Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas 2014: It was Merry and Bright!

Our little Christmas was both merry and bright!  Despite the soggy conditions outside, we had a fun week just relaxing, playing, baking, watching movies, and just spending time together as a family.  It was a perfect Christmas week!

We spent Christmas Eve getting ready for Santa!

Santa came!!

That sneaky Santa even left a present in the garage!!

What is it!?!

A bouncyyyyyyyyyyyy castle!!!

Y'all, this thing is THE BEST!!  It blows up and deflates in literally seconds, folds up surprisingly small (can easily be stored in a Rubbermaid storage bin in the garage) and Olivia and Davis L.O.V.E. it!!!  I can set it up for them by myself, let them play, and then put. it. away!  Easy peasy!

Olivia ended up not feeling well on Christmas.  She had a sore throat, persistent hacking cough, and fever that ended up lasting a few days.  Funny thing is, I tried sooooooo hard to keep everyone healthy for Christmas.  At Olivia's school party, I whipped out Clorox wipes and wiped down the tables before the class came in to eat their snack.  Yeah, I was that mom.  All the other moms looked at me like I was CRAZY, and I even said, "I don't know about y'all, but I don't want to take home any germs for Christmas!"  Then it was my child that ended up sick on Christmas day.  I'm not bitter or anything!

We finished up our Christmas celebrations yesterday at Nana and Papa's!  Nana squealed with pure delight when she saw Olivia walking through her front door!  We were all afraid Olivia would miss Christmas at Nana and Papa's two years in a row (she was sick with a fever last year and wasn't able to go to Nana's for Christmas.) 

And with that, another Christmas has come and gone!  

Hope yours was merry and bright, too!



Saturday, December 27, 2014

Commandments or Promises?

Before I get into documenting our Christmas festivities, there's something I've. just. gotta. share.

NewSpring's Christmas Eve service was...was...well...I really just don't have the words.  

It's a game changer for sure.  

We actually went to the Tuesday night Christmas service (one of the 74  Christmas services NewSpring held all over the state of SC!) and it was a wonderful message of hope and how life is better when Jesus is at the center.

But God really changed things up for the Wednesday Christmas Eve service.  We watched online, and I was BLOWN A-WAY.  

Lean in close here.....this is too important to get wrong.  My relationship with Jesus isn't just so that my eternal life will be better--you know, the whole going to heaven instead of hell thing (although that is true.  John 6:47 says, "The one who believes has eternal life.")


My relationship with Jesus makes THIS life better.  My life TODAY.  NOW.  


Because of His promises.  Promises of Hope.  Rest.  Peace.  Contentment.  And the list goes on.

And, by the way, God is a promise keeper.  It's what He does and has always done.  He's BIG ENOUGH to carry through on His promises.  Each and every one!  Each and every time!

My relationship with Jesus isn't about keeping a list of His commandments.

It's about RECEIVING His promises.

I can't wait for you to watch it!  (The sermon starts 24 mins and 30 seconds into the video if you want to skip through the music.)

Y'all, this is too important to get wrong.

Commandments or Promises?



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My Christmas Prayer


Listen to this...

While you read this...


Scripture says that God so loved the world that he gave.  He Gave.  HE GAVE.

He gave his one and only Son.

He gave his one and only Son, that whoever.  Whoever.  WHOEVER.  believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God, thank you for GIVING me your Son, Jesus.  Thank you for sending Him so small and tiny to Mary and Joseph.  I'm blown away that they took a risk to obey You by bringing YOUR FLESH to dwell among us.  Thank You that I can see Your glory and for daily filling me full of grace and truth.  This is why I CELEBRATE.  As for me and my house, we will CELEBRATE You.  Amen.



Monday, December 15, 2014

Gifting Christmas Arrangements

I made a big arrangement of fresh greenery for our coffee table.  I just used what we had around in the yard--snips of leyland cyprus, boxwood, and holly.  I stuffed them into a red vase (that I saved from the flowers Kevin sent to me on our 10 year anniversary) and added a few sticks of artificial berries.  It turned out so stinkin' cute (to be a slap-together project of things I already had around the house!)

We went to Mama and Daddy's Saturday to play and have an early dinner, so I made two more little arrangements to give to Mama and Allison.  I used the same greenery snips from the yard.  For the vases, I raided our glass recycling bin and pulled out two spaghetti sauce jars.  I washed them out and peeled off the labels then added some ribbon to dress things up a bit!  Again, they turned out so stinkin' cute!

Mama had the same idea (great minds really do think alike!)  She had made the most beautiful Christmas hanging baskets for her front porch (I regret not taking a picture of them) and was sweet enough to give me some of her left over magnolia leaves and fraser fir trimmings!

I used them to whip up 6 vases today.  These are tagged for a few neighbors and friends, so I splurged and bought new vases (they're from the Dollar Tree!  **wink**wink**)

I added green burlap ribbon around each vase and then tied them up with bakers twine (I don't do much these days without my bakers twine!)  So each arrangement ran me a whopping $1.00 (I already had the green burlap ribbon and bakers twine on hand.)

Add these sweet gift tags, and they're perfectly giftable!  I know I would love to find one of these on my front porch!

I've already delivered two today, and I'll deliver the remaining four tomorrow!  I've so enjoyed the arrangement on our coffee table, so I hope the recipients will love these, too!

I had a few trimmings left over, so I put them to good use beside the garage entrance!

Wishing you the merriest of Christmases!



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sweet Little Remembrance Gifts

TJ Maxx has had the most darling Christmas soaps this year!

I absolutely love these oversized bath bars!  And the holiday scents are simply delish!

This one is Candy Cane, and it smells wonderful!  It has a creamy peppermint aroma (it reminds me of the Ghirardelli peppermint bark!), and I could almost sink my teeth into it it smells so good!  Pop the adorable soap box into a burlap Candy Cane gift bag (also from TJ Maxx) and you've got the sweetest little remembrance gift EVER!!  I know I would love to receive this!

I have two of these all packed and ready to go!  You just don't know how tempted I am to keep these all to myself, but I've already tagged them for two of the sweetest gals I have the pleasure of serving with at church.  They encourage me, keep me in stitches, and are a bright spot in my week!  

I picked these up, too.  They came in lots of scents, but the Peppermint and Gingerbread were my favorite!  I tied them up with bakers twine to give as hostess gifts for two different Christmas parties!

These would make precious gifts for teachers, babysitters, your cleaning lady, ME!  Whatever!  I like to wrap gift cards up with these jumbo bars, too, just to add a little something, something to the gift!  At $3.99 a bar, they make a sweet-smelling, little present!