Saturday, December 31, 2011

Week in Review #16-26 and/or Year in Review

I haven't done a Week In Review post in ten weeks. My blogging activity has indeed diminished over the last two and half months. Not stopped, but crawled. It's been an incredibly busy time with every minute filled. But it seems fitting to do a review post on the last day of the year. So this is a morphing of missed weeks and looking back over all of 2011. Major changes came to the Moss family in 2011, plus a lot of fun and a few bumps in the road:

Friday, December 30, 2011

How to not fail at a New Year's Resolution

There is no middle ground when it comes to New Year's resolutions. You either make them or you hate them. There are probably different reasons for the dislike, but it seems the apathy comes from a feeling that resolutions are never accomplished. Why make them if you are just going to fail.

This is a completely legitimate feeling, but I don't think this assessment should mean throwing out the concept. New Year's resolutions are just goals, and we all need to make them. 

New Year resolutions allow you to reflect back and in turn plan and dream ahead. 

The reason most people fail at New Year's resolution is because from the get go they set themselves up for failure. "I'm going to exercise in the morning for two hours every day!" Hardly anyone does that. And if you have rarely exercised in 2011 then you are going to fail at that resolution in 2012. You have to set yourself up for success. 

Here are some suggestions on making good resolutions that you can succeed at but that will also stretch and challenge you:

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sometimes all you need is an empty box

So apparently a ton of money was spent for Christmas gifts this year (duh). Here's one example:

"According to a news release issued Sunday by comScore, U.S. consumers spent nearly $6 billion during "Cyber Week" which kicked off with "Cyber Monday" on Nov. 28 and ended on Dec. 2."*

6 billion dollars spent...in 1 week! I know there's a bunch of toys in my condo right now that contributed to that amount, plus some clothes and a few gadgets. Many of them haven't even been opened yet. 

Jeannette and I were out of town during the above mentioned huge spending week. My mother-in-law came to our place to watch Baylee and Jaxon. For her time with the kids she didn't contribute anything to the $6 billion.  She just brought a big box. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Immanuel of Everything

As part of the message Sunday during our Christmas service, our amazing New Life Lincoln Park worship team did this song by Coldplay, "Christmas Lights":

The theme of this song rings true: Christmas is an amazing time of year, but it doesn't always feel amazing.

Along with all of the fun, celebrating, and connecting with others, for some this season was nothing but the opposite.  It was a stressful season: Who all do I buy for? What do I get them? When am I going to have the time? That woman took the last pair, could I take her out before she gets to the register? It was a time that raised old hurts: remembering loss, broken dreams, loneliness, no presents under the tree. And these could create feelings of doubt: What’s the point? Anyone care? Is anyone out there?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Break - take one

Take a break this week.

Take a day off. Don't work.
If you can't do that, then take a night after work and do no projects.

See a movie.
Look at Christmas lights before they're gone.
Go out to eat.
Watch TV.
Play a game.
Read a book.

Laugh.
Talk.
Chill.
Rest.

You need it.

Yes...you do.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas from me, Jeannette, Baylee, Jaxon, and of course...Stitch.  =)


If you didn't see my post yesterday about getting free music from our worship team at New Life Lincoln Park, CLICK HERE to get it now.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

"Merry Christmas To All" - CD from our worship team!

I'm really excited about our first Christmas with New Life Lincoln Park!!! 

This is an email I just sent out to our location's community about our Christmas services and explaining how to get some free Christmas music! Our amazing worship team recorded a Christmas album that we are giving away tomorrow, but the link is below so that you can download it now!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Baylee the Ballerina

She comes out in this little blue dress,
carrying the new music box she got for her birthday.

Daddy, will you watch me dance?


Can't tell you how many times I've watched this clip in the last four days.

Next her first dance at school.
Then her prom.
Then her wedding.

As long as she keeps asking,
"Daddy, will you watch me dance?"
Then I guess I'll be OK with it.

Maybe.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Recording the Christmas album

To say our worship team at New Life Lincoln Park is amazing would be an understatement of an understatement. So many great voices and talented musicians, and all with hearts focused on Jesus. 

For Christmas this year they have taken it upon themselves to record an album to give away to our congregation! What a cool gift! I was there last night during one of the recording sessions and was again blown away by their talent. 

Here's a few clips of them recording, which are also a teaser to what will be on the album. Come out on Christmas at 10am to be part of our service and you'll get a copy of the album for free!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The worst Christmas songs ever

I really do like Christmas music. 
 
Yes, I hold to the strict conviction that the yuletide tunes shouldn't be played until AFTER Thanksgiving. Come Black Friday though, crank them up to a holiday 11.
 
Well, crank most of them. 
 
Jeannette has 93.9 on almost all day with the Christmas music (the only time 93.9 is EVER listened to by either of us, just want to clarify that). The nonstop Christmas variety of music is awesome...usually. There are some that are like an ensemble of hands down a huge chalkboard. This is where daddy steps in and hits the power button to red.
These are my despised Christmas songs:

Monday, December 05, 2011

First day of 5 years old

Yesterday we partied.
Yesterday we celebrated.

Yesterday was about going from this moment...

To this moment...
 

But today it hit me. Again.
As she woke up, as she got ready for school. 
As she yelled, "Daddy! Daddy!" when I walked in the door.
As we we painted and as I gave her piggy back rides.

Today the reality of days continually being added hit me. Again.

My awe of holding this little one has only grown, even more than she has.
I want her to get bigger as much as I don't want her to.

These are the pains of being a daddy I guess. 
But I wouldn't trade them for all of the world.