I want to wish all the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day! I want to especially wish my dad a wonderful day! I’m so blessed to have a Father who loves me and my daughter with all his heart! I couldn’t have asked for a better father in my life. I also want to wish Anya’s father a Happy Father’s Day as well and thank him for creating this beautiful little human being with me.
If any of you are aching on this day, I pray for comfort from Our Father who loves you unconditionally and will take care of your every need, wipe your every tear and is a refuge in every season of your life. He is the ultimate Father and on this day and every day I give glory to Him in all his awesomeness.
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!
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.
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.
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.
How do you celebrate Advent? What are your family’s traditions? I would love to hear how you stay focused on Christ during Christmas!
I hope everyone had a beautiful Mother’s Day! I spent mine at the ocean with my girl. The plan was just to drive up for the day and instead my mom surprised me by giving us 2 nights! So we left on Friday and came back yesterday evening. I love the ocean and always feel refreshed after smelling the sea and this time was no different, but just better. We spent our days lying on the sand, eating fries, laughing, running in the water, cuddling and simply enjoying life together! All the stresses I’ve been experiencing lately just drifted away in the tide and I was fully focused on indulging in this beautiful little creature that God gave me in his goodness. I also want to say for all the women out there who have a hard time during Mother’s Day for whatever reason, know that my heart is with your heart.
Here is a snapshot of my weekend 🙂
We also got to go our evening church service which was the icing on the cake! I’m just reminded that we don’t need a day to celebrate being a mom, there really is joy in every day in this job, we just have to seek it in the little things.
Easter is a significant day for Christians. This is when we reflect upon the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, this is how we were reconciled to God. It really is the holiest of holy holidays. Easter isn’t just about eggs, bunnies, and new outfits for church, it’s about understanding the sacrifice Jesus made for us. I think it’s important that our children understand the true meaning of Easter. I’m not saying they shouldn’t get an Easter basket, but I think as parents we should be intentional about teaching our children about this holy holiday.
If any of you live in the Washington, DC metro or you wouldn’t mind taking a trip with the Kids to see the Easter Bunny at the White House then try your luck by entering into the lottery for the White House Easter Egg Roll! The lottery opened on February 23rd and end this Thursday, February 26th at 12:00 pm ET. Sign up for the Lottery by visiting https://whitehouse.gov1.info/easter-egg-roll/. We’ve never been, but I have friends whose kids went and they had a fabulous time!
It’s the 2nd day of January and I’m sure many of you are already on the path to fulfilling your New Year resolutions. I think resolutions or goals are a great way to start out the new year. However, I believe that every day is an opportunity to work toward a goal as long as you have breath in your body so don’t get to hung up on resolutions only for the New Year. So many of us end up disappointed from failed resolutions, so here are a few tips I’m going to follow this year to make it easier to follow through!
Keep Goals Simple– It’s fine to be ambitious, but it is also okay to keep it simple. Don’t over complicate your goals, keep them clear and concise. Write down the goal and the steps you need to accomplish it, it doesn’t have to be long and drawn out just clear enough for you to follow.
Write Your Goals Down– I don’t know about you but, I get serious satisfaction when I cross something off of my list! Write down your goals and keep them in a place you are sure to look at them often. Don’t keep them in a notebook you’ll throw in your desk and forget about. Keep them in clear view!
Categorize Your Goals- This falls in line with keeping it simple. I suggest categorizing goals in 2 ways: 1) By Area In your Life, for example, you can categorize by your financial,career, physical, spiritual or family goals or 2) By Month. Think about what you’d like to achieve in 12 months and break down your goals accordingly.
Do a Mid Year Check Up– In January everyone is riled up to make changes in their lives and accomplish their goals, by the time June rolls around that new year excitement is gone and usually very little is done. Give yourself a mid year check up and evaluate where you are, where you want to be and the necessary steps on getting there.
Get an Accountability Partner-Keep yourself in check by recruiting a friend that holds you accountable and do the same for them. Accountability partners should be honest and not afraid to tell you to get with it! In a kind and loving way of course 🙂
The biggest tip I have is remember to pray about your goals and be open to hearing and following God’s will for your life. Be courageous and remember that everything is possible when God’s hand is in your life!
I hope you all had a beautiful start to 2015! I spent it at home with my fabulous beautiful and funny daughter! We busted balloons every hour, made cotton candy, watched movies, and opened little surprise gifts! It was a great night topped off this morning by sleeping in late cuddling with breakfast in bed and watching another movie! Can’t wait to see what the year brings! Here are a couple photos of our night!
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!