First is this little guy Newton that came to visit me in my "oh-so-close-to-being-ready-studio" this week...
He definitely has a great set of lungs we got to enjoy!!! But it was just pure pleasure to see my friend enjoying the arrival of her new addition (welcome to motherhood Rose!!)
My second baby...
This new addition just arrived in my home this week!!!! It's an Elliptical trainer that my brother who owns Fifth Avenue Club has blessed us with!!!!! I have been woefully leaving exercise out of my life this past year so I'm hoping and praying this will help!! I tried it out yesterday and although it felt like I was going to DIE after only 3 minutes, I pushed through it and ended up going 30!!! And it felt sooooo good!! It will definitely help leading up to my knee surgery and following as well!! So a
to my brother at Fifth Avenue Club (check out his new website) and be sure to check out his club if you work downtown!! It is the BEST PRIVATELY OWNED fitness centre downtown... known for it's Friendly, Personalized Service!!!
So my third baby is directly related to Christmas...
I love Christmas. I really do. It is truly my favourite time of the year.
And no, it's not just because of the gifts (although I do enjoy both the giving and receiving part!) and it's not just because the kids are off school (and I get to sleep in!) or the extra time I get to enjoy with my extended family (we get along great, so no stress there and I love filling my home with them!)
... and it's not just because of all the awesome food (although I am sooooo stoked that Christy Riopel has invited our family over for one of her infamous dinners!). It's not even the music (I can and will listen to Christmas music all year) nor is it the decorating and pretty lights and bling all though my home (which I adore and have had up since mid Nov!!)
As awesome as all that is, Christmas for me is simply a beautiful reminder of why I am here on this earth... to celebrate my Jesus... the true reason for the season as the saying goes!
Our pastor showed this funny video in church on Sunday... how Jesus' birth would have been handled with today's social media... check it... it's great for a good laugh!!!
So my third baby is baby Jesus... and I have to say sometimes it's hard amidst all the hustle and bustle of Christmas to stay focussed on the why we even have Christmas.
I heard a sad statistic on the news last week... Christmas day holds one of the highest suicide rates of the year. :(
My heart aches for those who don't have the hope and faith that there is a reason for EVERYONE to be here on this earth... no matter what... no matter the trials... no matter the burdens... no matter the disappointments... EVERYONE... even YOU... especially YOU :)
I have had a most blessed life and I have had heartache and struggle as well... but no matter what, I try to keep my eyes on my Jesus. At Christmas, I get to see this Nativity Scene we built (I bought the "action figures" and my brother did the manger, but I did "Isaac's Inn" and "Meshach's Market")...
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
I love that this verse was written hundreds of years before Jesus was even born and I love that it describes Him as a Wonderful Counsellor (I use him a LOT when I'm struggling with life), and Mighty God (He has proven Himself to be more powerful than I could imagine in situations I thought there was no hope), and my favourite... Prince of Peace. Peace in this world is soooo underrated... and I'm not talking between countries (although that is important too), but I'm more referring to the peace in your heart... in my heart... through tough times when it makes no sense to have it... the peace that passes understanding... but it's there for me through Him... and it can be for you to :)
Anyways, those are my 3 "Babies"to introduce you to... my heart's cry is that each of you have a most blessed Christmas with family, friends, good food (including some awesome chocolate "sumthin"), but my greatest wish for you is that you all find inner...