|A selection of home-made Christmas cards|
|Cards made by Josh|
The day stayed dry, despite the forecast saying otherwise and we even managed to see the fireworks this year, due to a new position for the tent and a change of wind direction from previous years.
Josh stayed overnight as part of the "security" for the marquees and then helped to dismantle the site the next morning. The weather had turned and they woke to heavy rain, which later turned to snow! Well the weather man did warn the wind would be coming from the Arctic!!
We celebrated Jacob's birthday again on our return with his friends at a fun evening playing laserquest.
And so with the start of November and the return to school and work thoughts in the Vizor household have turned to Christmas. Andy and the boys have been out a couple of times without me recently, football and rugby, which has meant that I have had time for some crafting.
I have mentioned before that I am a list girl and Christmas really tests my listing making skills. Last year I tracked down a Christmas planner I had seen previously in a crafting magazine. This one was on a wonderful Australian blog Shabby Art Boutique and Kerryanne who writes this blog runs an event called Simply Christmas. So this year I have updated my Christmas planner with a new calendar and room for new lists and I am ready to get ready!
That just leaves the important part of Christmas to get right now, placing Christ at the centre of all we do. Jesus is the reason for the season, as the saying goes and for us as a family he is the reason we exist and the reason we know we have life eternal. Our celebrations will centre on Christ and that he came to save the world by giving his life. Next week I am going away on a retreat weekend which will help me spend time focussing on God and have time to prepare some crafts. My hope at the weekend is that I can find a way for us as a family to spend more time focussed on God each day.
The Bible verse today links well with keeping Christ at the centre of Christmas and fits well with the service we had at church today. We are not called to follow Christ and be like those around us, but we are called to follow Christ and bring him to those around us in a way they understand.
The Lord says:
“My thoughts and my ways
are not like yours.
Isaiah 58: 5
Our prayer as a family this week is centred on Remembrance Sunday and we pray for all those who have lost loved ones through service to their country, whether during the two World Wars or in more recent conflict. May they know the love and comfort of God in their loss.
With God's blessings from my family to yours,