Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christmas Decorations - 2018

I get excited when the time finally comes to decorate for Christmas! (Actually, I get excited when the Christmas season finally gets here!) It's always such fun to think about what decorations I want to use and where I want to put them. 

Joy has dawned upon the world, 
Promised from creation— 
God’s salvation now unfurled, 
Hope for ev’ry nation.
"Joy Has Dawned" by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Meet Judah Nathaniel

I have a brand new nephew! Judah Nathaniel made his arrival on Wednesday, August 22.

I asked my sister if I would be able to come over and take his newborn photos. She said yes! Judah was an angel during his session. He only cried once and after a quick snuggle with his mama and a little bit of bouncing with his oldest sister, he was ready to finish his shoot. 

After his photo session, Judah was joined by his siblings.

Gavin, Maddie, Owen, Ben, Alaine, and Macie all took their turn with their baby brother.

We are in love!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Make Me Thy Fuel, Flame of God

I saw the last stanza of this poem a few weeks ago on facebook and I've been thinking about the words since then. 

From prayer that asks that I may be 
Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee, 
From fearing when I should aspire, 
From faltering when I should climb higher 
From silken self, O Captain, free 
Thy soldier who would follow Thee. 

From subtle love of softening things, 
From easy choices, weakenings, 
(Not thus are spirits fortified, 
Not this way went the Crucified) 
From all that dims Thy Calvary 
O Lamb of God, deliver me. 

Give me the love that leads the way, 
The faith that nothing can dismay 
The hope no disappointments tire, 
The passion that will burn like fire; 
Let me not sink to be a clod; 
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God. 

 —Amy Carmichael

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018 Book Challenge

For the past couple years I've used a reading challenge to try to boost my reading. Since I keep very busy, its easy to let reading get pushed to the back of my list. Having a reading challenge to try to complete is an easy way to accomplish some reading. 

Last year I finished 11 of the 12 themes. I was reading a book to complete the last theme but I didn't set aside quite enough time to finish before the end of the year. Hoping to complete the whole challenge this year!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Ornaments

This year, both my grandmothers have passed down to me some ornaments that were on my parents' childhood trees. 

The Silent Night ornament is from my maternal grandmother, Gammy, and the striped one is from my paternal grandmother, Mommom.

In addition to the boxes given to me by my grandmothers, I also have a couple boxes that were my great-aunt Lynn's and several that Dad found at a yard sale and gave to me. 

Not only do these ornaments thrill my vintage soul, they are something special to carry on to the next generation.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas Parcels

Every year, I search Pinterest for wrapping ideas. I like to try something different each year. I've been tempted to repeat an idea (for example, these tags) but every year I end up with some new inspiration. 

This year, while searching on Pinterest, I came across this pin.


Since we have plenty of brown paper, quite a bit of twine, and a very large collection of old postage stamps, this seemed like just the right theme for this year. 

Each vintage parcel is tied up with twine and a stamp or two in the corner. For the larger packages I added a vintage "Parcel Post" label for the tag. 

And for the smaller packages, I just wrote the recipient's name right on the paper.

All the parcels look so cute in the crate, don't they?!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Decorating for Christmas

I love the Christmas season! I get excited when it rolls around each year. 

If you've read my blog for very long, you'll know that I love just about anything vintage. Christmas is my favorite time to use vintage decor. 

My trio of handmade snow globes pairs well with two Sugared Birch candles from the Hearth and Hand With Magnolia collection at Target. FYI: They smell amazing! I was content with the just taller one but then when I went to Target the other day the shorter one hopped into my basket and I let it stay. :)

The pillow I purchased at Marshalls last year, is a nice pop of color on my white bedding. This pillow is a favorite of Pinky's. I catch her all the time rubbing it, sleeping next to it, or just sitting there beside it. I don't know what it is that attracts her. Silly kitty!

The top shelf of my cart holds a few (of my many) copies of A Christmas Carol and a  little vintage tree.

On the bottom shelf of the cart  is one of my vintage cameras and a Bess Streeter Aldrich Christmas book I found at an antique store a year or so ago.

On the shelf above my chair I have a few pieces of a new metal nativity I bought in Lancaster this past October. The whole set includes a star, a couple wisemen, a shepherd, another sheep, a cow, and a donkey. I didn't have room to put the whole set out this year but whenever I have my own home to decorate, I'll use all the pieces. 

My dresser is where I put my small tree. (More on that in another post coming soon.) Next to it, I have a peppermint candle and a jarful of red ornaments that were my great-aunt Lynn's.

I am again using the old crate that I found up in the attic of the new house when we moved. It's a perfect place to put Christmas packages waiting to be handed out on Christmas day.