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In which we wish you a happy Christmas :: Where are you today?

Travel at the holidays with three tinies is major business and we have yet to attempt it. So we’ll go to church tonight, sleep in our own beds, open pressies here, and then go to my Mum and Dad’s for Christmas supper. One of the tinies hasn’t been feeling well, so a slow Christmas is the plan.

Quiet Christmas is my favourite kind of Christmas.

We were wondering:

Who are you and where are you from?

Consider it your Christmas present to me: de-lurk! Go on, leave a comment, say hello. We’d like to know you.

And if you are a regular friend around here, I’d love to say hello to you, too. If you blog, share the link.

Meanwhile:

May you receive and give both comfort and joy.

May you eat good food, laugh too loud, cry a few tears.

May you wear Turkey Pants (which is what Joseph calls elastic waist pants) without shame.

May you light a candle and say a prayer for those who weep and mourn today.

May you celebrate and praise,

may you know, deep in your bones, He has come, Love wins,

God with us.

Have a happy and blessed Christmas!

Love

Team Bessey

 

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339 Responses to In which we wish you a happy Christmas :: Where are you today?

  1. Jenn December 24, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    I certainly don’t need to de-lurk around here. :) But wanted to wish you and yours a wonderful christmas. I just got of a long stretch of work so we are taking it slow around here as well. Just some good quality cuddle time. :)

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:37 am #

      Thanks, Jenn – thankful for you here.

  2. Christy December 24, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Merry Christmas from a “lurker’ in Langley! Although I have commented once or twice before. I love your blog!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:37 am #

      So glad to see you, Christy. Thank you!

  3. Erin Thomas December 24, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Merry Christmas Sarah… thanks for all of your encouragement & humour. My name’s Erin, and I’m from NE Alberta. Kind of wishing the temps were a little higher than -27C so some outdoor fun could be had without imminent danger of frostbite, but still loving the snow! No tinies of my own, but 2 nefoos who are trouble-in-a-box (a box into which a heartily approve of and dive into as often as I can). I get to kiss their wee heads Boxing Day.

    This Christmas is a miracle Christmas. I know… aren’t they all? For some, maybe. I don’t know why this year is a miracle Christmas per se… maybe because I need one so badly. I heard it said that that giving up makes Christmas ripe for a miracle. So we wait. Maybe it will be tucked away somewhere behind the tree I didn’t put up, waiting to pop out and scare the pants off of me (hoping to be alone should such a situation occur). In the meantime… I’m wearing a security belt at all times. Here’s to miracles in hidden places.

    http://www.theundergroundrailroad.ca/oneabolitionist/

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:37 am #

      Glad to meet you, Erin – hope it was a beautiful Christmas for you.

  4. Sarah Askins December 24, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    May all y’all (the proper Southern plural of y’all) have a blessed and Happy Christmas!

    On occasion, I write poetry and publish it here: http://sarahaskins.com and will be starting 2013 with a fun poetry project(a bit scary, but exciting too).

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:36 am #

      Love Southern-isms! thanks, Sarah! Glad to see you here.

  5. Karen Edginton Watt December 24, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Merry Christmas Sarah! I read every word you write and have shared your words multiple times as they resonate deep within my soul. I live in the very cold Alberta North!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:36 am #

      Thank you so much, Karen! Glad to meet you.

  6. Melissa December 24, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Merry Christmas Sarah! I am just over the river and through the woods from you in Kelowna.

  7. kara December 24, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    I’m kara & i live in kansas. i found your blog because of the Help One Now trip to haiti. :)

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:35 am #

      Thank, Kara – glad to meet you. I have fond memories of many drives between Omaha and Tulsa through Kansas.

  8. Cathryn December 24, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Hey to all the Besseys, I’m Cathryn and I live in the UK. Your blog helps me see there’s more than one way to be a Christian woman

  9. Theresa Pendant December 24, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Merry Christmas from Boston :-) We’re supposed to get snow tonight! Thanks for the Christmas cheer.

  10. Carolyn Phillips December 24, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Hi, I’m Carolyn and I’m a recent lurker. I found you via a link posted by a friend. I blog at http://www.messmuddleandfun.blogspot.com (Mainly craft, some writing, some photography, some of all with a Christian theme) Hope you have a happy Christmas and that your little one recovers soon. We are having a quiet family Christmas as well this year.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      Thanks, Carolyn – nice to meet you, too!

  11. kim December 24, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! I’ve commented a few times and I always read everything you post. Thank you so for your insights, courage and wisdom. Your blog is on my very short list of favorites. You words are an example I constantly put before the college age women I serve alongside here in Birmingham, Alabama. Looking forward to a great new year and your book!

    http://www.kfsullivan.wordpress.com

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      Thank you so much, Kim. Glad to see you here!

  12. Charlotte December 24, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    *waves to everyone* Hey, I’m Charlotte. Merry Christmas from Missouri!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      Hey, Charlotte – glad to see you here!

  13. Derrick Doyle December 24, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    I’m Derrick and I live with my wife Robin in Haltom City, TX. Right now, we’re in the car on our way to Elkins, AR to have Christmas with my mom and the rest of my family.

    Merry Christmas!!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      Hi, Derrick! thank you for saying hello.

  14. Amy Nabors (@amykiane) December 24, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    Hello! I’m Amy. amykiane on twitter. I usually just lurk as a busy mom of a teenager. I live near Auburn Alabama. I blog at http://ordinarilyextraordinary.com/
    Merry Christmas to you & yours!

  15. Bethany Goddard December 24, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Merry Christmas! I’m Beth and I live in Virginia. Thanks so much for your beautiful words. :)

  16. Deetz Whichard Hanna December 24, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    My name is Deetz and I live in South Carolina. I have two kiddos and a third on the way. I blog at cookiesandkiddos.com and disenfranchisedworshiper.wordpress.com. Thank you so much for sharing your words and life with us :)

  17. Nadine December 24, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Happy Christmas from Nadine in Surrey BC. We’ll be spending Christmas in Chilliwack, I’ll wave as we drive by. :)

  18. Alison December 24, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Hey Sarah! Merry Christmas from sunny St. Kitts in the Caribbean. See, I’ve delurked!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      Oh, that sounds like the place I’d like to be right now today! Nice to meet you, Alison.

  19. Charis December 24, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Hey and Merry Christmas! I’m so thankful for all of the beautiful words and peace you’ve shared with me as I’ve joined your blog-reading-community this year from Mongolia! The merriest of Christmases to your family!

  20. Anna R December 24, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Hello sweet friend! I love that you signed this’Team Bessey’ – we call our family ‘Team Rendell’ =) We’re in the south metro in Minnesota in Burnsville. You and I’ve chatted on Twitter (I’m @anna_r), I blog at http://www.girlwithblog.com, and someday I would like to visit your Canadian clan, and sip tea, eat chocolate and talk deep into the night. I hope that doesn’t sound creepy =) Merry Christmas, Team Bessey!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      Glad to see you here, Anna – someday, eh? Not creepy in the least. I often feel the same way about my favourite writers. Heaven help Anne Lamott if she ever meets me….

  21. Mickey December 24, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Hi. Merry Christmas from northern Michigan. So blessed by your writing. Our newest tiny is our first great grandchild. Christmas blessings.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:31 am #

      congratulations, Mickey! And thank you.

  22. Kristin Lee Williams December 24, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Merry Christmas! I’m a mom of two tinies (3 and 6) in Eastern Oregon. I read everything but rarely comment. I’m also on twitter (@ckwilliams22) occasionally. I’ve loved laughing and crying with you this year.

  23. Susan December 24, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Susan and Harry, Florida :)

  24. Wendy December 24, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Blessed Christmas from the Douglas Clan! We are in East Tennessee between Knoxville and Pigeon Forge in a smaller town called Seymour. I devour your words here and also stalk…I mean follow you on Twitter (@SavedSister7). I share my heart at http://savedsister7.blogspot.com/. So thankful for you and the words you share here friend.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:31 am #

      Thanks, Wendy – glad to see you here!

