Merry Christmas From Our Family to Yours

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Each year at the first of December, I tell myself “Christmas is over 3 weeks away. Plenty of time…” and then somehow, before I can take another breath, the day arrives. Time flies so quickly; I know you understand.

I don’t often give you a family update of all the hustle and bustle with the Wojo tribe, so I thought I would share a little of our year with you.

My Hubby

After working in hospitals for over the last twenty-five years, my awesome husband, Matt, moved from the hospital setting to a medical office setting in July. He enjoys helping the patients greatly and it’s a perfect fit for him as the clinical director. Just when I think I couldn’t love this man any more than I do, he proves me wrong.

Tiff & Zach

Tiffany, our oldest daughter, and her husband, Zach, are working hard at their jobs in the local area. We are extra proud of Tiffany for her acceptance into Physician’s Assistant school, which she will begin in fall 2015.

Taylor

Taylor girl is steadily changing from her usual smiling self to a mostly quiet and fragile, sick girl. With her disease of MPS and its average lifespan of 10-15 years, she is considered “aged” for the disease at 18 years old and it is beginning to take more of a toll. She has missed a ton of school this year and does best when she keeps a calm, daily routine. We’re doing our best to make the most of each day.

Michael

Our almost teenage boy, Michael, is playing basketball in the community club and enjoying drum lessons. He had a great week at Scioto Hills camp over the summer and loves playing in the band at school. Saturday nights are one of his favorite times of the week- church youth group!

Tristina

You’ll often find Tristina trying to flip her way through the house, even in our limited space. Her love for recreational gymnastics is great fun to watch and she is a fantastic student. With a big heart, she helps me a ton at home and on special projects, like the Ohio MPS Gathering.

Samuel

Samuel keeps us laughing and he enjoyed playing baseball this summer. He is not in love with school, but he loves logic and works hard, even when he doesn’t like a subject or assignment. Samuel loves being a kid.

Tarah

Sweetie Tarah hit the kindergarten mode this fall and just about broke Mommy’s heart. I have enjoyed every moment at home with her from the time she was born and while she is reading and loving every minute of school, I am super glad that her school day is only a half day.

Tessa

It’s really hard to grasp that Baby Tessa is already 3! She is Mommy’s helper when it comes to caring for Taylor and although she gave up her naps over the summer, we still manage to get in some snuggles each day. She has an extra spark of curiosity and personality that everyone else in the family simply adores.

All of You

I can’t say “thank you” enough for engaging here in this prayer community and space for Bible lovers!!

I’d appreciate your prayers over the next two weeks as the next writing deadline on my first published book is January 8th.

The 2015 Bible Reading Challenge will launch within the next couple days and I want to be sure that you saw the last post on How to Read the Bible All the Way Through On Your Own. This post includes a fabulous FREE printable that you don’t want to miss and there was a small issue with our mailing list, so some of you may not have received the email for that post. We’ll send another between the holidays.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours and looking forward to all God has for all of us in the New Year!

Rachel

Top Christmas Picks and A Question for You

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Wow- this blog sure is a happening place at Christmas! It’s almost as busy as my house. I thought I should be sure to share all the great spaces that many of you love around here before time runs away from us. If you want Christmas printables, prayers or poems, I’ve got you covered! So here are the top Christmas picks and a question for you at the end.

Christmas Gift Tags with Bible Verses

Chalkboard prints are all the rage, so don’t miss these FREE Bible verse gift tags designed to remind us of the reason for the gifts. Check out the full .PDF HERE, but here’s a sneak preview of one:

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 A Prayer for Christmas Day

This Christmas prayer has been very popular on Pinterest and I’d love for you to share it.

The Wordless Book and Christmas Ornaments

So what do the Wordless book and Christmas ornaments have in common?

Just in case you’re unfamiliar with a Wordless book, the book is simply pages of colors and you can share the Gospel story as you turn the colored pages. This post helps you use Christmas tree ornaments to share the gospel in wordless book format.

Different Christmas Gift Tags with Bible Verses

This set includes the verses of Isaiah 9:6 and Matthew 2:10.  You can find these HERE.

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Twas the Plight before Christmas

A poem rewrite to make you think.

Original Christmas Quotes

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12 Days of Christmas for the Hurting

My Christmas Ebook!! 12 devotionals to bring you closer to Christmas when your heart is hurting. For the complete description,

head over here.

Don’t miss the posts from earlier this week! I wrote You Want the Perfect Christmas for church last Sunday and Tuesday I shared 6 Favorite Christmas Children’s Books. 

And now my question for you. I haven’t had much time to scope for holiday recipes. I gathered a few and made a Pinterest board for them yesterday, but they were all desserts! I have to feed my family more than desserts. (I know, bummer, huh?) So my question is:

Do you have any holiday recipes that you can share? I’d love to read them in the comments today!

Thank you! See you tomorrow with another fabulous Christmas book giveaway!

Rachel

 

You Want the Perfect Christmas

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Have you ever thought you could achieve the perfect Christmas?

Pull it all off without glitches?

Give everyone the exact gift they want?

I’ve wished for it. Thought on it. But never truly achieved it.

Is the perfect Christmas a possibility?

You Want The Perfect Christmas

You want the perfect Christmas?

To keep the traditions

You coordinate renditions

Of colorful gift wrap and ribbons.

“Twas the night” is included

No dance of the Nutcracker excluded.

Yet they don’t fulfill.

They simply spill

A few sprinkles of temporary happiness

Like the sugar cookies baked from scratch,

You catch a momentary glimpse of joy

Then it’s gone.

 

You search for the perfect gift.

Avoiding the snuggies,

A Red Rider won’t work,

Yet you can’t shirk

This once a year opportunity to please

The ones you love

How hard can it be?

 

You strive for holiday bliss.

The Christmas bells ring;

Lovely carols you sing

Because you have no doubt

that the best way to spread Christmas cheer

Is singing loud for all to hear.

Yet your soul feels worse

Your spirit perhaps cursed

And your heart as small and unfulfilled

As the Grinch in his sled on top of the hill.

 

You want the perfect Christmas?

He waits for you at the stable

See him lying as a babe in a manger

His life laid down for you a stranger

His birth

His blood

His joy

All for you and it all began with

The Perfect Christmas.

Don’t miss it.

Relive it.

Soak it in.

Be renewed in Him.

When you get what it means

To have the perfect Christmas,

Then truly

It’s a wonderful life.

 

Silent Night Spoken Word from Cypress Church on Vimeo.