Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Bible Study Fellowship




Happy Saint Nicholas Day!


Nicholas was born during the third century in the village of Patara, modern day Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. 

One story of Saint Nicholas’ generosity tells of a poor man with three daughters. In those days a young woman's father had to offer prospective husbands a dowry. The larger the dowry, the better the chance that a young woman would find a good husband. Without a dowry, a woman was unlikely to marry. Because this poor man had no dowries, his daughters were destined to be sold into slavery. 

Mysteriously, on three different occasions, a bag of gold appeared in their home providing the needed dowries. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry.

Happy Saint Nicholas Day!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Advent.


Today Team Davis begins our observation of the Advent season. The word Advent is defined as “the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event,” and we will spend the next 25 days making every effort to focus on the arrival of our Rescuer, over 200 years ago. It will be messy- we will miss days and mess things up - and it will still be our favorite part.
I have many of my favorite things scattered around our home just now - precious ornaments, handmade by the children; nativities from all over the world, gifted from Africa and Argentina and Israel.
Our Advent house is out - the kids will open it each day to find some candy and a slip of paper that tells them about an act of kindness to do, an event we will go to together, a focus for our hearts.
We will light candles each night as we read from the Bible and watch the light become ever brighter as we draw nearer and nearer to the arrival of Christ.
We will hang ornaments on our Jesse tree as we travel through Scripture and see Jesus found there from Genesis to Revelation.
Next to Easter, Advent is my favorite time of year, and these are just a few of my favorite things.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lana's first JV basketball game!

Lana played her first basketball game on her school's JV team tonight!

Our school is fairly small, 
and we didn't have enough girls to make a complete JV team,
so they pulled up the 6th graders to play with them.


Lana was thrilled about it!


 It's turned into quite a bit of work - 
they have 1.5-2 hour practices 4 times per week.

She's also the youngest on the team,
and because they are playing other true JV teams,
she's competing against girls mostly in 9th and 10th grade!

 Because of her age and experience,
she predictably did not get a lot of playing time - 
maybe a minute or 2 the entire game.
She did great the bit she was in, though - 
we are so proud of her!


Her daddy was asked to pray before the game; I loved that.


Sweetest part of the game?
Her small group leaders from Hillcrest came to cheer her on!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Camellia.


We arrived home to my precious little camellia tree in bloom,
and while this might look like just a pretty flower to most people,
it's a world of memories and nostalgia for me.

When I first started teaching,
I was 21 years old and landed a dream job at the Fairhope K-1 Center.
I was outside the building in a "cottage,"
and a couple years into teaching, 
I had a little boy named John Sealy in my class.
His mom Cindy was so good to me,
and spent days landscaping the area around my little cottage.
She gifted me a tiny camellia tree, 
with white blossoms, which are so rare.

Our family eventually moved away, 
and the system later closed down that little school I loved so much.
A friend texted me when they were bulldozing the property, and
 Dan & I got there just in time to rescue my beloved little camellia tree.
We planted it in our backyard,
and while there have been a few little blossoms,
they haven't ever been healthy or strong like this one.

We've got so many (good, wonderful) changes happening right now,
and this little blossom is the sweetest reminder
of how many beautiful seasons I've had in my life so far.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Travels: the Armitts

Happy Thanksgiving from the Davises and the Armitts!

We were so happy to spend a couple of days with my brother and his precious little family.  We ate and played cards and swam at the hotel and argued over whose turn it was to hold baby Beth.  We got to see where they live and work, and enjoyed being with them so much.  Living far away is hard, and made this time especially sweet!

They were just enamored with each other.