Expectancy

Expectancy changes everything. One’s perspective, planning, and worldview are all shaped and often altered by the expectation of something or someone’s coming.  I’ve thought much about expectancy recently as we are anticipating the arrival of our third son around Christmas Day. Our expectation of his arrival has altered our Christmas travel plans, affected the arrangement…

The light of the Gospel shines brightest at Christmas

If I had to choose one word for our 2014 year, it would be gospel. For us, this year has been about learning to live in the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ—learning that no part of our lives is untouched by this good news. It is the gospel that must shape our marriage,…

Tidings of Comfort and Joy!

The 2013 Stevens-family-Christmas-card-photo-shoot needed to be recorded in the archives for posterity’s sake. Because future generations need to understand that they come from a bunch of crazies! And fun crazies to boot! {Disclaimer: some of these photos have dark shadows and heads cut out. We used the self timer for this shoot because who do…

Luke tells the Christmas Story

This post should actually be titled Luke tells the Christmas Story to Doc and J-J. I loved my parents’ response to this video. They both loved it and commented to me separately . . . Mom: Doc was a little jealous that J-J got so much attention in this video!  Dad: J-J’s head was a little bit…

Christmas in Pictures

We made a very quick trip to Alabama for Christmas this year, but I wanted to document with just a few pictures. Santa loot… Coming in to check out the loot. Ready to cruise. Chuck the truck. Someone has changed a lot since last Christmas. Tears . . . New pajamas. Jenny looks like a model…

December Fun

There’s this adorable little park that we drive by almost every day on our way to and from the house, and it’s lit up with all sorts of fantastic lights this time of year. Mr. Boy always notices the lights from the car and points and “talks” when we drive by. So one night, we…

The hope we sing. . .

If you’ve followed my ramblings for any length of time, you may remember that I love the Christmas season. I really do. But let’s be real. It’s all too easy to let the season become stressful. It’s busy. It’s hectic. Parties to attend, cards to address, food to cook, traveling to see too many families…

Christmas Tidbits and Funnies

It’s true. There’s no place like home for the holidays. I’m sure that one day Adam and I will spend Christmas in our own home with our own children, but for now we wouldn’t miss spending it with our families in Alabama {our growing- up homes}. This year we made the long drive down from…

Christmas Eve

A year ago today, I was looking at this… Today, I’m holding this… God has been so good.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Well, at least I think so. After too many years of putting lights on extremely tall Christmas trees (just one chore on my mom’s extreme Christmas decorating “honey-do” list) and attending an absurd amount of Christmas parties and functions, my dad can often be heard singing, “It’s the most dysfunctional time of the year.” We…