The One Thing I Don’t Want to Forget This Christmas

The One Thing I Don’t Want to Forget This Christmas

The One Thing

I’m guessing there are at least 47 things on your mind right now, Mom.

And if you’re anything like me, you may very well forget about things number 48, 49, and 50.

We have our limits! (Wouldn’t you like to shout that out to the world a couple times today?!) We’re going to blow it on a few things. Burnt cookies, a missed dentist appointment, overdue library books, an important Christmas card, a crockpot that never got plugged in…

It’s okay. Really.

I’d love to step into your messy kitchen, laugh with you at the chaos and then reassure you that you don’t have to do every single thing well right now. You’re going to forget about a few things, you’ll fail in a few areas, you’ll compare yourself to pinterest or your best friend or your mom and you’ll fall short. But guess what… the world will keep turning, and no permanent damage will be done.

You don’t have to do it all!

There’s just the one thing. The one thing I’m afraid I’ll forget. The thing you might forget too, unless we remind each other, over and over again.

{Read the Rest at The Better Mom…}

Don’t Miss This Christmas CD {Pizza Ranch Giveaway of MercyMe It’s Christmas!}

Don’t Miss This Christmas CD {Pizza Ranch Giveaway of MercyMe It’s Christmas!}

 

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So as we all know, there’s a wide range of Christian music preferences. And naturally, a wide range of Christmas music preferences as well!

But whether you’re setting your tree up to Tchaikovsky, Frank Sinatra, or Michael W. Smith, you’ve got to admit, music sets the tone for the season of our Savior’s birth.

I’ll never forget my first Christmas in Haiti, a fresh missionary mom to three brown little toddlers, naive to just about everything in that tropical land, covered in sweat, filled with notstalgia. Self pity threatened to set in…

No Christmas Eve with brothers, grandparents, uncles, cousins. No kids forced to re-perform their Christmas songs and poems before opening glittery gifts. It was just us. Just noise and heat and work. But Steven Curtis Chapman sang through our laptop speakers about how Christmas is all in the heart, how our God is with us, how Emmanuel did this very thing—left his home to reach us. My “incarnation” was nothing compared to His. Nothing.

In a Sun-Scorched Land 

I was reminded that Christmas, just as I am today, that truth set to music is powerful. Life-giving. Refreshing. As you well know.

Well, this weekend I’m delighted to share some new Christmas music with you! I’ll be giving away a copy of the new MercyMe It’s Christmas! CD.

I have my own copy* and trust me, you will love it! MercyMe has a lot of fun with traditional Christmas songs, plus they add some beautiful new chords and rhythms to some of the old Christmas carols. You’re going to play this again and again; refreshed, energized, and encouraged.

Here’s the best part though… If you don’t win, this CD is only $5 at your local Pizza Ranch restaurant. Or even free, when you spend $25 in pizza gift cards!

While It’s Christmas! is available on amazon, itunes and elsewhere for more, the $5 Pizza Ranch CD offers four exclusive songs:

  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  •  Silent Night
  •  Oh Holy Night
  •  Joseph’s Lullaby

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Pizza Ranch’s Mission and Vision is one that is completely worth supporting as well! What a joy to see a business owned and operated with such a clear focus:

pizza ranch

We see it as our mission to give every guest a legendary experience, but it’s about more than that. Our purpose is ultimately glorifying God by positively impacting the world. It’s part of the reason we’ve put together this music.
I’d love to see people support Pizza Ranch this Christmas! Grab some gift cards and the new MercyMe CD and use them as stocking stuffers or Christmas gifts. You can’t go wrong with great pizza and encouraging music, while standing behind some quality people!

All you need to do to enter the drawing is share this post on Facebook, then leave a comment below to let me know you did so. The winner of the random drawing will be announced and contacted via email Monday morning.

Blessings,

Jennifer

*CD given to me courtesy of Pizza Ranch in exchange for this authentic review.

 

Christ came for this {How Christmas changes everything for the broken}

Christ came for this {How Christmas changes everything for the broken}

Where are you as choruses of “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” ring out again and again?

Where’s your heart? Doubled over in pain? A little cynical? Hardened or resistant?

I don’t blame you.

If you’re hurting, songs of snow and mistletoe won’t do much to ease the ache.

But if you’re broken, you’re in position to celebrate Christmas like never before.

This thing

This burden and pain…

This is why Christ came… and why He’s still with us.

More hope at The Better Mom

It's for this that Christ came

Praying the comfort of Emmanuel in your life today,

Jennifer

Winner of the Stocking Giveaway

And the winner is

Congratulations to Aima, the winner of My Favorite Things Stocking Giveaway!

And many thanks to all of you for participating!

It was such a blessing hearing from you all. Thanks so much for your kind comments and all your donations to my kids’ college funds. 😉 I’m delighted to meet so many new friends.

Just a reminder — if you’re really bummed that you didn’t win — you can use some of your Christmas money to purchase some of these awesome stocking stuffers for yourself.

Click on the photos for the links. (And for the record, no one’s paying me to endorse their stuff. I just really like it all.)

