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Thought of the Day–12/1/17

NATIVITY

Thought of the Day—As we transition from the season of thanks to the season of giving, we need to continue to be in an attitude of thanksgiving.  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

Wilson Christmas Letter 2016

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It’s December 1st!  The turkey has been tossed and the pumpkin pie pitched.  The credit cards are still very warm and flexible from Black Friday.  Yep, we are firmly snuggled in to the holidays.  But what comes next you might ask?  Well, the annual Wilson Christmas letter of course!  So curl up with your favorite large mug of stimulant and enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas from the Wilsons!!

 

A big welcome from the state of confusion; from wildfires to floods, riots to bathroom laws, not to mention a political swing state!  And it is going to take more than Bath and Body Works to remove the stench from this election year.  But alas, I digress…

This year has been fairly uneventful family wise.  I am still adjusting to being “Stevie Homemaker” as I have not yet started back to work.  This doesn’t mean I’m sitting around all the time; every day seems to bring on a new set of “opportunities” that keep me quite busy.  In fact, I’m not sure how we got everything accomplished when we both worked.   I am still writing as I am led and inspired so if you have a burst of courage or curiosity, log in to www.lifesimplyspoken.com and take a peek!

Jenny celebrated (tolerated) her twenty-fifth year working for OneAdvanced which used to be Vista which used to be Advanced which used to be CSH Group which used to be Iris, which used to be Transoft, which used to be Easirun which used to be Sinc, Inc.  No wonder she answers the phone with “UHhhh?”  One of the big highlights for Jenny this year was being called for jury duty to serve as a juror on a murder trial this fall.  All of her prayer efforts seemed to pay off as they suddenly had to postpone the trial and she was off the hook.

We managed to take a couple of vacations during the year; we went to North Myrtle Beach in April and to the Shenandoah Valley in September. Alison, Justin and Crystal were able to meet us at the beach for an extended weekend and it was great watching Crystal experience the sand and surf for the first time.  I also sneaked back up to Ohio in late September to say “HEY” to former coworkers and family as well as pick up “Buckeye supplies”; items we crave but can’t get in North Carolina.

Jenny and I are also fully embracing our roles as grandparents for there is no role more rewarding.  Crystal will turn two on January 31st of next year and I know Alison and Justin can’t wait to wander into the “terrific twos”!! Watching little Crystal grow and swinging-crystallearn is pure joy in action.  Looking back at this past year in pictures of Crystal’s life, there has been such a dramatic change in appearance, abilities, and personality.  Crystal loves to analyze every little thing that goes on around her so many times, she has a very serious looking face which makes picture taking a challenge.

Crystal has a great little sense of humor, loves to try new things, and doesn’t forget anything.  Her favorite color is purple which thrills her grandma to death.  One of her favorite toys is a Minnie Mouse scooter car we got her last year.  She just loves to fly up and down the hallway on it.

One of the highlights during the Thanksgiving season was three generations working together to make pumpkin pies.  Crystal’s attention span was waning just a bit but I’m sure Grandma Wilson won’t be deterred and this will become a regular learning time.

As I bring our Christmas letter to a close, I am reminded of how divided our country is as we approach 2017.  We will have a new president at the helm and we need to lift this new administration in prayer as they attempt to unite our broken country and move forward with one identity—Americans! There are many who would love to see our nation fail and fall but I would like ALL of us to disappoint these factions and begin the healing process from the inside out.  Believe it or not folks, we are all on this same boat called the USS USA and whether you consider this a battleship, a cruise ship, a party boat, or a simple houseboat we are ALL in this together and if we don’t get this right, we will ALL go down with the ship.  What better time of year to put into practice “Peace on earth, good will toward men”.  But it starts with me…and you…2 Chronicles 7:14  If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 

Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

From Jenny, Steve and Izzy the dog

Wilson Christmas Letter 2015

Front DoorFrom our house to yours–Merry Christmas from the Wilson’s!! I have been writing Christmas letters since 1994 but here’s to the first one on my blog site!  Enjoy!!

Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas from Grandma and Grandpa Wilson!!

This has been one VERY life changing year for the Wilson family as we have experienced everything from exceptionally MAJOR life changes to diaper changes. This Christmas season finds us in a state of peace and wonderment at all that has transpired this past year.

Little Crystal Nicole arrived into this world on January 31st which was a few weeks ahead of schedule. Alison was placed on bed rest in late November with complications and we breathed prayers while holding our breath through the next several weeks until Crystal was delivered. Alison continued to have complications after delivery but had a lot of support through those first few months.

DISCLAIMER: THE FOLLOWING IS NOTHING LESS THAN A SAPPY TIRADE OF GRANDMA/GRANDPA-ITIS AND MUST BE READ WITH UPMOST CAUTION LEST YOU FIND YOURSELF WITH A CHRONIC CASE OF DIABETES…that being said…Crystal is the most beautiful perfect creature we have ever laid eyes on…except perhaps Alison…Crystal is a great combination of both her parents with Justin’s eyes and Alison’s cheeks and smile. Crystal has a very calm spirit about her and loves to study and analyze everything and especially likes feeling different textures. She has deep blue eyes which is strange since both her parents have brown. Crystal is ten months old now and has four teeth coming in simultaneously, is crawling everywhere and attempts to pull herself up when she wants to. She has completely stolen our hearts and we are both so thankful to be blessed with this stage in our lives.

