From the monthly archives: "December 2012"

I think the biggest thing we seem to let slip from our minds this time of year is the hope that was brought to us. A light to shine bright for us.


Hallelujah we’ve been found.


Hallelujah light has come!


Through the old Testament we are promised a saviour who would come to save us. A light was sent to show us the path. A child was sent to us, to show us that we can live a blameless spotless life. God sent us his son as a child to be the example of how to live our lives for him, to be the real life example of how we can lay down self. Jesus came as light to the world, a light that’s source is God and that lights the path to him.


Our light has come. Let’s remember that this year, and during those crazy days let’s remember to find the light and follow its path for us.


This song gives me goose bumps.

Those days when Gray was small and I held him I could never imagine him as anything but that tiny little man in my arms. I never thought of him as an almost two year old, I never thought of him as a 5 year old, his first day of school, his high school graduation. In those moments I was just soaking him in.

As a mother I often wonder what Grayson’s destiny is, and I cannot imagine being in Mary’s place. Knowing that her son was created for greatness and was the son of God; knowing that he would do amazing things, but not knowing exactly what those things would be.

Did Mary know these things? Did God give Mary a glimpse of the things Jesus would do in his lifetime?

Do we realize that even as we celebrate the birth of Jesus at this time of year, we need to celebrate all the amazing things he did. Are we celebrating those things too? Are we celebrating the hope that Mary bore for us? Are we celebrating the Great I Am?


There are memories that you have forever. And sometimes it’s just the knowledge of a memory that makes it special.


When I was little, well 7, maybe 9? my Grandmother took me to my first ballet. This was a huge deal! I was taking ballet lessons, loving it, and I had dreams that one day I would get to dance on a big stage in front of a huge audience. That night my Grandmother and I sat at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford and watched the first act and Wedding Act of Sleeping Beauty, along with other excerpts by the National Ballet of Canada. That night is etched in my memory. I still have the National Ballet keychain she bought for me. And I’ll have a reminder of that night every time I look at my daughter.


Aurora is the princess in Sleeping Beauty. The child prayed for by her parents, and a blessing given to them by God.


Aurora is also the Greek goddess of the dawn. She brings forth new light every morning.


Aurora Borealis is the proper name for the Northern Lights, an amazing sight that to Pierre Gassendi looked like the sun rising in an unusual place.


The first night that Brian and I spent on Ernst Island we sat on the dock to just watch the stars and that evening the Northern Lights decided to give us a show. I’ve seen them on at least one other occasion during my time at Ernst Island.


For both Brian and I the name Aurora isn’t just a gorgeous name that we love, it’s a name that brings back some great memories. It reminds us of such a special place, a place I know Rory will love as she grows. And it reminds me of an amazing woman who taught me how to dream and love.


Rory’s middle names are after some amazing women in our lives. Brian’s Aunt Elizabeth is a woman we both love and respect. My Aunt Elizabeth Stone gives the best hugs of anyone I know. And Ada. Ada was my grandmother’s first name. I didn’t know this until I read it on her headstone the day before her funeral. She never liked the name and went by her middle name, but I have loved it since then. I have so much love and respect for my Grandmother, and I strive to be a woman that she would be proud of.


Rory’s name was chosen before we were even pregnant with Grayson, before Gray’s name was even chosen.

I’m so excited for Aurora Elizabeth Ada Ernst to join our family in 2013. I love calling her by name, and that Brian calls her by name. And I love that Grayson is learning to say her name.


Years later I danced on the stage my Grandmother and I watched Sleeping Beauty performed on. And my Grandmother was in the audience with a big proud smile on her face.





For Brian and I Christmas is never about the gifts. I’m a practical asker – when my mom asks for our lists, I give her lists of items that I would rather not take money out of the budget for. Like this year, I would really love the same cooling racks that she has (they stack!! Space saver!) and I know I could just go buy them, but I would rather save the 20$ and put it towards something else. But really, if there wasn’t a present under the tree for me on Christmas day I wouldn’t be upset. I would love to know that I was going without wants so that someone else was able to have their needs.


We have usually taken a portion of the money we budget for Christmas and donate in honour of some of our family. We give a family in Africa some chickens, and give our parents a copy of the book Chicken Little. Last year we decided to start a new tradition with Grayson. Have I told you how blessed this little man is! There is nothing he needs! He is so blessed by 6 grandparents who would give him everything to see him smile. Last year we bought a toy we knew Gray would love, and we donated it to a child his age. This year we’re doing the same, and every year going forward. We’ll get to the point where Grayson is old enough to go pick a toy that he would love, and although he may not understand right away, I pray that we’re teaching him to have a giving heart. We’ll do the same thing with Rory when she’s older.


To most of us it’s just an expectation that there are gifts under the tree. We’ve never had a year when there wasn’t. But what would it be like if you went years without Christmas gifts. Years when your parents had to choose to put food on the table instead of putting gifts under a tree, if there was a tree at all. How amazing would it feel if someone who didn’t even know you, but loved you so much gave from their overflow and you had something under the tree. How would you feel? I can only imagine how big the smiles are on some children’s faces when they receive their first Christmas gift. The joy they feel. How loved they feel. Can we take from our overflow and give a child that love?


