Friday, December 19, 2014

Moments {12.12.14 and 12.19.14}

Two weeks of pictures to share and my feeling pretty sickly, 
means that this post will be long on pictures and short on words.
These last two weeks plus a few days have been crazy in our house.
I think my body was telling me to slow down.....broken foot and sickness.
Here goes.....

 Saturday, December 6, 2014 --
Even though I was on crutches  on this day, I did manage to get a few things done.
Like making chili for supper -- with a little help.

337/365.... and finally stated decorating....

 Sunday, December 7, 2014 -- 
I was still on  crutches, so my kiddos were being a great help.
This sweet boy brought me my coffee.  

338/365...... Miss Lillie. I snapped this shot of her after church.

Monday, December 8, 2014 --
I went back to the doctor about my foot and ended up with this.
SO, thankful to be off crutches and to be able to walk.

339/365.....Her first band concert.
She rocked it!

Tuesday, December 9 , 2014 --
Some of my nativity scenes around my house..... 
love them.

340/365.... Brady had a program at school.
All of the Kindergartners sang for us. 

 Wednesday, December 10,2014 --
Finally redid my chalkboard for Christmas....
love it!

341/365..... another of my favorite Christmas decorations.
Old photos with Santa.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 --
Our Advent devotion included post it's to put the scripture in order.

342/365......We ran some errands as a family after school, mostly because I can't drive due to the broken foot.
Got these books for school gift trades.
Friday, December 12, 2014 --
Went to see one of my youth in the Nutcracker.
She was the Dew Drop Fairy. 
She was beautiful and danced beautifully, too.

343/365.....And we got a Christmas tree.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 --
My PSA for people who have family members with December birthdays --
birthday wrapping paper makes them feel important.

344/365......Hubby's birthday....

Sunday, December 14, 2014 --
Our children's Christmas Program was on this afternoon.
They did a great job!

345/365..... Youth Christmas Party

Monday, December 15, 2014 --
A busy day of work. 
 My sweet boy....

346/365..... He had pajama day at school.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 --
My new Instantly Framed picture arrived.
I won it from Emily Clark and it came in no time.
I love it.
For now it resides here....

347/365..... We were invited to the Scout Christmas Party.
Our friend  won the Ugly car race!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 --
He woke with a fever and a cough. I was also not feeling well.

348/365.....He was flu positive.  
I didn't go to the doctor, but maybe I was too.
At least we had something nice to look at.

Thursday, December 18, 2014 --
 We were still home and sick.
And Ken had joined us by the. =/
My mantle may never get finished....

349/ least I have time to wrap presents....

Friday, December 19, 2014 --
Allie came home from school today telling me how her teacher brought everyone cookies for their last day of school, but she brought Allie goldfish.  Love that her teacher was being thoughtful for my sweet girl.  She was thankful, too. 

350/365.....Tried to get a pic of the kids in their Christmas shirts.
Love the shirts.
Wasn't thrilled with the pictures.
OH, well.
We will try again on Christmas Day hopefully.

No one in our house has run a fever since early this morning.
Hoping we are beginning to mend and that NO ONE else in my family comes down with it!

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Moments {12.5.14}

 This week was probably the calm before the storm.
We didn't have many "extra" things this week.
Ken didn't have evening meetings at church and I only had one.
We had only the 'normal' kids activities and Children's choir on Wednesday.  
So, it has been a rather quiet week.....sort of.
Here are the moments I've collected this week.

Saturday, November 29, 2014 --
  There was the moment ( well day really) that I got to spend with my sweet friend doing some Christmas Shopping!

There was the moment when I was saying goodnight to the kiddo's and was stuck by how grown up she is.  

331/365.....  she's 13.....

Sunday, November 30, 2014 --

There was the moment that the Advent Season began and we sang this song.

There was the moment when we decided that since we had time, that we could go and see our friend, Parker, in Miracle On 34th Street on Sunday afternoon.  

332/365.......excellent production.

Monday, December 1, 2014 -- 

There was the moment I picked up these two books for our Women's study that will start in January.

