This and that.

It is RAINING! Real, steady, a-jacket-is-needed-to-go-outside kind of rain. And I am loving every single minute of it. We have been blessed with a damp and chilly season this year and it is both welcome and wanted in the Eastman home!

Our parents have kept a terrific tradition going with our children.
They gift them a new ornament each Christmas so when they move out they will have a whole collection of ornaments to decorate their own tree!
Some of the ornaments represent what the child was interested in the year they received it, and some are just for fun.
My grandparents started this tradition and I look forward to the time when Dennis and I can carry it on to the next generation.
Our kids always enjoy hanging their new ornaments on the tree!

Because of my goal to take 12,500 steps each day, we take walks. A LOT of walks.
I am finally up to six miles a day and Josiah, Isaiah, and Ellie walk for four of those miles because wherever I go - they go!
One of our favorite routes is walking to town, and it is lovely right now because of the lights and decorations.
The BEST part? We live in a city that is not afraid or ashamed to place a nativity scene right in the center of town! "For unto you is born this day ... a SAVIOR who is Christ the Lord!"

If you are looking for a way to introduce your children to missionaries, this collection is fantastic!
I read them with the older boys, and now I am reading them with the littles. The vote is unanimous:
We ALL love these books!
Our routine is to read one chapter a day after Bible reading and prayer.
Though I know each of these saints has entered Paradise, I still cry every time we read of their deaths. Even in these abridged compilations, you are drawn in and fall in love with the missionaries. And they leave you wanting to know more.

After having studied so many wonderful saints, we were thrilled to be able to visit the graveside of one of our favorites. Corrie ten Boom.
If you have not treated yourself to The Hiding Place, please do! You will not regret it.
She is Dutch but moved to California toward the end of her life when the Lord began using the medium of television to share her story and the Gospel.
Her gravestone reads: Jesus is Victor.
And yes, I cried the second my eyes saw her name etched in stone, for she feels like a friend. I was introduced to her story as a teen, and have spent my life reading about her, listening to her interviews, quoting her, and praying I will be as faithful and bold as she should the need ever arise.
These are just a few of my favorite quotes by Corrie:
- Don’t bother to give God instructions, just report for duty.
- You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have.

- God takes our sins – the past, present, and future, and dumps them in the sea and puts up a sign that says NO FISHING ALLOWED.
- Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.
- Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.
- Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?

~~ Happy Wednesday, everyone!
I pray you are already finding JOY in the beauty of this Christmas season.
And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn 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 out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the 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!” Luke 2

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