The holiday season is in full swing! Following a great Thanksgiving Day, the Higham's welcomed Christmas with a weekend full of activity! We'll talk about Thanksgiving in a blog post later this week. But Christmas, well, Christmas is here!
We love Christmas! It is truly one of our most favorite time of the year. And, this weekend, as is our tradition, we welcomed Christmas with a weekend of decorating and Christmas lights!
Every year, we take the Friday after Thanksgiving to begin transforming our house into our very own Christmasland. From the tree to the living room to the outside bushes, we fill our weekend with decorating and Christmas fun.
But new to this year, Amy, Jay, and Breya, traveled to Beaver, PA for their light up night. The main street was decorated with lights on trees in storefront windows, and around the buildings. It was beautiful. It felt like a Hallmark movie only without the snow!
There was a light-up parade, live entertainment, the lighting of the Christmas tree, and fireworks. We stayed for the parade hoping to grab dinner then the tree lighting, but the local eateries were packed. So instead, we left a little earlier than planned to grab dinner at a near by restaurant. It was a great night and a great way to kick of the Christmas season!
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Saturday we spent the day decorating the house. The kids were all busy with sports, jobs, and projects, so Amy and Jay took the time to decorate and complete a few projects around the house.
On Sunday, after school, we rounded up the kids and decorated our 2018 Christmas tree. It's not easy to get all 5 kids together. But, we did it, and did our best to decorate the tree. There is a fun story/tradition that comes with our ornaments. Be sure to watch the vlog below!
All in all it was a great weekend. We are so excited for Christmas! We love this time of the year. It's so much fun us. We are looking forward to a great Christmas.
Be sure to check in throughout December as we share our Christmas Adventures!
- the higham family
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Even in a good marriage there are up's and downs. You have good days and bad days. You experience tremendous joys and agonizing hurts. There are wins and those wins are awesome. Then there are the losses, and those loses can be devastating. Throw in financial struggles, issues with children, jobs and careers, temptations and failures, and you can see why some marriages come to an end.
We have had a good marriage. The blessings are countless. The troubles, few and far between. We have had Godly men and woman, husbands and wives, who have mentored and cared for us. We have had pastors and their wives befriend and speak into our lives, our marriage and our family. We have been married for 22 years, and in full-time ministry for 20 of those years. And, we have continued to see God hand of grace and blessing throughout our marriage.
That's not to say that we haven't experienced our lows. We have experienced financial struggles. We have relocated a number of times, asking our kids to say goodbye to friends, begin new schools, and start all over again. In 2013 we learned we were pregnant with number 6. We were thrilled, surprised, but thrilled. Then we lost number 6. We were heartbroken. But then there was number 7. Then we lost number 7. Then number 8, 9 and 10. We lost each one, with number 10 being a still born delivery at 18 weeks. That's 5 miscarriages in 4 years.
Through it all, we've learned just how important it is to pray for and with each other.
The Power of a Praying...
Early in our marriage, we were introduced to the books, The Power of a Praying Wife and The Power fo a Praying Husband, by Stormie Omartian. These two books became instant tools as we learned the importance of praying for each other. I (Jay) still pull out The Power of a Praying Husband, every couple of months or so, just to be reminded and refocused to be in prayer for Amy. We recommend these books to couples that we do pre-marital counseling with, suggest them to friends and couples, and consider them to be a truly amazing way to begin the practice of praying for your spouse!
Prayer is a significant part of our marriage;
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Build your pizzas using your topping to your liking. Flatbread, pizza sauce, cheese, meat or vegetable, whatever you like. On our Buffalo Chicken pizza, we melted some butter and minced a garlic clove. We mixed it together and brushed it onto the flatbread. Then we laid down some cheese, the chicken, seasoning, and more cheese.
With the oven heated and the pizzas ready, we set our timers to 7 - 10 minutes and watched them bake. As soon as the timer went off, we set the pizzas aside to cool. We cut them up and served them on our new fiesta plates!
With the exception of the sun-dried tomatoes, everything we used to make the flatbread pizzas was purchased at our local Aldi's. Delicious and affordable.
If you haven't shopped your local Aldi's, we would recommend you do so.
Have you made flatbread pizzas? Tell us about them! What are your favorite toppings? Share your recipes below in the comments!
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