Three Gifts Miraculous


1. We live in Florida, again.

2. We have healthy children and a strong marriage.

3. I’m more joyful today than in many years before.

Psalm 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

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A Gift of Gold, Scented, Bent Low, etc…


I’m catching up on the “Joy Dare” from Ann Voskamp that I posted about early in Dec.  Today I have Dec. 15-17 to do:

A gift gold, scented, bent low

Gold, my Tory Burch sandals that I have been wanting and waiting for…we opened our family gifts last night.  I wore them all night, and I plan to wear them many days ahead.  Thank you Daniel!  A scented gift was the rosemary plant at my mom’s and dad’s house that sat on their coffee table in the front room…ahhh…what a great smell that was.   A gift bent low would be my mom picking up the wrapping and boxes that were left from our gift giving…she is constantly cleaning and helping.  A true servant’s heart, she has been doing this for years and still does it.  Thank you mom for all the little things you do, and we forget to say thanks.

3 Gifts Bethlehem-unlikely:

1. A stable…a simple and stinky place that became the place our Savior was born.  It proves we do not always have a choice as to how the Spirit of God will enter in.  It can happen any where.

2. Young parents…you would think an established couple that was married and ready for kids would have been picked to be the parents of Jesus.  Instead a young couple of meager means was selected to be the ones to raise this special child.  We still have young parents today that may feel unprepared for what lies ahead, but God goes with us.

3.  Animals were present at the Lord’s birth.  We still have pets and wild animals that surround us.  God planned for their presences, and we should rejoice in the fact that we have them in our world.  I am thankful for our cat and the wild life that we see daily.

3 Gifts frosted:

This one is tricky in Florida again…I’ll have to go with fake frosting/glitter…

1. Frosted Flakes are delicious and we enjoyed some for snack yesterday.  We live in a country with so many conveniences, and boxed cereal is one that I especially am grateful for.  We have numerous boxes in our pantry, and we are lucky compared to many families in countries who have never tasted such a luxury.

2. Frosted cakes…we enjoyed a Publix cake last night at our Christmas dinner thanks to my mom.  She is always sure to have a dessert or two or three on hand!  We are also blessed to taste sweet treats…daily.

3.  Frosted mirrors (with steam)…I had to stretch a bit on this one.  Again, we do not have real frost in Florida often.  This winter it has been pretty warm.  I had a nice long shower yesterday, and the mirror in our bathroom was frosted with steam.  Hot water is another luxury I’m thankful for.  Our water is fresh and hot.  Many people in our world would dream of such a bathroom.

Luke 2:15
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.”

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Six on Sunday


Six things that I’m grateful for today…this Sunday…

1. Our children are happy and healthy.

2. My husband has a job that provides well for our family.

3. My parents and father in law now live close to us.  Our children will know their grandparents more intimately.

4. Christmas lights just make the mood merrier.

5. Christmas gifts…bought, wrapped, and ready to give!

6. We live in a world that values peace.  It upsets us when tragedy strikes, and we thankfully live in a country that fights for other countries to enjoy freedom and peace as well.  There will always be evil in the world, but for the most part I still believe people are innately good.  God breathed his life into us, and unfortunately Satan vies for our hearts and minds.  I pray that we focus on Him and help others to do the same this coming year.

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Three Gifts Berry Red & Three Gifts Stamped


Three Gifts Berry Red…

1. Leaves of poinsettia plants

2. Christmas lights (old fashioned big bulbs of mulit-colored lights…including red)

3. Jesus’ Blood that was shed for us to make us one with our Father

Three Gifts Stamped

1. Christmas cards outgoing

2. Christmas cards incoming…love it when they arrive so thank you to those that still send them via USPS!

3. Our new calligraphy address stamp…we are back in Florida!

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Three Gifts of Unframed Art


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Above:  Bryan sits on a large baseball at Westmonte Park in Altamonte…that boy is more attracted to the magic of balls than to the Santa that was present to greet children.  He didn’t say “hi” to Santa because he was more excited about the play ground and balls by the ball fields!

Daniel and I enjoyed a visit to Payne’s Prairie near Gainesville, Florida this past weekend.  He took some amazing photographs of nature.  More to come!

Addison received the first of many Christmas gifts yesterday.  Early, we know.  He put together this LEGO Star Wars Tie Fighter…413 pieces on his own.  This is truly an amazing testament to his interests…building, independence, and the joy of completing a project…in one day!

Three Gifts Ice Cold


Ann Voskamp’s “Joy Dare” is getting tricky on this date for me!  Three girts ice cold is not a Florida thing.  I will resort to what is in the freezer…

1. Thankful for ice cream…we love it year round.  Recently we had divine dessert at Gainesville’s The Gelato Company in downtown.  I had cake batter and creamsicle…both delicious.

2. Thankful for frozen entrees…we enjoyed a Stouffer’s Lasagna last night…praise God for the creators of frozen meals for families!  Heated in the oven…so yummy.

3. I am also thankful for ice…makes our drinks especially ice water so tasty on hot days.

Job 37:9-11

New International Version (NIV)

The tempest comes out from its chamber,
    the cold from the driving winds.
10 The breath of God produces ice,
    and the broad waters become frozen.
11 He loads the clouds with moisture;
    he scatters his lightning through them.

Ice is in the Bible and parts of our country and world do experience “the breath of God that produces ice.”  We look forward to our Christmas trip to Texas…perhaps it will freeze there this year!?

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