Monday, December 28, 2009

One Thousand Gifts (continued)

146) the miracle at Bethlehem
"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'" (Luke 2:15).

147) Christmas music (I've enjoyed this particular CD a lot)!
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests" (Luke 2:14).

148) Opa and Oma hugs
"Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children" (Proverbs 17:6).

149) night time illumination
"God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all" (1 John 1:5).

150) games with Beppe
"...the cheerful heart has a continual feast" (Proverbs 15:15).
151) jogging in the snow
152) rosy cheeks
153) a hug from a friend
154) hours and hours of skating
155) Christmas family gatherings
156) church family
157) beds
158) fire place
159) a day for scrap booking!
160) a daughter with a giving heart
161) a son who loves sports
162) a son who loves crafts
163) a loving/forgiving husband
164) holidays and a husband who's home a lot!
165) hot chocolate after skating
166) hand-me-downs (Jesse loves them)!
167) hats and mitts
168) devotions with my husband
169) scavenger hunts
170) the three children playing Twister - hilarious!
171) coming home to a house with children laughing
172) slippers
173) the gift of giving
174) the Greatest Gift of All- Thank-you God for your Son!

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Monday, December 21, 2009

One Thousand Gifts (continued)

135) snowmen (made with carrots and double zoute dropjes)

136) backyard skating

137) birthday candle light dinners (with left overs)!
"If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that" (1 Timothy 6:8).

138) talented piano player (my niece)
"...make music in your heart to the LORD" (Ephesians 5:19).

139) singing in the Christmas program
"I will sing to the LORD, I will sing; I will make music to the LORD, the God of Israel" (Judges 5:3).

140) decorated houses
141) smelly candles
142) birthdays (Happy Birthday, Mom)
143) special Christmas services
144) sleep overs
145) thousands of beads for hours of craft time

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Birthday, Princess

"Every good and perfect gift is from above..." (James 1:17)

God has blessed us immeasurably with the gift of our daughter (and sons). Today our daughter turns 8! I remember at one of our children's baptism, the pastor reminded us that our children do not belong to us, but that God has entrusted us with them. We give thanks to Him for entrusting us with this precious gift. We are so thankful for our daughter, her love for others and her Saviour, and her heart for giving. Happy birthday, Princess!

About Nicole...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Adoption Update

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"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us- whatever we ask- we know that we have what we asked of Him" (1 John 5:14-15).

We are very excited that our adoption agency received their Ontario Ministry License renewal earlier this week! Also, at least 2 families were given their referrals (matches of their child). We are praying for that day to come soon for us! I was very excited to hear of other families' referrals; I can't imagine how excited we'll be when we get our referral! It is truly an answer to many prayers that the agency is up and running and referrals are already being given out. Praise the LORD!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Here is a video Christmas card we made for your enjoyment. We wish you the Lord's blessings on your Christmas season and also for the year 2010!

Monday, December 7, 2009

One Thousand Gifts (continued)

121) shimmering, brightly lit decorated Christmas tree
"...and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel..." (Revelation 21:11)

122) eager, helpful tree decorators
"For I know your eagerness to help..." (2 Corinthians 9:2)

123) an inheritance of our tree cutting tradition
"A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children" (Proverbs 13:22).

124) Father-son moments
"Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the LORD" (Ephesians 6:4).

125) time for silliness
"A cheerful look brings joy to the heart" (Proverbs 15:30).

126) Oma's pancakes

127) children's enthusiasm

128) ice rink preparations

129) first snow flakes of the season!

130) Christmas lights, but more importantly, Jesus, the Light of the world

131) forgiveness

132) healing

133) new day, new week

134) children singing Christmas songs

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