Merry Christmas. And Pictures.

December 15, 2014

I love Christmas. Sometimes I talk about Mary. Once, I talked about shepherds (one of my favorites). Two years ago, I told you about Second Son.

eHuggins RusticLast year, I talked about how Christmas was hard. The kids watched a lot of television. I mentioned Jesus a few times … I think. Our advent activity/countdown boxes laid in a pile on the couch. There was no cookie making, no crafts, and maybe more than a few momma meltdowns. Daddy was half a world away.

eHuggins Rustic_1A few Christmases ago, I was grieving over my second miscarriage. And a few before that one, six, in fact, I was mourning the loss of our first pregnancy.

Daddy’s been half a world away for three of them.

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eHuggins Rustic_7So dear friends, when I post our happy family pictures on here, please know they are one moment of joy, of perfection on the other side of a whole host of valleys. We live in a broken world, where all of creation longs for redemption.

And I know, without a doubt, that there will be shadows on the other side of this photograph. 

But for now, five smiling faces in this photograph means that Daddy came home to us.

eHuggins Rustic_11aThere were so many days when I sat back against the wall, braced against the fear that he wouldn’t, this man I love so much.

eHuggins Rustic_2What I am trying to say to you, lovely friends, is that our photographs don’t always tell the whole story. Fear and joy, grief and grace. 

But I can’t lie when I tell you that for this moment, there is so much gratitude, so much joy. And Christmas cookies, and Advent Activities, and a Jesse Tree, and oh, the fudge.

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eHuggins Rustic_15Merry Christmas from the Huggins family as we celebrate the good tidings of great joy, that will be for all people.

Merry Christmas from the Huggins family as we celebrate the Prince of Peace, and His victory over death.

eHuggins Rustic_3~M.

(Many, many thanks to TLC Photography for the incredible photos.)

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I am an unrepentant extrovert with an ongoing, passionate affair with coffee, ellipses, and the written word. I write because it’s how I’m made to worship. I am a story teller, because redemption has a story to tell. And always, I want to be a story collector. So have a virtual seat at my beat-up kitchen table. Read my story. Tell me yours. Stay awhile. And P.S. ... for more about me, click on my mug in the sidebar;)

    1. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy your time of togetherness. My husband was gone last Christmas so I too overflow with gratitude to have him home with us this year. This year will be our first Christmas without our eldest son who is on the other side of the world (deployed with the Navy). While I have such gratitude to have my husband home there is still a lot of missing going on. But it brings me great joy to see your family photos. Blessings.

    1. All that you describe…..the joy and the shadows… were there on that FIRST Christmas….
      May the Lord allow your joy to overflow…..

    1. My friend, the life artist, says there is a tension between joy and sorrow that will never be resolved this side of Heaven. Beth and Leslie, you both articulate that perfectly! Love you.

    1. So well said, Molly; the paradox of life we learn to navigate, especially poignant for those who are military. Scripture commands us to rejoice while weeping with those who weep. Sunshine and shadow. I have heard the Hebrew concept of paradox is not contradiction, but rather two sides of the same coin. I am thankful that we can rejoice without guilt (as you and your family are doing now)–perhaps this time of sunshine is all the more meaningful because of your familiarity with and acceptance of shadow.

      Blessings on you and yours…

      1. Your words are always so thoughtful and encouraging. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Blessings to you this New Year.

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