Merry Christmas Eve! Yep, I’m Still At It…

xmaseveI’m just now sitting down to take a breather from running around. Got all my shopping done Thank God, Publix stayed open long enough for me to pick up my “oops I forgot” item (celery) for my dressing, UPS just delivered my package as promised–now I’m listening to R&B Christmas Classics and sippin’ on Egg Nog.

I’ve really enjoyed this holiday season and I’m excited about what is to come! I’m so glad my Sister came home, even for a short while.  I even visited some cool places and attended some really great events.

 menlisaMy friend Lisa and I visited Whoville!

lisame She really loved these fun trees so we had to have our picture taken by them.

christmasgridReceived the sweetest gifts from some of the greatest coworkers! These are just a few.

meandsissy2My Sissy came home!

ahccAttended “A Highlands Christmas” for the very first time! It was amazing!!! The candlelight service was my absolute favorite part!

meandbooIt was snowing!

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It’s amazing what light to a dark world can do!

…now it’s time to get started cooking! Merry Christmas Eve everyone!!!

A Special Delivery Plus One

meandsissy3This past weekend I received a special delivery (+1)! My Sissy came home for a short visit and words cannot begin to tell you how ecstatic I was to see her. A few years ago, she moved to the West Coast with her family. There’s been a few visits here and there, but there’s nothing like the convenience of getting in your car to drive to see each other. We have always been extremely close (best friends), so it has been a huge adjustment. I miss her, my sweet nephews, and my bro-law immensely–but it only gives me a great excuse to visit–which is already in the works for 2014! Having the opportunity to see her, get lots of hugs and kisses (yes, we still do this), and laughs was the best Christmas gift EVER! We had to cram everything she wanted to do into one day–meaning going to all of her favorite spots, a new dessert (coming soon), spending time with family, and church.

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While she was here, she wanted to visit our church! She has heard me talk about Church of the Highlands for some time now and couldn’t wait to visit!

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sissynmeaArrived in time to get great seats and our coffee fix! The message from Dino Rizzo was awesome. God’s Christmas gift to us… “He will save us, He is with us, & He is for us.” It doesn’t get any better than that!

meandsissy2Couldn’t leave without getting a “family photo” by the beautiful tree!

Seeing my Sister and Auntie’s Baby (almost ready to board) was a beautiful reminder of God’s love. Family is such a blessing and there’s nothing that can replace them. Love them, cherish them, and never take them for granted!

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When Did You Get Here?

hellodecI can’t believe December is here! It seriously snuck up on me and my goodness–this is the last month in 2013! I’m looking forward to so many things in the upcoming weeks–Holiday cheer, concerts, The Chipmunks Christmas Carols (Yes, I still love them), peppermint mocha coffee, peppermint bark, and baking my favorite sweet eats like peppermint bark fudge, found here. I’m sure you see a trend here. The older I get, the more I appreciate this time of year. I get to spend time with family, go on a random Starbuck’s run for a Gingerbread Latte, or just relax in my Snuggie by the fireplace.

snowmanI found this cute, little mug at the Dollar Tree to go with my Mocha Mint Cappuccino. Cheers to the Holiday Season!

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Looking for some great Christmas music? Check out Highlands Worship A Highlands Christmas-My King Is Here CD! You can find it here.

Let the countdown to Christmas begin! Do you have any plans for the holiday season?

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas to you and yours!!! I’m so thankful for family and friends. This time of year is especially hard for those who have lost loved ones (including myself). May the peace of God be a comfort to everyone. My prayers are with those affected in Sandy Hook and their families, Mr. Han’s family, and many more.

Regardless of the reason…THIS season brings people together! There’s nothing like family time, amazing friends, giving, and just being thankful.

Enjoy and be blessed…for Jesus is the reason for the season!

Merry Christmas to all!!!

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