Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 1

It's December!

I tried to read the boys the Christmas story at lunch today.  Asher ripped the advent calendar down, threw all the pieces on the ground and tried to snatch the book away from me. When none of those tactics worked, he took off his freshly filled diaper in the middle of the kitchen.

Needless to say, we didn't make it past the entrance of the wise men.

I bet the candle lighting will go really smoothly tonight.

If you are looking for something to help guide you through the season, I highly recommend Ann Voskamp's The Greatest Gift.  This is my quiet moment for stepping away from all the diaper throwing and remembering the story.

With the kids, candle lighting is a favorite in our house.  (Voskamp has a beautiful children's addition, but my honest mom-opinion is that it's not really a good fit for kids under 8. Obviously, we're not yet in that category.)

We'll probably pull the Scripture readings and read a few thoughts from John Piper's Good News of Great Joy this year with the boys.  It's available as a free download here. 

You probably already know this, but in case you don't: there is a new Christy Nockels album.  The Thrill of Hope is so worth your ears if you are looking for a few new Christmas songs this year.

I love advent, the remembering of that long wait for the Messiah.  Enjoy the waiting.

The hopeful expectation of promises made by the unshakable, always faithful Promise Keeper.

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