Friday, December 22, 2017

joyful, joyful we adore thee

Joyful, Joyful we adore Thee!

"The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with Joy." - Psalm 126:3

We have been more intentional this year about preparing our hearts and minds for Christmas. The kids have been excited to read our Advent calendar each day and read the coordinating scriptures. And eat the chocolate of course:). Our Sunday school class has also been studying Max Lucado's "Because of Bethlehem." We have truly enjoyed this study. 

I hope and pray that you have a wonderful Christmas filled with God's presence and love. 

"God took on your face in the hope that you would see His" - Max Lucado


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

up-close Christmas

One thing I think we all love about Christmas is traditions. I enjoy putting our Christmas decor out each year, especially the ornaments that we have collected over the years.  My Christmas decor does not change all that much from year to year, but I like adding a few new touches each year. I do not have a complete house tour to share, but here are a few   
up-close shots of Christmas around our house. 

Twinkle stepped us his game this year!

Monday, December 4, 2017

colonial christmas home

Our halls are decked and now the race begins to get everything accomplished before Dec. 24. One of my favorite things to do this time of year, when I need a break from all the craziness, is to drive around and look at everyone's Christmas decorations. I look forward to all of the Christmas home decor magazines too. This colonial home in Charleston, SC,  featured in Southern Living, is a show stopper. I'm sure it is even prettier in person. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

the table


So many have already rushed right to Christmas, but I still love Thanksgiving and what it represents. We have been singing The Table at church recently and I just love the words to this song.  What a perfect song to reflect on the upcoming holiday. 

Come all you weary
Come and find
His yoke is easy
His burden light
He is able, He will restore
At the table of the Lord

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

my cup runneth over

I have so much to be grateful for. We all do.  But sometimes it is easy to lose sight of this, especially when our main focus is on following the lives of others rather than concentrating on the life that God has given us to live.  Social media drives so much of this. I have never really taken an extended break from Facebook or Instagram, but have wanted to remove it from my phone for some time.  I got home from work on Friday and Paul had purchased new phones for us. I do not get too excited about new phones, but I did see this as a perfect time to remove Facebook and Instagram from my phone. I truly see so many benefits for both of these social media platforms, but I also see the dangers. Addicted sounds harsh, but I would have to say, sadly, I felt addicted to Instagram. The only way for me to find a happy medium with it, is to remove it for a while and then slowly reintroduce it to myself.  November is a perfect month to reflect on our many blessings. I really enjoy getting to see and experience the happy moments in my friends, family and others lives, but I am excited to take a month to focus on all the joys I have in my own life.

I hope your November and Thanksgiving are filled with joy, peace and full hearts (and tummies too:)! 

My cup runneth over. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

forcing fall

It is still 80 degrees here in North Carolina, but we are still forcing fall around here! Have a wonderful weekend! 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

soft and beautiful

Here is a soft and beautiful home for you to view. The whole portfolio is lovely. This particular home has my favorite color scheme - lots of blues and greens. 

Happy Weekend!