Alison and Justin are also adjusting very well to their roles as parents. They have both made it through the “new parent” syndrome so far without too many ill effects and have even conquered the horrendous diaper aromas without too many gags or throw ups. They are now getting a real sense of turmoil a crawler can bring when everything is literally “up for grabs”. Their Christmas tree was the latest victim of little Crystal’s fascination with anything shiny, glittery or just available. Fortunately, Crystal has a real interest in books which keeps her occupied for at least thirty seconds. We’ve received only a few 911 calls to come over and rescue them from a potentially volatile situation with a fussy infant.

Yep, we CAN actually “come over” since we now live right beside of them!! Thus, the second HUGE life changer; we are now living in North Carolina. Our eventual migration south began in the spring. We had been making plans and filling up a storage unit for a few months but after Crystal was born…game on! There were so many miracles and blessings during this time that I can’t really stuff into one measly little Christmas letter so here’s a synopsis. Put the house on the market in May which sold for asking price in one day. Sssoooo, I literally got in the car and flew south to try and secure a job and a house. Job did not pan out and the six houses the realtor showed were real dogs so in crept panic followed by prayer. Next, two nights before I was to head back to Ohio, an offer by Alison and Justin’s next door neighbor to see their house which was not on the market but since they were in the process of building a home, had planned to move out. After an out-of-body experience looking through the house which was perfect for us and nearly passing out after hearing the asking price, we talked it over and I gave a nod and a verbal “ugh”. We closed on our house June 12th and headed south, met the movers at the new house on the 13th and closed on the new house on the 15th of June.

There is so much more that happened during this time and I ask that if you are interested, please go to my blog site: www.lifesimplyspoken.com and read “Pacing in the Waiting Room” and “Pacing in the Waiting Room Part Deux”. Also, you could read “Little Hands and Tiny Feet” which I wrote after Crystal was born.

We know God has a plan for us here in North Carolina and it is not just to be grandparents, even though we do take our role very seriously. Jenny and I welcome and embrace the new adventures that await us as we continue this journey. We are so excited to relive the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a little one, where everything is new, alive and exciting. May your Christmas be just as exciting as you share with you and yours this Christmas season.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

From Jenny, Steve and Izzy the dog

Flamingos in the Midst—And Other Christmas Surprises

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Christmas has always been a time of surprises and thus was the case at our house one Christmas season.

One morning we awoke to find a fuchsia flock of three dozen plastic flamingos meandering around on our front lawn.  My wife has always prided herself in presenting tasteful decorations both inside and out so the sight of a potential Griswald Christmas palace sent her into a state of shock.

You see our church youth group had developed a pretty successful scheme to raise money during the holiday season.  The idea was to “flock” a family with the colorful trailer trash version of the more popular tropical birds and hold that family captive until a “ransom” of a predetermined amount was paid to the youth group.  Once the ransom was paid, the embarrassed family could then designate the next “lucky” household to be flocked.  A full two weeks after the stationary stilt legged wonders appeared, they disappeared just as mysteriously.  Our daughter sheepishly admitted to honoring us with their presence; fortunately, my wife has a great memory and we have all the time in the world for the eventual “turnabout is fair play”…

But God has always been in the surprise business, even before the first Christmas was celebrated.  For example, when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was “chosen” and was going to have a child even though she was still a virgin.  Talk about a scripted dialogue as she announced to Joseph what was about to come to pass.  And of course Joseph got all bent out of shape and thought of divorcing her before “SURPRISE!”, an angel came to him in a dream and basically told him to put his big boy pants on; this was of God…straighten up and do the right thing!  And then there were the shepherds, just minding their own business as well as their sheep when “SURPRISE!”, an angel came to announce the Christ child’s birth…along with a multitude of heavenly hosts.  Talk about a “Depends” moment!

Thinking back though, it should not have been a surprise to anyone since Christ’s birth was prophesied in Isaiah about seven hundred years before the event.  John 3:16-17 NKJV says,16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  What an ultimate gift, humans!! And yet, we go through our lives many times as if nothing had ever happened over two thousand years ago or that in our oh so near future a bigger event WILL take place.  James 5:7-9 NIV states, 7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! This doesn’t mean we need to cower down in a corner somewhere, afraid to live out the life that God has mapped out for us.  It just means, like making all the preparations for Christmas Day that we make preparations for Christ’s second and final arrival.

Are you ready? December 25th comes around once every year and still folks scramble about as if it is a grand surprise on their calendar.  And while we keep an extra gift card tucked away just in case we have an unexpected guest, a $25.00 Big Lots gift card just isn’t going to cut it when it comes to Jesus’ triumphant return.  Just sayin…So as you gather this Christmas with your own “flock” of family and friends, just remember that it is better to be surprised by the ugly sweater from aunt Betty than to be unprepared for eternity.