Sunday, December 4, 2011

Celebrate Good Times

I don't know where to begin, so let's pretend we're having coffee together.
I'll pour you a hot cup of Sumatra.
I'm a sipper and I'll have to get up and microwave mine a half dozen times during the course of our time together...just so you know.
There have been many things to celebrate in the past week or so.
Thanksgiving Day was a meaningful repeat of delivering meals with Bruce's family.
 We were also able to spend part of the day with even more family.

Family we laugh with.
 We laugh a lot with them. Is there a better compliment than that?
I fully intended to shop Black Friday...but I decided that sleep was worth more to me.
Late morning I ran to Home Depot with a Senior Elf and an Elf in Training for lights.
 We also spent a day at a Jost Family reunion.
I would venture to say that a fourth of them were able to make it.
I kid you not.
The Jost tribe is a fertile one.
We also celebrated one of Bruce's co-workers with an indoor luau for his up and coming retirement. 
Isn't his wife beautiful? 
I want to be her when I grow up.
And of course we had a couple of birthdays to celebrate.
Some of you were right, and some of you weren't. :)
And now we've come through one season of celebrating and are looking ahead to Christmas.
Our tree has been up for a week, but the ornaments just came out of the box yesterday.
I'm having a hard time getting my Christmas motor going this year.
I find myself identifying with the word "weary" to a fault.
I am wearing weary too well.
It's starting to feel too known.

Just a few days ago I read these verses in the Message:
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me---watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly.  Matthew 11:28-30
So, I am going to get away with Him for a bit because I need a real rest.
To recover my life.
To watch how He does it.
Walking and working...
To learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
To celebrate His birth, and a life renewed, to live freely and lightly.
Merry Christmas, friends.
I hope to see you soon.


  1. I wish I was having coffee with you, Kimberlee!
    I love Laverna too!

  2. Your words are so touching! My favorite line " . . . to watch how He does it, walking and working . . . ." I can relate to so much of what you said. Wish we were having that cup of coffee together!

  3. Merry Christmas to you
    I enjoyed this post so much...
    LOVE the laughter

    go and seek that rest in Him
    He will renew you
    and I will join you...
    Sunday for me is all about God, family and more God
    and lots of cooking :-)

  4. Beautiful photos. And love your new header!

  5. its a celebration to last throughout the year! you guys really celebrated LOT. i love it all.

    pecans on top of your pumpkin pie?!? i may have to do that next year! yum!

  6. A cup of coffee together sounds amazing! Let's do it.

    Get some rest... and take care of you, ok?!

  7. You have been BUSY and this was beautifully put. You mentioned "weary" and I couldn't help thinking of our sermon yesterday. The beginning of a series on Carols... the first being "Oh Holy Night". He talks about the "weary world rejoicing..." If you have some time to watch, it is fantastic and so is all of the music they have produced this Christmas. Take care and here is the link
    --Mickie Lara

  8. Your talent in capturing precious moments, in not just pictures, but also in words, is a gift you are using so beautifully to bless many. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Weary is such an appropriate adjective for right now. I am struggling with that word too. I hope you have a restful and joyful Christmas. BTW: I am a coffee "pounder". Chug it like water. Not good. And family pics out takes are always my fave!

  10. I"m so with you on the "weary". I still haven't got my Christmas decorations up. Yikes. Love your Thanksgiving photos. So much fun to celebrate with a huge clan. You are in my thoughts and prayers Kimberlee. Hope you get your mo-jo back. :)

  11. I laughed so hard at "the Jost tribe is a fertile one" HA!

    Sounds like a wonderful time you've been having. I miss you, lady! xoxo!

  12. Praying for you, sweet friend. You've been on my mind. ;)

  13. You haven't had a new post for awhile so I hope you are enjoying your sweet litle family and that nothing is wrong. Have a very,very Merry CHRISTmas

  14. umm, are you done resting yet??
    it's december 21st.
    i miss you.
    and i want to see your dadgum christmas tree already!!



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