Sunday, December 10, 2017

Elf Antics

Our elf, Jingle, finally decided to make a very late appearance this Christmas season.  I'm pretty sure the younger kids are on to her antics and knows what's up.  They still enjoy trying to find her in the morning, but I have a feeling that Jingle will be retiring our home after this Christmas. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas on Simply & Truly {home}

Over on my other blog I'm sharing a few Christmas posts.

Today I published one of our family traditions which is to receive games as a family Christmas gift. 

Family Christmas Gifts and Traditions:  Games

And there was a little Christmas Q & A...

Christmas Q & A 

Join me over on Simply & Truly {home} for a little more Christmas!

A Glorious Christmas

Last night we took our children to see Casting Crowns and For King and Country, two Contemporary Christian groups, at the A Glorious Christmas tour.

Both groups are two of my favorites.  Hearing them sing Christmas songs and singing with them was fabulous!

It was a long night with a long drive to get back a little before midnight.  We were all worn out.  Abby, with her blue cotton candy stained lips, even "snoozed" a bit during intermission. 

But it was a great night with two of my favorite things from the Christmas season:  worshiping our Savior and spending time with family. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Through the Eyes of a Child

This picture, taken about 8 years ago of our youngest son and my husband, is one of my all time favorite pictures ever.  Every year it shows up in my timehop, and I share it again.

That look on Evan's face - that total and complete look of wonder at the beauty of Christmas - just makes me pause every. single. time. 

I want to live life like this.  With my eyes this wide open.  My heart soaking in the beauty that surrounds me. Marveling at all of the gifts that God has given us through people, nature, family, etc.

And not just at Christmas.  But every single day. 

Eyes of wonder finding all the good, beautiful, and wonderful in the world. 

That's how I want to live.


I'm varying from the last few posts and joining in with the currently link-up today.  Louisiana is actually experiencing cool weather today...complete with sleet!  It makes me want to curl up with a book and a blanket.  However, we had to head out the door instead.  #momlife

Let's get to the Currently:::December prompts!

Lighting:::Yesterday we started using this candle that came with my Grove Collaborative order.  The scent is Spruce & Balsam Fir and it smells like you're in a wonderful winter forest.  It goes perfectly with the Christmas tree and lights!

Spending:::More time caring for myself.  I'm learning as I get older that I really need to carve out time for myself so I'm a better Mom.  For me that means I'm meeting up with other ladies for some Mom time, indulging in facial masks for my skin, finding time to work on hobbies, and reading books.

Choosing:::Gifts.  It's that time of year! I'm also choosing to be done with our shopping by the beginning of next week.  :::Fingers Crossed:::

Sending:::Hopefully, Christmas cards.  I love Christmas cards, but I need to get a picture of my whole family, and I'm not sure when that's going to happen.  We did take a silly picture on Thanksgiving Day when we were all together.  I may just use that one because it's not professional and our outfits don't match; but the picture makes me smile because it's so us!

Christmas Card 2015 

Singing:::Christmas program music with the children at church.  We have practice tonight.  And as of last week, I'm going to be leading the music.  I'm a little bit nervous about it too.  But it will be fun!

Don't forget over on my other blog I'm sharing Blogmas posts every day until Christmas!  And I'm participating in the December Photo Project on this blog.

Linking up with Anne at In Residence.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

By the twinkle of the lights

Finally sitting down at the end of the busy day and I sit here in the twinkle of the lights of the garland and the tree.

There are toys on the ground.  A stray pencil.  Wires (oh, the wires we have!).  An ornament or two (or more) out of place.  A tree the cats have been terrorizing.  Less than perfect decorating.

But it's my favorite place to be at the end of the day.  Sitting here in the glow of the twinkling lights.

 And I'm remembering the child who left the toy behind.  The hand that used the pencil for drawing.  The wires that connect us to family and friends.  The teenager who likes to see his Mom smile when he places an ornament in a random place.  The kittens who tickle us with their silly Christmas tree antics.  The joy that comes from making our home a bit more beautiful, even if it's not perfect.

It's my life.  All the crazy, busy, loud, chaotic, joyful, happy, loving bit of it.  The twinkle of the lights illuminate the love that lives here.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Any Homeschooling Moms?

For any homeschooling moms who may read here, I wanted to share this post that I wrote over on my other blog about homeschooling during the holidays.

Check it out if you need some inspiration this month!

Homeschooling During the Holidays over at Simply & Truly {Home}

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