  25. Mary1912 December 24, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Merry Christmas Besseys…from Mary in Columbus, Ohio.

  26. Jenny Flannagan December 24, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Hi Sarah Bessey, I have been reading your blog a few months now because my friend Kelley Nikondeha recommended it. I also blog at http://www.talkingupthegood.wordpress.com but I’m only about a year in. I am British and live in the middle of London but for the first time in my 32 years I will not be in the UK for Christmas. My little brother is living in Arkansas, and his wife just had a baby a month ago and so we have come over the ocean for an American Christmas. Thanks so much for your blogs, I so love reading them. Happy Christmas!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:30 am #

      Kelley is one of my favourites, Jenny! I think we talked each other’s ears off at her last visit north with us. I want to form a recruiting committee to make her move here with us. :-) Glad to meet you, too!

  27. wren December 24, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Merry Christmas, loves! Big hugs & joy to you all :)

  28. Miz Melly December 24, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Happy Christmas from Northern Ireland where the Maxwells are spending the holiday. We couldn’t wait to get here and the children are overjoyed to be spending time with their Bapoo (Grandpa!). They’ve just had messages from Santa at PortableNorthPole (you got to check it out!!!) and they are on the good list so there is much excitement! Hope you have a lovely time and a good rest!
    LOts of love, Melanie, Simon, Grace and Gabriel

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      Loved getting your card in the mail, M! Have my lovely new decoration up on the tree now. xo

  29. Guest December 24, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Merry Christmas from Calgary! I am a momma to two lovely and hilarious little people, and wife of one amazing man. I love to read your words, and hear your thoughts on so many topics. My heart resonates with what you have to say on so many topics, and am encouraged by your honesty. I am also on Twitter @ChattyNic, and blog only sometimes at http://smallpigeonsnightowls.typepad.com/blog/ Merry Christmas, from Cody, Nicole, Ella & Theodore

  30. alicecrumbs December 24, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Thanks for this lovely post! Have a lovely quiet Christmas – I hope everyone else stays well. My husband and I are just about to sit down to Christmas eve chilli con carne and whatever is on TV. Thanks for forcing me to say hello, I’m rarely brave enough to but I’ve found your writing a source of strength this year. Alice (from Leyland in England) http://www.playontheword.com xxx

  31. wendy December 24, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Merry Christmas from just up the hill, Sarah!!

  32. Clint W December 24, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Clint from Iowa USA here. Despite the preponderance of women commenting so far, I’m sure I’m far from the only guy out here who appreciates your writing, as I have for the past half year or so. Our best to you, Brian, and the rest of of your family, Sarah. May your quiet Christmas be a blessed one.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:28 am #

      I hope so, Clint! And thank you for commenting and reading – means so much to us all.

  33. Amy Gaines December 24, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Merry Christmas, Team Bessey! I’m Amy from Georgia. I blog at http://greyceiling.wordpress.com. Hope you all have a quiet, calm, and overflowingly blessed Christmas :-).

  34. Emily December 24, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Merry Christmas from East Tennessee! I am de-lurking :) I’ve loved following you and have only been reading for a short time. So glad I found you, though. I have a two year old tiny and am in graduate school so find you quite inspiring :)

  35. Maria December 24, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    Merry Christmas Besseys! I am about a half hour east down the highway from you, in Chilliwack. I stumbled across your blog months ago and have been drinking it in since then. It has been a real blessing in my life, especially as most Sunday mornings you will find me in the church nursery, rather than drinking in messages by our pastor. Thank you. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Staying at home with the littles and keeping it low key is the best.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:28 am #

      Glad to meet you, Maria! And thank you.

  36. Nicole Hamm December 24, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Merry Christmas to you and yours from snowy and cold Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – I’m one of your most faithful lurkers! When I read your work, I think of this Oswald Chambers quote: “The author who benefits you most is not the one who tells you something you did not know before, but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance.” You have touched my heart in so many ways this year – thank you!

  37. sharon December 24, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Merry Christmas Sarah… so I am “de-lurking”!!! I started following your blog this year and LOVE your writing, thank you for sharing your heart and perspective and making beautiful readings for us:) I am in the process of bringing home my daughter from Haiti.. it has been a looong road… I do a semi-blog on it at http://verlandetovirginia.blogspot.com Merry christmas to you and your family:) xoxo Sharon

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      Thank you so much, Sharon. Praying as you bring your girl home. Eshet chayil!

  38. luckymrsj December 24, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Hello, and Merry Christmas from Los Angeles. I absolutely LOVE your writing! Blessings in the New Year xo

  39. Rachael December 24, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    I am Rachael from Indiana. I fell in love with you and your blog on your trip to Haiti. Thanks for all of the inspiration, encouragement and joy you spread. Good bless your family this Christmas and may your next year be beyond anything you could even ask or think.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:26 am #

      So glad to know this, Rachael – thank you!

  40. Rachel December 24, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Happy Christmas to all of you x I am married to my gorgeous Andy, and mum (mom!) to three tinies (5, 2 & 1) in the UK. I have found such encouragement here this year. I love your pots and pans that bang and clatter to say there is space for me here, to know there are people out there, when I have felt so alone and misunderstood this year, has been something of a life line, really. You have always pointed me back to the One who made me and loves me. Thank you! I tweet @popsydye. Rachel x

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:26 am #

      Thank you so much, Rachel – glad meet you!

  41. Heather Moll December 24, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Merry Christmas Bessey Family! :) Since you asked so politely, I’m de-lurking to say I’m Heather from Calgary, Alberta. Love your blog, your writing and your heart!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      Calgary is “hometown” for me still, Heather. Glad to have you here!

  42. Linda Stoll December 24, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Christmas blessings … usually writing from New York, but celebrating with 2 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, and a 9, a 7, a 6, a 4, a 3, and a 2 year old right across the street from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD!
    And still blogging away at Creekside Ministries, our little house church/counseling center …
    http://creeksideministries.blogspot.com/

    Blessings to you all ~
    Linda

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      Happy New Year, Linda – glad you’re here.

  43. Amy Lepine Peterson December 24, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    Merry Christmas, Besseys. We narrowly missed the snowstorm in the Midwest, and drove 12 hours south to Georgia to spend Christ as with my in-laws and a lot of tiny cousins. Apart from tiny drama, things are pretty quiet and slow here, too, the way I like it. Blessings on your holiday!

  44. Katie December 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    I am a new reader & delinquint blogger at katieballard.wordpress.com. Coming at you from Ohio!

  45. Melanie December 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Merry Christmas, Sarah! I LOVE reading your blog. Thanks so much for writing, it’s often so beautiful that it brings me to tears. I’m a twenty-something that lives in Nashville now, but for Christmas I’m visiting my parents in my hometown in south Texas. I hope you travel to Nashville at some point…I’d love to meet you! Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      Thank you so much, Melanie. I’d love to visit Nashville someday! That whole area of the USA seems so interesting to me.

  46. Francie December 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Merry Christmas to Team Bessey! Sarah, I love reading your blog and often share your posts with friends and family via Facebook and e-mail. I am really looking forward to your book. I live in Nashville, TN. Come visit us soon!

  47. Kirsty December 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Merry Christmas! I live in Edinburgh, Scotland and have been following your blog for the last month or two.

  48. KatherineH December 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Merry Christmas from Sydney, Australia! About to head off to our Christmas morning service. It’s cool, rainy and overcast here this morning – not a traditional Sydney Christmas morning. We had that yesterday – hot, humid, sunny skies and a swim. For a lovely Christmas family treat, if you haven’t seen it all ready check out this video from some very talented New Zealanders. http://youtu.be/TM1XusYVqNY “An Unexpected Christmas”. Sarah, thanks for the gift that your writing is all year round. Katherine (www.ruach.org.au)

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      I loved that video! So glad to see it. Nice to meet you, Katherine.

