Christmas Tree Shopping


Yesterday was a good day. We planned ahead to get our Christmas tree at my favorite plant store that my sister’s and closest friend, Ashley, go to all the time. I was looking forward to this time because Christmas really does just feel so happy.

They put all the Christmas trees in the front and it smells SO good. I usually have allergies to certain tree types so we usually get a Douglas Fir. But this year I really wanted a Frasier Fir because they’re SO soft and smell so good. Frasier Firs are the most traditional Christmas tree. They are super fluffy looking and the needles are not pokey at all which is so nice. (I have yet to have allergies so far)

This garden center/ plant shop is a place where I feel so much joy. The shop is always decorated year round with beautiful lights, flowers, decor, and so much more. It feels so peaceful.

While we shopped for our perfect Christmas tree we had fun taking photos and vlogging which has been so fun for my family. It’s just a little way to bring us all together and capture memories.

Luke and I purchased a camera together (well- technically this is my Christmas present because I wanted one so bad.) Luke is the sweetest. I asked everyone what they would think if I purchased a camera and they all basically responded with “You are an adult, do what you want!” Which gave me this feeling of power…but then I realized I really should ask Luke before I purchase something like this (which I have been saving money for).

I’m not going to lie, I expected Luke to be like, “Tay, I really think we should wait on that.” But he smiled and said, “I would like to contribute towards the camera so that you can have that for Christmas.” AH- YES! I was/ am so excited that I was able to get the camera.

My parents are the best and they make each other laugh VERY hard. I’m excited for you to get to know them better through the Shuler Fam Vlog.

As well as my sisters, Aubrie and Sydney. Syd is at college so she will make an appearance every break/ every time we see her.

Aubrie is the Pastoral Assistant at our church and she is over several ministries as well as being my dad’s personal assistant.

I am working at church as an Administrative Assistant. I help with missions, life groups, leadership and women’s ministry. I am mainly my mom’s personal assistant.

This gives an interesting dynamic to our household, as we are all working with one another/ for each other. Therefore, it is extra important that we take time to relax and enjoy each other as well.

I will say, I am noticing how similar I am to my parents and also seeing each other in one another, flaws and strengths. It’s humbling, encouraging, refining, and all the above –  for all of us.

Working with your family is a blessing. Working with my family is a blessing. Remembering our calling is so important. Knowing that God has a specific calling upon our lives is something that we cannot forget.

If you have grown up as a pastor’s child or if you are the pastor, you know that sometimes amidst the joys, life can at times be discouraging. Sometimes ministry can feel heavy. But God has gifted us all with specific talents and skills that He is using. We are weak, but He is strong.

If you are in a season of difficulty or seeking to find joy, know that He is good. He is not far away. He is present.

My dad preached on Sunday about the prodigal son. Something that he pointed out was that the parable was from the perspective of the son. The son mentioned that the father was in the distance. The father was waiting with expectation for the son to come home. But the son mentioned the father was distant. This “WOW’d” me.

I’m not sure where you are in life, but maybe you feel like the Father is distant. But the good news is that your perspective is not His. His perspective may be that with expectation you are coming nearer. You are getting closer to Him.

I am praying for you this Christmas season as you remember the birth of our savior. Holiday’s are hard for many for different reasons. They remind people of pain, sorrow, suffering. There is actually beauty within that. Don’t see it? Let me explain what I mean…

Your pain, your suffering, those awful memories…they are brought up during this season. This season is a reminder of the birth of our savior. The one who ultimately suffered so that you may have hope. The one who shed blood so that you would be comforted and know that you are free and have an opportunity for eternal life with Him, where Joy overflows.

As you remember your pain, remember the hope. Remember the joy set before you. Christ was able to endure the most excruciating pain and suffering because He knew the joy set before Him. That same joy is set before you and me. (Hebrews 12:2)

We found the most beautiful tree, it is soft and full. We have yet to decorate it because we went to honor President George H.W. Bush last night after we got our tree. We went to the Capitol and walked through the rotunda where he was being honored.

I would love to be praying for you. You can comment below if you would like me to pray for you specifically. (also- I really appreciate when you comment on the blog because it’s fun)

Thank you for reading,
Tay Ruth

2 responses to “Christmas Tree Shopping”

  1. Hi Tay!

    I recently found you on Instagram and am so happy I did. I love the blogging world, but I especially love bloggers like you that speak so much of faith. And honestly, I definitely feel like God led me here. I needed this post more than you know. I needed to be reminded in the midst of pain, He’s still there with me, always. Thank you for your encouragement and spreading God’s love.

    Also, that’s crazy how intertwined your whole family is within work! Definitely an interesting dynamic. And your parents are sooooo adorable together! That picture just warmed my heart.

    Have a blessed day,

    All Things Ashley Marie

    • tayruth says:

      Ashley, thank you so much for your kind words! I love that you feel this encouragement was meant for you. Encourages me to be obedient. I will be praying for you. So thankful for your transparency and willingness to respond to this blog! 💛

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