Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve Eve

I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas Eve Eve.  This year I am feeling overly blessed, and very undeserving.  Have you ever felt that way?  I know it sounds silly, but sometimes I ask God, "why have you given me so much?"  And more importantly I ask myself, "what have I done to bless God back?" 

Christmas gets me all sentimental and makes me think a lot.  I feel like I am more intune to Christmas now that I am a mom.  I get the whole giving birth, loving your child, watching your child grow up, etc.  I am sure we all have the same feelings that Mary had, even if it was over 2000 years ago.  I guess before I was a mom I thought of Christmas as Jesus was born, yea, yea, people came to see him, big deal.  Now I am like holy cowl, she gave birth to a baby (without an epidural!), and she already knew the plan for his life, and had to raise the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Immanuel.  What a big job Mary and Joseph had. 

It's just a lot to think about, and grasp.  Which I will probably never fully grasp it, but I am still trying. 

So as 2009 quickly leaves us, I am really looking forward to 2010.  God has big plans in store for our church, our family, and his followers.  So be ready friends, God may call you to do something awesome for him in the coming year. 

Merry Christmas from the Ferguson Family to your family!


"May the Lord continually bless you with heaven's blessings
as well as with human joys."
Psalm 128:5

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Christmas Miracle

Did you all see the Steelers play the Packers today?!  Wow!  All I can say is it was a Christmas miracle!  For those of you who did not watch this nail biting game, the Steelers came back to win with like 3 seconds left on the scoreboard.  Thank you Mike Wallace for catching that pass!  The best part about the game was that Eric and I watched it with 4 die-hard Packers fans.  I mean these people are hard core.  They know all of the Packers' records, when they made the play-offs, what the scores of games were like 20 years ago!  So to watch them lose, was a little sweet for me.  I say that in a loving way.  I mean c'mon, Go Steelers!

In other news..

We are gearing up for Christmas here, like most of you out there.  I can not believe it is so soon!  I know this sounds cliche, but where did the time go?  Where did 2009 go?  Man oh man!  We are leaving after our last Christmas Eve service on Thursday to travel back to Ohio.  We should roll in around 3am.  Maybe we will see Santa while we are driving on the turnpike.  I had this "rule" that we would never travel on Christmas day once we had a kid.  Well, the last 2 years we kinda broke it, we opened our presents at home, then travelled to Ohio, but this year we are throwing it out the window. 

We will be "waking" up in Ohio with Grandma and Grandpa Ferguson to open our presents.  And all of our other family too.  Eric, Molly, and myself are the only ones that have to travel home for the holidays.  So it kind of makes more sense for us to be there on Christmas morning when everyone else is.  We will see how this year goes, and probably just take it year by year.  That's one thing about ministry.  We always have to be at church, and I am not complaining about that, just stating a fact, but we also have freedom to make our own traditions, and make special memories.  Who says you have to open presents on December 25?  Maybe we will do it on Dec. 22, or the 23.  Who knows what we will decide, but I am glad we threw my "rule" out of the window this year. 

So besides wrapping last minute presents, doing laundry, finding someone to feed the cat, work 2 days, set-up for Christmas Eve service at the movie theater, bake cupcakes for a birthday party for Jesus, maybe clean the house-depending on the time left, packing our luggage, packing the car, charging the DVD player, I will be rejoicing in our Lord's birth, giving thanks for all of the blessings in my life, and trying not to fall behind on blogs, again! 

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Very Merry Summer Suzette Christmas

Today we celebrated Christmas a little early.  Partly because this was the only day we all would be around, together, and partly because my Mom's presents arrived yesterday and I was dieing with anticipation to open them.  We are going to open all of our other presents to each other on Christmas morning at Eric's parents house, but like I said, I was dieing to open these. 

I told my Mom I wanted my gifts from Kristin's boutique, since she is donating 50% of her profits towards Amy's family.  And my Mom listened, and I had a very Merry Summer Suzette Christmas!  See...



 





I do not claim to be a professional photographer, and I know some of them are blurry, sorry!  Then Kristin made Molly that cute bow for Christmas, I am so excited for her to wear it!  And nerd alert, I took a picture of the boxes that everything came in because I thought they were so pretty!

So thank you Mom and Phil!  And a BIG thanks to Kristin for making such awesome stuff, and helping another family out!

Monday, December 14, 2009

A little here, a little there

Hey friends!  Just wanted to pop in and give a BIG shout out to you all!  Thanks for all of the congrats, well wishes, and encouragement after the job announcement last week.  Lets just say I have been really busy, and the thought of it slowing down has not yet occurred! 

I am feeling beyond blessed right now.  I am picking up new clients for my counseling practice, along with learning all of the ins and outs of Children's Ministry. 

So needless to say, this whole transition back into the working world has not left me a lot of time for blogging.  I am doing my best at reading them, and will try and let you know that I have stopped by. 

