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Gary being Gary

I was serious about working on a plan for a Whole Family Destination Christmas next year. To that end, we started doing some research and it seemed that this general area (Destin/Ft. Walton Beach) was a good place to start. We found a possible house on VRBO that would fit all of us with room to spare and arranged for a tour today! It was pretty exciting!
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It was partially occupied, but we were able to see the guest house
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and the second floor of the main house, even though it was in the process of being cleaned for new vacationers coming in that afternoon!
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While we were checking out the all of the amenities, the realtor pointed out that the last tenants had broken the top of the TV cabinet.
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This place ticked all the boxes – plenty of room, a pool, a private beach on the river (with a boat dock for our non-existent boat) and close enough to the beach. As we were wrapping up our time, Gary mentioned that he’d be happy to fix that broken tv cabinet if they would like. Yes, he just can’t stop being Gary!
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I think it garnered us a bit of good will and maybe a tiny bit of a discount, but sadly, it doesn’t look like this property is available for the dates that we are hoping for. But it sure was fun to look!
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We’ll keep looking! If you have any suggestions for spots along the “Emerald Coast” – please let us know!!

In slightly different news –
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This little guy turned four today! (even though he looks like he’ll be starting college soon in this picture!)
Happy Birthday, AJ! We love you!

Christmas Day at the Beach

Starts with coffee on the balcony.
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Nice.
Instead of homemade sticky buns (a Conrad tradition), we went with fresh hot waffles.
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Seemed to do the trick.
Since we didn’t exchange gifts (this condo was our gift to each other), I spent a little time sewing.
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Love the view, right?
The best part of the day was, of course, our four family zoom call!
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So thankful for technology! Not as good as hugs, but better than nothin’!
We had a little beach time
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on a perfectly beautiful day!
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Afternoon naps were interrupted by this –
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Yep, a fire alarm sounded, and sounded, and sounded and sounded.
Thankfully, it was a false alarm. Phew.  But we did get to greet the neighbors!
The day ended with a beautiful God paintingUntitled
and then we snuggled in to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Ah…..

For us, for this year, it was a lovely Christmas.

I have to say I’m already researching for next year.   However,  it will have to sleep 20, ’cause I’m not sure I can do Christmas without family more than two years in a row! Conrad Family Destination Christmas 2022 is in the planning stages! Start saving up, kids!

Welcome to our World!

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Welcome To Our World

By Chris Rice

Tears are falling, hearts are breaking
How we need to hear from God
You’ve been promised, we’ve been waiting
Welcome, Holy Child
Welcome, Holy Child

Hope that You don’t mind our manger
How I wish we could have known
But long-awaited Holy Stranger
Make Yourself at home
Please, make Yourself at home

Bring Your peace into our violence
Bid our hungry souls be filled
Word now breaking Heaven’s silence
Welcome to our world
Welcome to our world

Fragile finger sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorn
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born
Unto us is born

So wrap our injured flesh around You
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy
Perfect Son of God
Perfect Son of God
Welcome to our world

T’was the Night Before Christmas

and what a beautiful sunset it was! Another lovely day (unseasonably warm, I’ve been told!) and another grand walk on the beach.
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Today’s Christmas song is another selection from Behold The Lamb of God by Andrew Peterson. Tonight many will be ending their Christmas Eve worship with a candlelit rendition of the beautiful carol Silent Night. And it will be lovely indeed. But this song, Labor of Love, gives us a different view of the event that we celebrate tonight and tomorrow!

Labor of Love

It was not a silent night
There was blood on the ground
You could hear a woman cry
In the alleyways that night
On the streets of David’s town

And the stable was not clean
And the cobblestones were cold
And little Mary full of grace
With the tears upon her face
Had no mother’s hand to hold

It was a labor of pain
It was a cold sky above
But for the girl on the ground in the dark
With every beat of her beautiful heart
It was a labor of love

Noble Joseph by her side
Callused hands and weary eyes
There were no midwives to be found
On the streets of David’s town
In the middle of the night
So he held her and he prayed
Shafts of moonlight on his face

But the baby in her womb
He was the maker of the moon
He was the Author of the faith
That could make the mountains move
It was a labor of pain

It was a cold sky above
But for the girl on the ground in the dark
With every beat of her beautiful heart

It was a labor of love
For little Mary full of grace
With the tears upon her face
It was a labor of love

It’s the Day before the Day before

…and these toes finally made it to the beach!  These toes even made it into the water!
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The sun was bright and while it wasn’t swimsuit weather (in my book) by any stretch of the imagination, it was a spectacular day for a nice long beach walk!
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Ahhh…..
Today’s Christmas Song is from the wonderful Christmas program by Andrew Peterson – Behold the Lamb of God. If you EVER have the opportunity to see this live (he tours with it each Christmas season), please, please, please go and see it. You will be blessed beyond measure!
Enjoy this sweet song for the early part of the program –

Gather Round, Ye Children, Come

Gather ’round, ye children, come
Listen to the old, old story
Of the pow’r of death undone
By an infant born of glory
Son of God, Son of Man

Gather ’round, remember now
How creation held its breath
How it let out a sigh
And it filled up the sky with the angels
Son of God, Son of Man

So sing out with joy for the brave little boy
Who was God, but He made Himself nothing
He gave up His pride and He came here to die
Like a man

Therefore God exalted Him
To the place of highest praises
And He gave Him a name above every name
That at the very name of Jesus, Son of God

We would sing out with joy for the brave little boy
Who was God, but He made Himself nothing
He gave up His pride and He came here to die
Like a man

So in heav’n and earth and below
Every knee would bow in worship
And ev’ry tongue would proclaim
That Jesus, He reigns with the angels

So sing out with joy for the brave little boy
Who was God, but He made Himself nothing
He gave up His pride and He came here to die
Like a man

Gather ’round, ye children, come
Listen to the old, old story
Of the pow’r of death undone
By an infant born of glory
Son of God, Son of Man