Ultimate Gift

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“6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.  The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”  Isaiah 9:6-7

Hello!  I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and remembered the true meaning of Christmas; not Santa Claus or receiving presents or eating a big dinner or watching Christmas movies, but the true and absolute gift of them all, God’s Son who was born in Bethlehem and who has given us the chance of Salvation and living in eternity with the King of kings!

It is so fun to give and receive gifts for Christmas.  A way to look at gifts and presents on Christmas is to think about how God gave us the ultimate gift and wise men gave Jesus gifts when he was a baby, precious gifts, so I am not against gifts at all.  We can get so wrapped up (no pun intended) in gift giving and receiving though and often forget why Christmas is even a holiday!  It is the celebration of Christ Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.  That is Christmas!

So, as you woke up, opened gifts, shared smiles and laughter and made new memories I hope you took the time to acknowledge our Lord and Savior and wish him a very happy birthday and praises due his name.  He is so good and he is so worth it.

If you’re still in the giving mood I encourage you to smile at people, open the door for someone, compliment a friend, pray for someone on your mind, or help someone else in some way.  I too need to remember to do these things and think more selflessly and more Christ-like.

Thank you, Lord, for everything; for my family and my friends and total strangers who return a smile.  Thank you for this holiday season and the excitement and fun we all had.  Thank you for your provision and protection, Father.  Thank you most of all for your son, Jesus, who was sent to earth and who died for our sins so that we could be saved to live eternally with you, God!  I love you and I thank you for your love, joy and peace.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Happy Holidays everyone!  They are all coming to an end and a new year is about to begin!  I can’t even believe it!!  This is a quick post (but at least a post!) but I just wanted to share my thoughts for the evening.  Well, much love and until next time.

Oh wait…look at this little boy!

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He is getting SO big!  Titus James!

Jenny~

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Journaling

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It’s such a pretty day!  A bit overcast, but the temperature is coming back down so again I feel energized and alive!  We’ve had some heavy rain the past couple days so it’s all wet and muddy outside, but the sun is suppose to shine more tomorrow so all is good.

So, like the title of this post I am going to talk about journaling.  Just to let everyone know, YES I know “journaling” isn’t a word, but I use it quite often because I keep a journal (I prefer journal to diary) so journaling is a part of my vocabulary.  Anyway.

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I have kept a journal since 2007 when my mother got me my very first journal for my birthday.  I have always loved pens and paper and words and, well, writing so getting a journal for my birthday was so exciting!

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This was my first journal.  I loved it so much!  My mom and I went to a store and saw a leather journal that closed like an envelope and had strings to tie it closed and I thought it was the most amazing journal I ever saw, but my mom told me she went back to get it and it wasn’t there so she got this one and oh boy I was excited!  It was leather with yellowed pages and that awesome leaf print on the front; yes I was enthusiastic about it.  I was determined at first as well to be a writer. 🙂

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Since my first journal, I kept getting more and more and to this day I have three journals waiting to be filled with thoughts and ideas and whatever is on my mind!  I highly encourage having a place to let your thoughts out whether that’s writing them out or talking to someone or whatever you may do.  It really helps, and for me my journal has been my “best friend” since I was little, especially going through times when I didn’t have a friend to talk to or just wanted to keep things to myself but let them out at the same time.  Above was my second journal.

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A lot of these were birthday gifts; everyone caught on to that fact that I would openly except any form of paper or writing material!  I still ask for stationary and envelopes and pens and note books for gifts.  My sister got this for me and it was special because it came with a book mark and the cover was soft.

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I love writing letters to people, but sadly most people don’t like corresponding through letters, so writing in a journal has been a way that I have been writing letters to myself, I guess!  Some entries will begin with “Dear Journal” and end with “Sincerely, Jennifer” lol!  And I always put a smile face and a heart somewhere on the paper.  I’ve always done that. 🙂

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This journal was a Christmas gift and it came from a gift shop in…well, I don’t remember where, but it’s very unique.  So unique that I actually didn’t finished it.

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The cover and back are the cover and back to an old book titled Sophia and then inside there are pages from the book between every few pieces of paper.

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It was very neat, but all the paper was different and I just didn’t enjoy writing in this journal as much!  Who knows!  Maybe I was also going through a time of writers block or just uninspired to write about anything.

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Mickey Mouse!  This one was cute, but again, I did not finish this one but the reason was it fell apart!  All the pages ripped from the spine and it got very annoying to write in so I didn’t for very long.

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My two oldest sisters, Bess and Sarah, both journaled (that’s not a word either!  Gosh!) and I always remember their awesome note books they would use and wished I knew what they were writing about but knew it wasn’t my place to read their thoughts of course, but it always fascinated me. 🙂  Bess always drew pictures in hers and I know that because I watched her draw so many of them!  She recently let me look through some of her old journals and it was so much fun to read and know what she was thinking when she was my age and how similar we are in some areas of our lives.  I just love it, and the journal above was probably my favorite one since my very first one.

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Um, this came from a friend of my sisters so I thought to myself “Well, I might as well use it!” so I did, but it wouldn’t have been my choice from the store.  Anyway.  I prefer lined paper and some sort of journal that stays closed like this one; it closes like an envelope.  It’s so much fun, to me, to write things even if it makes no sense when you go back and look at it!  I always would start my journals saying “Ok, in this journal I’m not going to do this but I am going to do that, and I’m not going to write with rainbow pens, only black or only red, and I’m not going to say this word, etc etc etc…” but, guess what?  By entry #4 I’d have broken all of those “rules” that were set.  It just doesn’t matter!  Express your thoughts the way you want!  Somedays might be pink ink while others are purples.