  49. Courtney December 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    I’m from Seattle, Washington, but my husband, toddler, and I moved to Atlanta, Georgia, just over a year ago. This is our first Christmas in our own home, quiet and homey and anticipating our little girl arriving in 8 weeks! (But I miss the trees and mountains at Christmas.)

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      I bet – I always missed them when I was in Oklahoma and Texas, too. Glad to meet you and hope your final weeks of pregnancy are restful.

  50. Heides December 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    I’m from Winnipeg, and I’ve been reading your blog for around a month (I found your blog through RHE)

  51. Cheryl December 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Merry Christmas from a lurker in Vancouver, but I’ll be going to Abbotsford for Christmas supper tonight. Love you and your beautiful family.

  52. Nikki Webber December 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Merry Christmas, team Bessey! I’ve been reading for the past two years from Grande Prairie, Alberta and feel like I’ve found a voice online that echoes what my heart has been saying. Thanks also for the inspiration for my latest tattoo :-) May our Jesus bless you, and I hope you enjoy every success with your book, there will be a copy on my doorstep the moment it’s available.
    Luv from Nikki, Justin, and our tiny

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:22 am #

      I have a good friend up in Grande Prairie – she works at the Bible college there. Glad to meet you, Nikki. Blessings on you all.

  53. JennaDeWitt December 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Happy Christmas, Merry Yuletide, Feliz Navidad and all sorts of warm holiday greetings from New Mexico. Glad to be back in the hometown (despite the dry dusty air) with all of the storms ripping through Alabama tomorrow. :/

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:22 am #

      Annie loved your comment – she loves Spanish and wants to learn so Brian is trying to teach her. Glad to see you here!

  54. Madelyn December 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Merry Christmas, Sarah & family! I live & lurk near Kansas City. I’ve been following your blog for a few years now–I love your writing and your heart.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:21 am #

      Thank you so much, Madelyn – glad to have you here.

  55. Alyssa Foll December 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Hi Sarah! I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now, but this is my first comment. I’m a graduate student studying Theology in Chicago, Illinois, but this Christmas, I’m at home with my family in Kansas City, KS. I wish you and your family a very, Merry Christmas and blessings as you work on Jesus Feminist this holiday season.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:21 am #

      Hi Allyssa – thanks for coming out to say hello.

  56. Mama Bean December 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    The ‘Peg. Which is where we’re staying, praise be, for the first time since having kids, for the first time in our marriage, for the first time in ten plus years of dating, we are home, by ourselves, for a peaceful, stress-free wonderful fluffy Christmas. Pillsbury croissants in the morning, ham for lunch. Napping. It’s gonna be suh-weeet <3 Love to you and yours!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:21 am #

      Good call, Mama Bean! I lived in the Peg for 3 years as a kid – have very fond memories of it. Glad to see you here!

  57. dorothea78 December 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    I’m Julia and I live in Salt Lake City! :) We too are having a quiet Christmas with no travel and a sick-ish little one, and I am absolutely content with that. (Well, the virus could go away and that would be nice.)

  58. dorothea78 December 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    I’m Julia and I live in Salt Lake City! :) We are also having a quiet Christmas with no travel and I could not be more thankful for that. I blog a little bit at http://silgeland.blogspot.com/

  59. Olivia December 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Thanks for your kind and thoughtful feedback for my Jesus Feminist input!
    I am a young one, just 23 years old, at home with my mother in a tiny town in rural central PA, Rebersburg.
    I grew up on the West Coast, in CA, and visited Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., just once. Have a split geographical personality.
    You are a poet and your words a form of daily bread.
    Merriest of Christmases to you and yours!

  60. Jennifer December 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Merry Christmas from China! I am an American and have lived here for four years. I’ve been reading your blog for about two years! Thank you for sharing your beautiful writing and blessing me in many ways. Have a great day!

  61. Mandy Wilkins December 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    I’m from Kearney, Mo, and have been following your blog for about a year now. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      Happy New Year, Mandy! Glad to meet you!

  62. Mandy Moo December 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Hello :) I am Mandy – I lurk here a lot (a LOT!!!) Because you so often speak the words my heart is groaning (and so beautifully too) I am FROM the north east of england currently living in the SOUTH east of england (as part of a new monastic community we call Stanford Boiler Room) and tomorrow is our first childs first christmas :D Merry Christmas team Bessey <3

  63. Kelley Nikondeha December 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Brian & Sarah… Kelley from AZ here! Lovely wedding-ing with you this week, sharing the wintery magic and love within a culturally rich tribe. Sending love – with more to come in the new year!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      Love you, Kelley. You are my heart-friend.

  64. Janice December 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    HI! I’m Janice and I’m in Oregon. I do enjoy reading your blog a lot! Merry Christmas! You can find me over at http://www.inthetangles.blogspot.com and http://www.whimsy-ma-blog.blogspot.com

  65. ginablank December 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    Hi, Sarah! I have been lurking regularly around your blog since this past summer. As a fellow introvert, fellow friend of Jesus, and as someone without-my-own-tinies-but-an-adopted-aunty-of-three-that-I-love-as-if-they-WERE-mine, I resonate with so much of what you say. And I like quiet Christmases, too. I live up in Edmonton, Alberta. Our forecast for Christmas day is sunny, and -25C (-13F) with the windchill. About par for the course this time of year :) My mom and I still plan to take our annual Christmas Day walk around her tiny rural community. Snow-capped everything where we are! Merry Christmas; looking forward to sharing in your stories for 2013!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      Whew – that sounds like the Christmases of my childhood! Glad to meet you, Gina!

  66. Meg Sumner December 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Hi Sarah!
    A quiet Christmas sounds perfect here in Langley too. We have one sickie kid too – always the way…although the extra snuggles are perfect. Off to Christmas Eve service and then home for a few days. Always appreciate your writing. – Meg

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      Hope your little one is feeling better, Meg. And good to meet you!

  67. Connie December 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever left a comment here before. Anyway, I live in Ohio but am originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I’m traveling to for the holidays. I’ve shed a few tears already but not for the reasons you meant I bet. I blog at http://lovingfromtheinsideout.blogspot.com/ and at http://aroadlesstraveledblog.blogspot.com/.

  68. Adele Chapman December 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    G’day and a very happy Christmas from Perth, Western Australia! Our sizzling hot Christmas involves plenty of salads, sausage rolls and swimming! I adore your blog, Sarah, it has been a true blessing to me this year. Thank you. I hope you have a beautiful, if cold, day with your precious family. xo

  69. Deanna December 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    I haven’t been lurking too long, just a few weeks. Merry Christmas to you to from Bremerton, Washington!

    deannag.typepad.com

  70. Carolyn December 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Oh ok then! Occasional commenter but mostly lurker here – hi! I’m in Scotland, right now nightfeeding my 7mth first tiny into the first moments of her first Christmas day. Very sweet. Love all you share here – you’ve been inspiring me for a couple of years. Have a wonderful, full and good celebration of our God who is with us. Carolyn x

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      Glad to see you, Carolyn! Kiss that little baby for me. Love that age.

  71. Colleen Hale December 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    I am a missionary in Thailand and will be spending Christmas Day in a Karen village. Thank you for your Christmas blessing and for the gentle nudge to de-lurk.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      Thanks for taking me up on it, Colleen. Glad to see you!

  72. Carol Vinson December 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Merry, Merry Christmas to you!! We are in the deep south in just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Love reading and keeping up with you in the great white north! I blog at http://www.upsidedowngrace.com Please come by for a visit.

  73. Rachel December 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Merry Christmas from the Greater Boston area! Began following your words just a few months ago – while awaiting my third tiny (girls, all three). We blog as a family at stephenthrasher.blogspot.com – mostly photos for grandparents, etc. Though not a reader for long, I’m certain we would be great friends :-) Peace to you and yours.

