Archive for the ‘Advent’ Category

Bones, Taquitos, and Trances *UPDATE*

December 25th, 2011

I haven’t written on my blog in a few weeks; I’ve been busy working on Desperate, watching way too many episodes of Bones (we have streaming Netflicks so we can watch the episodes back to back), and reading (The Hunger Games Trilogy and Water for Elephants).

I’m tired most days, but I had a few spurts of energy the couple days before Christmas where I cleaned and organized like I was in a trance. No, I’m not pregnant, but I was seriously nesting.

I only made two batches of Christmas cookies.

I’ve consumed way too many chicken and cheese Taquitos (this is what happens when you watch too many episodes of Bones). I’m pretty sure I’ve gained about 10 lbs. thanks to Don Miguel. *UPDATE*! They’re NOT Don Miguel, they’re Jose Ole! Can’t believe I posted about the wrong Taquitos! :)

Christmas came and went, as did my child-like wonder. Life is becoming such a blur…

Fast and faster every year. The seasons come and go and I can barely breathe them in. Life is spinning and I’d slow down but I seem to thrive in the dance. But one can only dance for so long.

Tonight I plan on curling up with my husband and watching more episodes of Bones, promising myself that tomorrow I’ll make room for the stillness.

How are all of you doing? Any of you relate with the blur of life and missing child-like wonder? Any good book recommendations (I’m really interested in fiction right now)?

P.S. I highly recommend The Hunger Games. The writing is extraordinary and the story (and its characters) won’t let you go; you’ll be dreaming about the unfolding story for days after you’ve finished.

What We’re Doing This Advent Season

November 25th, 2011

I’m still on the hunt for something to add light to my spirit this advent season (any book recommendations?), but for my babes, we’re going to give Amanda’s wonderful looking new eBook, Truth in the Tinsel, a try.

“This ebook will lead you and your children on your own experience through the Christmas Story. You’ll take a few minutes each day in reading the Christmas Story directly from the Bible, making a fun ornament craft and talking about it together.” -Amanda

It looks very promising, and even though I’m not a craft person, my six year old is. Truth in the Tinsel should be right up her alley.

So…what are you doing to slow down and reflect more on the Savior this advent season?

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Beginning Monday…

Advent Devotional

November 28th, 2010

holy experience

I absolutely must pass this beautiful free resource along to you (just in case you missed it!)…

Ann Voskamp’s Free Jesse Tree Advent Devotional.

I just came upon this gem today. I printed it out and am very much looking forward to diving into it with my family this advent season.

Enjoy!

Advent Poem

December 20th, 2008

Will it begin while I’m alive?

Will I be slain for your name?

Or will I survive?

I can not imagine what a sight it will be,

when you come on a cloud wild and loud

and all will bend a knee

How will your angels gather the few?

Will we follow and fly straight up to the sky?

Or will they take us to you?

How wonderful to finally see your face!

I’m anticipatory to see your glory

and finally feel your embrace

“Be alert” and “ready”, this I will strive

preparing to meet the Lamb,

the great I Am

Will it begin while I’m alive?

 

Advent Elf

December 18th, 2008

So, I have an idea.

It’s kind of too late to implement this year, but hey, there is always next year.

Wanna know what my idea is?

The Advent Elf.

Before I share, I must admit that I can’t take credit for the whole idea. My inspiration came from Scout who is currently working for the family over at Bring the Rain.

But anywho, here is my little twist:

I am going to scrap the advent calendar and start the tradition of an advent elf. Every day our little elf (who has yet to be named) will show up in a new place and the kiddos have to search him out and find him. He will have their assignments for serving Jesus for that day.

The fun is finding the elf in a new spot each day.

The glory is in honoring Jesus with service.

Now I just have to find a cute little elf to fill the role…

 

A Homemade Christmas – Pillows From Placemats!

December 4th, 2008

 

Have you ever made pillows from placemats? Well, if you haven’t, you’re missing out! I first came across the idea of using placemats for pillows here (check out some very cute “placemat” pillows). Cute and inexpensive – count me in! I decided to look at the Dollar Tree for some cloth placemats I could use. Check these out (only a buck each baby!):

With a little work…
Face the right sides together (the cute sides) and pin
Sew all around leaving about a four inch space to put the stuffing in.
Cut off the corners (I wish I had a picture but my camera battery died – go figure!)
Turn the pillow right side out and then stuff it nice and full! Whip stitch the opening closed and…
Voila! Super cute pillows:
For more homemade Christmas ideas, check out the Simply Vintage Girl blog

Telling His Story And Offering Him Gifts – An Advent Calendar And Jesse Tree

December 2nd, 2008

The Christmas season is a hurried one.

