Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Preparing For Advent.










i put out the first decorations around our new home. i hung some fresh wreathes, and cut juniper berries that smell so good i could cry. in a good way! 




we are getting our hearts and home ready for the birth of our Savior. we wait anxiously for our coming King! He is already sitting at the right hand of God, but we take this coming month to learn to walk closer to our Jesus, the man who changed it all. this month of December we dedicate to knowing Christ more, learning who God really is, impressing it upon our children's hearts, and for Jonathan and i to remember that we are still saved by grace that came in the form of a baby. as a mother i am excited to revel with Mary ready to meet her babe, the Son of Man. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanks and Giving.













with Thanksgiving behind us already, our minds are on Christmas. this year my family and i have decided among ourselves that we would all like to consume less and give away more. over the next month i am going to be linking to web sites that can help you to get involved in areas of giving that speak to your own hearts. today's is Giving Anonymously. go take a visit to their web site! this is an absolute brilliant idea, and we probably all know someone who could benefit from this. I am so excited to make this Christmas matter in bigger ways than ever before. i am thrilled that this year Graycen has an understanding that penetrates her soul as i watch her eagerly want to get involved. i am reminded that this is all about Jesus' birth and His message of giving it all away. my family, in our own small way, want to give away more, and more, and more. and we hope you will too:)






We measure growth by our height; God measures it by our depth. We measure what we have; God measures what we've given.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Very Thankful Edition Of Wordless Wednesday.












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i am so very thankful for God's grace, for the chance to fight for life, for each miracle that is Graycen, Dune, and Lars, for a revived love with Jonathan that is transforming my heart, that even today God still speaks to His people, and for beautiful blessings that come out of the dark and into the light. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

DIY Pom Pom Garland.



i saw the above felted ball garland over at The Land Of Nod for $34.99. i usually buy my felt balls here, but it's on back order. and i didn't want to wait so i went to hobby lobby and picked up some pom pom balls and gave it a go. 


what you'll need: a big needle, thread, and lots of colorful pom poms. start by threading your needle. after you have picked your color pattern you can begin stringing your pom poms. i let the little ones pick the colors and hand them to me, so there is no real pattern to mine at all. i just made sure there weren't two of the same color in a row. after i had strung about 7 feet worth, i tied off the ends. 







when we move over to the new house i am going to get the kids their own tiny tree to put upstairs in the hallway between their two bedrooms. i am going to decorate it with all the things that we make together. but you can put them anywhere. i am going to make a strand when my felt comes and hang them from the chandelier over our dining room table. ooo, pretty!


all this came in at a total of $2.99 plus tax. yippee!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Crafty Holiday.




we won't be in our new old house by Thanksgiving, but hopefully we will be shortly after. it still won't keep me from decorating the house we are in now while we are still here. since i can't make many investments , for the fact that most of our funds are going towards the house, i've decided to work on some projects at home this week, stuff i can do with graycen, dune, and lars and most of the stuff we already have on hand. yesterday we made a felt leaf garland for our fireplace mantel, and today we worked on wax leaves made from crayon scraps and wax paper. in between i have even found time to make a terrarium with dune and lars for some of their dinos. i am finally going to give their best dinos a proper home in the new house, so i am finding time to work on them now. that will give me one less thing to do as the next few weeks we will be finishing up the renovations on the house, getting ready for Christmas, and moving in to hopefully run down the creaky old stairs on Christmas morning. 
 
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