  74. KymberlyR December 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Well alright, then. I’m from upstate NY, now living outside Chicago, and I’ve been lurking here for an embarrassingly long time. I’m 22, facing questions about faith and femininity and adulthood and writing–this stage of life is a tunnel of uncertainty and transition, and your blog (among other things) helps me envision a light at the end. Thank you. Merry Christmas to the Besseys!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      Thankful to be alongside you, then, Kymberly.

  75. Nonbirira December 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    Merry Christmas from a rural Albertan with permanent residency in Japan. (Grew up on a farm but have lived in Osaka for the past 27 years. It has a larger population than all of western Canada combined!) Love, love, LOVE your blog. Continually marvel at your wisdom, humility, compassion and use of words. Thank you for taking time in your busy life to share your thoughts and family life with us. Your writing has touched me in many ways… Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the coming year. (^.^)/

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:16 am #

      Gracious, Nonbirira! Thank you so much!

  76. Rhonda December 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Hey Sarah! I’m right here with you in good old Abbotsford. I see you typing furiously at Starbucks now and again but never want to interrupt as I know how precious time to oneself is (I have 3 boys). Merry Christmas to you and yours. I blog at http://www.rhondafast.wordpress.com

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:15 am #

      I’ll keep an eye out for you now – never mind me. Just come over and say hello!

  77. CarolynG December 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    I’m in kitchener Ontario. I have three kids same ages as yours. I can so relate with your stories about Joe with my special middle boy. I’ve been reading your blog for about a year…to be honest it’s often a devotional for me. I often feel like you express what’s in my heart but in much better sounding words. Merry Christmas from our home to yours.

  78. Beth December 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    Beth here in Toronto. I’ve been “lurking” since the summer, and wish I had found you when I lived in the Lower Mainland! But reading quietly along with your life has been a frequent blessing and encouragement this fall. (I blog at notwithink.ca)

  79. leannepenny December 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    Merry Christmas to the Bessy Five from the Penny Four who live in Oklahoma but are Christmasing in Michigan. Here’s my Christmas post, now it feels like we swapped Christmas cards, enjoy the picture of my children gnawing on twinkle lights, it seems to sum things up… http://leannepenny.com/2012/12/25/merry-christmas-from-the-pennys/

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:15 am #

      So glad to see you, Leanne – you’re a gift.

  80. Allison December 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    Hi Sarah! I’ve been a reader for about a year, ever since I discovered your blog last winter right before the Practices of Parenting Carnival. As the new mama of a then 3-month-old, it was perfect timing to find you…and I’ve barely missed a post ever since. Merry Christmas from central Texas! http://www.allisonwoodard.blogspot.com

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:14 am #

      Well, hello there, Allison! and thank you!

  81. Handsfull December 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    I’ve commented several times, and have been reading along for over a year. I’m Donna, and I live in New Zealand with my darling and our 4 littles. It’s Christmas Day here right now, and we’ve been eating too much all day. Everyone’s outside in the sun, playing with all the kids’ new toys – it’s about 28deg, and the middle of summer!

  82. Devon December 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Hi Sarah, I am from London, Ontario but originally from Abbotsford, BC. I grew up in the Abby Vineyard and I am pretty sure you know my family. My parents are Ron and Bev… Reading your blog reminds me of home and brings me tremendous comfort. I hope to one day meet you in person when I come home for a visit or move back (fingers crossed). Blessings to you and your family and Merry Christmas!
    Devon

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:14 am #

      How fun! Small world! I hugged your mama just a few days ago. Can’t wait to meet you in person (and here’s hoping for a move back! I know everyone would LOVE it so much.)

  83. Sarah December 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Hello! I am another Sarah, living with my husband and littles near Los Angeles, CA. I also follow you on FB and comment a little more often there :) I so enjoy your blog, it has encouraged me and challenged me in many areas of my life. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and I hope your ill tiny feels better soon. And you may rest assured that I always wear my turkey pants without shame!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:13 am #

      Thanks, Sarah – we’re all on the mend at long last. And thank you!

  84. Becca December 24, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    I’m Becca from The Stanley Clan. Christmas (or any day) is rarely quiet in our house in Atlanta (we are inner-city missionaries there . . . whatever that means exactly), but I wanted to pop in and tell you how much I love your blog and your writing and your heart. I’m a Canadian transplanted in Atlanta, so I feel a kinship over that too :-) Anyways, thanks for this post and for your blog! :-) love it!

  85. Nancy Peacock December 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Hi Sarah, Your blog has been my best ‘blog find’ of the year and I have been challenged, encouraged, inspired and touched by it. I live in Edmonton, Alberta with my husband Harold (who is such a gem) and my special needs daughter Hayley (who turned 25 this past summer) and my 20 year old son Spencer (who is at N.A.I.T. and loving it). Thanks for writing so authentically, for going below the surface, and for a writing style that challenges without finger wagging. I really look forward to reading what you and your heart have to say.

  86. @OdysseyMamaC December 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Hi Sarah! I’m Camille or @OdysseyMamaC. I blog at http://embracingtheodyssey.com/. I’m currently in Tupelo, MS with my family for Christmas. We’re celebrating the completion of a home study update in preparation for adopting another child sometime next year. Also, I put together a baby doll stroller and high chair tonight without my husband’s help, so I basically rock. I rewarded myself with three different desserts, including fudge pie so delicious it’s probably a sin. :-) I’ve been a huge fan of your blog for about a year now. Thanks SO MUCH for all your inspiring and encouraging words. Praying you have a joyful holiday.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:13 am #

      You totally rock – that is quite an accomplishment. I once mastered an Ikea bookshelf and called a moratorium on my efforts. So glad to meet you!

  87. Rebekah December 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Blessed Nativity, Team Bessey, from the desert of Southern California! And from a university girl who is very glad to be home nestled in with family, catching up on the glorious flurry that is the interweb. I’ve been following your blog since sophomore year of college (now a senior!), and I cannot tell you what hope you have given me by your honesty, humility, and love. Your words beautify the roughest paths. May God bless you and yours, and ever draw you closer to Himself. With hot chocolatey prayers and wishes for cheer, lentomoderato.wordpress.com.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:12 am #

      So glad to meet you, Rebekah! Thank you!

  88. Sherry T December 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    Merry Christmas, Sarah. I am reading in Brandon, MB, and this is the first year since my husband and I got married that we are back in our home province for Christmas. He is a military chaplain and between the church and the military we have spent the last 16 years in Ontario and Quebec. While my parents have always come to us for the holidays, this is the first time that extended family can join us. I am also excited to celebrate “Ukrainian Christmas” (Orthodox Christmas) with my family and show my kids the traditions I grew up with. While I had seen your blog before, I’ve been following regularly since your trip to Haiti. Congratulations on funding the school! Blessings this Christmas and in the new year!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:11 am #

      Glad to know you, Sherry. When I was a kid, we were snowed in at a dodgy motel in Brandon while driving between Regina and Winnipeg! Ha! Good times. And thanks for your part in all of the school. So blessed to be doing life with all of you.

  89. Susan December 25, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    Hello, I am a reader, new this year – from Zurich Switzerland (a transplanted American, my husband works here) – not sure how I found you exactly. I’m enjoying your blog very much. Merry Christmas!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      Glad to meet you, Susan! And thank you.

  90. Alison December 25, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    Merry Christmas!! I am Alison, born and raised in Canada, living in Kuwait, celebrating Christmas in Belgium with my husband’s parents (and then New Years in Dubai/Oman with mine!). I wish your family many blessings on this special day and into 2013. :)

    http://lublink.org/alison

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      Wow! What a journey, Alison! Glad to see you here.

  91. Joanna Kitchen December 25, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    Hey there Team Breezy, I am lurker from the UK. Next year I will try to follow your advice not to travel with tinies as we have had a mad few days travelling in the rain. I’m enjoying seeing family but can’t wait for my own bed. I’ve recently started blogging at http://www.josieanna.wordpress.com. I recently read your posts on babywise and I couldn’t agree more. It took my a couple of months to throw it in the bin and I’ve been a much happier Mum since! Merry Christmas!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:09 am #

      Glad to hear it, Joanna! And glad to meet you.