For God so loved the world, He gave His only son
So we could be His hands, His feet, His love



In the business that this season is, please stop for a few moments, quiet your life and your heart, and just listen. How is God asking you to be his hands and feet? Can you take the time, money or effort to give some of your Christmas away to others?



**post coming later today about choosing our daughter’s name and why we choose to share it right away**




This song is a classic in our house, and my parents too. There have been many version played over the years. And my mom’s love for this song and her reminding us to listen to the lyrics and their meaning made me fall in love with it.


Now let’s be real for a minute (Don’t let your kids read this if they believe in Santa!)

I didn’t grow up believing in Santa. Like ever. I was told at a very young age that Santa was the embodiment of the Christmas spirit of giving because some people chose not to believe in the real reason we celebrate. That Santa was based on Saint Nicholas, a man who believed in blessing people; A man who understood selfless giving and practiced it. Yes I was hated and ridiculed in grade school, but I’m thankful that my parents took the time to explain it to me.


No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Every man would have a friend
That right would always win
And love would never end


This is what I wish for the world. I wish for the world to be whole and happy. That the quest for ‘things’ would be replaced with a desire to better the world.


This weekend coming is one of the biggest shopping weekends in preparation for Christmas, at least here in Canada. I would love if you could find a moment and maybe a dollar or two to fund a project this season that has nothing to do with ‘things’ but that blesses people with needs. Grab and extra item or two at the grocery store and place it in the food bank donation bin on the way out. Find that representative for the local homeless shelter on purpose before you leave the mall. Pick up a blanket or mitts or hats and find a drop box for people out in the cold this winter.


I think sometimes we forget that it all started with two people who followed the path God had for them. A couple who left the life they knew, left the comfort of their life, and allowed God to take over. A couple who’s desire to serve outweighed their desire to be comfortable.

Have you thought about how you would react if God asked you to give up everything and just follow him? What would your reaction be? Could you do it? Could you give up your life, open yourself to public humiliation because people didn’t understand or couldn’t comprehend that you were doing God’s work. Could you open your eyes and your heart to the amazing gift God had for you? I know there are days when I have a hard time laying down self for the small things.

If we take a moment and really think and prepare our hearts, we really aren’t that far from Bethlehem. From the spirit of sacrifice that Mary and Joseph had. The attitude that although may have needed adjustment in some moments, was willing to do what was asked with the knowledge that God was in control and they were in good hands. Can we bring the spirit of Bethlehem back?


Today let’s think on this: can I be like Mary and Joseph and laydown self and rest in the promise of God. What can I do today to prepare my heart? How can I show God that I am willing to do what he asks?

Well yesterday we had some family over for a little party. Since this is babE2, and we don’t expect a baby shower or anything fancy we thought we would throw a little party to share if a little mister or little miss was going to be joining us in 2013.

The Votes Are In

So at 4:00pm we gathered together, voted, and then we decided to let my dad cut the cake. He’s so excited for a new grandbaby to love on, and since Brian and I already knew (like for the last month) we thought we would let someone else cut the cake.

That’s right!!! A babE Girl will be joining us in 2013!

Aurora Elizabeth Ada will have a 2013 birthday, and I’m so excited to share our news. Our babE girls name has a lot of significance for us, and I’ll post about it later this week. Along with why we decided to share our name.

Thank you all so much for your excitement with us! I love that little Rory has so many people loving on her and praying for her already and she’s not even born.


Today is the first day of my Advent – and as I said yesterday I’m sharing it with all of you.


News! Tidings of comfort and joy.

“A blessed Angel came, and unto certain Shepherds brought tidings of the same: how that in Bethlehem was born the son of God by Name. O tiding of comfort and joy, comfort and joy!’

Have you ever really listened or contemplated the lyrics of some of our favourite Christmas songs. I love LOVE this song. But I love it because of the spirit behind it.

There are two big things that jump out of this song for me.

God’s Rest and Tidings of Comfort and Joy.

One is said eight plus times in this version, and the other is said just once, but conveyed in every moment.

God Rest – God’s Rest. Find rest in knowing the good news that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Find Rest in knowing that Jesus came to “free all those who trust in him”. Find rest in this great news.


ti·dings [tahy-dingz]
noun, ( sometimes used with a singular verb  )
news, information, or intelligence


The news that Christ has come, he has arrived to save us. Find comfort in the news that he is here as promised. And rejoice!

Luke 2:10-11 King James Version (KJV)

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

As promised Christ was born to save us. In a time when we’re uncertain of our world, we don’t understand politics or our economy, we have the reminder that Christ was born to save us; that Christ has come.

Have joy; rejoice! Find comfort in the good news that Christ was born. Our hope has come. And find rest in the knowledge that God’s love and our salvation has arrived.


I love the peace that comes over me when I really listen to this song. And I love the spirit behind it. Today I will remember the joy of Christmas; I’m going to focus on the joy of the season; the reason behing the season. I’m going to start to prepare my heart for the amazing gifts that God has for me this season, and focus on the rest I have found in him.

I hope this made you stop and think, even for just a moment. Think about the great news that was delivered to us this season. And rejoice! knowing that we can rest in him for our saviour has arrived.


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