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Monday, December 17, 2012

Week 50 in Pictures

My prayers go out to those affected by the tragedy in Connecticut on Friday.  And also to those affected by a similar tragedy in China.  My heart aches today.  I, however, am not fearful.  I took my boys to school today with no hesitation or fear.  My God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of self-discipline.  (2 Timothy 1:7)  He has given me a peace that I simply can't explain, but I am not anxious for my kids' safety today.  And I praise Him for it!

We met with a friend and her boys at the school and prayed for our kids, teachers, staff, the families affected by the horrific events that occurred, and for our nation.  

My friend read Psalm 121:  
I lift up my eyes to the hills -- 
where does my help come from?  
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip --
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber or sleep.
The Lord watches over you --
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm --
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

I hope we can make this a regular occurrence.  It was a definite blessing.  To God be all the glory!

On another note, I started masking, priming, and painting  our living room this week.  Go ahead and call me crazy for starting to close to Christmas.  But I also have a peace about that.  Am I done shopping?  No.  Have I wrapped anything yet?  Nope.  Have I baked any cookies?  Not one.  Am I worried that it won't all get done?  Not at all.  My attitude this year is very different than in past years.  I'm looking forward to spending time with my loved ones.  If there are gifts to open, great.  If not, it really doesn't matter.  I just wish I could get my attitude to rub off on my kids.  :)

Keira and I attended the Toby Mac concert on Saturday night with our church's Youth Group.  It was a wonderful time!  That was my first Christian concert ... the first concert I have attended that was opened in prayer and spent in almost constant praise and worship throughout.  I didn't want it to end!  I can't wait for the next concert!  

Anyway, let's get to last week's photos ...

One of Alex's birthday gifts was the game of Operation.  We had a good time playing it on Sunday afternoon.  It brought back memories of my childhood.

A friend asked me to take pictures of her three kids for Christmas.  I will probably post those later this week.  But while I had the background all set up, I coaxed Nathan (another friend's toddler) to let me take his picture.  Isn't he adorable?!

I bought my friend, Laura, a little housewarming gift a couple months ago.  But it has been sitting here since I kept forgetting to take it to her.  (She moved in in September!)  So I thought I'd get it wrapped so I could take it to her Thursday when I would be at her house.

We had a cold, frosty morning.

Got to work on my Project Life album a little today.  I absolutely love this method of scrapbooking!  (This was going to be one of my "favorite things" for the Scavenger Hunt, but I ended up not participating this week.  Hoping to be back to it next week.)

Today was a bittersweet day.  On my birthday a senseless tragedy occurred.  Not exactly something you wish to happen on your birthday.  Or any other day for that matter.  But in the midst of our tears, we were able to find some joy.  Joy in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Keira helped by giving me this necklace for my birthday.  It will forever be a treasured gift.  (This was also going to be my "sparkley" for the Scavenger Hunt.)

Doug brought dinner home last night so I didn't have to cook on my birthday.  Along with dinner, he brought some fresh cut flowers for me.

So that was my week.  I'm hoping to get the living room finished up this week so I can relax over the kids' Christmas break.

I hope you are blessed in all you do this week!

Kleinworth &Co


Rainey said...

Lovely photos, Kim! Keira has good taste in necklaces and I love the bokeh behind it. :-)

Tamar SB said...

These are just stunning!!! Each one is just so magnificent!

Tamar SB said...

These are just stunning!!! Each one is just so magnificent!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

The entire set is perfection (as always).

Melissa said...

Love all of these pics! The leaf w/ the frost is amazing!

Kim C. said...

A beautiful week!

Danelle M said...

There are some amazing photos in this post!

Pride In Photos said...

Nathan is beautiful in the image...all of your images were lovely. Blessings, Laurie @ Pride in Photos

packmom said...

That frosty leaf is so very neat. Cool picture of the operation game too. My middle son was deathly afraid of the buzz noise that game made for many years. He still does not like it but can at tolerate it.

Gabi said...

beautiful pictures!! I loovee the bokeh one!