  92. Gregory Jeffers December 25, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Hey Sarah! Merry Christmas! I am from the Houston area, but currently live in Abilene, TX. My fiancee and I are celebrating Christmas in Abilene this year with her parents since she has to work today (she’s a nurse!), though we will spend New Year’s with my parents and siblings. I blog at http://www.gcjeffers.wordpress.com

  93. Terri Churchill December 25, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Hi Sarah! Merry Christmas! This is Terri from Minnesota. I’ve been reading you for the last six months or so. We have a common friend too! (D.L. Mayfield) Love the way you speak and love. http://www.justthisonelittlething.blogspot.com

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:08 am #

      How fun! I love DL’s voice so much. She’s amazing. Glad to meet you, too, Terri.

  94. sbrewer December 25, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    Hello from the east coast of Canada…New Brunswick! I started reading your blog just recently, and really enjoying it….being inspired and doing a lot of thinking :) Wishing you a Christmas filled with joy and many blessings!

  95. Anna Gravier December 25, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    I think I’ve commented once or twice, but I mostly just lurk, and share your posts with my mom which we then read and cry over because you speak our hearts on a regular basis. Thanks for using your gifts and sharing them with us. Merry Christmas from this college student who is still trying to figure out what faith means.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      Ha! That is so sweet, Anna, thank you. Say hello to your mom for me, too, then, okay?

  96. Krista December 25, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Merry Christmas Sarah! I’ve been following along quietly for probably close to a year now. Your writing is so captivating! I live in Kitchener, Ontario, but am longing to get out of the city (and perhaps out of southern ON in general.) Enjoy the day!

  97. Lindsey Pell December 25, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Hello from Grand Forks, North Dakota! We are moving back to Seattle in about a month, after being gone for 4 years. I love the snow here but glad to get back to the homey PNW. Love your posts!

  98. Stephanie Precourt December 25, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Hello! I hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas. It’s been the best time for our family. Love to you!

    Steph

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      You’re still one fo my favourites, Steph. Love you and your family. Thankful that you are experiencing joy.

  99. Sarah Silvester December 25, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Hi Sarah :) I’m Sarah too, from a little town Wanganui in New Zealand. I blog at Love, Laughter and Redemption (http://laughter-redemption.blogspot.com) but I’m not very regular. Still trying to get my head around how much or little to share online! We got our Christmas day first, it’s now 8am boxing day! We had the hottest, sunniest day I can rber – it was ice creams and paddling pools all round! Pretty different to Canada :) I love your writing, can’t wait for your books, and love your book recommendations! Peace to you and your family this Christmas xxx

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:06 am #

      Very different indeed. Would love to have a Christmas like that someday. Blessings, Sarah!

  100. Anna Armstrong December 25, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    A very happy Christmas to Team Bessey from Anacortes, Washington. :) My husband and I celebrated Christmas yesterday by going to see the Hobbit and then having his mom over for dinner. I’m working this morning and, honestly, I often read your blog while at work. I’m always so encouraged, Sarah. Thank you for sharing your life and wisdom and thoughts with all of us stranger-friends. I’ve been blogging a bit at imanna.wordpress.com.

  101. Sara Harless December 25, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    I started reading and smiling and crying through your blog recently. My tinies are a two year old Scarlet Tornado and a precious boy due in February. We live in Indiana. I am encouraged and feel understood by your faith and writing. Keep it up, sister!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:06 am #

      Scarlet Tornado – love it! Glad to meet you, Sara!

  102. Heather Caliri December 25, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    I’m Heather and I live in San Diego. This Christmas, we’re in Ojai, a artsy valley town near Santa Barbara, visiting my in-laws and watching the cousins all get muddy and eat pretzels. Soon we’ll return home, but only for a few weeks, when we’ll board a plane and fly to Buenos Aires for six months. So Christmas this year is feeling like a signpost on the way to a crazy destination.

  103. Annemarie December 25, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Hello! I’m Annemarie, mother of three from the Netherlands; love your blog!

  104. Megan December 25, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Delurking as well, I’m Megan from the Philly suburbs – I started reading you through your Help One Haiti trip. I felt super cool when you tweeted me back once (@megandemo – it’s not letting me connect)! Love your insights and fresh way of looking at faith.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      So glad to see you here, Megan. Thank you!

  105. Melissa Coate December 25, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Merry Christmas! I love reading your blog and your thoughts. I live in Edmond, OK am a kindergarten teacher, a mom to 2 girls and a foster mom to a sweet boy. Thank you for sharing your heart!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      Glad to see you, Melissa – hello to all of you!

  106. AbbyKNorman December 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    My friend and I follow your blog and occasionally she emails me to tell me not to read it in the minutes between classes because I don’t like to cry at school! Merry Christmas! I am over here, accidentaldevotional.com

  107. Laurin December 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Merry Christmas, Besseys! I’m Laurin, and I live in the Midwest of the States during the school year. I blog over at http://powerfullyquiet.wordpress.com and enjoy reading your blog regularly!

  108. Rose December 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Merry Christmas! Another canuck here from langley, bc.

  109. Hayley James December 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    My name is Hayley, I live in the uk and started reading your tweets and blogs when I first went on mat leave (I’m @hayleyannejames). I have one Tiny – Alexander. I love your blog, how you communicate your faith and your family life. You definitely inspire and challenge me. I have a blog but I’ve been a bit remiss in posting over the last year, something I’m going to work on in 2013.

    Hope you guys have had a fabulously blessed Christmas

    Hxxx

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:04 am #

      Hi, Hayley – love that name you chose for your wee boy. We had alexander on our short list of boy names, too.

  110. Erik Pasco December 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Merry Christmas from the Pasco family. We’re from Birmingham, Alabama and have been following your blog for about a year now. Between you and RHE you are the first regular women bloggers I have followed and I love reading about how God is at work on your families and lives.

    After a slow morning at home with the wife and the baby boy to be, we are spending time eating some great food with her family.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:04 am #

      Well that is high praise! Glad we could introduce you to women bloggers, Erik, and thanks for having a heart to come alongside of us. Many men don’t bother, and I appreciate it! Thanks for taking the time to comment – means a lot.

  111. lindseyfoj December 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    It’s Lindsey, born in Haiti, married to my South African and now living in the rural eastern coast of Maryland…for the moment at least. Current prayerful moving contemplation is Alaska — I know…very random. No answers REALLY as to why yet but well there you go….

    Today was quiet for us too…also because of sickness….and I am finding that I really loved it a lot!

    Merry Christmas!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      You are such a blessing, Lindsey. Internet is better with you on it.

      • lindseyfoj January 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

        You have no idea what an encouragement that is in this new year! Thank you!

  112. KimberlyCoyle December 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Merry Christmas, Team Bessey:) I’m a regular reader and slacker commenter, although your blog is my favorite find of the year. I live in Switzerland with my three not so tinies, and will be moving back to NJ with lots of bags and bittersweet memories in the summer. We’re celebrating with family in the US this Christmas. I write over at http://www.kimberlyanncoyle.com. I think you’ve popped in once or twice;)

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      No, no, no slacker! Never. Glad to meet you and know now though Kimberly!

  113. katrina December 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Hello Sarah! Its Katrina, living in Anchorage, Alaska but spending a warm and sunshiney Christmas in Laredo, Texas. I love, love, love your blog :) Merry Christmas!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      Not many people further north than me, so glad to meet you, Katrina!

  114. Lauren December 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Hi, it’s Lauren from California. I’m from the gorgeous Sierra foothills of Northern California, but am now an Angeleno thanks to a move for college. I’ve stayed because of the diversity and color of this city, in order to keep speaking Spanish regularly, and to start seminary in 2013. I love the blog and regret my anonymity – your words have been such an encouragement to me! I resolve to join the conversation more in the new year. Blessings to you and your family!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      Don’t regret it, Lauren. Just so glad to know you’re out there, now. Blessings!

