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A post-Christmas post of ramblings

I should have realized how much Cat’s Forest would take over when I decided to post it almost everyday, in the busiest month of the year.  But I of course I didn’t.  Anyway, I didn’t post about Christmas much, except for my story.  I might do some deeper Christmas posts now, after the fact; but I think this was mostly a year of Catania, and that’s okay.

In the meantime, you should read this post that a fellow blogger of mine posted yesterday:

He’s Here: The Christ Candle ~ Ramblings of a Writer

This authoress has mastered the art of word-craft, and this post is simply beautiful.  The peaceful flow of the words is pleasant and calming, and it paints a crystal clear picture of the starry nightfall of the first Christmas.  You should read it.


Hopping down an unrelated bunny-trail, do y’all know about the whole “elf on a shelf” thing?  Well, my Mother found this, and I couldn’t help but share it:

So awesome, I really have no words.  I lost Santa elves about the time I found Middle Earth. 🙂

Merry Christmas, readers!!  Thanks for reading my rambles.

A Gift

It’s Christmas!!!  The greatest gift in the world was given today!

And that’s why Christmas is a time of giving.

So I thought I would post these now, as a present to all my faithful readers.  These are three pictures I drew of things in The Sacrifice, and I thought I would post them to tide you guys over.






Unfortunately, I wasn’t considering the Christmastime busyness when I planned our fall/winter schedule, and I haven’t been getting in as much writing and editing as I had hoped.  And editing is turning out to be a bigger job than I had expected, and I’m considering leaving out a character because he doesn’t play a very major role.  So. . . The Sacrifice might be a little later than I thought.  I’m very sorry, and I’ll get it up here as soon as I can.

Thank you all for your patience and your enthusiasm!

★ ★ ★  Merry Christmas!!★ ★ ★

The Word Made Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. . . The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.


-John 1:1-5, 14

Christmas Cheer

I drew a couple pictures recently, and then realized they were a little Christmas-y, so I thought I would post them.  Enjoy!


I was inspired to draw this squirrel when we left a cup of tea outside by mistake (a while ago, when it was much warmer!), and I found the teabag torn open like something had tried to eat the tea-leaves!





But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

-Luke 2:10, 11

Something More

When someone in your family has a birthday, it makes you want to do something nice for them.  You want to make them feel special.  It’s easy to tell someone “happy birthday!”, and it usually makes them feel good.  But would we be willing to do something more?

We can have the right mentality about Christmas, but that doesn’t feel like enough, does it?

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If Christmas Isn’t So Merry Anymore

The older you get, the less exciting Christmas becomes.  (My sincere apologies to all my readers who are younger than I am.)

You begin realize that it’s not necessarily the best time of year, it can be kind-of stressful, and there’s always that inevitable after-Christmas-let-down.

So when you get old enough to realize you shouldn’t center the season around presents and you’ll probably just be disappointed if you do, you were never crazy about the food or decorations, and you like the music but you can’t live off jingle bells–what next?

Well, you turn to what should have been our focus in the first place–Christ.

You don’t go to a birthday party just because you want the cake (I least I hope you don’t!), you go because you want to encourage whoever is having the birthday.

The last song on Rend Collective’s Christmas album is called “For All That You Have Done”.  Jesus has a birthday because He was born to be tortured to death.  He has done everything for us.  Given us everything.

The least we can do is celebrate His birthday for Him.

China Trip Day 12


Skyping with Becca and Spencer.  Yes, they are playing the piano.  Lucy loves music, and she was very excited to see she would have a piano at home! 🙂


And our visit to Shamian Island!  It is such a neat place!




There were mini Terracotta Warriors everywhere!




Lots of photo shoots–mostly in wedding dresses.

I could not get over this girl’s hair:




And some photo shoots of this.  I don’t know.


And I don’t remember how exactly I got this.  I just remember Dad saying “Take a picture of her shoes,” and trying to.  It turned out surprisingly good.  They’re pretty shoes–though I would twist an ankle in them, most likely! 🙂


Not sure where this guy was headed.  He didn’t appear to have an owner.


Blondies get lots of stares in China–and an occasional request for a picture together!





P.S. Did I mention that they celebrate Christmas in China?




Happy December!

China Trip Day 9






Painting Chinese characters–with water.  They’ll evaporate in a matter of hours, but he still does it.












This lady was a waitress at our hotel’s breakfast buffet and was incredibly sweet!  She helped us figure out what to feed our girl, told us what Chinese kids often eat, and brought our breakfast up to our room our first morning with Lucy!


An in-country plane-ride to Guangzhou!  Our sparrow had never flown before, and she was giddy with excitement!  That girl is so brave!

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I actually thought the food on the in-country flight was better than the American food! 🙂


Distinct.  Something lost in translation, maybe?

P.S. They celebrate Christmas in China–big time.




More than “slightly” late!

The patiently-awaited pictures of our Christmas tree:

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I realized this year what a neat stocking this was!  Thank you, Aunt Kelly!

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I am REALLY enjoying my camera!  Here’s a couple random pictures I took around Christmas-time:




Becca's hymnal.  I don't even know this song!
Becca’s hymnal. I don’t even know this song!
I was trying to take a picture of what was outside--I got my reflection instead.  I'll take it!
I was trying to take a picture of what was outside–I got my reflection instead. I’ll take it!
Not only does my camera have a powerful zoom, the flash is incredible: I took this picture while it was totally dark!
Not only does my camera have a powerful zoom, the flash is incredible: I took this picture while it was totally dark!
The Noonday bracelet grandma gave me for Christmas
The Noonday bracelet grandma gave me for Christmas



Becca took this one!  :-)
Becca took this one! 🙂


P.S. You guys should totally read this.  It’s from the blog I linked to on Thanksgiving.  Sobering (and convicting), but oh-so-good!

Happy Monday!

Which means tomorrow is. . .  ! ! !