Archive for December, 2011

And the winner is…

I know I made it REALLY hard on all of you to enjoy your chex mix and fudge and peanut patties, just wondering who could have possibly won the giveaway last week…my apologies.


But, we have a winner!!  Random number generated was:              13


Ummm….to be honest, I thought about re-generating.  I mean, it didn’t seem like the luckiest number, but it was indeed a lucky number for:  KIM DAVIS!!  Woo hoo, Kim!  You won a $25 iTunes gift card!   And no, you do not have to share it with your boys.  It is all yours.  Tell them to get their own. 


Don’t forget – we will be starting our book club on “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp the 2nd week of January.  Monday mornings, 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the home of Cathryn Wright and Tuesday evenings, 7 -8:30 pm at the home of Fran Orson….we will cover a chapter a week!  Seriously, though, if you don’t have a chance to read the chapter for that week – come anyway!!  It will be a great time of discussing and sharing.  We are going to attempt to take notes from those discussions and post them on the blog for those of you who can’t attend so perhaps we can continue the conversations thru the blog as well. 


And, if you need a copy of the book, it is available at Mardel, Lifeway, and online thru amazon or other retailers.  I would be glad to pick one up for you, if you will let me know you are interested and need a copy. Melody, Christina, and Jerri, I still have your copies and will get them to you ASAP!!!

Hope all of you have had a wonderful Christmas season…

 – Kacey

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“With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you “Be of good cheer!”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
It’s the hap-happiest season of all. . .”

  Come on, I know you are out there singing along in your head.  I love Christmas songs…I’m not sure if it’s because they are so familiar and bring back memories or if it’s because we can sing at the top of our lungs and nobody cares if you are particularly out of tune or what…

BUT – in honor of Christmas this week, we are doing a GIVEAWAY – woot woot!!!  Been awhile, I know, folks…

Here’s the script – Leave a comment telling us your favorite Christmas songs – new or old – by midnight on Thursday!!!  That’s it.  Then, on Friday, we will use a random numbers generator to pick the winner of – drumroll please!!!……a $25 iTunes gift card so you can download as much music as your little heart desires (insert fine print: limited to $25)


Here goes – my favorite Christmas songs:

 Traditional:  The First Noel, O Come All Ye Faithful, Do You Hear What I Hear?

For Dancing Around Like a Crazy Person:  Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Newest faves:  Sing by Josh Wilson (this is the one we’ve been singing in church the last few weeks!!)

Here with Us by Joy Williams

And – did you know that Santa has a secret agent bird?  Abby and Will’s favorite:  James Penguin by Brad Paisley


– Kacey

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Love Came Down…

Here we are 10 days away from Christmas…normally at this point in December I’m more than a bit frazzled and incoherent if you try to talk to me…my mind is dashing from one thing to another, trying to make sure I’ve gotten the cookies to the right classroom by the right time on the right day, that I haven’t forgotten anyone’s present, that the clothes for piano recital are clean and not too wrinkled (I hate ironing, folks), that my clients at work are all happy and appeased,  etc.,   Just this morning on the way to school I got the “MOM!! You were supposed to remind me!” when Abby forgot to take a boardgame for boardgame time at school today.  Ummm…oops.  


You all know what I’m talking about. 


But this year feels different to me.  I still have just as much to do, but JOY seems to have taken up residence in my house and PEACE is more real to me than it has been in a very long time.  The things that have stressed me out about the holidays in the past just seem to be not as important as they have been…


I have seen some Christmas decorations in the stores that simply say “Love Came Down…” and, every single time I read it, my heart skips a beat. 
That is really what Christmas is about, isn’t it?  God packaged up all of His love for us and sent it down to earth as a baby.


  Wow.  That idea takes my breath away…


Sure, I love dancing around to Christmas songs or having hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies with my kiddos just as much as the next person, but the thought of God loving us so very much….


Well, it leaves me speechless.


And it leaves me wanting to relish every single second of this Christmas season and give Him thanks over and over and over again…


So, sweet friends, when the hustle and bustle and craziness starts closing in on you this Christmas – stop and think “Love Came Down…” – stop and give God thanks for the things that bring you joy in life – let this time be more than presents and sparkly lights and too many sweets.  Let it be what God intended from the very first Christmas – all about His love for us.


– Kacey

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