  115. Jeff Bickley December 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Hey, Sarah! Merry Christmas to you. I’m Jeff Bickley, and I’m in DFW, Texas. I blog at http://bickleyhouse.wordpress.com. I would love to have you stop by. Grace and peace!

  116. Jillie December 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Hi Sarah! A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    We are the empty-nesters now, so our kids have to come to us. Christmas Eve supper and gifting afterward. Dessert follows, hot cider, eggnog, sweets. Lots of loud laughter, and then they go home. Christmas Day, they pop in when they can and we share leftovers and talk and laugh again. It’s wonderful!
    This year I am missing family who’ve ‘gone on’ before us. But it’s good remembering them with such love and fondness. And thinking of those I know who are grieving today.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      Merry Christmas, Jillie! so glad to see you here.

  117. Harriet December 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Hi Sarah and the Besseys – I’m Harriet and I’m in Ireland – there’s a whole bunch of fandom over here don’tcha know! I’m writing at harrietlong.wordpress.com and you’d like it – even if I do say so myself :) – peace to you and yours under the coloured lights of your tree!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:00 am #

      I see that! Love my Irish sisters. Maybe it’s because I’m quarter-Irish? who knows! Glad to see you.

  118. mariann December 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Hey Sarah, this is Mariann from Illinois, however am in Destin, Florida celebrating this special day. I so enjoy your blog, it is very refreshing ! May your New Year be filled with God’s goodness abundantly.

  119. JulieVC December 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Hi, I’m Julie from Florida. I’ve only been lurking for a little over a month, when a friend in Houston, Texas shared your post, “In which I tell you the truth about telling the truth”. And I read it and I cried. Because I am the Christian mother of a daughter who is a lesbian and I have learned so much more about how to love people who are different than me from her and her friends than I ever learned in church, though I’ve been in church most of my 47 years. I immediately started reading as many of your older posts as possible as quickly as possible and subscribed. As it happens, we also have similar views on women and the church, feminism, etc.
    I felt so affirmed and UNDERSTOOD by that post of yours, that I sent it out to our new group in the church we’ve recently started attending (having left our former church for reasons I think you would find very relatable, btw). There are about 12 people in the group, and one brave soul did actually tell me that he read it and liked it.
    I love to read your blog and also love the link ups which take me to other wonderful writing. Thank you for what you do. I eagerly await the publication of your book and even hope to suggest it to my feminist lesbian daughter for her weekly feminist book discussion. God bless you.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 10:00 am #

      I remember your comment, Julie – it meant so much to me. Thank you for this.

  120. Candace Ladd December 25, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Hello Sarah/Team Bessey! My name is Candace, and I’m from Kansas City, although currently also splitting my time going to college in Springfield, Mo. I’m in my third year there, studying to be a music therapist. My big life-passion is breaking the cycle of urban poverty through community development, particularly for families, and my little passions (?) are playing the harp, reading (mostly memoirs and blogs), cooking, eating Chipotle with friends, and the like :)

    I’ve been reading your blog since Rachel Held Evans linked over to your post “In Which [Love Looks Like] A Real Marriage” and have so enjoyed reading your thoughts. Your blog is definitely one I check regularly!

    Merry Christmas to all of you!!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:59 am #

      That is a gorgeous life passion, Candace! Eshet chayil! And nice to “meet” you.

  121. Michelle Wirth December 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    I’m in Pennsylvania with family freshly recovered from flu season, including a niece who just learned how to use the potty – so we’re celebrating big over here.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:59 am #

      ha! That is a big celebration indeed! Glad to see you, Michelle.

  122. Jen Claus December 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Hello! I am Jen from St John’s, Newfoundland. I emailed you ages ago, something about being pregnant… I cant remember. Now I have an almost 1 year old little lady who is such a joy. Merry Christmas and thank you for blessing me and so many with the gift of your words.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:59 am #

      So glad she arrived safe and sound. Glad to see you here, Jen!

  123. Melody December 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Melody from Tennessee here! Just found your blog recently, but I’m already loving it (and looking forward to your book)! Take care~

  124. Debby Hudson December 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Hello team! Merry Christmas from sunny Ft. Lauderdale, FL. We’ve exchanged an email about women in ministry. I blog about some of that and serving in a recovery community of all men and about how they continue to shape me spiritually. It can be found at http://www.livingingraceland.wordpress.com

    Your blog has become one of my daily reads. I am encouraged, affirmed, challenged and assured by your writing. Thank you and may you continue to open yourself to Gods leading.

  125. Mindy December 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    Hi friends, I’m Mindy and I’m reading from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I found your blog when my sister-in-law Rachel took pictures of your family last year. I’m from Coquitlam, BC, but my husband and I have been missionaries in Asia for 6 years. I read your post “In which this is the stuff of God” (I think that’s what it was called…I can’t find it now) just after I found out I was pregnant last year, my spirit was stirred, and I’ve been following ever since!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      What a small world! We love Rachel – our tinies still ask about her. Glad to know you’re reading, Mindy!

  126. Erin Adams December 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    Merry Christmas to you, Besseys! I love you!
    We had ourselves a merry little Christmas at home. Central Coast Calfornia, a little ag town in south Santa Cruz county – Watsonville. First thing to my parent’s house. A 20 foot tree, 29 stockings hanging from the banister & my dad’s annual Christmas Chorizo for breakfast. Then my in-laws at our house for more fun. We all made our own pizzas for dinner. I am drinking a gin & tonic + douglas fir eau-de-vie before I go tuck into bed.(http://www.clearcreekdistillery.com/products/eaux-de-vie/other/#douglas-fir)

    My blog, which has been rather neglected lately – http://adamshome.blogspot.com/

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      Wow – 29 stockings! Amazing! Glad to see you here, EA. xo

  127. Alex December 26, 2012 at 12:50 am #

    I’m de-lurking! I’m from North Central Texas, howdy! (eh, I don’t really talk like that because while I was raised here, my family is Italian, not the God-father kind.) I blog at http://www.journey-to-beauty.com and have been lurking and reading awhile! Merry Christmas!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      “Not the Godfather kind” – hilarious! Glad to meet you, Alex!

  128. Joanna Dobson December 26, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    Hello a little late from Sheffield, England. I trust Team Bessey had a great day yesterday. I enjoy your blog very much. Mine is here: http://joannadobson.wordpress.com

  129. Melani N December 26, 2012 at 5:10 am #

    Merry Christmas! I am Melani from Austin Texas. We, too, had a quite Christmas at home, which is a fabulous break from flying our family of five across the the country to Virginia (although, I am already excited about a big Virginia Christmas next year). I blog occasionally at http://ordinarywomanordinarytime.wordpress.com.

  130. Heather Bowie December 26, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    I love this little tour around the world. Happy Boxing Day from Maine. We celebrated with my Canadian mom, Irish husband and one brother who just returned from teaching in China and another brother on school vacation from Scotland so we had our own trip around the world in our own home. Peace to your family.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      It is fun, isn’t it?! I’m so surprised. and glad to meet you, Heather!

  131. Sonya December 26, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    Hi Sarah, I have been a reader for about 6 months now. I have told everyone I know that they must read your blog! I’m a stay-at-home mom of a 2 year-old in NC. We celebrated Christmas at home. It was an amazing day with our sweet girl. We had cupcakes for breakfast and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Jesus. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thanks for sharing your words.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      Thank you so much, Sonya! Glad to meet you.

  132. Kristin Kraabel December 26, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    Hi Sarah! I’m from Red Wing MInnesota and the husband is in Afganistan and Fort Stewart GA. I have two beautiful girls and we made Chicken Dumpling soup, played games, and made crafts (as we don’t do presents). I blog at http://www.kristinfancypants.blogspot.com

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:56 am #

      I visited Fort Stewart ages and ages ago, Kristin. Glad to meet you! praying for you as you are apart right now, too.