One more thing you fabulous friends...our babysitter from church is not going to work out, they live a lot further away than we thought.  So we are still on the hunt for a sitter for Molly, but for the time being, our friend is going to watch her.  So please pray that God provides a wonderful, loving, caring-can you tell I am not oh so fond of dropping her off anywhere :) I just want someone to love her as much as I do. 

You all rock!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

You have waited long enough...

Remember when I said I had some good news?  Well the time has come that I can now reveal this news.  I loved your guesses, and then started feeling bad because some of your guesses were really good, and really sweet, so hopefully you all think my news is big, important, and life changing, because it is :)


You are looking at the new Early Childhood Director at The Ridge Community Church...I know, for-real :)

Yesterday was my first official day at work.  Granted, I am only in the office 2 days a week, I will still be working a lot from home, and Sundays do count as a work day, all of you in ministry totally understand that! 

This new career has had God's hands all over it from the beginning.  I was not out looking for a job, especially since I started my private practice in counseling, I was content, we were content as a family.  I am very blessed to be able to stay home with Molls.  Although we make sacrifices for me to do so, just like many of you, I was happy to sacrifice away to be with her.  So this opportunity came with a lot of church growth, and the need to have a focus on individual groups of kids at church.  I am in charge of the birth-kindergarten, and Becky, the other Children's Pastor is in charge of all school aged kids. 

This is a huge, new transition for everyone.  Number one-Eric and I will be working "together."  I use that term loosely, since he works with Neighborhood Groups and preaching, but we still will be in the office together.  Number 2- this is a brand new position at our church, I am not taking anyone's spot, I am creating my own, in a sense.  Number 3-I have a huge passion for kids at a young age (like in the nursery) to start learning about God, and hearing the name Jesus, and love.  So I am pumped that now I can make sure that is happening, and starting these precious kids out on the right track. 

The only thing is we had to find childcare for Molly, since one day a week Eric and I are both at the office, for staff meeting, other meetings, etc.  So I put a call into a lady at church who runs her own in-home daycare, very small, and she is willing to take Molly for us.  I am so excited because this lady is so sweet, and loving. 

So that is my exciting news.  I am over-joyed to be a part of a staff that gets to serve awesome people, and be a part of God's plan for Milwaukee.  I am thrilled to give back to The Ridge, because this ministry was a life-saver for me, in more ways than one.  I am excited to see change and growth in our children's ministry, and I am so excited to serve alongside some fantastic people.  Please keep me, and this whole thing in your prayers.  Like I said earlier, this is a huge, new transition for everyone.  We need a lot of prayer to help it go smoothly. 

PS-Thanks for all of the encouragement/advice on nap time.  She is staying in her bed, and taking naps now!  Yea!  And pray for Eric, since he is watching Molly one day a week now, by himself, he needs a smooth transition too!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Sounds of Christmas


Today we are posting about the sounds of Christmas.  I love Christmas music, and like Joye said, who can be in a bad mood when listening to songs about the season?!  Well, maybe Scrooge could, but he eventually grew to like them. 

When I think Christmas songs I automatically think David Phelps singing "Oh Holy Night."  It gives me Jesus goosebumps every time I hear it.  So I thought I would share it with you all today! (make sure you pause the music down below)  What better way to celebrate Jesus' birth than with this song, and an awesome voice singing it!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Calling All Moms

I need help!  I think I bragged about Molly too quickly!  She is doing wonderful at night sleeping in her bed, but naps are not happening in there.  Any tricks on getting her to stay in her bed?  I wouldn't mind if in a year from now she doesn't nap, and just plays quietly in her room, but trust me friends, she needs a nap!  If she does not nap, around 5 or so, it is not pretty at our house. 

In other news, Molly and Daddy start gymnastics tonight.  I am so excited for them to do this together.  I am sure Eric is not as excited about it as I am, but he is looking forward to it. 

By Wednesday we are expected to have over a foot of snow on the ground!  Then it's supposed to get really cold.  On Thursday our high is 15 degrees!  I don't mind the snow, but the bitter cold is not a friend of mine!

Okay, I am finished with my random Monday afternoon thoughts.  I have to go corral the kid, and put her back in bed!  Have a great day!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

So far, so good

So far so good with the big girl bed.  Molly has slept in her bed for the last 2 nights, tonight is the third, and all have been successful.  I am still getting used to her coming in and waking me up.  The first day I thought I was going to wet the bed when I heard "hi!" really loud.  She has only had one nap, unsuccessfully in her bed, but we had an off day and she was with friends of ours for a couple of hours, while Eric and I were at a meeting.  So the whole day was a little thrown off.  So tomorrow will be the real day for napping in her big girl bed. 

Today Molly got to watch 20 people get baptized at church.  Hallelujah, praise the Lord!  I love seeing people say out loud..."I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God..." 

Molly and I stood in the back and clapped and cheered the whole time.  That is one thing about ministry that I love.  My kid(s) will grow up seeing such awesome things, and seeing how awesome our God truly is.  This year so far we have had over 50 people get baptized.  That is amazing, and all God!

