Wait for it…

Living a simple sweet life, and learning to wait on the Lord

Matt and Sarah December 27, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michelle @ 12:34 am

Today Ryan and I were honored to be invited as guests at Matt and Sarah’s engagement celebration in San Diego!  Matt and Sarah are sweet friends of ours, and we have had the privilege of watching their relationship grow and develop.  It was so fun to spend this exciting time with them!!  What a beautiful day.  Matt had proposed to Sarah on the beach (she said yes, by the way 🙂 ), then blindfolded her and led her to a yacht where their families and a few friends (including us!) were waiting.  We enjoyed a cruise around the harbor during a breathtaking sunset, and then Matt’s parents took us all to dinner (thank you, Steve and Brenda!!)

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Congratulations, Matt and Sarah!!  We’re so glad we got to spend this day with you.  🙂

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12/25/07 December 25, 2007

Filed under: Holidays — Michelle @ 1:24 am

                                            

   Wishing You a Merry Christmas

  

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has come

to give His people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,

because of the tender mercy of our God…

to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death,

to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

Luke 1:68; 77-79

   With Love, Ryan, Michelle and Jack

 

 

It Really Is December 19, 2007

Filed under: Bible,Holidays — Michelle @ 11:50 pm

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.  Really. 

I have always loved Christmas…for many reasons, many of which are purely sentimental…sounds, smells, the chill in the air (don’t mock me…although its not as chilly as other places, it can get cold in So. CA…sometimes), the family gatherings and the singing of Christmas carols in both English and Russian, Starbucks Christmas blend and Holiday beverages, picking out a real Christmas tree, traditions like Twohey’s and Cheesecake Factory at Fashion Island…Christmastime at Disneyland…Jack learning the words to Christmas songs this year (see previous post)…and I could go on…

But this Christmas season, I have been particularly struck by the mystery of Christ’s birth…the complexity yet simplicity of prophecy fulfilled and God’s sovereign plan to “rescue” mankind.  I have been amazed by the connection between the manger and the cross, and the love our good God displayed.

My Aunt Ellen gave Jack “The Jesus Storybook Bible” last year, and we love it (thanks, Aunt Ellen!).  Like most kid Bibles, it covers the main stories in words little ones can understand.  But what I really appreciate about this one is that every story points to Jesus…and as we have read through it, I have found myself marveling at the reality that the whole Bible is really ABOUT JESUS…it’s amazing, really.  (Yes, I am almost 30 and have read the Bible or had it read to me for as long as I can remember, yet I am still amazed at that fact.)  This Bible often speaks of Jesus as “The Rescuer.”

At the end of the story of Adam and Eve, for example…the fall of man…the first sin that caused mankind to even need a rescuer…this is what it says:

“Well, in another story, it would all be over, and that would have been the end.  But not in this story.  God loved his children too much to let the story end there.  Even though He knew He would suffer, God had a plan — a magnificent dream.  One day, He would get His children back.  One day, He would rescue them.  One day, He would make a perfect home for them again. 

And one day, He would wipe away every tear from their eyes.

You see, no matter what, in spite of everything, God would love His children —

with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.

And though they would forget Him, and run from Him, deep in their hearts,

God’s children would miss Him always, and long for Him — lost children yearning for their home.

Before they left the garden, God whispered a promise to Adam and Eve: ‘It will not always be so!  I will come to rescue you!  And when I do, I’m going to do battle against the snake.  I’ll get rid of the sin and the dark and the sadness you let in here.  I’m coming back for you!’

 And He would.  One day, God Himself would come.”

Side note:  Ryan says they took a few liberties in this Bible storybook that may not be entirely theologically accurate.  However, I still love it…I love the way it is filled with HOPE.  The HOPE of the Gospel…the HOPE of God’s “Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.”

I think my favorite Christmas CD this year is Michael W. Smith’s It’s a Wonderful Christmas.  If you don’t have it, you should buy it.  I love the lyrics to trac #7, especially these:

Lift up your heads, all who wander in darkness,

Shine for your light has come. 

Down through the ages, though sin’s battle rages, Christ, our Messiah has won!  

Sing Noel, sing Hallelujah!  Come adore on bended knee. 

Sing Noel, lift high His praises, Christ, come to set us all free. 

Christ, come to set us all free!

Kinda makes my getting stressed out today about finishing my last-minute-Christmas-to-do-list seem pretty silly…

 

JackTalk – Christmas Edition

Filed under: Holidays,Jack Quotes — Michelle @ 11:13 pm

“Jingle Bells, jingle bells,

Jingle all the way

No-ah fine, Next-a vine,

Nick-en hiken sway, HEY!!!”

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(This pic was taken when we went to get our Christmas card pics taken and JMoses was having fun escaping…) 

 

To catch up… December 15, 2007

Filed under: Birthdays,Fun — Michelle @ 12:59 am

So I know it has been forever since I’ve posted…partly because we’ve been having computer and internet issues (yes, BOTH…separate issues, same time), and partly, because of life.  I’ve figured out that I’m not the kind of blogger yet, or maybe will never be, who blogs about absolutely everything.  Because for me, I am too busy experiencing life to sit down and actually have enough time to share everything with the whole world.  For me it requires too much formulating and processing and proofreading and alone time, which haven’t been abundant lately.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking and praying and learning…there have actually been quite a few significant events in my life and the lives of those I love, both joys and sorrows.  And I’ve had quite a few moments where I think, “This would be a great blog post…”  But there just hasn’t been the time to sit down and do it, not to mention a computer that kept dying and an internet connection that kept disconnecting… 

Here are some highlights from the past month…

In November, Jack turned 3!!  It was another reminder that I don’t have a baby anymore…and a reminder of sweet friends and family, who show us such love and support as we raise our son.  We celebrated with a Cars bday party at Nana and Papa’s, and a few visits to Disneyland.  I was so pleased that my racetrack cake actually worked!! (thanks to Jamie for the idea)  🙂

      

         

    

 

 We’ve spent some fun times with friends…

 

…and we got our Christmas tree!

 

(I love this picture)

 

You know what else we love this year?

That’s all for now.