Merry Christmas

Our Christmas

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Jimmy and I both felt incredibly blessed to spend time with our families and each other all weekend.

Our celebration started on Friday. I was off work and Jimmy had a half day, which I didn’t know because he wanted to surprise me. He came home after lunch time and accidentally scared me. He just walked in the house and I was 100% sure I was going to be killed by someone breaking in.

Once my heart stopped pounding I got to work on making a dessert for the various celebrations we were going to over the weekend. Oreo cheesecake bites!


I prepared a special Christmas dinner for us in the evening. We knew we would be busy with family on Saturday and Sunday, so we decided to have an evening in where we could relax, reflect on Christ’s birth, and enjoy each other’s company.

After dinner, we took turns reading Christ’s birth story from the beginning of Matthew and Luke and marveled at it for a bit afterwards.


We enjoyed leftover cookies for dessert and then rented Storks, which was such a cute movie! I definitely recommend it. Man do I love a good kids movie 🙂

Saturday was spent with Jimmy’s mom and boyfriend, going to church in the evening, and then going to my father-in-law’s for dinner after church.

The Christmas Eve church service was absolutely beautiful. I tried to savor every moment of it. The young kids in the church sang, and a few men (including my brother and Hannah’s fiancé!) gave a message to the congregation.

Jimmy’s grandpa, brother and sister (plus her boyfriend), and my father-in-law’s girlfriend went to my FIL’s for dinner. We all hung out, laughed, and exchanged gifts late into the evening. Since Jimmy and I have been together since 2008, I feel like his siblings are my siblings. We kind of grew up together 🙂

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Jimmy and I went to church on Christmas morning and then spent time at my brother and sister-in-law’s house. They have a big gathering with Racquel’s extended family and my family each year.

One of Racquel’s family members is a chef, so the food was very gourmet and such a treat. The company was even better!


I’m usually the designated photographer at family gatherings, which I adore! How cute are my brother and his wife? I just love them so much. Their dogs are the sweetest, too.


Jimmy and I headed back to church in the evening to teach the preschool kids and we only had one child in our class. We had a blast with him and even let him paint after the lesson since he was being so good!

All in all it was a lovely and very blessed Christmas!


Merry Christmas!

Hello and Merry Christmas to you! Jimmy, Lola, Malcolm, and I hope everyone has a wonderful day today filled with joy and love.


I thought it would be in the Christmas spirit to share the story of the birth of Jesus, the greatest gift ever given. A gift for everyone.

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Luke 1:26-38

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 their 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 guest room available for them.

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 that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, 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 heaven,
and on earth peace to those 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.

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Luke 2:1-21