  133. April December 26, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Hello from the middle of Missouri! My name is April. I’m a stay at home momma with 4 kids, Grace, Levi, Samuel, and Joy. And I get to share the chaos of life with my husband Joseph. We had a quiet Christmas at home with cinnamon rolls and a few gifts, lots of celebratory food and “fancy glasses” (what the kids call wine glasses). All 4 of our kids were sick with fevers and coughs this year so we didn’t have any guests but that’s ok, we kind of like spending time with each other ;) thanks for sharing your family and journey with us!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:56 am #

      So glad to meet you, April. Hope you’re feeling better now.

  134. Stevey December 26, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Hello Sarah and Team Bessey! I live in Watford, England and I’ve been reading your blog for a couple years now. I’m an infrequent blogger in my own little corner of the internet – http://wholebrokenhearted.blogspot.co.uk/. I love reading the way you process life and church and faith and family, and I’ve been challenged and encouraged by your writing more times than I can count. I definitely count you as a spiritual mamma/mentor, and I love that the internet lets that happen! (Hoping that doesn’t sound creepy or stalkerish… That’s not how it’s intended!!)
    Praying that you’ve been crazy-blessed this Christmas season!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:55 am #

      Not creepy at all – I feel the same way about many of my favourite writers! Glad to meet you, stevey.

  135. chris December 26, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    hi Sarah,

    i can’t imagine how you’re going to find the time to read all these comments, but it was a kind invitation, so i thought i should take it up. i’m a long-time lurker in (the suburbs of) london (england, not ontario), who ran across your blog via a link with “a holy experience” (i think). you combine kindness, forthrightness, and clarity in a way i really enjoy, and i especially love the posts that are theologically intricate…happy Boxing Day ( Christmas being over)!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:55 am #

      Well, it took me a while but I’m here at last! I was reading all of them but didn’t get a chance to comment (or start to comment!) until today. So glad to meet you, Chris.

  136. karen huber December 26, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Happy Christmas, Bessey family! So you know I’m Karen from the midwest, but we are now literally in the in-between, having just left Kansas City, spending two weeks in Wisconsin before moving back to Ireland, which reminds me – Happy St Stephen’s Day (as they celebrate in the Republic). Oh, and I’ve been domained! http://www.riverintowords.com. Thankful for finding you this year…

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      Oh, Ireland – so glad! Good to see you here, too, karen.

  137. Laura December 26, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    Hi Sarah! I started reading your blog shortly after Evelynn was born…and comment every once in a blue moon (so this might be the last comment for a few months haha ;). I’m from Winnipeg, MB, and a year away from an Education degree. I love your blog and am very excited for your book! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.

  138. Abby December 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Since you asked….I’m Abby from Michigan. I’m a high school teacher and we live on a farm where my husband is a full-time beef and grain farmer. We have two littles with a third on the way. We must be about the same age and I LOVE your writing and insight. Thanks for taking time to write!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      Glad to meet you, Abby! And congrats on your third!

  139. Marie December 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Marie here, from South Africa. I found you through a link elsewhere to female Christian bloggers. The post that drew me in was ‘In Which my Daughter Wants to Lose Weight’. I remember forcing my husband to read a couple of your posts in a row, that day. Christmas was spent cooking for many in-laws, as my side of the family were all away. I love feeding people, though (something from my Jewish roots maybe?), so it was great.

  140. Sarah Westphal December 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends! We took it slow too. I am Sarah from the East Coast— New Brunswick, Canada and have been reading your blog for…6 months now? (Thanks to Renee at FIMBY.) Love. your. blog. I have all my in-laws and my brother out West (in Victoria, Sidney and Coquitlam) so…we may just meet! Or if you need a place to crash out in the Maritimes, we have the place and the space! Cheers, Sarah

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:53 am #

      Love Renee! Her blog is one of my favourite stops. Always so inspired by her family. And glad ot know I have a spot out east for when I finally pay my homage visit. :-) Nice to meet you here, Sarah.

  141. Jim Fisher December 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    I could throw a snowball over to Anna R … just north of the river from her in Bloomington, MN. I don’t blog, really, but like to paint word pictures when the Spirit moves me over here at https://sites.google.com/site/holyhugs/ants

  142. Suzanne December 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    Merry Christmas from Suzanne in Ohio where we are battling the stomach flu, praying for mercy, and enjoying the snowstorm! I blog at http://www.expectinghope.com/, and I am immeasurably thankful for your generosity in sharing your words and your life with us here in this space.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Glad to meet you, Suzanne – hope you’re all feeling better now.

  143. Becky December 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Sounds like a lovely Christmas. I am Becky in Omaha, Nebraska, and found your site a few months back. Excited for your book and thankful for your voice. =)

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Omaha represents! My husband will be so happy. Glad to meet you, Becky!

  144. Sarah Hurliman December 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    Hi Sarah! I have just recently found your blog (the first I read was the “in which we get this part of the Incarnation” post) and I love it. Thanks so much for writing. I am from Illinois but am in Pennsylvania now at Geneva College doing a Master’s in Higher Ed, and trying to make time and habits of reading and writing for fun as well as class. No blog yet but soon. :)

  145. Heather December 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    I’m a brand new reader having been sent over here by a friend who thought I’d find some glimmers of my story in yours. And I did and it brought hope today. I’m in Texas and blog occasionally at http://www.cometothechamber.blogspot.com and http://www.lifewithanexchristianagnostic.com.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Glad to “meet” you, Heather – and welcome!

  146. Janet December 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Hope you had a wonder filled peaceful Christmas! I had a busy loud Christmas at my parents farm in Saskatchewan with the growing clan – my parents love to proudly announce they have 13 grand kids. Currently in Regina, Sk with my trio sleeping soundly in the backseat, looking forward to arriving at our quiet 40 acres and crawling into bed shortly! I have become a regular reader as I am always encouraged by stopping by here. Thank you.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      I grew up in Regina, Janet! Glad to meet you.

  147. Shan December 26, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Hello! I am Shannon, living in the currently snowy land of Northern Kentucky, just south of the Ohio border. I have found your website only recently and I enjoy your writing immensely. You speak to a part of me that other Christian bloggers miss sometimes.

  148. KristinV December 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Hi Sarah. Merry Christmas! I’m Kristin and I’m a fellow Canadian, living just across the bridge in Vancouver. Your writing touched my heart over the last year. I started following your blog when I had my daughter earlier this year as I would read blogs during the wee hours of the night while nursing. Thank you!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      That makes me so happy, Kristin! Love those late night nursing readings.

  149. Anita Mathias December 27, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    Hi Sarah, your blog is one of my favourites. I read every post. I love your rushing, breathless, maximilist style and your insights. You write very well. Blessings!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      Thank you so much, Anita. And thanks for including me on your FB ranking list, too. Blessed me!

  150. fiona lynne December 27, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    I’m a mostly-lurker, sometime-commenter, sometime-tweeter. :) We spent Christmas on the Danish island of Bornholm with my husband’s family. It was simple and lovely and delicious. Thank you for your gorgeous writing, your prophetic words, your fearlessness which helps me be brave too. A very happy Christmas to you all.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:50 am #

      Love to see you here, Fionna! Knew your name right away.

  151. Becca Schwartz December 27, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Hi Sarah! I am de-lurking finally… I’ve been enjoying your blog, tweets, and instagram (I’m B_Schwartz09) for about 8 months now. Your words have really been an encouragement to me during my first year as a mama. :-) I recently read through your Practices of Mothering series and just loved it. I hail from Zeeland, Michigan though my husband and I dream of someday moving northwest to Oregon or Canada. :-) I blog (somewhat sporadically, I must admit) at ourlittlebluefarmhouse.blogspot.com .

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:50 am #

      So glad to see you here, Becca! Recognized your handle right away.

  152. Chat December 27, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    very nice publish, i definitely love this website, keep on it.

    http://www.chatde.net

  153. Jenny December 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart here…I have become more and more disillusioned with church as I have known it ( grew up Plymouth brethren), but have been so thrilled and encouraged to find others on the same journey. Thanks again, from Kansas!

