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antique comfort

Posted by in Christmas, family, homekeeping, seasons

Kenny and I have always loved antiques.  When we were dating, one of our favorite things to do was drive out of the city into a country setting and find antique stores and browse for hours.  The first thing we ever bought was a sterling silver candelabra in Bedford, Pa. When we were looking at engagement rings, we looked strictly at antique diamonds and settings, and we both wear antique rings as our wedding bands.  On our honeymoon in Deep Creek, Maryland, we bought our antique china closet, and our fifth christmas…read more

get your Hygge on

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  January and February are my least favorite months of the year.  After months of cozy evenings snuggled up with tea, hot chocolate, blankets, books, Christmas music, and movies…the cold air has turned bitter and there is nothing to look forward to but the warm sun that won’t return for at least another four months. At least in our neck of the woods. This is the time of year that Kenny and I start talking about our garden.  What veggies and flowers we’ll be planting in what location of the…read more

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christmas tree 2012

Posted by in advent, Christmas, seasons

it’s been 8 whole days since we put up our Christmas Tree 2012…and still, no blog pictures! last sunday, we had about a half inch of snow fall in the morning, and by afternoon, it was sunny and slightly warmed (to the upper 30s!). perfect weather for christmas tree cutting!  we headed out to our local christmas tree farm and within 10 minutes of walking around, found our perfect tree. our first year in this house, we went BIG with our tree. after all, we have 9-foot ceilings, why not…read more

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christmas, 2011

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all he wanted to know was what i wanted for christmas this year. and i gave him an earful about how i don’t want any gifts or presents, and that i think we should just do away with the whole gift-giving part of christmas forever because it makes me so uncomfortable anymore. my husband knows better than to agree with my crazy whims. so he just smiled and never brought the subject up again. i made it very difficult on him without realizing i was doing so. i thought i’d…read more

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preparing for the preparation…

Posted by in advent, Christmas, seasons

i went grocery shopping this morning and was amazed at how crazy the store was. the balloon turkey decoration next to the lit christmas tree was slightly jarring, but maybe i’m just being persnickety. i thought the grocery shopping craze happened the monday- wednesday before Thanksgiving, not two weeks before? i am vowing right now that i’m going to treat this coming weekend and week as normal, and not as crazy preparation for a fun Thanksgiving celebration. how about you? we’ve been observing Advent in our home for the past…read more

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revolutionize Christmas

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in the past, i’ve blogged every day in november.  i don’t know if you noticed, but….i kinda had a “31 days fail” event this past october. so i won’t be repeating that mistake this november! but i do love blogging during this season…the cozy thanksgiving days, the solace found in Advent’s hopeful waiting, and the joy of Christmas. before we get into this season’s crop of thanksgiving, advent, and christmas posts, i have a huge admission to make: the christmas season makes me anxious. don’t get me wrong: i love everything…read more

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epiphany ~ blessing of the house

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Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. ~isaiah 60:3 House blessings on Epiphany come from the visit of the Magi to the home of Jesus, and the gifts they gave to Him. God bless this house, from door to door, from wall to wall, from room to room, from basement to roof, from beginning to end. God bless this house and all who enter here, all who eat here, all who work here, all who play here, all who sleep here, all who…read more

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epiphany ~ homemade nativity

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the last day of christmas has come. the boys and i spent the afternoon preparing our family 12th Night. their stuffed animals became key players in their own manger scene complete with three paper crowns for their favorite animals. we three kings: a shepherd (that’s the shepherd’s hook at the far left), and a sheep: the baby jesus (in a sock) with llama-mama-mary looking lovingly on: and my favorite, “view from the back”: today, the formed a star and hung it on the window behind the creche. it hasn’t moved…read more

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1.1.11 ~ the new year

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i resolve to pay better attention. i resolve to be more intentional in all things. i resolve to be more generous. these three things will take a good part of my energy, but they encompass all aspects of my living right now. as a follower of jesus, a wife, a mother, a teacher. a daughter, a sister, a grand-daughter, a friend. an aunt, a godmother. a cousin, a niece. a stranger. in all these things, i also resolve to make more beautifications in my life. to encourage others to do…read more

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merry christmas!

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(aka…”coming up for air”) we’ve been super busy. a good kind of busy, though; one that leaves you achy by 7 pm where you collapse into bed and sleep hard all night, then enjoy all the activity of the next day. it’s been a fantastic advent adn christmas and we continue to celebrate, so i have no blog posts in me. i do, however, have a great blog of someone else’s to share with you during this christmas season. one that warms me all over inside. i know people are…read more

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