Monday, December 31, 2007

Keep your lamps burning

When Josh and I were dating, we used to take a drive each Christmas (I think there were 3 before we were married) and choose the best, most unique or most creative outdoor light displays and take a picture of it. One of my favorites was a perfectly outlined dump truck, quite an unusual sight in the darkness, but somehow it just captured my imagination and I found myself looking forward to it each year. That family doesn't light up their truck anymore, but we still enjoy driving around the neighborhoods this time of year. We haven't taken the time to photograph our favorite pick in quite awhile but for the past few years, I've been wanting to get a picture of this nearby home. The other night we were passing it and realized we had the camera with us. This is a charming home in the daylight and they have made it a stunning masterpiece in the twinkle of Christmas lights!
The tradition of outdoor lights (and this house in particular) remind me of this passage in Luke regarding watchfulness:
"Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning." Luke 12:35


Angel said...

awww love the new side bar pics...the kids are growing so stinkin fast!!

I hope you guys have an awesome and safe new years :)

love you's bunches!

Senae said...

Very pretty. I hope ya'll had a great New Years. :)

Cory and Beth said...

Thanks Jeny! I hadn't gotten a chance to post the update about Cory yet. He's so excited though :-)

jodyfoznot said...


One of the things I love about you (and there are an overwhelming amount of things I love about you!)is your love of meaningful traditions. You're such a great mom to ground your children in traditions that add beauty and meaning to their childhood days. Even something as simple as you and Josh looking at Christmas lights and finding a favorite together tells your children that it is important to seek out beauty together, to have common goals, to have a relationship where each other's opinion is valued yet compromise can be reached, and of course spending time together as a couple celebrating your history and your future.

I loved your post about your family's Christmas traditions. I have to admit, I was a tad bit envious (forgive me!) that you have been able to create so many wonderful and warm moments with your children at Christmastime. It's a little bit of a challenge here to accomplish that with so many more ministry responsibilities at christmas. I pray that God fills my kids' hearts with warm memories--not resentment--as they serve alongside us during that busy season. You inspire me to try a little bit harder!

I miss you!!!

Love you,