There was the moment when Maggie decided to write a report on why she should be allowed to have an Instagram Account.

333/365........and she presented it to us. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 --

A moment when I sat thinking about what a dreary day it was as I waited in the car line.

There was the moment when Brady walked in after he, Lillie, Maggie rode the bus home after school and laid on the floor for 15 minutes before throwing up all over the place.  
They don't ride the bus everyday and he got carsick.  

334/365......but then he was happy.

Wednesday, December 3,  2014 --

There was the moment when I saw this on my TimeHop App.  
Aww, two years ago at Disney....

There was the moment on Wednesday when I realized how much I love our suppers together each night.  

335/365...... I needed a picture of it.....

Thursday, December 4, 2014 -- 

This moment when I got serenaded on the way to school by these four with a song about a moose named Fred who liked to drink his juice in bed.

There was the moment when we all stayed up to watch Peter Pan Live!

336/365........did you watch?

Friday, December 5, 2014 --

There was the moment when it was confirmed that the fall I took earlier in the day had indeed broken something in my foot. Boo!

There was the moment that Lillie gave her dad and I these two cute little items she made for us at school.
She said that she had "an extra hour of school" so she made us something.

337/365.......not sure where the extra hour came from.

These are the moments of our week.
What were the moments in yours? 

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Advent 2014 - Prepare Your Hearts for Jesus!

 Did you know that yesterday began the Christian season of Advent?
Advent is the season prior to Christmas.
 Advent begins 4 Sundays before Christmas.  This year, that was yesterday.
Advent ends on Christmas Eve.
Then, there is the Christmas season that last 12 days {Like the 12 days of Christmas Song!} until Epiphany.   {Click here for more on the church year .  Also, here}.

In my family, we do special devotions each year for Advent. We also have an advent calendar that looks like a house that is numbered for each day from Dec. 1 - December 25.  Kinda like this one -- except that ours is solid red with doors for each day.  Each day there is a small gift {think -- piece of candy} for the kids as we count down to Christmas. They have all figured out now that on Christmas Day, they will find the baby Jesus behind the door so that he can be added to our Nativity scene.   Because he is the greatest gift of all.

My sister texted me yesterday and asked me what we use for our Family Advent devotions.  It occurred to me that there may be others out there looking for ideas for Family devotions this Advent season.

  Here is what we have always used in our house. Besides the Advent calendar I mentioned above, we have done a Jesse Tree.   A Jesse Tree is great because the selected readings take you from Genesis to Revelation.  A great way to show that Jesus is present throughout scripture.
 At times, we have made a paper tree on the back of the door and added a paper {colored} ornament as a symbol of that lesson.  You can download devotions and patterns for your tree here.
This one is great to use with small children as it allows for them to actually see a representation of each lesson.
Here is another article on the Jesse Tree that provides some different options for the readings.

As my children have gotten older, we have streamlined things a bit. We have the Jesse Tree Book, and we have simply done our red advent calendar above after we have read the devotion from the book.

Another thing we do each year because our children really love it, is this.  This is an interactive nativity scene that I purchased at a Christian Bookstore years ago.  It poses the question "What does God want for Christmas?"  There are only about 7 lessons , but it comes with a pop up nativity scene and each time you unwrap a 'gift' you find a character from the nativity to add to your scene.  It comes with a book that tells the story (in rhyme) of that character.  Each day ends with  the same question -- "What does God want for Christmas?"   Even though my children know the surprise, that the last day's gift is  a mirror -- because what does God want for Christmas?  He wants YOU!   -- They still love it.  Maggie has already asked if we are going to get it out and use it this year -- and she is 11!

This year, we will be doing our red advent calendar and our "What God Wants for Christmas" Nativity, but we are doing something different for our readings.
This year, I have chosen a Family Devotion from YouVersion of the bible. YouVersion is an online bible that you can have on your computer. You can also download the app to your phone or tablet.
I have it on my phone and use one of the reading plans to read my bible each morning.
They offer advent and Christmas reading plans {along with all kind of other reading plans!}
My family and I are doing this one together.
However, there are many to choose from and they vary in length of days as well as in content so you can pick one that works for your family.

