As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Small Actors

"There are no small parts, only small actors." 
Mrs. Armstrong
If you've ever read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (we have read it aloud countless times!), you might recognize the above quote by Mrs. Armstrong.  She says it every year as she assigns parts in the church Christmas play...and the children have no idea what she's talking about. 

This year, we had our own host of "small actors" who presented the Christmas story in the farmhouse kitchen.  Actually, we had a pageant last year too (you can see it ~here~), but this year the acting troupe kicked it up a notch as they had newly assigned roles, new script, and new costumes.  (We were told the "director" was Gavin.  But whenever there was a glitch, the actors called "Bekah!"...and Bekah was seen rewriting script, Bible in hand, all weekend. ~smile~) 

  1. The angel of the Lord (Bekah) announces the good news to Mary.
  2. The angel speaks to Joseph (Owen) in a dream.
  3. Shepherds (Owen and Gavin) quaking with fear.
  4. Mary (Maddie), Joseph (Owen), and Baby Jesus (who was acted by a doll this year because Baby Alaine, at 14 months, is "too squirmy").
  5. Final scene
And the audience loved it! 


  1. That's fabulous!! A wonderful play... Hillary was a singing angel in a local production of it when she was 6. She's 22 now? Whoa!

    Things have been crazy around here. A very good kind of crazy, making you realize the burden of the blessing of friends. Sometimes there just isn't enough of you to go around. But I'm NOT complaining!! I'm a happy woman and I love this time of year.

    Again I'm wishing you were close enough for us to deliver pumpkin bread to, or invite caroling with us!! Know that you are with us in thought.

    Blessings, Debbie

  2. Okay, Cheryl, I want to come and live at your house! What a beautiful idea for the children, the real meaning of Christmas becomes so real to them.
    Every time I visit you I am in awe!

  3. Cheryl, I just viewed your Thanksgiving memories, and I want you to know what a blessing I received. I have gotten to know some wonderful ladies through blogging, you being One of those special ladies, What I enjoy so much about visiting you is that you live what you write about.
    You truly are a Proverb 31 woman, and I count my blessings to know you. Though I no longer have children at home, and our grandchildren are so far away, my heart has always been for home, even though we are now empty nesters , my home and my dh are so important to me, I always leave here inspired, and blessed beyond words.
    Much love,

  4. Oh I'd have loved to have seen it for real. That book has a special place in my heart. It's so funny and it has that WOW factor.

    I've got some catching up to do and so I'll be back. Hope you don't mind if I just add you to my blogroll. It's the easiest way for me to find you!

  5. What a beautiful Thanksgiving you had cheryl! I came to see if you had a new post. When you didn't, I scrolled down and found three posts that I hadn't seen yet.

    I can't imagine a more perfect setting for this holiday of thanks, everything (and everyone) looks even more gorgeous than usual... and I can't believe you MADE primitive Tom. He is THE most wonderful Thanksgiving decoration I've ever seen. He looks right at home with your family.

    I can't wait to see how You all do Christmas!

    Love and blessings, Debbie


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