Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Packing up & Pondering....

Well, I FINALLY started taking down our Christmas decorations today. I know, I know, I am a little "tardy" for "Christmas Clean-Up" this year.

While packing away the ornaments from the tree, I found an ornament that someone had given us last year. It was unopened last year and when we put this year's tree up, it didn't get opened either. I couldn't help but smile as I picked up the unopened box and looked at the ceramic cross inside and read the painted words.

What did the words say, you ask?
"May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace" Romans 15:13.

If you read my New Years Day blog, you see that this is the verse I am praying for my family this year. How awesome that God is in EVERYTHING we do, even the much dreaded packing up the Christmas decor.

I love that God knows how into little details I am... and that He reveals himself to me in little details like this one all the time. In the past, He has even went as far as to let me get caught in traffic so that at the exact moment I got up to the counter at the Krispy Kreme to order, the HOT light came on! True story, I promise... I don't know who wouldn't claim that blessing....Yep, He's everywhere and He knows us that well....

Here's the ornament that did not make it back into the Rubbermaid Christmas containers (which are labeled, of course). Instead, I am going to hang it where I'll see it every day this year and be reminded of how desperately God desires to be a part of everything in our lives, especially in the "little things."

I can't do a new post without an Annabelle update. She was 4 weeks old yesterday. I can't believe she is already 4 weeks old! She's already quite the little lady... she loves to sport big bows (well, she doesn't really have much choice at this point, but she doesn't fuss when I put them on her and she doesn't pull them out, which to me, means she LOVES them!)

And look at how she holds her hands... so dainty and sweet....

She had her 3 week well-check appointment last Tuesday and she weighed in at 7 lbs. 7 oz, so I am certain by now we have hit 8 lbs.! She's a good baby and rarely fusses... she loves to be held, thats for sure, so that's what we're doing, just holding her and loving it....


Carrie said...

You know what I'm going to say, the ornament was SUCH a sign from God...I totally agree with you. I love that you're hanging it up as an everyday reminder...we need those!

As to Little Miss--I LOVE the hair bow. Where in the world did you find it? It's too cute on her.

Also, where did she get those long fingers from? She may be a piano player. That's good--one of our children should have some musical talent and I'm not counting on Allie!

Aleta Kaylee said...

Oh, she is beautiful, Annie. I love the big bow. So cute!

Kimberly said...

You never cease to amaze me.
I am addicted to blogs also... and like Carrie mentioned in the Journal even strangers become neighbors and dear friends.

No matter where we are in life God is with us we just have to reach out and touch HIM.
I love you.
Aunt B

Lyndsay said...

Annie how precious she is! I still have her baby present, which thank goodness is not too small yet! I am horrible about getting stuff like that out. I'll just have to get it to Carrie. I have written down your verse with some of my favorites. It is so amazing that he touches us at just the right moments to encourage and let us know he's listening.