Legend of the Silver Pine Cones

ADVENT // Day One There is an old German legend that goes something like this: Once upon a time there was a poor family without enough food to eat or wood for a fire. The mother decided to go into the forest to search for pine cones; which she could burn for warmth. Perhaps, she... Continue Reading →

Making Macarons and December Daily Stuff

The prettiest of the cookies has to be the Macaron. This little French cookie is one I don't bake well. And, by 'don't bake well', I mean I bake something that resembles a hockey puck than a Macaron. Oh, I've tried...and failed. But this year I spied this little kit at, where else, Target. It... Continue Reading →

This is Your Permission to Keep it Simple

It's a little over a week into December. The holidays are fully upon us. Are you feeling stressed yet? I hereby give you permission to keep it simple this year by cutting the stress and relaxing. But, you say you have lots and lots of things to do. Parties to attend. People to shop for.... Continue Reading →

Why Advent?

Why Advent? Advent is a time of spiritual reflection and celebration leading up to the birth of Christ on December 25th. Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. The word ‘Advent’ is from the Latin word “Adventus,” which means “coming.” It is more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It... Continue Reading →

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I've been blogging for over 4 years now. That's 484 blog posts on this blog. I have blogged about everything that has been happening in the life of my family. From vacations, to raising our children, food I've made, my photography and design, documenting our crazy life, life and death, hopes, dreams, faith...you name it!... Continue Reading →

December Daily | Two

Day One of the girls' Advent calendar was books. Books wrapped in plain white paper under the tree. Books to add to the collection: Bad Kitty Christmas and Mortimer's Christmas Manger. ****************** To read more about December Daily, head over to Ali Edward's blog. Need Christmas book ideas? Check out Simple as That's list of... Continue Reading →

December Daily | One, Advent

It's time once again for December Daily. December Daily is a scrapbooking album project by Ali Edwards that celebrates all things December. Even if you are not into scrapbooking you can still participate through your journaling, photography, or blogging. It's a great way to document this special time of the year. And to document stories... Continue Reading →

december daily | day sixteen

I have officially "shopped til I dropped"! I hadn't started Christmas shopping until Thursday. Oh yeah, I am a tad bit stressed. I had a few medical test earlier this week that just piled on the stress. (It's okay Mom...nothing that is unmanageable.) But still. I spent the last two days making Christmas gifts (above).... Continue Reading →

december daily | day one

{left} Completely the idea of Shimelle.com. {right} Just after I got done saying that Santa isn't the reason for the season...we have him at our house. I am using pieces from an Ali Edwards freebie {love her!}. 25 days of Advent: Day One. I am not sure I can come up with 25 actual days.... Continue Reading →

advent begins…hope, preparation, joy, love

Today marks the beginning of the Christian celebration of Advent. Advent is a time of spiritual reflection and celebration leading up to the birth of Christ on December 25th.  Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. The word 'Advent' is from the Latin word "Adventus," which means "coming." It is more than simply marking... Continue Reading →

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