Tuesday already?

Seriously, how did it get to be Tuesday night already?  So much for my grand plans of updating all December long...I have been getting my pictures of each day, just haven't had a lot of time for processing and posting.  I wanted to go ahead and type up a post though so I don't forget what has been going on.

Last weekend was pretty much packed with performances of the Living Christmas Tree at church. This was the 13th year  that our church has done this and it never ceases to amaze me.  It is almost a two hour long production, with amazing music, light show on the tree, kids performing (which honestly can not be beat for sheer entertainment value), a drama, and then at the end the presentation of the banners with the names of God.  These banners are honestly just beautiful and made even more special to me because they were sewn by one of the women in our church.  My friend Angela and I did a narration while they were bringing in the banners and we got so many compliments on it, which it is always nice to hear (just being honest), but to tell you the truth, I think we just felt privileged that we got to do it.  This was the narration that we did:

God has promised He will never leave us or forsake us.
In Christ, God revealed His faithfulness to us from the beginning of time.

In GENESIS Jesus is the Ram at Abraham’s altar
In EXODUS He’s the Passover Lamb
In LEVITICUS He’s the High Priest
In NUMBERS He’s the Cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night
In DEUTERONOMY He’s the City of our refuge
In JOSHUA He’s the Scarlet Thread out Rahab’s window
In JUDGES He is our Judge
In RUTH He is our Kinsman Redeemer
In 1st and 2nd SAMUEL He’s our Trusted Prophet
And in KINGS and CHRONICLES He’s our Reigning King
In EZRA He is our Faithful Scribe
In NEHEMIAH He’s the Rebuilder of everything that is broken
And is ESTHER He is the Mordecai sitting faithful at the gate
In JOB He’s our Redeemer that ever liveth
In PSALMS He is my Shepherd and I shall not want
And is SONG OF SOLOMON He’s the Beautiful Bridegroom
In ISAIAH He’s the Suffering Servant
In JEREMIAH and LAMENTATIONS it is Jesus that is the Weeping Prophet
In EZEKIEL He’s the Wonderful Four-Faced Man
And is DANIEL He is the Fourth Man in the midst of a fiery furnace
In HOSEA He is my Love that is forever faithful
In JOEL He baptizes us with the Holy Spirit
In AMOS He’s our Burden Bearer
In OBADIAH our Savior
And in JONAH He is the Great Foreign Missionary that takes the
Word of God into all the world
You go on and see in MICAH He is the Messenger with beautiful feet
In NAHUM He is the Avenger
In HABAKKUK He is the Watchman that is ever praying for revival
In ZEPHANIAH He is the Lord mighty to save
In HAGGAI He is the Restorer of our lost heritage
In ZECHARIAH He is our Foundation
And is MALACHI He is the Son of Righteousness with healing in His wings
In MATTHEW Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God
In MARK He is the Miracle Worker
In LUKE He’s the Son of Man
And is JOHN He is the Door by which everyone of us must enter
In ACTS He is the Shining Light that appears to Saul on the road to Damascus
In ROMANS He is our Justifier
In 1st CORINTHIANS our Resurrection
In 2nd CORINTHIANS our Sin Bearer
In GALATIANS He redeems us from the law
In EPHESIANS He is our Unsearchable Riches
In PHILIPPIANS He supplies our every need
And in COLOSSIANS He’s the Fullness of the Godhead Bodily
In 1st and 2nd THESSALONIANS He is our Soon and Coming King
In 1st and 2nd TIMOTHY He is the Mediator between God and man
In TITUS He is our Blessed Hope
In PHILEMON He is a Friend that sticks closer that a brother
And in HEBREWS He’s the Blood of the everlasting covenant
In JAMES it is the Lord that heals the sick
In 1st and 2nd PETER He is the Chief Shepherd
In 1st, 2nd, and 3rd JOHN it is Jesus who has the tenderness of love
I JUDE He is the Lord coming with 10,000 saints
And in REVELATION, lift up your eyes, Church,
for your redemption draweth nigh, He is King of kings and Lord of lords

Just imagine hearing all of this with this music that is building and building and these beautiful banners being carried in and at the end the choir coming in and singing about "no other name, but the name of Jesus!!"  I really love the Living Christmas Tree for lots of reasons, and as much time and work it is to participate in it, it is always a lot of fun and I get a chance to interact and spend time with others in the church that I normally wouldn't have an opportunity to.  So, even though I have been exhausted when the weekend is over the last two years, I am still thankful that I have gotten to be a part of it.  I am also very thankful this week for my in laws who so graciously have taken care of my boys over the weekend and again today. The boys were quite excited to spend two "naps" with their grandparents and when they came on Saturday to see the performance of the tree and I came out to see them, Xavier promptly dissolved into tears and said "you told me two naps"--of course, as soon as I assured him that he could go back home with grandma, then he was fine and just hugged my neck.  Crazy child!  

Yesterday, we spent the day getting caught up on work stuff, I worked on Christmas cards, made some more yummy awesome amazing S'mores Popcorn Balls which are pure evil in a wonderfully delicious sort of way.  I made them to put into some goody boxes that I take up to the nurses in the treatment room at Cancer Care and to my doctors and nurse.  I feel such a huge debt of gratitude to them that it is the least I can do to give them something yummy to eat once a year.

Today, I headed out bright and early to drop the boys off at their grandma's house since I had some doctor's appointments.  They were quite disconcerted and devastated that they weren't heading to Grandma Joyce's house though (since last night we were talking about Christmas and how they were going to spend some time there while we head to New York) and didn't quite understand why Rory and Camden weren't going to be there.  One of these days, I am going to figure out that they don't have any concept of time right now.  When they got home,  William's face was covered in chocolate and he was insistent on wearing his new Batman gloves. ( pictures coming tomorrow!)  Then, when they were getting ready to take a shower, I was completely cracked up when Xavier who had stripped down to his underwear announced  to me that he had been dry for 20 years and 3 days!! what ????

Finally, I ended the day by watching the finale of the Biggest Loser which I just love--such a great show.  The boys watched part of it with me and they just completely chattered through the whole thing and were very confused and wanted to know why they weren't all wearing their Biggest Loser t-shirts....whew, they exhaust me.  They ended up just running laps around the coffee table and I finally put them to bed and sat down to enjoy the rest of the show while eating a S'mores Popcorn Ball!  Nice, right?

Okay, pictures coming tomorrow, I promise!


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