holy cow december was a whirlwind. it’s january…what!


yes, i know i'm totally late to the whole, "i can't believe it's the beginning of a new year" thing, but I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S THE BEGINNING OF A NEW YEAR! there, now that we got that out of the way…..here's a little photo recap of our blur of a Christmas.  it was a great one though!   Sister's preschool program---i … [Read more...]

small town christmas


i grew up in a small, quaint town, then moved to the "burbs" of DC, and then moved back to a small town.  and, can i just tell you, i have grown to appreciate and adore everything that a close-knit small-town community has to offer.  on saturday, jon's parents joined us for the annual Christmas parade.  it was chilly, but honestly, pretty near … [Read more...]

advent preparations!

truth in the tinsel

i'm passionate about making the christmas season much more about Jesus than about Santa, and one way our family hopes to do that is by spending each day in December in a way that is reflective on the story of Jesus' birth. Click here to visit Truth in the Tinsel. we have used (and will use again this year), the awesome, easy, quick, and … [Read more...]

christmas day 2012.

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  there were early morning snuggles, presents for Jesus, presents for the kids, a hide-n-seek adventure for the "big gifts," french toast casserole, and first-time sledding  AND .......................that was all before 9 am. we wrapped a little piece of the doll house furniture and a little train for them to open under … [Read more...]

white christmas.

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  it's my favorite christmas-time movie---White Christmas.  with its dancing and singing and skinny-wasted women (seriously how were they THAT skinny?) and without warning, our christmas eve turned into a beautiful winter wonderland like something out of a movie.  when Sister woke up from her nap and saw the snow, she shouted in the best … [Read more...]

Tell Your Story {a link up}– cutout christmas cookies.

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the parents came to town.

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  my parents came from Indiana for a long (too short) weekend.  it was full of candy houses, presents, mexican train dominoes, and cookie eating. i think they had a good time :). … [Read more...]

Stamped Salt Dough Ornaments tutorial–the one that actually works!

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  so i'm not going to lie....i tried some other pinterest recipe for salt dough ornaments.  and, well, it totally didn't work.  i was beyond frustrated with the gloppy dough, my broken (but now fixed) oven, and my daughter who wouldn't leave anything alone for more than a second. SOOO,...i regrouped, did some more researching for the … [Read more...]

advent this year.

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  i have a feeling that the advent season and how we "do" it, will look different every year.  i love the idea of intentionally planning out and implementing a time of anxious awaiting and focus on how God came down as a frail baby to rescue His beloveds. print advent seems to always start out as something fun i want to plan for our … [Read more...]

blurb. (christmas gift spoiler alert)

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  ssshhhhhhh, don't tell my dad---but....... i'm revealing my christmas gift for him today, because honestly, i just have to share this great gift idea and i couldn't keep it from you until after christmas morning! my dad has his own business and is constantly on the go--paired with the fact that all of his grandchildren live at least … [Read more...]