Yesterday when I was at Target I saw this cute little shirt on the clearance rack for 94 cents, yes, cents!  So I picked up two of them, one for Molly, and one for her best friend, Maddie.  The girls matched today at church.  They looked so cute!


Hope you all had a great weekend!  Stay tuned for some awesome news coming at you this week.  No-I am not pregnant, but it is something big, exciting, and life changing for our family. 

Friday, December 4, 2009

Big Girl Bed!

Today was the day that we took Molly's crib down, and put up her big girl bed.  Exciting times here!  The Grandparents all went together and bought Molly's bed, mattress, and bedding for Christmas.  Thank you!  Everything but the trundle for under her bed has arrived, and is set up.  Once the trundle gets here, all we have to do is put it under her bed, and enjoy a huge storage drawer.  Who are we kidding, like Molly is having a sleepover any time soon, that we need a mattress in the drawer.  Her shoes could fill that whole drawer up!  So here are some pictures from today...


Last time in her crib

Half-way there setting everything up

 
Already comfy




This one cracks me up

Our plan was for her to take her nap in it today, but she fell asleep in the car while we were running a million errands.  So tonight will be her first time in her big girl bed.  Eric is all on his own tonight because I am going out to celebrate a friends birthday.  Please pray this transition goes smoothly, and she sleeps great!  I think she will do fine, but I am also not going to be here.  Which may be a blessing, if it does not go over well.  Ha!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Intentions

"The smallest good deed is better
than the grandest intention."  
-Anon

What do you need to do today?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Check This Out


Molly got an early Christmas present from one set of Grandparents yesterday.  They figured she should be able to enjoy her new Christmas movie, before Christmas.  We watched it this moring while getting around for Bible Study.  I really liked it!

I love Veggie Tales movies because there is a lot in there for adults too.  Plus they teach great Biblical values.  Bonus!  This new one is about the Spirit of Giving, and they "teach" about St. Nick.  I use the word teach lightly, since they "make up" stories in the videos and use their imagination.  I really don't think the real St. Nick was carrot, you see what I am saying.  But none the less, it's really cute, and has a fabulous lesson for kids, and adults.

One line from the movie that really stuck with me is "we don't give because it makes us happy, we give because we are happy."  Talk about true motives!  That really resonated with me and has made me think all day about my spirit of giving.

This Christmas our church is taking up a big Christmas offering to give to build wells in Ethiopia.  The people there desperatly need clean drinking water, and we want to help.  Eric and I decided that the money we would normally spend on gifts for people, we are going to put that in the offering instead.  Our family knows about this, and they think it's a great idea.  So part of this big Christmas offering is going to build clean drinking wells, and the other part is going to a local mission.  We are making gift tags to give to people that say something like "you gift this year is clean drinking water" or something to that effect.  I don't know the exact wording, but you all know what I mean.   So check out this awesome video we have been showing at church...it only takes a minute, if that, and you will be forever changed!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas in the Heart and Busyness

I am not sure if anyone of you can relate to this or not, I am guessing some can, but have you ever had a dry spell in your social calendar?  Only to have it followed up by the busiest 2 weeks you ever had in your life?  That's me right now.  I am usually boring in the social area, especially during the days with Molly.  Starting yesterday and ending right before Christmas, I literally have something scheduled to do everyday.  Some days mornings, afternoons, and evenings!  I am not used to being this busy!  But I am blessed to be able to meet with some wonderful people, and some wonderful clients God has brought my way.  I am also so blessed to have wonderful friends to watch Molly, and a great hubby with a semi-flexible work schedule to help me out.  'Tis the season, right :)

So today with the time I have before we get off to a birthday party, I am linking up with Joye.  She is doing a Christmas meme on Tuesdays from now till Christmas.  It is all about how you enjoy Jesus this season, and she asking us to use our senses.  I am not really creative or an eloquent writer like Joye, but I figured I would give it a shot. 



This week is all about the sights of Christmas...


The first sight of Christmas is trying to get that darn Christmas card picture...
Make sure everyone is smiling, looking at the camera, and is happy!  Ha!


I love dressing Molly up all Christmasy...
Nothing says Christmas like a crying kid!



 
By the end she loved it, and we have never tried it again!


That pesky Christmas card picture again...

Oh so cooperative


It may be a Charlie Brown tree,
but it's our Charlie Brown tree.

Whatever it is about the Christmas season that you love to see, family pictures, kids dressed up oh so ridiculously cute, or looking at everyone's different tree decorating style, I hope it brings you happiness, which in turn makes your heart feel so warm. 

When my heart feels so full with love after experiencing a sight of Christmas I only have Jesus to thank.  He is the reason for the season, however cliche that sounds, it's true.  I love seeing people get in the mood for the holidays, I love seeing people open presents on Christmas morning and give you that "how did you know?" look.  I just love Christmas because it typically brings out the best in us, and we all seem a little bit more happy, even if it's just for a night or two. 

So keep looking all around you, look for Christmas, see it everywhere, and remember to thank Jesus for it all.