christmas joy..

we just watched "the nativity story" and oh how i love that movie. i absolutely love the focus on the relationships between mary and joseph and mary and elizabeth. mary is so beautiful in that movie, and joseph is just soo sweet. as i watch that movie i marvel [again] at the story of our Savior's birth. born to the most humble people in the most humble of circumstances.. the bravery and faith of his family and their trust in the Lord.. i am so humbled and realize [again] how truly blessed[!] and humbled i am by my blessings and the love and peace i have in my life. i feel in no way deserving of all my blessings and feel so indebted to the Lord {and to my parents} for everything i have. from my testimony of my Savior to the my knowledge of the plan of salvation to the eternal love and support i feel from my parents and the most special and ever-growing relationship i have with my husband. no matter what goes on in my life i can truly say i know, know, know that every detail of my life is in the Lord's hands and everything will work out how it is supposed to if i am faithful and true to what i believe and know is right.

thank goodness for this time of year to remember our Savior and turn our hearts to him and serving others. 

merry christmas!
lots of love from dan&rach!!


  1. Oh honey, seriously, your testimony of our dear Savior's life and atonement are words that feed my soul like living water to parched lips. The truest of joy that comes to parents is to see that you have been priviledged to raise the most mighty of spirits saved for these most difficult times on earth. Daddy and I feel like every day is Christmas because of the way you and Dan & Jared and Krissy are living your lives. Thank you on this Christmas Day for expressing your powerful testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ. For that gift...is one of the eternal ones that money can't buy, it can only be purchased through coming to him who truly gave the only eternal gift to us all. Merry Christmas to our wonderful and precious Rachael & Dan!

  2. Merry Christmas you sweet love birds. I think you are the cat's meow.