and Happy New Year!

I’ve been debating what to post for our New Year post this year and I’ve found it pretty difficult. I wanted to write about change, resolutions, a multitude of things. Instead, I’m writing about Jehovah. At church this morning we were singing the song, “Days of Elijah” and the line repeats, over and over, “There’s no God like Jehovah” and that part of the song is always where my mind wanders. Not to bad things, but to more focused things, like the names of God. When I was younger, a young man in my church converted to become a Jehovah’s witness. At a Wednesday night Bible study, it’s all he could talk about, that Jehovah was the ONLY name of God. It is true that Jehovah is a name of God, but not the only name given of God in the Bible. I’m personally partial to “I AM.” But, today, I do want to mention some of these Jehovah “compound names” seen in the old Testament. This is just a sampling: Jehovah – Jireh: The Lord Who Provides (Gen 22), Jehovah – Rapha: The Lord Who Heals (Exodus 15:22-26), Jehovah –Nissi: The Lord Our Banner (Exodus 17:8-15).

When my mind wandered this morning, it was to, “There’s no god like Jehovah, There’s no god like Jehovah–my Healer, There’s no god like Jehovah–my Provider, There’s no God like Jehovah–my Victor!” and each line just filled my heart with so much more joy. In the last week, I’ve rejoiced in the holidays with my family over their health and being together. I’ve felt some heartache as I left my mountain home to come back to my east coast home. I’ve been excited for 2 friends who have gotten engaged and for the new life being born in my family. And I’ve wept for a new dear friend who lost her son in a tragic accident the day after Christmas. My prayers for 2011 include that everyone in my circle and family would know there’s no god like Jehovah. There is none like Him. Behold He comes!


Merry Christmas!! (2010)

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy!

So, we made it through another holiday season!! I love Christmas and I love all that surrounds the holidays from friends to family to all sorts of home baked goodies. There is always plenty of peace when we’re with our families and friends, but getting there, that can be another story. Like this year, fighting my full work day until we could leave, packing EVERYTHING the night before and having to trust Robbie to get it all into the car (and he passed with flying colors), getting upset when Emme got a fever and fell asleep during her first present opening time at Grandpa’s, the mad dashes in and out of stores, across town, and even across the state in snow. Sounds hectic and believe you me, it was!! But, we got to enjoy time with our families and THAT is priceless!

Here are a few pictures from our completely enjoyable weekend!


Why There Will Be No Stokes Family Christmas Cards in 2010

I could write you a list of excuses about long nights at work, busy evenings with Robbie and the baby getting dinners ready and slaving to take care of everyone, but in this case, those are not the reasons.

The reason we have no Stokes Family Christmas cards in 2010 is IN-COOPERATION! And not from Robbie this time!! Different times now I have had Emily dressed in Christmas attire, sitting in front of the tree, and every single time she either 1. makes really strange faces, 2. won’t be still, 3. turns around and pulls ornaments off the tree or 4. grabs the branches and shakes (while making funny faces)!

Here are some examples of what we tried to get this holiday season for you. There are also some pics of her helping me make cookies. Hope they brighten your week as you get ready for Christmas!!!


Jingle all the Way! (Challenge #3)

For my 3rd challenge, I completed a real CHALLENGE! I decided to head to Raleigh for the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk. It was a 5k event… my first feat attempting to walk so far. I had a partner in crime, too, my friend Erin! Here’s a pic of us before we got going:
Here’s what I learned from this event: 1. Raleigh has hills 2. When you reach your breaking point, just remind yourself it you can get through labor with no epidural, you can do this 3. If you wear jingle bells on your shoes, consider using safety pins or thick twine b/c small ties just get cut by the bells. 4. If you fall flat on your face in the middle of Hillsborough street you can resist the urge just to hobble back to your car instead of the finish line or you can push on through and finish with glory. Praise God, I finished!! Woo hoo!! It wasn’t pretty. I was super sweaty, legs were jello and my face was red as a beat (either from sweating or being so dang cold) but I was done and that’s what mattered.

Here’s some of the fun from my house this week:

Hope you’re having a great week!


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