That is what my family will be doing as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the arrival of Jesus this Advent Season.  
Do you have plans to do devotions with your family this Advent Season?
Even though it started yesterday, it's not too late!  A lot of things listed above are as simple as downloading, so you can get started today!

If you have time to go out and buy a book today, the Jesse Tree book that I linked above is awesome or here is a new one for this year.  Ann Voskamp has written a new book that I feel will certainly be worth your time.

Matter of fact, I'm hoping to find it myself this evening and it may well be added to our Advent season this year.  If you do not know who Ann Voskamp is, go here to find out more.  You won't be sorry!

Everything that I have shared thus far are ways to do this Advent season with families that include small children.
 I also wanted to share with you a couple of links to places that would be good for families that have teens so you are still  able do advent devotions together as a family.

I found this devotion that is written specifically for youth and is downloadable.
  And this one from d365 that is done online and gives you things to 'do' after your quiet time each day.
Lastly, I found this "eretreat" from the Upper Room that you can register for and do this Advent season.  I think I will be registering myself.  It starts TODAY (so go register now!) and lasts through December 27th.

All three of these last links would be great for families with teens to do together or even for teens and adults to do on their own this season.

It's not too late!

What are you going to do to Prepare your hearts (and your family) to celebrate this birth of our Savior this Christmas? 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Moments {11.28.14}

I have been saying for months -- probably almost every week for a year -- that I hope time will slow down.
This week, things did slow down for just a bit.
School was out for three days and a lot of our evening activities have slowed some or were cancelled.
It has been a wonderful evening.
I'm truly thankful for this week!
Here are the moments I captured throughout.......

Saturday, November 22, 2014 --
Maggie had a sleepover on Friday night.
First thing Saturday, we were treated to a fashion show. 

It was also the first Saturday in a long while that we had nothing to attend. No soccer, no church events. Nada.

324/365..... It. was. glorious!

Sunday, November 23, 2014 -- A day of church, family and then church again.

selfies on Sunday afternoon.with my silly boy....
At youth Sunday afternoon, hubs led what we like to call The Game of Life.
The kids learned how to deal with different financial situations and how to live 'the game of life'.
It was loads of fun.
This is my favorite picture from the evening.

325/365.....I have no idea what he was saying to this group.

Monday, November 24, 2014 --
school, work and then home to get homework done.
Part of her homework is practicing.
Loving listening to her play.

Brady had a ritual when he goes to bed each night.
His dad or I read him a story, then we say prayers, Then, if I'm putting him to bed, he give me the I love you sign in sign language.
And recently he has added this....

326/365.....hang loose.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 --  This night was my night to host my book club at my house.
I'm kind of cheesy in that I really like themes.
SO, since our book was from the 1918 era, we had finger foods.

We read "The Beautiful and the Damned" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
While none of us loved the book, most of us were glad we read it.

327/365.... Accomplishment.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 --` A day of hanging out at home and getting some work done.
We went out for supper and got our first Christmas Card when we got home.
This note was in the card.
GREAT gift!

We even spent the evening together watching this.

328/365......It's a classic.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 --
Thanksgiving for us was a trip to Greensboro to be with part of hubby's family.
It was a great day.

329/365..... Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 28, 2014 -- 
Today has been a rare day with nothing to do.
IT was (AGAIN)  glorious.
I tried to do some Black Friday shopping online but it didn't go well.
OH well. Shopping tomorrow so hopefully I will do better then.

It's time to take down the Thanksgiving decor.....

and put up the Christmas !!!!

OH, and our friends Tripp and Jenny brought donuts and stopped by for breakfast this morning.
We were all thrilled to get to spend a little time with them.

330/365.... some of our favs!

Again, I am so thankful for this calmed down week.
And I'm looking forward to this season of Advent that is starting on Sunday.

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