This year, I want to slow down.

I want to take in the Savior.

This year (and every year) I want to celebrate Him – His birth and the anticipation of His return.

Do you anticipate His return? Some days do you watch for Him in the sky? Do you ever wonder what that day will be like when you (if you know Him) are taken up with Him? How amazing that day will be for those who call Him Lord!

What are we passing onto our children? Are we passing on the hustle and bustle of the season – gifts, shopping, Santa Claus? Or are we passing on something greater…something lasting…something worth celebrating?

This year I intend on teaching my children about God’s promise and His faithfulness by using a service oriented advent calendar and a Jesse tree.

Our Advent Calendar

 

Most advent calendar’s that I am aware of do nothing more than count down the days to Christmas while enjoying a treat of some sort. I want something more then that. Then I read Ann’s post, What Jesus Wants For Christmas, where her son asks her “what does Jesus get for His birthday?” Do we offer Him more than a cake on Christmas day? What are we giving Him?

Our advent calendar is a countdown to the birth of Christ by giving to Him what He desires.

“When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Matthew 25:39-41
Here is what we will be doing for Jesus this year:
Day 1: Say a sincere, kind word to everyone you come across today. Read the Christmas story in Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-21.
Day 2: Call a local food bank and ask what is needed.
Day 3: Gather and give requested needs to food bank.
Day 4: Make and decorate a thanksgiving box to offer thanks and praise throughout the year.
Day 5: Practice how you will respond to Santa Claus comments directed at your children (a great way to be a light illuminating the true meaning of Christmas).
Day 6: Meditate on and pray about Matthew 25:39-41.
Day 7: Make something or send a letter to brighten someone’s day.
Day 8: Offer to make and bring a meal to a family (perhaps an exhausted mother of little ones!)
Day 9: Dance to a praise song!
Day 10: Call your church and ask if there is anything you could help them with.
Day 11: Ponder Mary’s song of praise. Luke 1:45-55
Day 12: Offer to watch someone’s kids so the couple can have a date night.
Day 13: Write to your husband/daddy a letter describing the 10 things you respect and love most about him.
Day 14: Look up Samaritan’s Purse and make a donation.
Day 15: Write a letter/poem to God expressing your thoughts on His returning.
Day 16: Sort through your coats/hats/etc. and give them to an organization that distributes them to the needy.
Day 17: Surprise your husband/daddy with breakfast in bed.
Day 18: Be a light by making something for your neighbors.
Day 19: Make something to bless your mail carrier.
Day 20: Give some money or send a word of encouragement to a missionary.
Day 21: List three ways you and your family can be the hands and feet of Jesus this coming year – make a plan!
Day 22: Ponder the significance and battle of Revelation 12:1-17.
Day 23: Sit with your family in the dark with only a candle and talk about your anticipation of the return of Jesus.
Day 24: Read about the birth of Christ in Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-21 and take it in with fresh eyes.
Day 25: Celebrate Jesus!
We will also be giving our children a gold coin candy and teaching them this verse:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
Our Jesse Tree
It’s simple, isn’t it? I kind of like it like that. A few sticks gathered by little hands put in a simple vase, yet holding a powerful message. A message of hope, of promise, of faithfulness.
You can downloaded free ornaments to be used with this free advent devotional if you don’t already have something. Don’t worry if you’re a little behind, just have a big bang day and catch up!
(If you want to read more ideas about teaching the word of God to your children, check out Tuesdays Teacher over at 10 Million Miles.)
I hope these ideas are a blessing to you and your family this year.

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Rethinking Christmas

November 20th, 2008

 

Emily Rose over at Simply Vintage Girl is hosting “A Homemade Christmas” every Thursday. I have really enjoyed the great ideas so far!

I wanted to contribute by passing along the site Rethinking Christmas and its Most Popular Gift Ideas. It is brought to you by a group of advent conspirers and it has some fantastic homemade Christmas ideas (like the belated thank you letter).

Hope you take away from it some great ideas, I know I have!

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