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Book Project Update:
$280 received — $220 still needed. A big thank you to all who have contributed so far, both financially and prayerfully! It is very much appreciated!

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Share-worthy Posts:

Barefoot Hippie Girl shared some lessons from the Nativity this week. Part 1 was about the shepherds, and how we each have sheep in our lives, and a responsibility to shepherd those sheep in the right way. Part 2 was about the sheep, and how we are called to follow the great Lamb of God. She ends with this challenge: “And let these reflections spur you on as both a shepherd and lamb. Look for ways to sacrifice, to follow and to lead. To protect and to obey.

Jacqui, from Faith & Simplicity, offered a beautiful reflection about Joy in the Manger Scene. It’s worth taking a few moments to read and ponder… the emotions that Mary and Joseph felt, the suffering and struggles they faced. Have you ever thought much about it? Have you ever considered how they had such joy in those moments?

Kayln from Creative Savings has been sharing about10 Days to Finding the Perfect Gift.” She’s got some fantastic suggestions, like gifting experiences rather than stuff, or gifting according to personality type. I’m kind of sad that my shopping’s already done… otherwise I’d certainly be putting her advice into practice!


Up & Coming:

Next week I’ll be taking Monday off from blogging, as hubby & I enjoy a special day together for Christmas. But I’ll be back after that, and reflecting on the old year and anticipating the new one!

Expect to see the Top Posts of 2012 {in case you missed any of them}, a recap of 2012, and some goals I have for 2013. I’d love to hear if you make goals each year, and if so… what?

Also, I’ll be taking a week off from Christmas Day through New Year’s Day, to enjoy some quality time with my family. I hope you can do the same!

If you desperately miss my corny sense of humor want to share anything with me during that time, contact me via email or Facebook and I’ll respond as soon as I can… I just won’t be blogging during that time.


Things I’m Thankful For:

  • hot packs for sore backs
  • rare mornings to sleep in w/hubby
  • unexpected financial blessings
  • being able to give gifts to those I love
  • meeting my sparkly friend {IRL}!!
  • anticipating Mom’s Christmas goodies
  • Star Trek movie marathons
  • gentle dental hygienists
  • progress in reaching annual goals
  • optimism for the future!


What are YOU thankful for this week?

Are you doing anything FESTIVE this weekend?




8 thoughts on “News Edition

  1. Wow! Great week. Thanks for sharing my posts. That is really sweet. So glad you girls got to meet. And slow and steady progress in your fund raising is at least slow and steady. So happy for you! I will miss your sense of humor.=) Thanks for the card. Yours will be going out soon!=)

    1. Thanks, friend! I’ll still be online, I’m sure… just not blogging for that week. 🙂

  2. Elizabeth, I am noticing the changes and growth in your blog! I really like it a lot. I can tell you are enjoying it. I pray you have a blessed Christmas. Looking forward to reading your goals and plans for the New Year. I have some up my sleeve too, but the Lord has me working on another project right now. I hope to be able to share soon. Much Grace for you and yours. jana

    1. Aw, thanks! I look forward to hearing about your project!!

  3. I’m looking to take some time of the blog as well. Hate to do it, but breaks are needed so we can spend more time with family and not burn ourselves out. Thank you for the share!

    1. Yes, breaks are well worth it! Besides… I imagine most people won’t be online much during that time. If they are, they’ll probably be catching up on old posts, etc.
      Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  4. Yay for blogging breaks and thankfulness! Thanks too, for the Christmas card! It was beautiful (you did a great job). 🙂 Have fun hanging out with your honey!

    1. Thanks – appreciated yours too! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

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