On The Second Day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Monday, December 26, 2011

The First Day of Christmas (one day late)

Isaiah 9:2-7
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest,
as people exult when dividing plunder.
For the yoke of their burden,
and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For all the boots of the tramping warriors
and all the garments rolled in blood
shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it with justice
and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

And so for the first day of Christmas, you get my one of my favorite Christmas Eve readings. Happy first day of Christmas!

One of my BIGGEST pet peeves- EVER.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Here's a small reminder for this holiday season. We are in Advent. Advent lasts through December 24, also known as Christmas Eve. December 25 is the FIRST day of Christmas (re: partridge in a pear tree). Christmas is 12 days. That means that it goes all the way through January 5. January 6 is Epiphany. That lasts until February 20 something or another. Basically, I deplore "Christmas" music that is played during Advent and hate that it doesn't start at Christmas and then continue for 12 days. Stupid consumerism. Christmas should not start before my birthday (re: still in Pentecost). Christmas is not here yet.

I'm sorry, but this gets me every year. Every year I refuse to listen to Christmas music on the radio UNTIL Christmas Eve as I'm driving to church. Then I let it sink in a bit. However, there is little that is more fun than celebrating the 12 days of Christmas whilst the retailers are not (re: post christmas sales). Still, seriously, look at the church calendar, also known as the liturgical year. I know retailers are all ho-ho-ho-let-me-sell-you-this-sweater and the music is catchy (re: Feliz Navidad- how many times has that one got stuck in your head yet?), but it's not Christmas. Not yet. Then they cut it short. And everyone is back to work and back to school before the holiday is even over.

One day, one year, I am going to celebrate all 12 days of Christmas. You know, what, I'll do it this year! (re: 2011) Why not? Sure, presents on the first. But let's take the time to remember (re: if you are of the Christian persuasion, if you are not, Jesus is a swell guy) that Christmas is 12 days. 12 days of "Merry Christmas" and then you get the funny looks like Hey-man-Christmas-is-over and you will say: NO! (re: still smile, you don't want them to think you're being belligerent on account of some leftover egg nog) It's Christmas day number... insert Christmas day here. AND I THOUGHT OF SOMETHING ELSE. We will celebrate it on this blog. It will be a surprise as to how we celebrate each day, but you will just have to check back every single day to see what surprise it might be!!!

It's going to be awesome. You've never been so excited for 12 whole days of Christmas. Even if you are back to school. Even if you are pencil pushing. Check this blog. Christmas just got even more mind-blowing. Jaw-dropping. (re: Jesus is still more awesome, and more of everything I just used to describe what this blog will be. Dude, this is just a blog. Jesus is... JESUS.) We will talk more about Jesus and God and we will do it within the parameters of the church calendar!

I'm talking about the general church lectionary, only the Catholics probably don't celebrate Reformation day like we Lutherans do... actually, that's probably a bit of a sore subject with the Papacy, which is a terrible shame considering Luther wrote a lot of great songs. Go to a church with a BIG HONKIN ORGAN and sing "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" and you'll wish you were there in the 16th century. Powerful stuff. Reformation day is great. (which was not an intended subject for this blog post) Annnnnyway. Advent now. Then Christmas. (then maybe I'll talk about reformation day. Also part of one of my favorite periods in HISTORY).

So, to sum up: no Christmas music in Advent, pet peeve, Christmas is 12 days not one, Lauren LOVES Reformation Day, Jesus is awesome, Christmas surprise teaser.

More quotes- because I'm tired and others are brilliant

Thursday, December 15, 2011

True love begins when nothing is looked for in return. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how... we guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark. -Agnes de Mille

To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power.- Ayn Rand

‎"God does not deny to anyone the grace of prayer, with which one obtains the help to overcome every concupiscence and every temptation. And I say, and repeat and will always repeat, for my entire life, that the whole of our salvation rests on prayer." 
-St. Alphonsus Liguori

Kindness is not an illusion and violence is not a rule. The true resting state of human affairs is not represented by a man hacking his neighbor into pieces with a machete. That is a sick aberration. No, the true state of affairs is life as it ought to be lived. –Paul Rusesabagina An Ordinary Man

Do not be angry or upset/dissapointed. It takes up a lot of energy that can be spent loving people. It is what you have to do, even when it hard...especially when it is hard. You are a great friend, I am proud of you, and I love you. -One of my best friends

We need to quit being so concerned about what others are doing to us and become more concerned with what they are doing to themselves by the way they are treating us. –Joyce Meyer

Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence and learning. -Fredrick W. Faber

The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you say to someone else when you’re uncool. –(Phillip Seymour Hoffman) Almost Famous

Dwell in possibility. -Emily Dickinson

Have you ever tried planning a wedding...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

In two and a half months? I don't recommend it. It takes a lot out of you. I've stayed in my room all day so I can have a "personal day." I should probably back up and explain why I'm getting married in 2 months. And no, it's not because I'm pregnant. I'm not! (silly people)

Okay so you know how my fiance Thomas is super awesome and very smart and such? Probably not, unless you actually know him. Well he is. He's in the nuke program in the US Navy and he's graduating Friday. He's #1 in his class. I know, whooooo yay hurrah, etc etc etc. He graduates Friday but finished around Thanksgiving- very fast. We thought that would be awesome of him because we wanted him to get staff pick-up (SPU) and stay in Charleston for another 2.5 years. Well, I didn't remember this one other group of people- the Engineering Laboratory Technicians (ELT). Apparently both the ELTs and SPUs wanted Thomas and the ELTs won. So Thomas goes to ELT school after Christmas. What does all of this gibberish mean? Thomas's only guarantee is that he'll be in the Charleston area through March. So it was either postpone planning it or setting a date, or be crazy insane and try and plan it in 3 months. Guess which option the insane people chose? Yeah. We're getting married February 11, 2012.

Cons to planning a wedding this fast: There's not a lot of time to do the things you want. Decisions have to be made super fast with very little down time. I have to skip over some details that I wish I had more time to do. Like make save-the-dates. A lot of things are strictly out of the realm of possibility to achieve.

Pros to planning a wedding this fast: We get married faster. In 2 months and one day, it will all be over. By having to make decisions faster, I can't agonize over them. Planning a wedding in the off-season makes availability greater and prices better. Things really seem to be falling into place. God has helped us out in some major ways- I'm finding great deals and things that take forever for some took once for me. I found a dress the first place I looked. The only problem is that my mom wasn't there. But she has since seen the $80 dress (no lie), and she loves it on me. I'm also sliding in under budget for so many things.

Except for food, good grief it is expensive to feed people.

I found my dress, my shoes are here, the church and reception area are booked, printed invites and the coolest RSVP cards ever yesterday. The wedding party is finalized, all the bridesmaids have their dresses. I have Thomas's ring. He has his suit, shirt, tie and he's getting new shoes soon. He's looked into the marriage license. The wedding website is done. I have about 2000 more things to do, but for today, I am trying to keep myself from becoming one of those brides. I'm going to go shower in a bit and then start addressing piles of invitations. I am fighting the urge to put up pictures as I do all of this. I want it to be fun for all as we go along, so only verbal updates here. Sorry!

I promise to try and post more often, but I am very busy with all of this!! Perhaps I'll put up more pictures of Scotland in the meantime. Hope you are all doing well. Much love!