Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories . . .

Christmas is 2 days away.
I hope your shopping is complete, and you're
almost finished baking goodies and wrapping the presents.
Now, it's time to relax and reflect on Christmas memories.
It's wonderful to recall being in Christmas plays
at church, singing familiar Carols that
tell the true meaning of Christmas.
Remember the fun you had as a child
leaving cookies and milk for Santa?

When it was time for bed you couldn't fall asleep
because you were so excited!
You couldn't wait until Christmas morning
to see if Santa left you a special gift 
under the tree. You woke up before daylight
and rushed into the living room.

Then, when you're a parent you get to experience 
the innocent joy your child has during the wondrous season of celebration.

Now, as a grandparent I'm having so much fun watching my grandkids learn about this glorious time of the year.

Merry Christmas everyone!
God bless you and yours!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Bling 2014

I thought I'd better do a quick post about a little of the Christmas bling in our home for 2014 before the big day arrives.

The Mantel

The Tree
It's a little fuzzy because the lights are blinking.

Santa Collection
Dining Room
Entry Hall

Thank you for stopping by for a visit!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Words That Inspire

I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt
bountifully with me.
Psalm 13:6 
How long has it been since you've been
Christmas caroling?

Wishing you a day filled with music . . . 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Words That Inspire

Encouragement . . .

So encourage each other to build each other up,
just as you are already doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11

The root of the word "encouragement' means to 
"put courage into."
What a beautiful picture of one person standing beside another saying,
"Take courage!"
God has given you the ability to be that person to others.
Ask Him to show you those who could use
a kind word,
an uplifting thought,
a simple prayer.
They could be strangers on the street or members of your own family.
Your encouragement may help someone walk when he or she might have stumbled.
You might help someone stand firm instead of giving in.
And encouraging other has yet another benefit~
those around you are strengthened so that they can offer you an encouraging word when you need one.

I want to thank all of you for being an encouragement & inspiration to me.
I am so blessed !!

Wishing each of you a wonderful Sunday . . . 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas In The Dining Room

I'm working today to finish decking the dining room with Christmas bling.
Yesterday was cool & cloudy, so I lite my Christmas Cabin candle from, Good Neighbors Candle Co. and cranked up some Christmas tunes.
This is a place setting without flatware & napkins.
This Santa centerpiece was made by sticking bits & pieces to a faux cedar wreath.
Look for more Christmas bling in the coming days.
I must get busy, afterall. Christmas is 3 weeks from today!

Monday, December 1, 2014

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

I've been in a blogging slump for several months.  I haven't had much to share about my seasonal decor.  I didn't get out the pilgrims & Indians until I set the table for our Friday Thanksgiving dinner until the day before.  See what I mean?  
That being said, I'm ready to share my Christmas bling as I slowly decorate.

This year we have a new Christmas tree.  It has a remote control with 7 different functions.  We love it!  
Friday evening my daughter-in-law, Kari, helped me decorate the tree with the help of my 3 year old granddaughter, Emma.  The guys weren't interested in tree trimming, so it was girl power to the rescue.  LOL
Here she is being silly while wearing my reading glasses.  
Emma really was a delight while we were trimming the tree.  I think she put more ornaments on the tree than I did.  She kept saying things like, "I love this!", "Oh, how beautiful!" & "I like decorating".  I think she is my 'mini me' for Christmas decorating.  I kept pulling out more & more ornaments, some that I hadn't used in years.  
I have many teacher ornaments I haven't used in years.  Emma wanted to use them all, so we did.  
I shared some history of some special ornaments like these from school Christmas parties in 2nd  & 3rd grade. 
I had so much fun watching Emma decorate the tree.  She really did a good job.  It was a memory making moment I'll never forget.
Ethan did agree to pose in front of the tree wearing his new Christmas pajamas.

Sunday started out warm & windy, we knew a cold front was coming our way in late afternoon.  After lunch hubby & I decided to rake leaves, clean most of the windows, and put up Christmas lights.  We were trying to finish before it got cold.   About 3:00 the wind changed directions & the temperature started to drop from 72 to 42.  We had to put on heavy coats.  It was so windy!!!  We finished all the lights as it was getting dark.  We were freezing.  Still have to put up wreaths & garland.  
More Christmas bling coming this week, hopefully!