How did Friday sneak up on me so silently and sneakily this week? It’s one o’clock and my darlingest dearest man child has hit the sack. I sit here with you and there’s a few funnies on my brain and one more potent thought. Let’s make this one fast!!! As you’ve heard a million times before…. lol.

Funny number one: Have you shopped for boots recently? Well, I hadn’t for a few years – until recently. I’d just like you to know that you are reading the words of a woman who has oversized calves. This was the big revelation from my shopping experience. I guess I just hadn’t purchased calf-hugging boots before! My beloved, but worn down to practically nothing, cowboy boots were middies and I still wear them through the pain occasionally. Just to give my ever-lovin-oversized-calves some breathing room. I just want all of you normal-sized calf people to know how happy I am for you because, believe me, your boot selection is much better! I am now the owner of calf-sucking boots and they look great, but when you see me in them, just know the pain that occurred to get to the point of purchase! LOL.

The winning boots, purchased a size up to accommodate the calves 🙂

Funny number two: My mom and I are committed. Committed to making Christmas cookies with the boys. We have literally done this since they were born. The first Christmas, they were playing on play mats on the kitchen floor. Still we did the cookies. The second year, we made them and Liam wouldn’t touch them because the icing was so messy. This was our year! Today was the day! Nope! Cookies had nothing on hot chocolate and the cookies were not touched. As in, we couldn’t even bribe them to eat them. Have you ever heard of such a thing??? Fourth time’s a charm perhaps? LOL. Knowing mom and I – we will try again next year :).

And on to the potent thought on this Friday. God with us. Immanuel. God with me. God with you. This whole thing is about intimacy. All of it – it’s about a God who wanted no division between Himself and His child. It’s about His undying desire to be one with us. Immanuel – He came to be with me. He came to be with me!

In my chaos – He wants to be with me.

In the weird emotional highs and lows of this season – He wants to be with me.

In the scurrying from one event to the next – He wants to be with me.

This is the most beautiful gift: that our God came to be with us and He WANTS to be with us right now. So, I’ve been focusing on quieting my heart to acknowledge Him. Even if it’s sixty seconds while I’m driving, brushing my teeth, or wrapping a gift. Just find moments to quiet your heart and remember that He IS with you. He is.

I hope that beauty and truth are finding you this season of celebration!

Much love and Happy Friday,
Abi

PS….Speaking of scurrying to events, my Mom hosted an amazing one for the women of her church. So proud of her!