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Hi! We're Lance and Rebekah Gibson. We are newlyweds happily settled in the Lonestar state. We love lots of things including drive-in movies, game nights, anything involving the lake, and our Lord and Savior.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Merry Christmas, Darling

Well, the most wonderful time of the year has come and gone, just as quickly as it always does. In fact, I would dare to say that the holidays seemed to fly by even faster this year than they ever have before. How does that happen?? This holiday season was BY FAR the most wonderful one I've ever experienced. Lance and I agreed that we've never ever enjoyed a Christmas as much as we did this year. There is something really special about waking up in your own home, next to your beloved and celebrating the birth of your Savior and opening gifts for one another. Not to mention to additional blessing of sharing such a wonderful time with not just one, but two amazing families. When the Lord gave unto me, He gave in abundance! 

Here are some snapshots from our Christmas celebrations! 

One random Friday night, we were bored with nothing to do and realized that Folk Angel (check them out here) was playing in Dallas with Robbie Seay and Lauren Chandler. So what did we do? Frantically download our tickets, fly through Chick Fil A, and hit the highway to Dallas! The concert was in this awesome urban farm called Chestnut Farms and was decorated absolutely beautifully. The music was amazing, a really creative take on Christmas music. Think Christmas carols with a Mumford & Sons feel. Like I said, INCREDIBLE. We had so much fun on this spontaneous date night, and it really set off our Christmas spirit. :) 

THEN CAME . . . Christmas Morning!! 

Before my Husband and I rushed in to open gifts... I just love Christmas trees. I wish it were acceptable to keep them up all year long! 

Lance busted into his gifts in true little kid fashion. Wrapping paper was flying, his shirt came off at one point, and I'm sure we woke our neighbors up when he screamed "YES!". Oh my goodness, I love that man.

After we opened gifts together at our house, we headed off to meet Lance's family for breakfast. We don't have any documentation of that, but let me tell you, there was some pretty intense chowing down of waffles. . . not. :) After we ate breakfast with the Gibsons, we headed out to Peaster to do Christmas with my family. 

Meet Jonah, the official Christmas Day photographer and my youngest, craziest brother. 

One of the most wonderful surprises of the day was the fact that IT SNOWED! 

Opening gifts. . . Yay for movies! 

There's that crazy one again :) 

Our first Christmas as Mr. & Mrs. Gibson!

And again . . . 

My husband is an avid skeet shooter these days and takes any opportunity he gets to blow some stuff up with his shotgun. My parents got him an automatic skeet thrower for Christmas, so naturally he had to try it out, despite the fact that it was snowing and about 25 degrees outside. 

After doing Christmas with my family, we headed back to my in-law's for lunch with the family. That sweet little girl above is our niece, Anna Belle. This was her first Christmas and we had a blast watching her open gifts . . . And eat wrapping paper. She's stolen our heart, that's for sure! We can't wait until she's old enough to learn how to wake-board! :) 

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and pray blessings over you for the New Year! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Alive and Well

I am finally a free woman! I took my last final exam yesterday which means my semester of school is over and I can finally breathe again. Breath, catch up on laundry, and finally finish all of the Christmas crafts I've been pinning like a madwoman. What.a.relief. And, praise the Lord, I am ending the semester with four A's and B, which is pretty dang good for this newlywed who didn't quite know how she was going to juggle being a new wife, working a part time job that really requires full time hours, and taking 16 hours worth of classes. All I can say is lots of late nights, an extremely sweet husband who joyfully serves his wife, and lots of prayer got me through this semester. I am also so excited because despite some issues, I am right on track to being the EC-6th education program at Tarleton via Weatherford College next fall. That is a big hallelujah, people. I will have to go to school year-round to make this possible, but I will do so gladly if it means beginning the program on time. And, if all goes well, I will be student teaching in the Spring of 2015 and graduating that May as well. Cross your fingers for me! 

This holiday season has been such a blessed and joyful one for us as a new family. We've made it through one holiday already and had no difficulty splitting time between our families, or the Dallas Cowboys for that matter. :) Both of our families are so gracious and wanted nothing more than to accommodate us and enjoy whatever time we had to spend with them. We started out the Thanksgiving holiday by trekking to Houston on the Monday before and spending two and a half days with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, and siblings in Deer Park. We started a new tradition with the First Annual Cook Family Turkey Day Flag Football Tournament (kind of mouthful, right?). We had a BLAST as we formed teams from my cousins and siblings, even the little ones, and aunts and uncles. I'm proud to say that I had two interceptions and three touchdowns under my belt at the end of the day.!  We headed back to Weatherford on Wednesday in order to spend some of Thanksgiving morning with Lance's family at his aunt and uncle's house before we headed to the COWBOYS VS. REDSKINS game! Oh, it was SO much fun cheering on The Boys (and secretly cheering on RGII as the quarterback of my Fantasy Football team, but don't you dare tell Lance that!)! A really special "First Thanksgiving". 

Next, of course, is Christmas! We had our Christmas decorations out the second weekend in November and are going to be really sad to see them go. It was really special, going out and picking out OUR decorations, as well as incorporating the decorations we both grew up with.  Our apartment is looking very festive, and I only seem to keep finding new things to add all the time. :) We can't wait to celebrate first as our own family, and then together with our families and the traditions we grew up with. 

Love coming home to this jolly face. :) 

Thank you, Pinterest for this super cute and easy decoration idea!

Of course, Elf had to be a part of the decorating process. 

The final product! 

And of course, the Dallas Cowboys Santa Clause.

As always, I enter this season with an attitude of thankfulness that only seems to grow as I first consider the things and people the Lord has blessed me with in abundance, and then as I humbly remember that He sent His one and ONLY Son in the form of a baby to grow up into a perfect sacrifice for my ugly sin. How amazing is that? All of those years ago, He knew my need for a Savior and he willingly and joyfully gave the remedy for my condition. What perfect Love. He came for you, too. He loves you, and whether you know it or not, He is wooing you to Himself, to become a child of the most humble and kind King there ever was. I pray that if you know Him, you rejoice in his birth this season and praise Him for His merciful and free gift. And if you do not know Him, I pray that people will enter your life to explain more fully the true meaning behind the celebration we experience this time of the year. It is so much more than a jolly bearded man and presents under the tree.

Merry Christmas!