Sunday, December 23, 2007

Mmmmm...the warmth of home and all things cozy

It's been a little more difficult this holiday season to get in the the "feeling" of Christmas because I'm at home all day with the girls. When I was teaching I had to attend every Christmas program and party imaginable, brought home yummy goodies from my students, and by the time Christmast rolled around I was ready for a break. Well now that I'm home I don't have all that, and I've been sort of a loss as to how to celebrate or bring that feeling back. So I've found myself decking the halls and blaring Christmas music all the time. I've made our traditional holiday goodies, and now I'm just waiting for Christmas to arrive. I'm learning to find joy and comfort (or comfort and joy, ha!) in the little things of Christmas--the musicbox my mom made MANY years ago in her ceramics class, the sight of 2 new stockings hanging by the fireplace, and I can never get enough of my Christmas tree. Here are a few sights I get to enjoy:

And then I finally got some time to do a little scrapping too.

I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year too!
See ya'll in 2008! I'll be a year older and a year wiser (yeah right!). Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

a dear, sweet friend

more precious than words can describe, more valuable than they'll ever know. When I thought that no one would remember, my thoughtful friend surprised me yet again. I came home over a week ago to find a decorated tree waiting for me on my front porch. Not only was it festively decorated and strung with clear lights, but it's "ornaments" were different Scripture references written out on strips of embossed paper, each adding its own comforting words. At the top of the tree near the bow a card read, "In memory of Claire Hoffman Misner We loved you too."

You see, my dear sweet friend had remembered that I wanted to start a Memory garden for my precious little Claire, Sarah Kate's twin who was lost at 20 weeks after inutero surgery. And on the anniversary of our loss, standing valiantly on my front porch was a living tree bearing words of encouragement and standing tall in an altered bucket that read "Emmanuel, God with us". When I thought no one would remember. We never really had a funeral, so there wasn't an event that would trigger people's memory. So, I thought we'd have to suffer the pain/loss all by ourselves. But no. My friend remembered, dedicated her time during a crazy holiday season, to think of us, to create a special keepsake for us, to let us know they really cared. I can't even begin to tell you how much that has meant to us.

The tree now stands in our dining room even though it's a live tree. We didn't want the rain or anything else to harm it's decoration. Eventually I'll plant it outside, but for now it stays lit in our home. Each time I pass it, I'm reminded that God has provided for us in ways unimaginable, has used the people in our lives to show us His graciousness and endless mercy. I'm simply reminded, as it reads, that "God is with us." What a comfort! What a gift!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Ironic don'tcha think?

Okay, like I've said earlier, I love taking little quizzes like these. Here's the latest.

You Should Have a Blue Christmas Tree

For you, the holidays represent a time of calm, understanding, and peace.
You avoid family fights, and you don't get too stressed out - even when things are crazy!

You like to make Christmas about making everyone's life a little bit better.
You don't get caught up in greed or commercialism. You're too sincere for that.

Your blue tree would look great with: Lots of silver tinsel

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: It's a Wonderful Life

What you should bake for Santa: Chocolate chip cookies

I think that this is a hilarious prediction/revelation because I HATE anything BLUE that has to do with Christmas. I know that the "blue" tree is supposed to represent my personality, my attitude toward the season, but still. Blue??? I don't think so.Christmas is about red and green despite the recent push to include pink and lime, etc. It's NOT about BLUE! And on top of that I CAN'T STAND TINSEL!!! It's messy, it's cheap looking, and it does NOT belong on a tree! So, so far my quiz predictions have not been so accurate. Scott Baio is a no go, a blue tree is hideous, and tinsel? Yuck! But, it's all for fun, so I'll keep taking them. I'll keep posting them. Why? Because my inner teenage girl still likes to giggle at the outcomes. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Yummy Christmas candy!

Just a quick post that'll hopefully make you smile. Caroline's two newest words--"andy" and "ookie"!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Christmas trees

We've had our tree up for a while now, but with all the bustle and busyness of the season, I haven't posted in a while. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the whole "tree" experience, everything from picking it out to decorating Caroline's personal tree


"Do you think this one'll work?"

Yep! This is the one!!!

Well, that's all I've got for now. I forgot that when I took pictures of the girls decorating the tree, my memory card was still in the computer. :( I'll have to download them later. TFL!