December Photo Challenge-Santa, Tree, Treats and lots of Joy!

I find myself yearning for some peace these days.  If I’m going to be completely honest, this Christmas season has found me in somewhat of an anxious state.  I haven’t really been able to place exactly why this is, but certainly the most recent tragedies have not helped.  This feeling of uncertainty has left me wide eyed at night more times than my tired self would like to admit to most days.

When I was young I had a very hard time sleeping.  I think my parents can attest that it truly became a psychological issue where I would be so worried about not being able to sleep, that I would actually not be able to sleep.  My worry would begin as early as dinner time!  It was really such an awful feeling that I hate even recalling it.  However, my Jesus-loving mother would provide me with Scriptures to read and say when I found myself starting to worry or fear.  When I would calm myself down enough to actually do this, I found such peace in the promises of Jesus.

Here I am…over 20 years later…finding myself in a place where those same Scriptures are bringing me the same kind of peace I needed then.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33

Jesus is so good.

In a world that is so incredibly broken.

He is so very good.

That being said, this photo challenge includes JOY!  And you better believe I found some!

Day 8–Santa

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This is the closest we got to anything involving Santa this year.  I had good intentions of getting out to do the traditional photo with Santa, but when it came down to it, I just didn’t get it done.  And since Ivy doesn’t understand Santa this year, I figured no harm.  Instead I made this to document her tiny, itty, bitty hand that I will inevitably look back at in years to come and remember how adorably little she was.  Tear.

Day 9–Tree

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This is my whimsical little apple tree in my back yard, covered in pretty white snow.  Magical.

Day 10–Treats


I have made my fair share of Christmas treats this year.  Christmas cut-out sugar cookies, peppermint bark, dark chocolate cupcakes with peppermint frosting, Christmas M&M cookies, chocolate-peppermint cheesecake bars, and delicious caramel apple cider.  In addition to this, we have been given a ton of Christmas treats as well!  My current favorite is the butterscotch fudge from my dear friend and co-worker.  Holy fudge it’s good!  But these steaming mugs of hot chocolate piled high with whipped cream are a staple treat for Aaron and I during the winter.  It’s the perfect sweet in the evening, and one of my all-time favorite treats!

Day 11–Joy

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Speaking of joy…these two bring me lots!  This is Ivy and her dear friend Grey at our recent Christmas breakfast with friends at The Lodge in Sunriver.  It was snowy and magical and all things Christmas!  We sat these two down on this giant-backed chair and couldn’t resist snapping a few.  Cute and cute!  Ivy is enamored with Grey.  She loves looking at him, even when he doesn’t look at her. 🙂

Peace this Friday morning to you. ♥


2 thoughts on “December Photo Challenge-Santa, Tree, Treats and lots of Joy!

  1. Brotzman Connie says:

    Merry Christmas Dear Friend. ( I had the child insomnia thing too. I think it is us…the sensitive ones… that suffer the most from it. And you are right…it was horrid) Love you and your family.

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