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I got this one for my sixteenth birthday. 🙂  That year I did not write hardly at all.  My mind was extremely distracted and I stopped doing a lot of things for some reason, but when I started to journal again after a while I felt so much better!  I don’t know what it is, it just helps me.  I’m a daydreamer so having an outlet for my thoughts helps me stay focused on other things and in some way reassures me that everything is ok.  I know that sounds silly, but it is how I feel about it.

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And today I am seven pages away from finishing this lovely journal!  I also started this one pretty slow, but apparently I’ve had a lot to write recently!  I wonder what will be written on the last page of this one…

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So if I haven’t made it clear, I thoroughly enjoy writing in my journals, “journaling”, and I hope I always do!  One thing that’s for sure is I journal a lot more then I blog!  A LOT more!  (hopefully that will change)

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The skies are getting more and more grey so I don’t know if we’ll get very much sunshine tomorrow after all!  Hopefully we do.  Fall is my favorite time of the year and I don’t want it to keep raining!  We went square dancing Sunday evening and it was so much fun, but the sky was so cloudy and the ground was all wet!  I ruined the shoes I was wearing, but they were getting old so maybe that was a good thing.

Well now I must put my computer away and finish studying and cleaning!  I have a test tomorrow and it’s about time I get my room cleaned and organized!  Have a wonderful rest of the week and God bless!

Oh, look who fell asleep holding a cookie?

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Much love,

Jenny~

Christmas Treats

So, as Christmas gets closer and closer, literally TWO days away, the Barger house is usually quite excited for that wonderful day!  We draw names for Christmas so everyone gets one specific person a gift, and on Christmas eve we open that one gift so that’s always a lot of fun!  Then, on Christmas day (!!!) we wake up earlier then usually (around 5, 6am…you know.)  then we go downstairs and see if Santa brought anyone coal or treats in our stockings and then we wait and wait and WAIT until everyone who wants, for some reason, to sleep in on Christmas morning, wakes up and then we have breakfast and get settled down a bit and then open presents!  It’s all fun and exciting and I am truly grateful and blessed.  But…

The real “reason for the season” is to remember and to celebrate Jesus’ birth.  God’s only Son, sent from heaven to dwell on earth, God in the flesh having equal trials and tribulations just like man.  To eventually save and redeem us from our sins and give us salvation and a chance to live eternally in heaven with Him!  Wow!  It kind of gives me butterflies to think about it!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

So, as you get excited and hyped up for Christmas (or maybe that’s just me), remember to be grateful and so thankful to God for sending us His Son!  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men!  (Luke 2:14 NKJV)  Remember also to love those around you and be thankful for any gifts that you receive.  That is very important which I am sure everyone here knows. 🙂

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Well, the title of this post has a reason!  I have some yummy and sweet pictures to share with you, blog!  You might be thinking “What?  Pictures on Jennafifi??!?!?!!?!” but yes, it is true…I am going to share some pictures!  So without further ado, here are some pictures for you!

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Stockings hanging by the fire…now that Bess and Sarah are gone we FINALLY have room!  (Just kidding!  I love you both! <3)

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Decorations!  We decorated the tree a few weeks ago, but I forgot that I had pictures from that evening, so I’ll share them before the ooey gooey pictures! 🙂

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My mother has accumulated some of the prettiest ornaments!  I love them!

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Skylar made this.  Isn’t he’s so cute!

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This is my baby ornament. 🙂  Precious Moments…I think I shared that last year.

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(Having some difficulties with my manual settings…)

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Voila!  Lovely tree this year.

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Little Bubba’s profile…ignore the coats hanging on the wall!  lol! 🙂  His birthday is today!  Little Cael is growing up *sniff*.

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And here’s John!  He has a nice profile.

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Annddd…Cael put the star on the tree this year, with a little help from dad.

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(Random story!)  There is a video game that I play called Animal Crossing and I’ve played every version of it since the first one came out in 2001 on the game cube (for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a video game system which you hook up to the TV and it was shaped like a cube. 🙂 )  Anyway.  During winter you can make snowmen, so I made some Animal Crossing snowmen cookies.  I know I didn’t have to explain that, but oh well!

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I drew this a few days ago.  Not finished with it yet.

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And here it is again traced over with pen!  I was very pleased with how it turned out!

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I decorated my room the other day too! 🙂  Hee hee.

Okay, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, maybe…

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TADA!  Well, I didn’t make this, but isn’t it pretty?!

I did make this though…

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Caramel!  My very first time making caramel and it turned out super good!

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Can you guess what I’m stirring up here with caramel and pecans?

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The temperature had to reach 240 degrees!  Hot!

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I made chocolate/caramel turtles, and for those of you who have never had one I advise you to go and try one!

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Yum! 😛

Skylar made all sorts of goodies!

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Macaroons,

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Rocky Road Bars,

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Peppermint/chocolate wafers, and that loaf of bread above!

Well that’s all of my sweet Christmas treats.

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Susanna, my sister, flew back home from New York last night!  She went there last Sunday and stayed for a week, obviously, and it was so nice to see her and have her home again.  She was very happy to be home.  Very kindly, she brought (or should I say bought) us each a little gift.

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This is what I got!  A pocket sized metal notebook WITH a pen and with the Empire State building on the front!  Awesome! 🙂

Well blog, I must get a move on with my day!  Time to celebrate my little brothers birthday and then before you know it, time to celebrate my Saviors birthday and a fun holiday!  I really can’t wait until Christmas even though, for me, it seemed to come so quickly this year!  I hope to be able to savor every moment of it and Christmas eve too; this whole week I want to savor!

Much love and Christmas cheer to you.  I hope your holidays are wonderful and blessed and that, where ever you are, you stay warm, dry and happy.  God bless and Merry Christmas!
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Jenny~