Today has been a blast! I took the day off to spend with the family and go tree hunting! Yep! Christmas tree hunting is an annual thing for the family! We love this day and the tradition of heading up the mountain to Tim Miller’s “Shady Rest” Tree Farm in Ashe County! Before we left, I had to take a picture of the three laziest cats in the world…Callie, Milo and Lucy! What a life!! (Oh…sorry for the blurry pics…they are all from my cell phone…I’ll do better in the future!!)
The kids love these cats! What a joy animals bring to our lives. You know…God loves animals a lot or he would’ve just saved man during the flood…but, He chose to save the animals too, because when He created them, He said it was “good.”
So, we made our way up the mountain to Mr. Tim’s farm. He gave Andrew and Clara a “measuring pole.”
We ended up with a 10 footer…the heighth of the pole…imagine that. Hey, Mr. Tim…bigger poles…means you sale bigger trees! 🙂 So, we looked and we looked and FINALLY!! Katy spotted it! She said, “Guys, come take a look at this one!” Well…it was THE one!!
After we find the tree…we headed back down the road to Mr. Tim’s… Don’t you like the unique way Kandace chose to carry her brother?
Then, Mr. Tim baled it for us! We appreciate you Mr. Tim! Thanks for being so kind to us!!
We loaded up the tree and headed home! Had some supper and then decorated the tree while watching one of our all time favorite movies…”It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart! Whatcha think?
You know the movie got me thinking. Every life is important. No life is an accident. It’s why I lament abortion so much. Katy made the comment when Clarence the angel said to George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) in the pivotal scene in the movie, “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” Your life means something. In fact it means a lot! So much so, that Jesus Christ came to this earth, leaving Heaven and all His glory. He came to a smelly manger and endured all that we have as our great High Priest and then endured death…on a cross. Why? Because your life was worth everything to Jesus. Should we be thankful? You better believe it! So may we truly be thankful tomorrow as we eat and celebrate as families together! Thank you Lord Jesus for coming to ransom my soul and pay the sin debt for me! I’m so grateful…beyond words to describe.
Oh…two last things…
Last weekend we had a wonderful Ladies’ Holiday Banquet at the church. What I loved is that several young men in the church choose to be waiters and to serve the ladies. Here are two very fine and dapper young men…Coleman and Lee! Thanks so much guys for showing that you are “man enough” to be servants!
Finally…Leah got her another one! Who’s Leah? My niece. She’s a deer hunting machine! She got her a four-pointer tonight. My Dad (her Grandpa) helped her “gut it out.” And Leah never backs away even from that part of it! She’s a lady for sure! But, she’s not afraid to fire a gun! Way to go Leah! Annie Oakely ain’t got nuthin on you!
So…it’s been a super day! I’m blessed beyond measure…and on top of that…tomorrow is not only Thanksgiving, it’s also my bride’s __nd birthday! (You think I’m telling the number? No way!! I’m not crazy!)
Thank you Lord! The words aren’t adequate to describe my desire to praise you…but since tomorrow is “Thanksgiving,” I’ll choose to use them to express the immense joy I have in my soul!