'Tis the season when polite conversation includes the all-important "What are you doing for Christmas?" Every year you ask it. Every year you answer it. But I can promise you that I don't know of a year when I've answered that question with more excitement than this.
You see, our Abbie-girl has decided to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and has chosen Christmas Day as HER day to be baptized.
And this Mom couldn't be happier or prouder or more in awe of this incredible child God has blessed us with.
She asked me a few weeks ago. It was one of THOSE days in the car -- you've all had them, and if you say you haven't you're not being honest with yourself. You know. One of those days when everyone is tired and cranky and the kids are being anything but nice to each other.
We were on our way home from pitching lessons, and I'd just finished lining her out about something -- I can't even remember what. And then, right out of the blue she asked when she could be baptized. And she blew me away. And I haven't stopped smiling since.
I had thought this decision might come this past summer when she spent two weeks at Camp Blue Haven, but she says she wasn't ready then. She is now.
Her Daddy will baptize her on Christmas Morning. And then we'll celebrate with a house full of friends and Christmas Dinner. I know that the timing of this means that many of the people we love won't be able to make it. You'll be in other places or at your own church services. You'll have your own families to hug and love on. But even if you can't be here, please take a moment to pray a prayer of praise for our Abbie and this precious heart God has given her.
You know, I have to share a huge Thank You with anyone who has been a part of this road for Abs. From the amazing young women who prayed over her when she was so tiny back in Austin, to the Sunday School teachers at Pitman Creek, then The Branch, Fairfield Baptist, West Houston and finally Cy-fair Christian. The teachers and staff at Custer Road Christian Day School. From all of her VBS teachers over the years to the staff at Camp Blue Haven -- you touched our girl's heart this summer.
It goes back so much farther than that. Abbie has such a wonderful Christian heritage and sees that in her grandparents. And you know her Granny would be Over the Moon about this right now.
For those of you who will be in town and would like to join us, our services start at 10:00 a.m. at Cy-Fair Christian Church. It's located at 17150 Spring Cypress -- where Spring Cypress and Skinner intersect. We'll also be there for the Christmas Eve service at 5:00 on the 24th. We'd love for you to join us! It's a new church, and we really are growing to love it and the people who worship there.
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I'm the wife of a really great guy and stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. I'm a princess because I'm a daughter of The King. These days, much of my time is spent shuffling kids from point A to point B, training/fundraising for the Breast Cancer 3-Day (60 miles in 3 Days!), and juggling the Family Circus that is my life. I'm a transplanted farm girl trying to blend what I know with life in the big city. I'm addicted to Mamma Mia -- the best musical I've ever seen. I love to wear jackets. I miss my Mom. A lot. I love Karen Kingsbury's books -- anxiously awaiting the publication of each. My IPod is my most-used accessory. I love to paint -- not art, but rooms! When the going gets tough, I start baking.