O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Christmas can get kooky. Sometimes the happiest time of the year can just go plain wrong. Remember, it's about adoring the baby. It's about the greatest gift from God--not about what your got that didn't fit or was the wrong color. It's about letting the love of Christ fill your heart--not about the treats that will fill your belly. It's not about focusing on who is or isn't with you this year. He is always with you.

Enjoy Christmas. But the only way to truly enjoy it, is by letting Jesus be your joy. You can't package, manufacture, buy, or hand make joy. It's the overflow from the gift from God.

I'm preaching this to myself today, too. Read. Pray. Repeat.

Be blessed.


I have been begging God to take summer away from Houston, and I believe we are finally past 90 degree days for awhile! Now, I have a problem getting my wardrobe and internal body temperature to morph into cold mode.

I am so sick of my summer clothes. Some people prefer summer dresses and shorts, but due to my inability to bake myself a nice tan color (my skin color options are "lily white" and "I'm-Not-Really-A-Waitress Red"), I like to cover myself with as much clothing as possible. My dream of putting aside my summer duds is now here! But I don't quite know what to wear...

One thing I've been doing is the old "add some leggings to your summer dress" trick. But honestly, it's boring me. And sometimes when I'm not sitting completely lady-like in my dress, I want to say, "It's okay! I have on leggings!"

I also had to dig out my sweaters from my guest room closet. When you're memory is bad, the process of digging out winter clothes almost feels like you are opening a Christmas present. "Oh! I didn't know I had this! Thank you, self!"

The other issue I have with the weather transition is figuring out when to break out an official coat. I have a few coats, but not all of them match my outfits. When I lived in states with temperate climates, I purchased a new coat every year. I had coats for everyday, formal, and outdoor occassions. Now, I have a hodge-podge of coats and jackets--basically leftovers from ten years ago. It seems like a bit of a waste buying a coat if I'm only going to wear it for the week that I'm in Kentucky for Christmas. The rest of the year, it takes up space in my closet and just sits gathering dust mites.

Maybe I've just invented a business as I comb through my clothing dilemma...

Perhaps, there could be an online "clothing/coat rental service" for those of us in the South that are traveling to colder climates. Can I tell you how tired I am of wearing the same wool lime-green J.Crew sweater circa 1998 to holiday events? I'm sure there are others out there like me.

Anyway, until my online rent-a-coat is up and running, I'll either pack on the layers or see what Target can offer me for a good deal on something warm.