Tis’ The Season! My Christmas Card Creations!

Not rushing the season, but I’ll be creating Christmas cards again this year! If you are interested in purchasing a bundle, please send me a message by using the Contact Form to the left. In addition, I have linen pouches you can purchase if you want to put the card on your gifts instead of sending them, it is a really pretty touch.

The prices are $3.95 per card, $30.95 for 10 cards, $45.00 for 20 cards. Free Shipping for orders in the US!

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Our Advent Tree and Traditions!

In our home Advent has become a tradition and it is how we keep focused on Christ during the Christmas season. Celebrating Christmas is more than decorations, gifts, and cookies it is a time to reflect on Christ and his birth. Advent is a wonderful and fun way to prepare our family’s hearts and minds for Christmas and to stay Christ-centered. We celebrate Christ’s birth in a few different ways, such as an Advent calendar, Advent boxes, and last year I decided to put up an Advent tree on our porch. This is a new tradition added on to our old ones that I’m loving! We also light the Advent candles and read scriptures at dinner (I’ll post a pic of our candles this week) Here are a few pictures of what we do here to celebrate!

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This is a simple tree I have on my porch that has become the Advent Tree! In our house we have a fresh pine tree, but since we want to do this every year I bought a tree last year and we decorated it very simply with burlap, white lights and Advent envelope holders with the scripture inside. Each night we take one of the scriptures and read it at dinner. I also have a nativity scene on our porch.

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We’ve had this calendar for years! I put chocolates inside and there are manger figurines in a few of the boxes that we take out leading up to Christmas.

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I made these Advent Boxes for Anya at least 4 years ago and they are one of her favorite things! I put little treats in them and hide them around the house each day.

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How do you celebrate Advent? What are your family’s traditions? I would love to hear how you stay focused on Christ during Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Vacation Bible School Matters

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I’m just coming off a very fun and exhausting week of Vacation Bible School with my church. Every summer Anya looks forward to attending VBS and has become one of the highlights of her summer and I’m grateful for her excitement. I volunteer each year, but this year I stretched myself and taught the 2-3 year olds. Wow! Now that was an experience! The kids are adorable, but they are 2 and 3 years old and their attention span is …well that of a 2-3 year old! Although at times difficult it was  rewarding and I have a new appreciation for what our teachers at church do for our children.

Here’s the thing… VBS is a long week and it is fun, but it is hard too! Most people work so they coming straight from work to church from around 5:45 until 9:00 at night it is a long day. Our church offers dinner and snacks and everyone appreciates their thoughtfulness and the people who are in the kitchen on a 96 degree day! Then we celebrate with a party for the kids on Saturday. It is a full week! But, VBS is  worth it because it is a consecutive period of time where brothers, sisters and children of the church serve together.

VBS is more than fun games, it is a week of unique fellowship with one another.  At the end of this past week I left with a deep sense of gratitude for how our church serves us and how every member makes a difference. I was thankful that my church invited everyone in member or not and treated them with love and respect. Not to mention how it gives our kids the opportunity  to learn valuable biblical lessons, they have wholesome fun, develop closer relationships to their peers and they witness you serving your church family. VBS is the kind of work that is fruitful.

Then there are the memories… If you’ve attended a VBS you know that the memories you create are going to last way past that week. Isn’t that what we are trying to do for our kids, create memories? Warm memories that will remind them later when they may be tempted not to attend church of how fun it was, how people cared about them and how every summer VBS was a highlight. Don’t underestimate the power of these memories they are so meaningful to your children and are planting the seeds.

So with all that said… I encourage you to attend VBS! Volunteer, serve, step outside your comfort zone and when you are exhausted after a long night try to remember that this exhaustion is a good type because it is for serving the Lord! I hope if you went to VBS you had a wonderful time and it becomes a highlight of your summer!

Scenes From Our Christmas!

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! We did, it had it’s ups and downs but we spent time with family, loved one another and remembered that the reason we are celebrating is because of the priceless gift of our Savior Jesus Christ. Here are just a few pictures of what we did!

We decorated our very big tree! It's still standing, yeah we had a couple of tipping issues!

We decorated our very big tree! It’s still standing, yeah we had a couple of tipping issues!

Every year we put up our Christmas village. I just want to jump in!

Every year we put up our Christmas village. I just want to jump in!

Just a close up of Santa!

Just a close up of Santa!

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We drove around the Symphony of Lights after going to our traditional Muppets Christmas Carol viewing!

We drove around the Symphony of Lights after going to our traditional Muppets Christmas Carol viewing!

We celebrated Advent. Another Griswold moment happened when the candle after burning down caught on fire! Yes flames in the air, but I got it out thankfully and all was ok!

We celebrated Advent. Another Griswold moment happened when the candle after burning down caught on fire! Yes flames in the air, but I got it out thankfully and all was ok!

We did Christmas Caroling and it was lovely!

We did Christmas Caroling and it was lovely!

We made cookies! Even on Christmas day!

We made cookies! Even on Christmas day!

Advent Day 15 &16 Luke 2: 11-15

Luke 2:11-15

11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah,the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”