  154. Lynette December 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    Late to the party to say Happy Christmas to you from rural Ontario. I grew up in Abby/Mission. I’m mommy to 6 tinies (one is taller than me already, how does this happen?) and sometimes some more foster tinies. Thanks for sharing so much from your heart, for allowing me to ponder all these things together with you.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:50 am #

      Glad to meet you, Lynette! Abby says hello. :-)

  155. Christie December 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Much love to your team in BC from mine (currently in Saskatchewan, but generally in Ontario)! I believe I’ve already de-lurked, but just for good, Christmas measure, ’tis christiethinks.wordpress.com

    And lady, I am one hundred percent in (flannel) turkey pants and loving it. This is a GOOD season, isn’t it?

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:49 am #

      It is a good season! Yay for Turkey Pants! Nice to see you, Christie!

  156. Rachel December 28, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    Discovered you this year and have been so blessed by your words. A kindred spirit (and fellow Canadian), I’d say. I blog over at http://www.rachelwallace.ca – and am giving away a copy of Richard Foster’s “Celebration of Discipline” right now as a kick off to a year-long book club journey. Blessings to you as you prepare for your book – I can’t wait!

  157. Jessica Stock December 28, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Merry Christmas Sarah from Cleveland, Ohio. Your writing is a gift, thank-you for it. I blog a little at http://www.jesstock.com

  158. Kamille Scellick December 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    Miss Sarah–your writing has grown so much since I first quietly began reading and I am inspired by you. Christmas was celebrated with just our family of five (as our first ever without in-laws) in Bellingham, WA. We lounged in pjs the whole day and baby Caprice caught up on lost sleep from being at granny & grandpa’s house. Warm blessings on your family!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:48 am #

      Glad to know you, Kamille – someday, hopefully this year!, we’ll get together for a coffee, eh?

  159. Kimberly December 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    i am Kimberly, from south Louisiana….i so appreciate reading your blog and getting to see into your heart and your sweet family…your “tough love” quote started my 2012 year and it still challenges me here at the end. i didn’t respond to your “Jesus Feminist” request….but my story is interesting. i am part of a pretty (very!!) conservative background (Holiness/Wesleyan in flavor) that despite all it’s conservatism is way more open to women in leadership than most. (growing up, i never realized women cold not be preachers or on boards, etc. in many churches!) My church is without a pastor at this time and (strangely) i am the person often in a leadership role, up front and behind the scene. It’s so odd how this all falls out differently for each of us….and i appreciate reading your perspective. Blessings to you and yours (and so excited for your book!) neuenkim.blogspot.com

  160. stephsday December 29, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Reading from here in Southern Arizona (as always). Love your writing. Love your heart for people. Love your commitment to Christ.

    In sum? I’m a fan of Team Bessey. :)

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:47 am #

      And I’m a fan of Team Metropolitan Mama!

  161. Kim December 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    Hi Sarah, I’m Kim and I’ve been “lurking” just down the road from you in Langley, B.C! I am a married and a mom to four grown kids and recently found out that I will become a grandma in the summer of 2013, if all goes well.I have been enjoying your blog for several months. I giggle a little at the things I find we have in common, like the tendency to cry when asked to speak about any thing close to the heart. I loved the Top 10 books series – we have many of those in common as well- and I have found encouragement in the fact that you and your husband have made it through some spiritual differences with both your faith and your marriage intact. I hope you and yours are blessed greatly in the coming year!

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:47 am #

      Nice to meet you, Kim! So glad to have “neighbour” readers, too.

  162. Louise December 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    I’m de-lurking…I’m 23, English but live and work in Paris. I read your posts on my lunch break but the software isn’t new enough to allow the comment function to work! But I do enjoy reading everything you write.

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:46 am #

      So glad to meet you, Louise! And Paris…whew! *swoon*

  163. Carole F December 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Hello dear Sarah. I lurk a lot, and comment occasionally. This is me. I seem to be a year behind you with the one word thing! :D Do let me know what I’ll be working on next year, won’t you? Ta ever so.
    Carole x ps watching Downton whilst typing this!
    http://boothewonderdog.wordpress.com/

    • Sarah Bessey January 2, 2013 at 9:46 am #

      Can you believe the Downton Christmas special?! Bah, humbug. And hello, Carole!

  164. Marnie Johansson December 31, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    A little late to the party but I’m so very close… Seattle!

  165. Natasha December 31, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Happy New Year – I’m a bit late to the party – I was off Twitter for all of Christmas week. I’ve been reading your blog for a few months and enjoying it a lot. I’m a Canadian transplanted to Seattle and love the Canadian/American tidbits you share here and there. I blog at http://www.mycallingiq.com

  166. anne January 1, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    American expat in Kiev, Ukraine. Happy Christmas! thanks for your blog :)
    http://www.birthinukraine.wordpress.com

  167. Turk chat January 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks you admin

  168. Laura B. January 2, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Hi, I’m Laura and I’m a lurker from South Carolina in the U.S.. I think I fell in love with your blog through the 10 books’ lists. [I read the Blue Castle in the last month and LOVED it.] Books are dear friends and even though I’m 38, I want to be a librarian when I grow up:) I straddle between mainline denominations and evangelical churches, always participating in a real and usually messy relationship with Jesus. I live a pretty simple life but proudly proclaim myself a liberal democrat in one of the most Southern and conservative American states. Even though I have not had the blessing of being a wife and probably will not have the gift of being a mom (both of which deeply sadden me), I appreciate your mother’s heart and great sacrifical love for your tinies and I seek to delight in my three nephews as you delight in the children in your life. Thanks for sharing your life and words, even with complete strangers who lurk.

  169. Tiffany Taylor January 2, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Hi from Barbados! Keep sharing bravely, humbly and honestly. It’s a great inspiration!

  170. cait mac pen January 2, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Hi my name is Cait and I live in Hamilton Ontario. I am in my 3rd of 4 years of midwifery school and in my (gulp, 8th year of university). Your blog is without a doubt my best blog find of 2012. Thank you for being real and vulnerable and truly, a conduit for God’s light and love. I received a donation for a 50 km ride for refuge bike ride that I did too late so I donated the money to the school in Haiti and it’s brought me so much joy to be a teeny tiny part of it. I can’t wait to pre-order your book!! Wishing you lots of love and light for 2013!

  171. Amanda January 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    I’m a bit late coming to this post, but family and church took precedence over Christmas and my chronic illness limited computer time over the past week. I’m Amanda, homeschooling mom to five amazing kids, wife to my extraordinary husband, and caretaker of any number of other children. We live in CT. I have a blog, Rannygahoots : http://rannygahoots.blogspot.com/ which is about living with faith, with a debilitating chronic illness, and with a house full of rannygahoots. Blessed Christmas to all!

  172. Erin January 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    I’m Erin, and I read as frequently as I can. Love your words, your heart. You can find me at http://erinblinnblog.com for work and http://justmetoyou.wordpress.com for words, but I’ve been slow to blog of late on the personal side of things. Thank you for sharing!

  173. Allison January 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    I am back in my home state of North Carolina after living in Haiti for five years (been back for a year and a half, though it feels like less). Love your posts! Your honesty about your faith journey has been been such an encouragement to me while I have “struggled” through my own. Happy 2013!

  174. Allison January 4, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    Never commented until now. Your writing brings me to tears so very often. Thanks for sharing your gift. I live in NC with my husband and pup!

  175. Cat January 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    Oh yes, this is uber late. But I wanted to say hi, to de-lurk. To wish you all good things, as you constantly give to us who you do not see or hear. I live in Melbourne, Australia with my lovely husband and three little girls (it was 106F here yesterday – that is how far away from you I am!!). You have inspired me beyond words. Your blog posts are the last ones I choose to read each day, yours are the words I want left bubbling and shimmering throughout the day.
    Thank you for choosing to give of yourself and your great gift – I am grateful to have ‘found’ you! Cat

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