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December 7, 2011

Tis the Season: Christmas Letter or Photo Ideas


Deborah's  Picture    

I love to write Christmas letters, only this time of year finds me extremely busy right now. The last few years, I have had my older children write the Christmas letters for us. They have turned out beautifully, and I have loved their perspective and so have friends and relatives. This year even my big kids are extremely busy, so we just might not get one out. The next few weeks will tell. 

At this time of year in everything we do, even the cards and letters, we always try to keep things Christ-focused; as I am sure you do as well. I don't have much to say about the writing of these Christmas letters (except don't feel guilty if you don't get one done this year!). So what I offer you today are scriptures I have found that relate to Christmas from Genesis to Revelation. I hope this helps you to keep things Christ-focused. 
I have to run to my monthly homeschool group meeting, and I mean run! Seems like everything I do these days begins with the word "run"! So if you have that same problem, let me encourage you to run to your Father and get His perspective on this temporary life and the provision through His Son (that baby Jesus) for more than just this temporary life--but, blessed, glorious, eternal life with Him forever! 
Running to Him, 


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Can an animal be frozen in ice throughout the winter and come back to life in the spring? Yes, if it is a member of an unusual group of insects called "weta."


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This year, my son Sam (16) created a Christmas animated short that we're using as OUR Familyman Christmas card. I hope you enjoy it. 



The Nutcracker by Sam Wilson (16)



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It's Just Common Sense 

Ruth Beechick, Curriculum Specialist 


Debbie Strayer, Homeschool Consultant  


One of the things I have always loved about Dr. Beechick's writing is how she takes things made complex by the world and makes them simple enough for us all to understand and feel like we can put them into practice successfully. She is rare among educators, because although she has the credentials to say things in a way that would put others in an inferior position, she never does. Her heart is truly to build others up and strengthen them to do what they have been called to do with peace and confidence. Where does the security come from to focus on benefitting others and not placing the focus on yourself? From knowing who you are, or more importantly, whose you are.


Why is this principle important? We have an opportunity to teach our children how to do the same thing. As you celebrate this season of blessing, take every opportunity to point your children to the author of all of our benefits: our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He came into this world to fulfill a mission-to obediently follow His Father's direction until the gulf that existed between men and God was gone, washed away by His perfect sacrifice. He could have walked before us on earth as someone who was unapproachable-His perfection and power made Him so distant from sinful men. But he didn't. He ate with those who were rejected because of their sin. He touched those who were untouched because of their diseases. He spoke with those who were considered unworthy because of their failures. In so many ways, He crossed the gap of our helplessness and inability to save ourselves and He brought us near to Him, with great tenderness and affection.


As you write your Christmas letters this year, cross the divide between you and those who are far from our Lord by speaking of His love for us all. Cross the divide between you and those who have not had an easy time of it this year by speaking of His generous faithfulness during trials. Let's cross the divide to others this year by sending heartfelt blessings to them, by lifting them up and encouraging them with stories of appreciation of what they have meant to us. Let your Christmas letters be about others this year. You'll never know how much closer you might bring them to your Savior. 


~ Debbie     

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Illustory is a kit for creating one's own book. The kit contains instructions, a story web planner, two cover pages, 18 book pages, an order form, 10 washable markers, a postage-paid envelope, and information about completing the book online. The kit price of $21.95 includes one finished book with no return shipping fee. The finished book is a 7- by 9-inch hardcover. There are options for ordering additional copies of your book, making additions to your book, etc. (. . .)


You can make your pictures right on the pages provided, or you can make them on your choice of papers, scan them and insert them into the online pages, and then type your words in at the same time. That is what we opted to do. You can even pick the color of your book cover. This has been an experience I would not have missed for the world. (. . .)

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