Archives for December 2008

Dec 27

The Week Between Christmas and New Years

Christmas is over. I get so excited for the Christmas to get here. I love the lights. I love the tree. I love the decorations. In fact, I’d love to have my Christmas decorations up all year. I think my house looks boring when I take them down! I love the music. I love the focus on Jesus. And I’m so sad when it ends.

However….one of my favorite weeks of the whole year is the week between Christmas and New Year’s. The busyness of Christmas is gone. The decorations and lights are still up (I never rush to take them down). The kids are still out of school. There is lots of football on TV. I don’t have to work. It is a week that I can truly slow down, reflect on the past and make some new plans for the future, and not have any pressing deadlines. I love it.

This year I’m going to the beach for this week. For the first time, me and my crew (Jeff and the kids), my sister and her crew (hubby and kids), and my mom and step father, are going to the beach. My sister rented a beachfront house for us all. We’ve never done this before and I’m so excited. I go to the beach in the summer, but not much in the winter. It will be chilly, but I just love the beach no matter the weather. I’d rather be at the beach than anywhere else. We go with Jeff’s family every year, but we haven’t been with mine. And this year is the most special. My mom has lung cancer and we don’t know what the future holds. The doctors say it’s not good. But we are clinging to hope and to each day we have. That’s why this trip is so special.

I began packing tonight. I packed only comfy clothes, a few magazines, 4 novels, and 1 biography. Nice.

The only thing I HAVE to do while I’m gone….is a choice. And one I’m very excited about. I am beginning the Chronological Bible on January 1st. I have never read the Bible chronologically. I’m so excited to do this. I’ll begin it at the beach.

So, here I go. I’m off to Cherry Grove, SC to spend a wonderful week with my family.

Happy New Year! I’ll talk to in 2009:)
Love,

Melissa
Dec 21

We saw the real Santa Claus!!!!

Seriously we did. Usually when it’s time to visit Santa, we go to the mall. Over the years, our visits have greatly varied. There was the one who was grumpy. The one who looked like a hobo. the one who hurried us to just take a picture and leave. The one who promised everyone iPods, a trampoline, and go carts…all in the same year. (of course that didn’t happen) We’ve had a few good ones too, but the one we saw this year was the real thing. An all time first, we visited Santa at The Bass Pro Shop at Concord Mills. Call us rednecks :) we don’t mind. It was so fun. If you’ve never gone to BPS (Bass Pro Shop), it’s quite an experience in itself. Everything you ever needed for deer huntin’, boatin’, fishin’, nature….it’s all there. We are NOT the outdoorsy type at all, but after visiting, I kinda want to be! In all honesty, we were expecting a redneck Santa. This Santa met and even surpassed our expectations of any Santa ever. He was jolly. His beard was real. He was kind. He was funny. There was no rush, each family got all the time they needed with Santa. He talked to the boys about treating their sister kindly. And best of all…are you ready for this? He asked the kids if they knew whose birthday we were celebrating on Christmas. I have never known a Santa to talk about Jesus! Here’s some pictures to help tell the story: The Taylor kids arrive at Bass Pro Shop: Outdoor World.

Before seeing Santa, Hayden gives target shooting a try.

Here are the kids with Santa Claus. Blake, Santa, Hayley Grace, Hayden, and Dylan.

Santa and Hayley Grace bonded. He told her brothers they better take care of her. The he said, “Do you know whose birthday we are celebrating on Christmas?” She said, “Yes, Jesus.” And Santa replied, “That’s right. Don’t forget it’s not all about the presents. It’s Jesus’ birthday and that’s why we have Christmas. Do you know where Jesus was born?” And HG said, “A stable.” (I think he was expecting “Bethlehem” to be the answer) He chuckled and said, “That’s right!”

In all my years seeing Santa, I have never had one talk about Jesus. We just loved him.

As if all this wasn’t enough, we also got a FREE picture!!! That’s right, free. Didn’t cost a dime. Plus we got to take as many as we wanted. The first picture in this post is the free one they gave us.

Merry Christmas! I hope as you are busy these last few days before, you are able to take the time and remember what this holiday is all about, just like Santa did. I pray you and your families and friends have a wonderful week. Share lots of love and happiness!

Love and Blessings,

Melissa
Dec 13

I Am Brunette

I was in need of a change. Something new. Something to get excited about.As you know I haven’t been blogging much. Life has thrown it’s curve balls and blogging has taken a back seat. The teen blog I started in August is more or less nonexistent. I keep going back and forth between this blog and my other one, http://www.beautifulp31.blogspot.com . I’m contemplating merging the 2. I don’t know how that will work, but I’m praying about it. I guess I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.

My mom and I went wig shopping on Monday. Have I told you how beautiful she is? Her strength and dignity amazes me. She found a wig she likes and she indeed does look beautiful. She had her 2nd chemo treatment today. And tomorrow me and the kids are going with her…to the salon. She’s getting her head buzzed/shaved. Her hair has been falling in clumps for 2 weeks. That has been so hard to watch. Everytime I see her pull out her hair, it just kills me. I am reminded that God knows every hair on our head…even the ones that fall out. And that reminds me that God is watching over my mom. He knows her every day and is with her.

My natural tendancy is to be blue and dwell on what I cannot change. I have to really fight and be intentional on believing God and trusting Him to take care of things. I read scriptures and promises from the Lord and I believe them. But I still “feel” sad and forgotten.It’s been 4 months since I got my hair cut. Now what that means is that it’s also been 4 months since my roots have been done! Seriously, my hair looked like 2 totally different colors. So I decided to go for a change. This was a major change for me. I’ve been blonde for 7 years. My husband thought I’d look good blonde, so that’s what I did. Well, I was feeling the need for a change. I got approval all around, except from my husband….My co workers thought my hair would be great brown, my friends thought I should do what makes me happy. My husband would not express his opinion. He just said, “I want you to be happy.”

Well, I went. And I made a big change. I am now a brunette. Not blonde. And I’ve already learned that blondes do NOT have more fun! But I like it. A lot. Thank you for your prayers. I love you and think you are so beautiful!

Love,

Melissa

***See the post above this one? I wrote it yesterday and posted it on my other blog. But I wanted to post it here too, because it was mostly about my mom.

Today, the kids and I went to visit my mom. We went with her to a salon where she got her head shaved. (deep breath)

It really hit me hard watching her have all of her hair cut off. That is such a visual. A visual I will have in my mind forever. At first she had tears. But they were brief. I think she’s being strong for me. And I was being strong for my kids. I could’ve cried easily.

I told my mom today, “thank goodness you have such a pretty face!” And she does. I was so taken aback at how pretty she was with very little hair. I’m so proud of her.

Beauty really is held within. Too often I focus on my weight or some other outward appearance. But if your heart is bitter and ugly then there is no way for beauty to shine through. But if what is within is beautiful, then there is no outward appearance that can prevent it from shining through. My mother’s beauty shines bright.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Blessings,

Melissa