Log Cabin Christmas

December 1, 2016 | Comment on This

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Happy December 1st!

We’re excited to spend our first log cabin Christmas here in Kentucky. God is so gracious! Never would I have thought it possible to live and work on the same road my great-grandparents began farming in the 19th-century, a small mountain between us. I drive by their old home place every day when they used horse and wagon or carriage to travel about.

This is truly a new chapter, a new season for us. Many blessings alongside many challenges with our family living and working on different coasts, my parent’s failing health, & the work increasing. I know many of you find yourself in a whole new story clouded by loss & health issues & heartbreak & change. When I hear from you about these things I pray for you.

The older I become the more I long for things that can’t be bought at Christmas or any time of year.

In the words of C.S. Lewis, “…I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others do the same.”

*Mere Christianity

15 responses to “Log Cabin Christmas”

  1. Jeanne says:

    Blessings and challenges; how right you are. The blessings of the Christmas season and like you, a parent in failing health. Thanks for sharing your words of comfort. May God bring you comfort and joy!
    And thanks for the gift of your writing!

    • laurafrantz says:

      Dear Jeanne, Bless you for the gift of your reading. Comfort and joy to you, too! I pray for you and your parent this busy month especially. Looking forward to that other country with you!

  2. Georgianne Barnett says:

    Dear Laura,
    This brought tears to my eyes! Bless your heart! I pray you will have your entire family together this Christmas and that it will be a very special one for all of you.

    I will be flying to FL to be with my family this year. I have a new great nephew (Hudson James) who I will meet for the first time. A little cutie he is!

    Many blessings to you and yours!
    Much love,
    Georgianne

    • laurafrantz says:

      And your comments here make me misty-eyed! Bless you, Georgianne, for your faithful, ongoing friendship. I’ll pray for you as you bless FL with your gracious presence. Love your great nephew’s name! Fit for a wee hero, for sure:) Hope you get lots of laptime! Blessing to you and your loved ones!

  3. Kristen Johnson says:

    That is a beautiful picture and a gorgeous quote. I really need both of them right now, but since I don’t have a cabin, I’ll relish in the quote. Blessings on your Christmas!

    • laurafrantz says:

      Kristen, It’s a JOY to see you again here! I’ve all but had to give up the blog due to outside pressures but you make me glad I followed this prompt to post this morning unexpectedly. Lewis is truly amazing and timeless and I can’t wait to meet him in that other country. Praying for you and your loved ones as we enter the busy winter season. Your comments mean so much!

      • Kristen Johnson says:

        Thanks, Laura!! Good to be back. I kind of fell off the radar in keeping up with so many things. I’m trying to manage time and life better. A constant struggle. So glad you posted. It’s awesome to hear your thoughts and this was a great one. Have a fantastic weekend and a great Christmas!

  4. Bonnie Roof says:

    I’m so thrilled God has given you the cabin of your heart, dear Laura!! And we both know how perfectly He orchestrated it’s finding and acquisition. He blesses us with wonderful gifts in His timing – life’s trials make them even more appreciated. Enjoy Christmas with your family in your precious cabin – praying it’s a snow-covered one to complete the perfect picture!! I thank Him for the blessings of your friendship and writing!!

    • laurafrantz says:

      You are such a HUGE blessing to so many, Bonnie, and I’m very thankful to be among them:). You know probably better than any friend how this cabin came to be. I’m still pinching myself! Hope to see you soon once the holidays and book release passes. We can welcome the new year together!

  5. I needed that photo, and that description of such tranquility.
    Things here are fine, but my West Coast family are dealing with problems that are decades old, and blowing up as I type this. Rarely does the 3000 mile divide roar this loud, but right now, it’s awful.
    ALL I want for Christmas is peace under a few certain roofs. Rooves?
    (I Googled it. It both rooves and roofs. Phewff. Crisis averted.)

    • laurafrantz says:

      Jennifer, You wear so many hats & handle so many things well that it must be especially hard to watch the fray from afar. So sorry about this:( It’s true that so many of our issues are decades old & then boil over. Maybe it’s a blessing you are so far away! We will pray:) Chuckling at those roofs/rooves. Google is downright versatile!

  6. Carissa says:

    Merry Christmas to you, and Blessings as well. While this year brought many challenges and well as the loss of not one but two beloved family members my mom and my grandpa six weeks apart. I can still look back on the blessings that having them in my life for 29 years brought. They were the ones who instilled a love of reading and writing in me as a young child. Along with teaching the Reason for the Season.

    I am reminded that the ones who loved us and we loved never really truly leave us. Because not only do they live on in our memories but for the Believer in Jesus we have Heaven to look forward to.

    • laurafrantz says:

      You speak from a lot of experience and maturity, Carissa. I knew about your precious mom but didn’t realize you lost your grandpa too. So wise & wonderful that you choose to dwell on the positive. And you make me long for heaven even more than I already do:)

  7. Cindy says:

    Laura,
    Your readers pray for you also. I know sometimes even when your work is what you love to do, it can still be work. Praying that God will bless you with an overwhelming peace this Christmas season.
    It does seem like in the last few years we are all longing for the eternal. Or maybe it is just getting older and realizing this earth has nothing compared to what is waiting for us. And trying to fill that longing with these earthly things doesn’t quite hit the spot and leaves us empty still.
    December for us carries 2 special birthdays, an anniversary and of course Christmas. So busy but so meaningful.
    Have a wonderful December.
    Cindy

    • laurafrantz says:

      Dear Cindy, Happy birthday, anniversary, & more! December IS a special month for your family. I hope it holds new joys for each of you. We are having a Kentucky Christmas here & im very thankful. I’m going to put up a cabin interior post as a sort of holiday open house:) Wish you all were here! Till we meet again…

      Merry Christmas!