Merry Christmas (and a new address!)

Hi friends!

Merry merry merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.  I hope you are NOT reading this in a timely fashion because hopefully you’re doing something with your family or friends rather than checking in on blog posts!  But if you are, that’s great too.  I am, after all, writing one. 😉  That’s ‘cuz Santa my husband is in the garage finishing Serafina’s play kitchen and I finished cleaning up quicker than I anticipated!  Anyways…

I launched a new web address – www.rachelzupke.com – and will be moving things over there in the next few weeks.  I will keep this short for now just to let you know (more explanation later) and I also wanted share this super cute video of Serafina with you.

We are celebrating Our Savior’s birth tomorrow and I pray this season is a time of thankfulness and celebration for you as well.

~Rachel

An Invitation to Stillness.

Hi friends,
This post is amazing. And so needed. I don’t know how Erin knew that I needed to read this today (duh…God!).
She even talked specifically about me (not by name obviously): “We’re such drivers, overschedulers, and striving little strivers…so let us sit with the singular rhythm of fall, listening to the sound of the rain and our own heartbeats…”
SO good! I promise, you will be encouraged. Read this and try not to be. God wants us to be quiet and listen…so let’s slow down together.
Won’t you join me?
~Rachel

Going to the Sea

It’s eight pm in Texas and it’s been dark for hours. The man of the house is fed and the animals are too, so I’m deciding whether to go to bed or talk to you.

That my bed is winning so early in the evening feels shameful and weak.

But why? Who cares? The leaves on a million oak trees are inches from surrender. Why not me? And you?

The seasons are like good punctuation. Fall interrupts the steamy, hot breath of summer’s long sentences, with a cool sigh and a pause.

So go to bed at seven. Read to the kids by candlelight, gain a few pounds, wear sweaters to hide it, who cares? I came so that you might have and enjoy your life, Jesus said. So enjoy it, all of it. Why skim across it like a well-skipped stone? Sink in and drift.

We’re such drivers, overschedulers…

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The Fruit…as sung by Serafina

So we’re doing the fruit of the Spirit for VBS in June and I’ve been lookin’ around for non-annoying songs.  Found this one by Seeds Family Worship.  If you haven’t checked them out, they’re amazing.  All of their lyrics are Scripture and, unlike some other kids worship stuff, very listen-to-able.  They also give you all the chord charts!

Anyways, thought you might enjoy Serafina’s “singing” along with me.  In my defense, the chords are up on a chair so she can’t grab the paper which is why I pause so much.  I also am terrible at playing the F chord.  But you’re here to see Serafina.  And you really should check out Seeds.