home for the holidays

over at the Internet Cafe Devotions, they are hosting a holiday expo.  this week, the feature is a “tour of homes”. 

so, i’m playing along, by posting a glimpse of our holiday decorations. 

above pic pretty much sums it up for me.   i looooove Christmas. 

the wreath on our front door is live.  each Christmas, my husband’s employer sends them as gifts.  they are quite beautiful and smell lovely.  the wreath somewhat hides my doorplate, (which i love).  it was a gift from my grandmother when we built the house. 

next, is just a few of my village pieces.  i have too many to get out at the same time, so i have begun rotating them.  i have them in a few different locations, this just being one. 
next is a glimpse of our tree.  i like to use red, green and gold, but i also now include many ornaments from years past or new ones from this year. 

i like the word “believe”.   i think it may be my favorite holiday word. 

i look at it in 2 different ways. 

  1. whether you call it “Santa” or the spirit of Christmas, i love the excitement and anticipation of gift-giving and everything about Christmas.  i don’t think i will ever out-grow loving this holiday season and “believing”.
  2. most importantly, i believe that Jesus is my savior.  He died on the cross and rose again, for me–a sinner.  the most important part of Christmas being that God sent His Son to earth, through the birth of Jesus, at Christmastime.
of course, it wouldn’t be MY tree, if there wasn’t an ornament or two, reflecting my love of coffee. 

this particular ornament (pictured above) even SMELLS like coffee!  yum!!

and obviously i love my starbucks!!!
the pac-man ornament actually lights up and plays the original pac-man theme.  each year, my son asks for an arcade-size pac-man machine.  (which we don’t have the room or the money for.)  when i saw this ornament, i knew it would be perfect for him!!!
lastly, a little jar of candy canes that i made and an advent calendar that i made also.  

that’s just a small look at our decorations…wouldn’t want to continue to bore you with more & more pictures……

happy holidays!

big day

big day.  

my hubby is home from chicago!!  (yippee)  he was there on business and we missed him greatly! 

he is aware of my love for starbucks and brought me back some goodies.  he even went to a ralph lauren outlet store and picked out a shirt for me there.  he is a good hubby.

it is sooooo good to have him back home. 

big day for another reason.  my son, wore a tie, dress shirt, dress pants—“the works” tonight for the first time.  yes, he’s obviously dressed up before, (khakis, nice shirt), but we’re talking a tie/pants/shoes/shirt all from the men’s department.  he looks so grown up!  he had a “winter concert” for band tonight.  he is a percussionist.  i was quite proud of him.  he’s really becoming a young gentleman.  hard to believe he’s 14…he’ll be driving next year.  time flies. 

God has reminded me this week what a blessing my family is to me.  they are a true gift from God and i thank Him for them.

small town girl

just a little play on words with the title…. 

could describe my small Christmas village….  

could describe me…  

hope you’re having a day full of joy and peace, that only our Savior can give!

  • “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13

daily fun {sunday scrappin’}

ok.  so, i’ve been working on my december daily as mentioned here and here.  

this picture is from my december daily yesterday.  if you would like to see more, they can be found on flickr

my sunday scrappin’ :

  • ta-da’s: would definitely be my december daily.  it’s fantastic.  it’s easy.  it’s quick. and i know i will enjoy looking back at the entire month-long journal of memories. 
  • my to-do’s: really fit in with the challenge for this week….to use snow in the theme or project.  well, i have about 60 Christmas cards to make and snowflakes are the major embellishment for each.  i am hoping to have them totally done by thursday morning….cross your fingers!

well, that’s all for today.  i am loven the snow outside.  it’s less than an inch, but it’s pretty…and i love it! 

enjoy your sunday!


our middle school girls’ group at church has been busy making “pies in a jar”….  

we are selling them to raise money to help a family-in-need, at Christmastime. 

don’t have time right now, but i may post the recipe eventually.  

snowed all day today!  loooved it!!!!  

christmas pretties

went to my parents’ house tonight for a quick bite of supper.  took a few pictures of their house.  their house is beautifully decorated, magazine-picture-perfect.  this picture is actually their master bathroom.  it’s very elegant and pretty.  the pictures don’t serve it justice.  this is only a bit of the room…
the next 2 are just a glance at their sunroom.  i love the little white Christmas lights on the mantle and wreath. 
well, that’s all.  it’s been a busy day….just thought i would post a few peaceful pictures of “Christmas pretties”. 

enjoy your friday evening!