As you come up the stairs the house if filled with the Christmas smells of: Cinnamon, Apples and Yankee Candle "Christmas Wreath". You will first see our fire place. We are missing one stocking at the end. Do to the fact we got a new dog this past Easter and have not found the right stocking for her. The Reindeer with the gold bow was made by my husband grandfathers wife "Nina". So it is very special to us since she has pass on.
1 chocolate cake mix
1 white cake mix
yellow, red, and green liquid food coloring
3 round cake pans, 8 or 9 inches
large red candle taper
box of small birthday candles
red and yellow piping gel
plastic Christmas decorations (optional)
The girls would now like to take over our tour:
They picked "Pink' Snow~Family for their door and "Red" Snowmen for their big brother.
Back down stairs we go to see the school room tree. This is Mom's favorite because it is filled with hand made treasures from past years. The tree skirt was hers when she was a littler girl and the Nativity set was given to us by our "Grammie" it was the same one Momma played with. We also have a collection of our favorite Christmas Books here that we reread together each season.
A few Christmas ago Scottlyn had a Awesome Sunday School Teacher named "Miss Bonnie". All SS Teachers are blessings. But there is always one or two that touch your heart. This one gave her a very special Nativity Set and each year she likes to but it in the bathroom.
Would you like some "Hot Coco w/ lots of marshmallows"? We also have some special treats to eat! Yummy, Yummy. By the way all things are Fat Free. He, Hee :)!I got theses neat Christmas Tree placements this year with matching rugs for the kitchen.
Here is our tree. My cousin"Sharon" gave us the Angle on top for a wedding present. I always thought it was the best present we got. To give an Angle tree topper was so special. Our first Christmas was a small one. We had just bought this house and we were in dept up to our eye's but our home was filled with newly wed Bliss. I laugh now. What were we thinking? But on to the "Tree". The tree is filled with an eclectic mix of things: their are purple grapes, red apples, gold poinsettia's, little pink and purple dresses, ivory angles, American Girl dolls, yearly pictures of us, ballerina's, gold balls and Lenox bells. The Christmas tree skirt my mother made us last year. The ruffle is out of some left over gold material from our wedding. It is so pretty.
This school year we have been memorizing the book of James. We have taken the this year off from AWANAS and spent our time more wisely studying the word. By Christmas we will have the first 2 chapters written on our hearts. The girls will dramatically recite from memory what they have learned. What a blessings this has been to us as a family.
Now that I have showed you my home let me open up my heart:
Every year at night when the kids are in bed and the house is quite and still I like to sit here and reflect of the past year. The year is coming to a close and I am counting my blessings. We are also blessed to be where we are. I know we are all in different places in life some of us our on top of a mountain yelling "victory" and others of us are in a low valley wondering when we will see the light? But know matter where I am or where you are I want us to praise God together for where we are in life. You can lean on me and i can lean on you. He is drawing us closer to Him though each season we are in. At times it's hard and I can feel His hand around me, caring me through. Other times I am smiling as I look at my children and see His reflection in their Christ like actions. Sometimes He uses them to speak straight to me. Life can not get any better then this. I have been praying for you (the reader of this blog) this past few weeks. What I have written I pray has blessed you and encouraged you. What ever season you are in "May you feel Gods presence around you." I love you my Sweet Sister in Christ. Have a blessed day with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Growing in Him,