Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Ryan and I have set up a few holiday traditions, but my (and his) favorite is our Christmas date.

Our first Christmas together was 4 years ago, and since there were so many other engagements during the season, we'd go on a date, just the two of us and open our presents then. This way we could enjoy each other's family's time knowing we had "our time," already.

Our first Christmas date was spent at Il Vicino. We were also supposed to go ice skating, but something happened where we couldn't. Perhaps the Outpost was closed...who knows, but I will say that we have YET to go ice skating! Maybe next year!

Neither of us can remember where year 2 was spent....Yikes.

Year 3 was our first MARRIED Christmas, and we went to dinner at Bien Shur (top of Sandia Casino) and then back to our little apartment for gifts.

THIS year we enjoyed dinner at Pelican's (2 for $45 deal is WELL WORTH IT!) and then stayed at Sandia for the night. A 15 minute drive from home. It was extremely relaxing and exactly what we both needed. :)
We are blessed!

The view from our room.

The room.

The tub...It contours to your bod! I didn't know such a miracle existed!

Ryan is pumped.


Room service for breakfast!!

Again, Ryan is pumped.

One of my gifts, isn't is beautiful?!

So the next day after returning home from our mini-paradise, Ryan notices our guest-bedroom door was closed. We never close it, so it was strange. He opens it and inside is a flat-screen box! Then we look inside the doors that cover the TV and look at the surprise!

Our parents went in together and COMPLETELY surprised us with a new TV!
We did NOT ask for this, nor did we ever expect such a gift!

Thanks to BOTH Moms, Carol and Lee, and Dads, Marty and Jim.
Ryan's sports-watching dream has come true. :) Wanna come over and watch the game?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.

At a recent Christmas brunch at our church, the speaker, (sweet Sarah Kelly) encouraged us to use 1 Peter 1:13 as our stronghold for this crazy Christmas season.

"Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ."

Ryan staying strong in the midst of our Christmas decor.

Gilmore Tree

Last Tuesday the Lord blessed Albuquerque with a snow storm at just the right time for a 2-hour delay to be appropriate. What a 2-hour delay means to these two: Let's have a fire! Let's make a REAL breakfast on a school morning! Let's go back to bed for an hour and a half! What a great morning.

Sarah also encouraged us at the brunch to memorize a Christmas passage, and I have chosen Luke 2:1-21. Think deeply on these words: "In those days, a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered...And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, the city of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. And in the same region there were shepherds our in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to the, and the GLORY of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!'" When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.' And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. And at the end of 8 days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, them name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb."

I pray I will be like Mary this season and really ponder this Miracle in my heart.

Be blessed this December, and may we all continue to ponder the miracle throughout the entire year.