Friday, January 01, 2010

A Peaceful Christmas

I am grateful for a peaceful Christmas.

For precious time spent with my dear family.

For the delicious aroma of our beautiful live tree (our first in over a decade).

For wonderful memories of these last days at home.

For the food, warmth, and shelter that our Savior did not have at His nativity.

For the joys of the changing seasons -- even though our seasons don't change quite as drastically in this tropical climate!

For thoughtful and generous gifts from loved ones.

For Christmas dinner in all of its delicious splendor.

For humor and love and laughter. And just in case you're wondering about this one, "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" has been our theme song this Christmas...

I am grateful for a peaceful Christmas -- for the peace that only comes through the Savior whose birth we celebrate. But as we celebrate His birth, we must also celebrate His death and resurrection. It was His sacrifice and His triumph over death that gave us hope and peace. And that is truly something to be grateful for!

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not... He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

~ John 1:1-5, 10-14 ~


  1. I'm glad you had a happy Christmas Shannon! I just wanted to say that I hope this last week is a wonderful, fun filled, not to stressed, memorable, and most importantly, love filled week leading up to your wedding. It must be so thrilling to start your marriage with the start of a new year. :) My thoughts and prayers are with you, just remember to breathe, eat, and use the bathroom before you get into your dress! ;)

    Lots of love and blessings to you and your love,

    (ps- once your days calm down a bit, do be sure to share dress pictures!!)

  2. I'm glad you and your family had
    a nice Christmas, Shannon! I really
    enjoyed all of your pictures. :)

    ~ Love and Blessings,

  3. I'm so happy these last few days with your family have been special!
    I'm excitedly anticipating news of your big day!

    By the way, I got a hippopotamus for Christmas this year in my stocking! How fun that you all have been singing that! It's a favorite of mine!

    Many blessings to you!

  4. What beautiful pictures of your last Christmas at home as a maiden! Lauren and I thought of you several times last week and we will pray for you all through this coming week as you prepare for your special day. May the God of Glory and Peace be with you as you prepare to be a wife and helpmeet to your husband. May God always be the head and center of your home. We look forward to seeing pictures of your lovely wedding.
    Your sisters in Christ,
    Mrs. Hope and Lauren

  5. Thank you all so much for your sweet words and encouragement! The excitement is certainly mounting around here!

    Kayla, how fun that you got a hippo for Christmas this year! I hope you have a two car garage to keep him in! *wink*

    And I'll definitely be posting wedding pictures as soon as they come back from the photographer -- of course, maybe I'm getting a little ahead of myself; she hasn't even taken them yet! ;-)



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