We got this dress for her last year on clearance at Gymboree for $12. Score! Christmas dresses can easily be $50+, like this one was originally!
These shoes belonged to Brett's younger sister! Here they are on top of the original box...see the Nordstrom price sticker for $15.95?? Although they are 22 years old, they look brand new!
I will leave you with the verses that we read for Advent Sunday. It was really funny, Emersyn was kind of fussy on the stage when we were trying to read. I read a porton and then Brett was supposed to read but he was holding Emersyn and she was aggressively trying to steal the microphone from him. I decided to grab the mic back and finish the reading. Emersyn did much better on the stage this time last year when we had her dedicated, remember this post? :)
As the hustle and bustle of the holidays increases as Christmas draws closer, let's not forget the Reason for the celebration!!
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
Luke 1:39-45 (NIV)
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,
40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!
43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
3 For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.