After Thanksgiving my brother-in-law brought
ROCKBAND over to my parents house.
He had bought it for super cheap at a Black Friday sale.
We all loved it.
We were hooked.
Especially my mom.
My brother-in-law was kind enough
to leave it at my parents’ house for us all to enjoy.
Little did we know,
my mom played even when we weren’t there.
She was even caught practicing the drums
into the wee hours of the night.
So, when Christmas rolled around,
my dad decided she might need her own ROCKBAND…
She was SO excited when she opened it.
Who ever thought that a grammy would want ROCKBAND for Christmas??
We even found a ROCKBAND t-shirt for her.
My niece got a ROCKBAND t-shirt too.
We spent a lot of Christmas day rockin’ down the house.
It was fun.
Lots of good memories and good laughs.
There is nothing like a rockin’ Grammy!
Oh, and someone was wondering about these bats.
They are called Mashoonga! Sabers.
My mom got them at Sam’s Club.
They are supposed to be for safe, competitive, contact play.
I am not sure if there is anything safe about this picture.
Maybe they are not meant for grown men!!
At least we know how to have fun, right?
We spent Christmas Eve at my parents house…
Celebrating my nephews first birthday,
eating sausage subs (yummy),
and spending lots of time together.
Christmas morning we were back at my parents…
eating breakfast together,
These bats were one of the major highlights Christmas morning.
Saturday we celebrated Christmas with Joel’s family…
eating breakfast together,
This Christmas was hard. It still makes me so sad to look at all of these pictures and know that Cora should have been a part of these memories. I wondered so many times what it would have been like to wake up with her on Christmas morning or watch her playing with her cousins. We would have had so much fun. But we were blessed in so many ways this Christmas. Our families are so wonderful and our time together was great. And, like so many other times this year, we felt the indescribable joy and peace that only comes from our Lord.
We are missing Cora like crazy today…
…but we are rejoicing with our little angel that He has come.
We are rejoicing in the good news of great joy–Jesus.
The angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior–yes, the Messiah, the Lord–has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
I smiled to myself when I opened my HOPE book last week and realized the topic was joy. It was just what I needed to read because I definitely am not feeling very “joyful” this Christmas–at least not in the way the world would define joy.
How reassuring is it to know that our joy isn’t tied to the sometimes turbulent conditions around us?
It isn’t tied to how sad I am feeling as we prepare to celebrate this first Christmas without Cora. It isn’t tied to how my heart hurts when I see all these happy Christmas cards and realize again that there will be no family pictures with Cora this year. It isn’t tied to how sad I am that Cora won’t be here to welcome her new brother or sister with us. It isn’t even tied to how much love we will feel when we meet Baby Mac any day now. True joy does not necessarily equal happiness.
My joy is grounded in Christ.
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again–rejoice! Philippians 4:4
Here are a few of the projects I have been working on.
Both of these ideas came from Ashley Ann’s blog.
It is one of my favorites.
You should definitely check it out.
Ashley made one of these for her husband when they were remodeling their kitchen. I adapted the idea to give as Christmas gifts. Each bottle in the caddy had a verse about joy on it.
I also made a few individual bottles to give out as gifts. A candy caddy would be great gift for so many things. You can find the directions here.
Clothes Pin Magnets
This was the best part. My sweet husband helped me glue on the magnets so that I wouldn’t have to inhale all the fumes. That was really nice of him because he HATES crafts. Apparently the magnets I bought were a little too strong because they kept all sticking together while he was trying to glue them on. I tried to help, but I think I made things worse. So, I just stood back and laughed as he yelled at the magnets. I am sure he really appreciated that!
I was going to stamp on the cardboard (like Ashley did), but couldn’t find my alphabet stamps. So, I just printed off the same label I used on the candy caddy. Another cheap and easy Christmas gift! You can find the directions for the clothes pin magnets here.
Oh, and I made some little clothes pins too. I used these ones to hang up all my Christmas cards.
I had a few questions about some of the other projects from our craft retreat.
You can find the directions for the photo tile coasters here.
And most of the girls were using blurb for their blog books. I have never made one, but it is on my list of things to try!