Wednesday, November 28, 2012


We received this Christmas card many years ago. I always loved the shepherd and sheep clicking their heels in joy...

It came from some precious friends I met while I was a student at Westmont College, Gerry & Janie Iverson. They were a special pair. Their focus and intent was to live for Jesus, in everything they did. They married after college, and went on to seminary and into the ministry. They had 3 kids, one was a Downs Syndrome child  who was the joy of the whole family's life.

The family was leaving Lake Arrowhead in California one day, and an 18 wheeler crossed the line and 4 of them were killed instantly. Jeff, their oldest son, was the only one who lived.

I found this card from them recently, and am posting it today.  I think it's as simple and clear as anything I could possibly say, and it reflects my own heart as we head into December.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thanksgiving through Christmas motto...

If you are at all like me, you will understand immediately why I bought this little pillow at Stein Mart the other day. First I smiled when I read it, then I did a u-turn and went back and grabbed it!

It's my motto for December. Not my spiritual motto, just my reminder as I head into these very busy days, that the tangling of my tinsel is not going to ruin the spirit of joy during this special time.

It sums up what I do NOT want this December to be like. I know it's still only November, but I'm beginning to feel it coming!

I need a matching pillow that says


The bigger picture... 

December is always an intense month. I have been guilty of filling it so full that the joy and blessing of Jesus birth has gotten crowded out. I want to keep all that tinsel untangled this December, and go for the gold!

The Master said, “Sonja, dear Sonja, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”
(Luke 10:41-42 paraphrased)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Cheers through the years!...

This is me as a cheerleader at Westmont College in California (far left) about 100 years ago. Notice the length of our outfits! I remember we had to pay a visit to the Dean of Women to get permission for the skirts to be knee length. She wanted them longer! :)

And this is our newest little University of Texas cheerleader, all dressed up and ready to holler. This outfit was courtesy of her poppa who graduated from SMU but went to UT for his first 2 years, and his dad also played football there. So it's a long standing habit! 

I'm cheering for lots of other things these days, and at the top of that list is Gracie and her cousins!