. I was able to make a blanket for both my Mom and Granny in a VERY short period of time! Something to look into if you are feeling a little crafty 😉

That’s all for now… Tomorrow we are off to begin our little adventure with Adam’s new job. We are house hunting for the next several days!

Hope all you lovely readers have a wonderful New Years!

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