Counting My Blessings…

Today I am thankful for…

  • -My salvation
  • -A wonderful husband
  • -God’s Word…an anchor that never changes!
  • -A new desk / work station (indirect Christmas gift)
  • Sharon

Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

What I Learned This Christmas…

1. Husbands tend to overdo the gift-giving!

2. I can’t say I am unhappy about the overdoing…I kind of enjoyed it!

3. There is something special about having the family all together.

4. Getting and wrapping everyone’s gifts is nothing to be stressed out about.

5. Sisters who live in Utah ought to come visit more often!

6. Lindsey is the most enjoyable person to give to.  At nearly twenty years old, you can give her Play Dough, and make her extremely happy!  Then you get repaid in hugs and smiles and enthusiasm over the new gift!

7. Sandy has really good taste in picking out gifts.

8. Jim and his new wife are definitely in love, and apparently have a happy, albeit busy, home.

9. Christmas trips to downtown Chicago are just as fun as they always were.

10. It is good to see loved ones you haven’t seen in a very long time.

11. Daddies are pushovers for daughters!  (And I am not just talking about my Dad and I!)

12. There’s something special about Moms –all of them.

13. Jim is all grown up now…no longer a nerdy little brother!  Just teasing, Jim!

14. Adam and Catie are not grown up…still ner–…I mean,  –sorry about that Adam and Catie!

15. Mom Murdock really does make the best peanut butter balls.

16. Next time I go to Maggianos, I am going to order Chicken with Lemon Picatta!

17. Christmas Goodie trays will never go out of style…not as long as we’re all still munching!

18. Don’t plan to crochet too many scarfs for Christmas gifts…you may not have enough time!

19. It is fun to keep Christmas with friends…friends from around the world…Jamaica, Mongolia…

20. Christmas is all about Emmanuel – “God with us.”

21. We do not deserve a Saviour, but He still came.

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people…

Luke 1:46,47,68

Merry Christmas 2009

All the family together...the main thing!
Linz and her new red blanket!
Welcome to Country-ville, USA, Cha! (We're not making fun, Marcia! Just celebrating Pennsylvania traditions!)
It's snowing! -- Packing bubbles!
The Chief cook!
My first Christmas Ham...deliciosisisisisisimo!
Binzy Bop and J'Bop
Sisters forever! And do we ever love our Dad!
Me and Binz...constructing a Gingerbread House/Birthday Cake!
Happy Birthday, Linz!
Sibling fun!
"Me and my Daddy go together like peanut butter and jelly"...still sayin' it twenty years later!
We're just so photogenic!
Us too!
Stop showing your cards, Binzy Bop!
Is there something fishy going on here?!?

I wish you all the same wonderful Christmas we had.  A good family, and a great God, and a Saviour, Jesus Christ the Lord.  Truly we are rich!

Matthew 1:21

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Do you have this Saviour?  Repent and trust Him today, for only in Him are true riches found.

Updates in the Speckhals World

Well, we hope that everyone had a “Right” and Merry Christmas this year!  We have been pretty occupied as of late due to family visiting and things going on at church–therefore the lack of posts and updates lately!  I think that Andrea is going post about her family’s visit tomorrow, then I have a few things on my mind as well.  The top of my list, though is changing our Be Instant banner and color scheme you see to something more…season appropriate.  But until then, I simply wanted to say that, contrary to popular belief, we are still alive and well, and have not stopped posting because of religious convictions due to converting to the Pennsylvania Amish!  We’re still the same here!  Actually, we got a new Nikon L100 camera as a gift this year, and we’re really looking forward to using it a lot, and posting some good pictures.

Our church’s Christmas program went very well, with lots of visitors, including our landlord and his wife, and a lady we met while going door-to-door a couple of months ago.  Praise the Lord!

Have a happy New Year!