Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

Today is the last day of school around here.  My big kiddos are out in just a few hours {depending on when you’re reading this} until the new year!  We cannot wait!

It’s Friday Favorites with my hosts, Andrea and Narci.  If you’v been linking up with us throughout the year, we thank you.  We’ll be continuing this link-up every Friday in 2018, so please add us to your blog calendar and join us!


“When they saw the star, they REJOICED with exceeding great joy” Matthew 2:10  {emphasis is all mine}  And The Message says, “They could hardly contain themselves”.

When I read this story, I always skim over the fact that everyone was waiting for a savior.  Yeah, yeah…I’m waiting for my Nordstrom order too.  But no, they were REALLY waiting.  They were YEARNING for a change, for Heaven to come down to earth. 

“When they saw the star, they REJOICED…”.

I’m someone who gets excited over all kinds of little things.  Maybe you are too?  Dinner out-YES, I’m pumped.  My kiddos brought home some great work from school-WAHOO, Mama is happy!  I caught a glimpse of a flushed toilet-EVERYONE’S GETTING DESSERT for that one!

But you guys this is HUGE...God sent his son to earth to experience it all and to be a living sacrifice for each and every one of us.  For you, for me, for your kiddos and mine.

That deserves MAJOR REJOICING!  The best Christmas gift EVER came years ago in the form of a baby for YOU and me.

My question today is have you accepted this gift?  And if you have, are you REJOICING this Christmas season?

I’m not sure where your heart is at the moment, but I’m praying for you.  Maybe you’ve never accepted Christ as your savior?  Maybe you accepted years ago and since then you’ve strayed from your walk and just haven’t made your way back?  Or maybe you just need the simple reminder to have a rejoicing heart this season?  Wherever you are, I’m praying for you.

Thank you for being a part of this little space of mine.  I’m looking forward to many new things in 2018 and hope you’ll join me.

Merry Christmas, Friends.

I’ll be taking a Christmas break and then a New Year/bowl game/family getaway break.  I’ll be back on January 8th.  I’ll have the link-ups posted so you can still join in though.  You can follow along via Instagram (slaughteren) in the mean time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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  1. 12.22.17
    Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said:

    Merry Christmas, Erika! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday and a fantastic time celebrating Britt's first one,too!xo

  2. 12.22.17
    Whitney Pegram said:

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you & your family of six!!! 😍

  3. 12.22.17
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Gorgeous Christmas card!!!!! It was perfection!

  4. 12.22.17
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    WONDERFUL post today. Such sweet words. And your cards are gorgeous! So glad we got two. 😉

  5. 12.22.17
    Dustie Day said:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Your pictures and cards are gorgeous!!!!

  6. 12.22.17
    brookerichardson said:

    Love you guys so much! Merry Christmas!

  7. 12.22.17
    Anonymous said:

    Merry Christmas, friend!! I love how your card turned out! Such s gorgeous family you have!

  8. 12.22.17
    Kjlb37 said:

    Beautiful Christmas card and message today:). Have the merriest of Christmases, Erika!

  9. 12.22.17
    Simple Purposeful Living said:

    Merry Christmas your card is so beautiful and it has been a blessing watching you adopt Britt this year 🙂 It has given me so much hope as we shared in our Christmas card this year that we are adopting from China in 2018! xoxo ERIN

  10. 12.22.17
    Anamarie Rebori said:

    I don't typically comment, but I just wanted to say that I love following your family. I think you set a beautiful example for so many! It's been amazing to see all the things 2017 brought you! Merry Christmas.

  11. 12.22.17
    Kathy Lang said:

    Beautiful Christmas card and post today! Merry Christmas!

  12. 12.22.17
    Rachel said:

    Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! Enjoy the break. I've really enjoyed following along your journey this year!

  13. 12.22.17
    Andrea - Momfessionals said:

    Merry Christmas, Slaughters!!!

  14. 12.22.17
    Laci said:

    Merry Christmas! I love the pics on the card, how beautiful!!

  15. 12.22.17
    Jennifer said:

    I have read your blog for a long time but have never commented. I just want to say that I think you and your family are absolutely precious! I love your heart for Jesus!! You have spoken to my heart and encouraged me many times with your words. I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. PS Your Christmas card is absolutely gorgeous!

  16. 12.22.17
    Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said:

    Merry Christmas, Slaughters!! We love yall!! xoxo That Inspired Chick

  17. 12.23.17
    MarilynsTreats said:

    It is always a pleasure to link up with you. Thank you for all you do to bring bloggers together. I invite you to join me at #OverTheMoon #WWBlogHop #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Have a great week!

  18. 12.31.17
    Anonymous said:

    I love your Christmas card!