Waterproof bag by Brenda’s

make-up bag

Scripture Prints by Amy J Delightful

scripture pages

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet by Sara Hagerty

every bitter thing is sweet

And if you’re interested in purchasing one of my customized baby bracelets, they’re $15.99. Leave a comment if you’d like more info or would like to order one.

baby bracelet close up

Have a blessed day, friends!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Jennifer

Favorite Things Christmas Stocking Giveaway!

Favorite Things Christmas Stocking Giveaway!

Friends, I have a fabulous Christmas surprise for you!

Several awesome bloggers have teamed together to create a “Favorite Things Stocking Giveaway” — running this whole week.

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You’re going to love these ladies, their blogs, and the goodies in their stockings. I’m honored to be a part of it all, and in a sec I’ll share my favorite things with you. But first of all, take a look at what you could win! There’s fun stuff, pretty stuff, and stuff to nurture your body and soul.

What to do:
  • Check out the collage below featuring 12 other beautiful bloggers and their “Favorite Things” stockings.
  • Scroll to the bottom to see the details for my Stocking. (It’s #8 in the pic.)
  • Enter to win my Favorite Things at the very bottom.
  • Hop over to all the other sites and enter to win their stockings. (What if you won them ALL?! :-))
  • Look around and be blessed by the blogs of these incredible women!

Favorite things giveaway

Click on the links below to get to the 12 other giveaways:

1. http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2014/12/favorite-things-stocking-giveaway/
2. http://happyhomefairy.com/2014/12/10/favorite-things-stocking-giveaway-and-blog-hop/
3. http://wp.me/p3bBMp-3ai
4. http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/
5. http://meaningfulmama.com/2014/12/favorite-things-stocking-giveaway.html
6. http://slugsandbugsandlullabies.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/blog-stocking-giveaway/
7. http://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/our-favorite-things-a-giveaway/
8. http://wp.me/p4fxM1-rh
9. http://www.the-generous-wife.com/2014/12/10/stocking-giveaway/
10. http://www.themodestmomblog.com/
11. http://www.myhumblekitchen.com/
12. http://karachupp.com/favorite-things-stocking-giveway/
13. http://www.motherhoodonadime.com/kids/my-favorite-things-giveaway/

Now for the jenniferebenhack.com Stocking!

1. My very favorite-ist thing of the whole year: Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty.

You know I’m writing a memoir about adoption, struggle, faith (which I hope to complete in this lifetime)… well, this is the very heart of the story that’s working it’s way out from my soul. Words fail me here. This is beautiful, practical, and soul-changing… reaching deep inside whatever challenge you are facing today. If you don’t win this in my drawing, just get onto amazon and buy this book as a Christmas gift for yourself. Really. You will not be sorry.

every bitter thing is sweet

2. This gift has been one of my favorite things every month of this past year: 12 months of Scripture verses, beautifully drawn by Amy J Delightful (my sister-in-law whose Etsy shop and blog will dazzle you). Here’s a taste of the 4×6 prints you’ll receive.

scripture pages

3. I’m going to ask my mom to give me one of these favorite things for Christmas, because she’s the one who makes them! This gold and aqua waterproof bag from Brenda’s can be used as a make-up bag or a wet bag (so much prettier than a ziplock!) for your baby’s wet things.

make-up bag

3. My daughters and I spent hours making and selling these dainty bracelets this year. We’d love to customize a sterling silver initial and Swarovski crystal baby bracelet for the sweet baby girl in your life!

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4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Fun extras… “Hope” Christmas ornament, “Faith” magnet, infinity scarf, Yankee Candle Fragrance Spheres, Cookie Dough Goat Milk Hand Cream, and of course the Stocking!

Stocking Stuffers

Alright, enough dangling of the carrots in front of you! I would LOVE to send all these favorite things to each of you, but then of course, I’d have no grocery money this month. How about a drawing instead?

Want to earn a few chances? I’ll give you an entry for each of the following tasks. All you have to do is be honest (heh heh :-)) and tell me how many of these things you did in a comment below.

1. Subscribe to my blog. (I hope you actually want to. ;-))

2. Subscribe to receive my “monthly” newsletter. (Wonder why “monthly” is in quotes? Subscribe and you’ll find out. Not instantly. Just maybe after a month or two. While you’re wondering when to expect the newsletter.)

3. Like the Jennifer Ebenhack Page on Facebook.

4. Follow me on Twitter.

5. Share this blog post on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, email, or somewhere else.

6. Sign up for a Life Coaching Consultation. (Okay, if you actually follow through with the Coaching Intake Form this week, you’ll get 15 entries. Yes, I’m serious!)

7. Donate to a college fund for our five children. (Yeah… no. That’s probably asking too much.)

In the middle of this fun and crazy giveaway, I pray you are deeply grateful for Jesus. Oh friend… how awed I am that He came to this sinful, pain-drenched earth and gave His life for us. We have life today because of that gift. We can have life forever because of Jesus.

If you don’t know Him, message me and I’ll tell you more. If you need prayer, let me know and I’ll pray for you.

May He bring peace and joy in the middle of your brokenness today.

Blessings,

Jennifer