Some catching up to do…

We’ve got some catching up to do, so here we go:

We survived 12/12/12 12:12 and the supposed end of the world. We are all still here. photo copy 19

We hung out with best friends. photo copy 20

We Skyped with daddy while he was away on the other side of the world…photo

And eagerly awaited his arrival home. photo copy 25

Snuggled up listening to bedtime stories…photo copy 7

ate our fair share of lollipops. photo copy 21

Hung out with a few more friends. I guess you can say Nash is tall for his age. photo copy 5

Told a few stories. (Here’s his take on the Christmas story…)photo copy 18

We gave ourselves a few pep-talks in the mirror…photo copy 4

dressed up in cute Christmas outfits…photo copy 6

Giggled. A lot. photo copy 24

We have hung out at restaurants….photo copy 10

Eaten Chinese food…photo copy 11

And learned to eat with chopsticksphoto copy 12

Had lunch dates around town…photo copy 13

Had a few two year old shots. (She’s 90% in height & weight)photo copy 22

Drank our first hot chocolate (ever!) at the Ritz Carltonphoto copy 14

Went ice skating…and ended up in the ER…photo copy 16

But the doctor popped the bone back in place and we were as good as new! photo copy 17

We picked out the most handsome tree on the lot…photo copy 26

And brought it home with this crazy crew…photo copy 28

Decorated it with our sweet & eclectic decorations…photo copy 27

and enjoyed the “snow” in Atlantic stationphoto copy 23

Now all that’s left to do is celebrate a quiet little Christmas at home with the people I love best. I can’t wait!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Chronicles of Narnia

“Aslan” said Lucy “you’re bigger”.
“That is because you are older, little one” answered he.
“Not because you are?”
“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger”. 
― C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia

I somehow managed to get through the first 32 years of my life without reading the Chronicles of Narnia. Shocking, I know. I’ve read some of CS Lewis’s other famous books, but never the Narnia series. I always knew the basic premise of the story and even knew some of the famous quotes from the great Aslyn, but I had never sat down and read through the famous series….until now.  A friend had told me about this amazing audio version of the Chronicles of Narnia and how much her kids enjoyed it. I like having other things to listen to in the car, especially things that make the kids use their imaginations and think, so I found it online and purchased it.

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IT. IS. AWESOME! My kids love it and are so engaged in the story. We have had it for a week and we are already on book 4! My world is being rocked by these books. My kids keep asking me why I am crying as we listen to it. I’m literally sobbing! The story is so powerful, so deep, so spiritual, so beautiful. I know that’s old news to those of you who read this series as children, but for me as a newcomer, it is blowing up my spirit! I’ve been so impressed how even Nash has already grasped much of the spiritual undertones of the story. He even said, “Asyln is just like Jesus!”

I’m sad I waited this long to enter Narnia, but I am so grateful to be full in now! I am a massive fan! (The whole set can be purchased for $25 and would make an awesome gift for a kid or a family you know!)

Elon Magazine

Bryson and I met at Elon University during our first week of college. It feels like yesterday, but in reality it was 14 years ago. Whoa, where did those years go!? For real. Where did they go? He was (and is) so dreamy. Sigh. ANYWAY there I go on a tangent. The real reason for this post is to tell you about a little article Elon Magazine did about me and Bryson and the work we get to be a part of at Passion! Not gonna lie, I was kind of excited and honored they would tell a bit of our story. Humbling!

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It’s a shame I don’t have a more up to date picture of my family! I’ve got to work on that soon!!!

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The Fall edition cover

Meyer’s 2nd Birthday

I’m a little late on this post, but the sentiment remains the same! We love over little MyMy and were grateful to celebrate her 2nd Birthday on November 26th.

Meyer: “The one who shines, illuminates, and leads the way.” You live up to your name sweet one! Happy 2nd birthday baby girl!

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Older siblings can be oh so helpful!

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Dinner at Meyer’s favorite restaurant, Pappasitos. She loves the rice and beans. She has good taste.

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5 layer cake goodness…

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an attempt, though be it poor, at a family picture.

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Mere Christianity.

This excerpt from Mere Christianity by CS Lewis is so powerful. I love starting my day with this in mind…

“Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom, Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.” -C. S. Lewis

A star is born…

Okay maybe not a star, but today was certainly epic! Nash participated in his first school assembly. He. Was. Adorable. And this mama might have combusted from the pride swelling up inside me while I watched my baby preform! His class stood in front of 250+ parents and grandparents for his school’s Grandparents Day Assembly and recited a poem about trains and sang My Country Tis of Thee. Precious, I tell you, precious! I was so impressed with the whole assembly and the way each grade recited poems, scriptures, and songs. This school means business! I was also so impressed with how well the children sat quietly watching each of the other grades do their recitation…for an hour and half!

Nas was so nervous & excited about Grandparents Day that he literally could not sleep last night! (I think this child has a little bit of me in him!)  He woke up around 1am and tossed, turned, cried, asked if we were late for the assembly, told me he was scared, etc. until about 4am. He was so nervous!! Sweet boy was exhausted this morning (as was I!!), so there were a few yawns as he sang along with his class.

My favorite quote of the day came after the assembly when he confessed, “Mom, when I was on the stage I started to shake — but not because I was scared, but because I was so excited, so it was okay that I was shaking a little.” Hilarious! He was so so proud of himself.  And I could not have been more proud of my super shy boy for being so brave and composed on stage! Way to go Nash!

He did it! Here he is walking out after the program. Whew!

Proud mama!!

And a proud dad checking out the classroom!