Christmas at the Hixon’s

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Next to Autumn, Christmas is my favorite season! I love the unique melodies, the cheer in most everyone’s tone, and the baked goodies that so often come along with. I love that we have a whole season centered around giving and based on our Lord. While we embrace the fun of Santa and elves and reindeer; Chuck and I do our best to make sure that this is a season filled with family memories and God’s love.

To start the season off right we all pitch in in the decorating of the house. It is always an event filled with laughter and unique results. While we still want to add a few more things, we’ve pretty much finished adding the physical cheer.

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I think our tree turned out pretty good! We prefer the simplicity of a bare tree enveloped in meaningful ornaments.

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Chuck always does my Christmas village for me.

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Our nativity and family willow statues.

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The stockings are hung by the fireplace, waiting for Santa to fill them.

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Hila Fay insisted upon having her own nativity. When she realized we only had one stable she ran to her room and came out with this. I think it made a beautiful addition.

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Last, but not least, my Alabama gnome wanted to be a part of the good times.

How do you make Christmas Special at your place?

Merry Christmas!
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The Adventures of Puck the Elf

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We awoke to a WONDERFUL surprise this morning! Puck the Elf has returned to watch over us (and get into mischief) until Christmas. We’ll do our best to keep y’all posted on his silly antics.

Love,
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P.S. 10 points to whomever knows where Puck gets his name! 

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Oh my wowness! Puck was busy last night! Good thing we woke up when we did!

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What have y’alls elves been up to?

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12/5

I think that Puck is playing the field!

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Does your Elf interact with others?

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12/6

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Puck decided he needed better shoes to weather this #zombieapocalypse #icestorm!

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My Top 10 Rules/Mottos for life (as I see it now)

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1. Life is about the choices you make and the perspectives you take.

2. Break it, buy it

3. Pot/Kettle

4. Dancing in the rain is better than pouting in the dry.

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5. Family is forever; never forget them or push them aside.

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6. Real friendships take as much work as real relationships; neither of which should be cast aside lightly.

7. Divorce is not an option. Never let the thought enter your mind. Just go in the other room, chill out, and then work it out. People don’t go around divorcing their siblings or parents every time they get ticked off. That is proof enough that crap can be worked out….in due time (and with lots of prayer).

8. The moment that your first instinct, when dramatic news comes your way, is to text/call your sweety (instead of your bff or mom) is when junk just hot serious!

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9. If your instinct to call/text your spouse first ever changes you might want to re-evaluate your relationships.

10. Faith in God is not saying that He WILL do something but rather that He can. Praying with faith does not mean praying with the belief that God will answer how you want. It is praying knowing that God can and asking if He would. Jesus showed us this when He asked His Father to take His cup.

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Photo Overload!

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I sure hope y’all are ready for a photo overload! I’ve made the decision to delete my FaceBook account, and as a direct result am going to upload my favorite FB pictures here. There are WAYYYYYY too many to do at one time so I will have to do a series. Maybe I’ll call it “Memory Lane”. Whatcha think?

The Life & Times of Mandy & Mel

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This afternoon I attended the wedding shower for my girl Mandy. I cannot believe how quickly time has flown. As with any “step” relationship we have had our rocky spots. However, I absolutely love her and cannot help but get a bit sappy at the thought of the impending wedding. So in honor of the blushing bride, and without further to-do, I present “The Life & Times of Mandy & Mel”:

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Our first snow day. We also pre-made about 500 snowballs and had them ready for when Daddy got home from work. It was a battle of epic proportions.

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One of our favorite excursions, the Memphis Zoo.

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Look at that beautiful smile!

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One of my proudest moments, her baptism.

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Stealthy ninjas!!!

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“One small step for man…”

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This is one of my favorite “sissy” photos.

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I love how they had identical expressions.

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I am woman, hear me ROWAR!

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Serenity

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A special memory, just for her.

I love you, Mandy.

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Airing Your Drama in Public is Sin

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It seems that forgiveness and compassion have gone the way of corded phones and VHS tapes. They have been replaced by a desire to air out our dirty laundry in a forum of public opinion. Social media statuses are filled with needless “updates” about “some people” and their sins against us. Friends, let me be honest with you for a moment. Your vague references fool no one. It may feel therapeutic to be able to air out your feelings but in no way is right, good or kind; in fact it is downright un-Biblical.

Even when the subject matter is hidden behind ambiguous references of “some people” and “they” you are still sinning. Whether you sit in the beauty shop and tell all your friends “the situation” or announce it to the world: gossip is gossip is gossip. Our problems with one another should, in fact, remain exactly that way: solely with each other.

Jesus VERY specifically says: “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.” (Matthew 18:15 NASB) Did you see that part there that said, “in private“?

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I’ve heard, and thought to myself, many reasons as to why one could not possibly go and speak to their offender one on one.
“They won’t listen anyway.”
“It wouldn’t make a difference.”
“I might do/say something that I’d regret.”
I think that if we are ALL honest with ourselves we’d admit that reasoning is probably more closely related to us wanting to avoid a face-to-face confrontation. It’s MUCH easier to sit bravely on the couch and update a tough sounding status than it is to call (or better yet sit down and talk to) a person that we are upset with. I get it, I really do! I hate (this is the point that Hila Fay would say: “We don’t say ‘hate’ Mommy.”) really, really, REALLY dislike confrontation. I go out of my way to avoid unpleasant situations.

However, John is quick to remind us that if we are going to claim Christianity we best walk-the-walk! (“So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth”. Revelation 3:16 HCSB) We cannot sugar-coat a sin (“I wasn’t gossiping I was just venting.”) and expect God to be pleased. Jesus very clearly tells us that the only time we are to involve anyone else in our quarrel is when our private conversation yielded no results.
But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established. If he pays no attention to them, tell the church. But if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever and a tax collector to you. (Matthew 18:16, 17 HCSB)

If we get to the end of the rope and extinguish all means of reconciliation then we are to simply ignore them. We go to bed each night knowing that we tried our dangest but in this case an amicable ending just wasn’t in God’s plan. We do NOT continually make random announcements or involve other people.

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We DO continue to genuinely pray them.
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” (Matthew 5:44 HCSB)

God’s truth is sometimes hard to swallow, but that doesn’t change it. We can’t claim to be loving Christians if we are not willing to choose to love everyone.
Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another. (1 John 4:7-11 HCSB)

Love,
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GRAND OPENING! New Workout Center! (A satire on gardening)

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Tired of that spare tire? Embarrassed because everytime you walk your thighs give each other “high five”? Is your butt dragging you down? Say no more! Come on down to “Ms. Fay’s Boot Camp” and turn into the supermodel you’ve always dreamed of!

Every visit to her garden boot camp is guaranteed to work multiple areas! Arms, back, legs, thighs, stomach you name it and she works it! Act now and Miss Quito will even throw in a FREE blood thinning!

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BUT WAIT! There’s MORE! Call today and you’ll be enrolled in our FREE (that’s right, folks, FREE) defensive and offensive classes! Ms. Fay has a speciality formulated technique using nothing more than a common garden hoe! *not responsible for blisters, splinters, loss of digits, gashes in any part of your person or death* Her proven methods put those weeds criminals on the run!!!

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At Ms. Fay’s boot camp we want to give back. So, starting in June we’ll be teaching you how to bring water to all those poor, parched souls in need….bucket, by bucket, by bucket…

Hurry folks! Time is limited and your butt isn’t getting any smaller sitting on that couch playing with your smart phone!

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