Thursday, December 30, 2010

My New Years Absolution

— n
1.the act of absolving or the state of being absolved; release from guilt, obligation, or punishment.

Every year at this time I begin thinking about what my New Years Resolutions will be.  And of course I write them down.  Otherwise I might forget them and not actually accomplish them... insert sarcastic laughter here.    And strangely enough, they are always the same.  The list usually includes a lot of unrealistic goals about the way I will eat, how much I will exercise, how early I will get up every morning so I can be super productive, how I will transform my prayer and study life, how I am going to be more organized than ever with household chores and homeschooling, and the list goes on and on...and on.  Just typing about it is slightly exhausting.  Needless to say, this is a BIG. FAT. waste of time.  That's why this year I am resolved to have only one resolution.... to daily celebrate my absolution.  

Don't get me wrong.  I appreciate new beginnings as much as the next gal.  But God is showing me that one of the awesome things about being a Christ follower is that every day is a new beginning.  Every moment even.   December 31st or January 1st, it doesn't matter, for his compassions never fail - they are new every morning!  Praise Him that Lamentations doesn't say his compassions are new every year!

2010 seemed to end on an especially frantic note for me.  I will spare you the boring details, but there were times when I was pretty sure I would drown.  As I struggled to keep my head above water, I became convicted that something had to change.  The constant striving and the never arriving... it just became too much for this simple girl.  And it is not what my Father has asked of me.  In fact, it gets in the way of
the thing he has asked of me - to love.  That's why this guilt driven mama has finally decided to accept this precious gift of absolution.  I know it will not be easy, but in 2011 I plan to operate under the truth that I am released from guilt - let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water ~ Hebrew 10:22.  I am released from obligation - For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast - Ephesians 2:8-9.   And finally, I am released from punishment - Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus - Romans 8:1.  And that, my friends, is the good news that I am resolved to carry into 2011.

Do I still hope to make good decisions about how I spend my time, how I treat my body, how I teach and love my kids, how I worship my Father, etc...  next year? Absolutely!  But my fervent hope and prayer is that as my Father begins to wrap my heart in these truths, 2011 will be the year I stop being driven by guilt and obligation.  My prayer is that 2011 will be the year I begin being driven by love, gratitude, and the truth of absolution that comes by walking daily with a risen Savior.  

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas just "flu" by....

Even though 3 of us were hit pretty hard with the flu, we managed to salvage some fun this Christmas!  After all, it was WHITE!  

 Snow Fairy

 World's tiniest snowman.

 Playing Candyland

Hot Chocolate!

Three sassy gals.

 A picture is worth a thousand words.

 Elfie got into all kinds of trouble this year...

 Winner of the "Best Gift of 2010" award - A tiny rubber lizard - To Daddy, From Micah.

Sophia lovin on NaNa!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Tis the season....

 .... to be too busy for blogging!  Just wanted to post a quick catch up on what's been happening with the Dixons.

Micah was an Indian in the Thanksgiving performance at the preschool he attends on Tuesday and Thursday morning.

We had a great Thanksgiving weekend in Kingston Springs.
The kids had fun taking their annual ride in the lift that dad so inconspicuously uses to put up his Christmas tree lights...

The boys learned that all who eat the Thanksgiving meal should contribute to the preparation of the Thanksgiving meal :).  

Some took it better than others.

Sophia got to love on her Ma.

Mom and Noah did the whole wishbone thing.  I think they actually ended up with the same length bone.  I didn't think that was possible...


Just because she's so stinkin cute!

Micah and Sophia's favorite new activity at Nana and Grandy's...walking to the river.

We had the extra treat of being able to spend some time with the Stites family on Saturday!

 Noah and AK :).

And now we are getting ready for Christmas!  
We had a fun morning putting up the tree with one of our favorite people in the world - Cole!  We had a yummy breakfast and the kids hung the ornaments.

We celebrated with our college students by having a great weekend of service and fun.  On Friday afternoon they split up to go and visit several widows in town and deliver fruit baskets to them.   After meeting up and eating dinner, they wrapped up gifts that they bought to bless a single mom and 3 kids who live in a house that sits right behind our lot in West Circle.  They finished it off by delivering the gifts to her house on Saturday morning and having a pancake breakfast at the Blue House.  We have the BEST college students!

And last, for now, Micah was very excited about Warm and Cozy day at Preschool.  They all wore their PJ's and had hot chocolate with "smarshmallows" AND whip cream!

Noah finished up a great soccer season and is now playing basketball.  He won his first game Saturday!

Duane closed out another great semester with our awesome college students and is now busy with things like planning Gulf Coast Getaway and planning for our home to be built.

Micah is doing his best to keep up with Noah, which often results in conflict.  He actually kicked a hole in a closet door with his bare foot yesterday.  But, in spite of some anger management issues, he is growing up to be an amazing little boy.  He loves to work!  Give him a job and he is happy.

Sophia is learning to hold her own with her big brothers.  She is so sweet and yet so strong.  I guess that's what it will take to survive around here.

I have been extremely busy with my Etsy business and my new adventure of photography.  It's been a great source of income to fund our adoption, so I am VERY thankful, but I will be glad to come up for air after Christmas!  

We FINALLY own land in West Circle! After a city council meeting tomorrow night it should be subdivided and ready to go!  We are so ready!

And finally, we are anxiously awaiting our referral which could come any day.  I find myself thinking and wondering about Selah more and more these days.  But for now we will just keep praying that she stays healthy and loved until we can get to her! Please join us in that prayer!