Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thanking God this morning for the abundance of blessings that He has poured out, the greatest of all being His Son!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
So in the words of my snow cherub pictured above,
"I wish you a mewy Christmas,
I wish you a mewy Christmas,
I wish you a mewy Christmas and a happy new year.
Good timing is everything for you and your friends,
Good timing is everything for a happy new year!"
May you give yourself time to reflect on the awesomeness of what God did for us on Christmas!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
It's 9 AM and yes, that is sugar cookie. You can also call it breakfast. That's where I am right now...just keeping it real.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
There are very few phrases that scare my children, but "it's time for the family picture" is one of them. You wouldn't think it would be a big deal, all they have to do is put on the outfit I lay out for them, walk down the basement steps to my in-home photo studio and smile. Not too terrible, right? Wrong. It is a torturous event which always ends in whaling and gnashing of teeth; so bad in fact that I don't even attempt a picture with my husband and I included anymore because he is the worst of them all.
So this year I decided to take a different route. I would do it their way. I told my kids we were taking the yearly Christmas Card picture and to go put on whatever they wanted, do their hair as wild and crazy as they pleased and make the silliest face they could come up with. That would be fun, right? Wrong. Apparently I have so squashed their creativity from the years of "freeze and say cheese" that they couldn't come up with anything even remotely interesting. It was sad really.
What choice did I have but to force them all into matching clothes and threaten to take away their allowance for a year if they didn't sit there and cuddle with their siblings and look like they liked it? And as usual, they hated it and the only reason they are all smiling is because they have taught their baby sister to pass gas on command and she obeyed and I clicked the shutter at the exact same time. Mission accomplished.
So, I guess that as our friends and family receive our Christmas wishes this year they will do what we all do when we open photo cards. They'll smile back at the grinning faces and remark on how sweet and adorable they are and what a blessing they must be to their parents. But you and I will know the truth....that they are indeed exactly right.Mary (Amy's paparazzi sister)
Monday, December 14, 2009
Paint the Good News on a small canvas and stick in in your wreath. If I wasn't lazy, I would have bought lots of these little canvas' from Hobby Lobby and put several on each wreath...all proclaiming a different piece of the Good News. And if I was a little crazier I would have written out all of the Luke 2 on poster board and hung that on my front door....actually I like that idea and I might do it next year.
I also like angels. This one is sitting on the mantle under a glitter pine cone Christmas tree created by Caroline.
This is another year round Christmas decoration...a basket of white lights, shells and angels.
Here is my inspiration for my music tree in the front of our house. This photograph comes from Southern Living.
So my trumpets are not nearly as big, but they serve the purpose. Everything on this tree has something to do with music or angels, and is silver, gold or white. She sparkles so pretty at night!
Then there is the tree in the girl's room adorned with Jesse Tree ornaments. They love it.
Lastly, we have our Dickens snow village. For several years my in-laws bought us one each Christmas. The little people take a lot of abuse, but they still deliver Christmas cheer every year as we unpack them.