Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him

The planting of roots is a process. I think it really takes more than just a year or two to grow strong roots. It is something we are constantly working on. The higher your tree grows, the deeper your roots grow, too.

We have been doing a lot of expanding, both toward Heaven and deeper into the ground. For that I am so thankful. It is our 3rd Christmas season in Fort Smith. Our 3rd home here, too. Our final home. Well, the last in our plan, anyway. Our trees are set up, our holiday plans are in place. There are gifts under the tree and two anxious kids that can't wait to see what Santa brings. This is my favorite time of year... time seems to fly by but it also passes at a very slow speed.. like slow motion in front of my eyes because I am trying so hard to savor each and every delicious memory we're creating. 

Last night we took the kids to see Santa and to dinner, and then we drove around and looked at Christmas lights. We've never had Christmas lights on the outside of our home. We never really stayed anywhere long enough to do them, except when we lived in Tennessee, but Andy was never home long enough for that kind of thing to be a priority. I realized last night that we can do that now, we can decorate outside and invest in the lights because our house will be the same, year after year after year. It doesn't really seem like much but it was a huge wave of happiness over my heart because.. we're home

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season so far, and I hope you're all remembering what this season is truly about. For unto us a king is born... So much was given for us, let us remember to also give back. Give back to your family, give back to your church, give back to your community, give back to those that don't have anything of their own to give.