Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Tonight, I am blogging from Sidney, Nebraska. A place where the clock moves slower, the Disney channel broadcasts brighter and the mama is more relaxed. We've already tested the pool and had pizza for dinner. The kids have staked out their sleeping spots, Daddy's got the newspaper unfolded, and the wet towels on the floor are evidence that I am on vacation too. We might just stay up all night chillin with the tele fixed on "Hannah Montana". We are all super happy that we have time together as a family and we are looking forward to more fun and making memories together for Thanksgiving 2010. We have so much to celebrate. We have so much to be thankful for.
Posted by Heather Henricks at 10:29 PM
Saturday, November 20, 2010
The Christmas music has been playing for about a week now. I tried to resist the urge to listen to it before Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't help myself. Last night, we ventured out on a cold walk across the street for dinner the lighting of the big tree showing off in the center of the shopping mall. Lights, music and festivities. And COLD!!! After we got home and warmed our toes, we started decorating the house for the holidays. We are traveling for Thanksgiving, and we won't be here in our home, so I figured it would be alright to have a few Christmas lights up to welcome us home from Thanksgiving. We won't cut down our tree until later in December, so we still have that to look forward to.
The kids love to put the nativity sets up around the house. We have 5 of them, so someone always gets to set up two (I'm sure they keep track year to year!). This year, Michael set up the "Little People" nativity. Oh, it was so cute! He had Mary sitting with the wise men, Joseph with the sheep and Baby Jesus hanging with the shepherds. I started to put it all "back together" when the thought struck me that I should be so open minded as my 4 year old, rather than putting the picture back the way it is supposed to look, let it look like Michael set it up. A nativity scene, not about perfection, but about peace and love among everyone. Who knew decorating for Christmas was going to be so thought provoking?
I have been listening to Sara Groves' Christmas CD over and over - it's my favorite. ( if you don't have it you should go to I-tunes this very minute!). She has an arrangement of "O Holy Night" that is quite different than the original version, and because of that it has made me listen to the words of the song more than I ever have. These words have been there all along, but I think that the song is usually sung slow and I'm always waiting for the singer to belt out that last "divine" so I've missed out on these words.
"The thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices."
Posted by Heather Henricks at 8:18 AM
Thursday, November 11, 2010
"Fashion Plates" leading the pink parade of what was to come. I remember how small she was, and how she smelled so yummy. I'd never smelled that smell before. It was natural and pure and whole. A scent I woud look forward to 3 more times. I remember having birthing pains in my body, but being distracted from them because the joy of holding MY daughter and caring for her overwhelmed the pain until it disappeared; a feeling that would soon become familiar as one of the common themes of motherhood. Becoming a mom on November 11, 1998 changed my priorities, my processes, and my person forever. Marky was the pioneer for true love in my life. I had never known love to ache until I became her mom. I never knew the intensity of being connected to someone so deeply until I became Marky's mom. I never knew that love could persevere through enormous trials until I became her mom. I never understood sacrifice and an "I'll do whatever it takes to protect her" attitude until I became her mom. Every opportunity to hold Marky, hug Marky, love Marky, teach Marky, and enjoy Marky over the last 12 years has molded me into the woman that I am. She challenges me and amazes me; she is a daughter of God, a disciple of Jesus, a fabulous daughter, a loyal friend, a fun sister, and a special grand-daughter. I am so proud of the young girl that she is and the future has no limits for this wise and beautiful girl. I love you, Marky-moo.
Posted by Heather Henricks at 9:40 PM
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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Thursday, November 4, 2010
A pre-school field trip to the Farm - GLORY!!
A surprise encouragement from my sweet mom - GLORY!
Posted by Heather Henricks at 9:18 PM
Monday, November 1, 2010
Whaf do you get when you have a girl who wants to be in a Bible Study but can't find one that fits her?? Well, first you add a few sweet friends, then mix another couple of girls who are roped (gently!) into coming to her house on Monday nights, throw in Godly wisdom, strong character, difficult life experiences yet joyful perspective and you have... a Bible study at my house!!! I am SO thrilled to be starting this. I honestly never thought that I would be able to have a Bible study in my home. I thought that the kids would be too noisy, there would be too many distractions, my home wouldn't be "nice" enough, etc. etc. etc. Insecurities anyone?? But by God's grace, it is working!! God has known of the places that He needed to fill up in my heart with this study, with the "yesses" from my friends, with a place to study with like-minded women that fit my season of life. I am not a risk taker and asking others to join me was so hard, but I am SO glad that I did! We are going through the book of Ruth via a study written by Kelly Minter. So far it has been exactly what we have all needed. By faith, I am choosing to believe that this dear group of girls was brought together for just the right reasons. I have been blessed so much by them already. Thank you, my Lord and my friends for doing this with me!
Posted by Heather Henricks at 10:12 PM