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Fresh.

Last year on this day we shared the news with our families that we were expecting a baby. We dreamed and talked about how exciting Christmas this year would be. A baby.

I feel like you get to be a kid all over again when you have a baby. You get to go though the milestones of life for a second time, both with your mature eyes, and with the innocence and wonder of a child. I’ve always LOVED Christmas, it’s my favorite. That, and smiling – smiling’s my favorite :) <–Name that movie

So I knew that having a baby this Christmas would make it totally different and wonderful in a fresh new way.

I was driving home from my last errand yesterday, when I started thinking about the Christmas story. How many times have we heard the story of the birth?

The Birth of Jesus

2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke 2: 1-20)

You guys – I got tears in my eyes. How many times have I recited in my head:

6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. (Luke 2: 6-7)

know what Mary did in the barn all those years ago. It was just her and Joseph, bringing that baby into the world.  A baby that would forever change history. A son that she would watch lay down his life.

Being a Mama now, and knowing what Mary did for me – and you, it brings tears to my eyes even now as I type.

I hope you have a wonderful day and that you might see the Christmas Story fresh too.

Love,

Merfman, Merfett & Merfbaby

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Re(Focus) on Christmas

It’s already December 11th. Are you done with your Christmas shopping/wrapping/baking/holiday cards?

Are you tired of thinking about those things and it’s ONLY December 11th?

I read this post today by Lisa-Jo Baker and it wrecked me a little, not gonna lie. My throat tightened, my eyes stung.

Christmas is a big deal, but not for all the reasons we immediately think of.

I personally took a step back and refocused.

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Hi! Remember Me?

I haven’t posted since Nov 8th. Woops.

Here’s what’s been going on:

– Bossman and I moved into an office. It’s about a mile from my house, score! And, I get to bring Betsy Ross in with me. She’s lovin’ it. There’s other doggies here too and she gets lots of love from the office guys.

– I got a mini “promotion?” I took on some additional responsibilities at the new office. I still work with Bossman, but now I’m handeling all the scheduling and meeting appointments for the studio we’re working with. I spend lots of time sending emails and making event invites in gCal.

– We celebrated Thanksgiving with my family. We always celebrate Thanksgiving the Sunday before the official day. I made mini-pies! Apple and Pumpkin. Leftovers were enjoyed by my office-mates.

– I got the nasty winter cold that’s making its way through everyone’s home and work. It was icky. Glad it’s over.

– We enjoyed Thanksgiving with Merfman’s family. I made my first ever green-bean casserole. Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen the Butter Queen.

– Merfman and I went shopping on Black Friday! I know, I never thought I would do it. We waited until after lunch and ventured out with very specific items on our list and a budget. I’d been wanting a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer FOREVER and with the wedding gift cards, a rebate and the black friday deals we got one for $70! Merman got a new pair of shoes for $35 and we got my phone plan switched so we’re both on Verizon now.

– When I got my phone switched I got a new iPhone 4s. I didn’t see the need or want to spend the money for the iPhone 5. I love my 4s because I can talk to Siri and have her give me directions or makes calls/emails/texts for me when I’m driving. Now, if I could just get my bluetooth set back up in my car…

– Merfman hung our Christmas lights! It’s not even December and we’re ahead of the game! He’s been a busy bee around the house the past few weeks since he’s had some time off and I’ve been sick and useless. He even hung the rain gutters on the back of our house all by himself! I love that man. I LOVE having projects completed.

– We started our Christmas shopping. We’re keeping the budget small this year and trying to be really creative with out gifts. I site Dave Ramsey for this ;) It’ll be a Christmas Like No One Else!

So that’s what’s up. I’m so excited for Christmas, it’s my FAVORITE time of year. I love the extra time with family and friends and the cozy feeling of the holiday. We’re planning to decorate the house this weekend and buy our tree! I’ll be sure to take some photos to make up for the lack of images in this post.

Happy Friday!