Yesterday we celebrated New Year's day. Not the traditional New Year of Western culture, but the liturgical New Year. Advent. The term refers to a coming or arrival. In protestant Christianity Advent is the liturgical period preceding Christmas and starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. You will not find Advent in scripture. There are no verses that tell us when and how to celebrate it. It is actually a set of traditions adopted by the Christian church. It helps us understand the truth of Christ's birth and provides us with a way of expressing it within our lives. Advent begins at the darkest time of the year, when the days are growing shorter and the nights longer. During this period we are not celebrating Christmas, but anxiously preparing for it. It is an expression of how we can have hope in the darkest of times. This hope is possible because we know that a Savior is coming. The real celebration does not begin until Christmas, the day that we celebrate Christs's birth. You may be saying to yourself "But Jesus wasn't actually born on December 25th!" The church did not pick a day in the dark of winter for historical accuracy. One of the reasons Christmas is celebrated in December is because celebrating at this time of year provides a more vivid picture of the reality that we are celebrating- that while we are toiling in a dark world, full of sin and pain, we have hope because of Jesus. All for now.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I have just recently been introduced to this thing called Pinterest. It seems to be pretty neat, so in the spirit of Pinterest and decorating for the holidays, I figured I would post a few pictures and pin them of some ideas that I came up with before this lovely new website. This is what my dining room looks like for Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy. Almost everything was super cheap, a goodwill find or homemade.
In this picture is my absolutely beautiful console that my hubby made. My menu board that I made. My pumpkin bowls that were a gift from my bestie. I repurposed them as a decoration. A vase from goodwill. Fake flowers from Walmart and a fall runner I made last year.
These are the decorations I have on my kitchen table (my hubby made this also). Another fall runner that I made this year. Some pumpkins I got at goodwill a few years ago. Two candles that I found on crazy cheap clearance at Target last year and a vase from goodwill filled with more pumpkins and leaves. Here is a closer pic.
My cute little bowl from walmart a couple of years ago with some acorns that the kiddos found in the yard.
I also needed a bread basket for my homemade yeast rolls on Thanksgiving so I went to goodwill a few days ago and found this cute basket for 1.50 and took some left over fall fabric and put in inside. Now it's ready for my bread.
Well I hope you enjoyed a walk through my kitchen. All for now.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Ok, sorry about the delay. We rounded out the month of October with a camping trip, a birthday and Halloween. Crazy busy. Hubby planned a wonderful trip to Carter Caves State Resort Park and we had so much fun. I just wish it had lasted longer. We definitely learned a lot from this camping trip, for instance, it will take 2 hours to hike a 2 mile trail with 3 children. It was absolutely beautiful. Here are some of the pics from that trip.
Somebody was exhausted about 1.5 miles in and fell asleep on Daddy.
The day before Halloween was MY birthday. WooHoo. Hubby took me thrift store shopping all day. I absolutely loved it. Here is a pic of me and the kiddos on my birthday just before church.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Well, FFF kinda bombed last night. We had to go out early yesterday afternoon with every intention of coming back to make dinner. Something happened and we were still out at 6:00. NOT GOOD. We still have to get all the way home and prep the food and cook it. Not gonna work. So we stopped at Outback. Some very wonderful people gave us a gift card or we would have stopped at McDonald's. It takes quite a lot to feed 5 people so it's not something we like to do a lot. There are so many other things we prefer to spend money on. Not to mention, my absolute love of cooking and creating new recipes. Thus the creation of Fun Food Friday. I wanted my children to have my love of cooking (plus there is math involved.....shhhh) ;P. So since it failed last night we are cooking our dish tonight. Tonight's meal is a little bit of my own creation, not really any recipes tonight. We are going to be have an Herbed Crockpot Chicken, (which actually cooked yesterday and is falling off the bone), creamed spinach and potato pancakes. We'll take pics and show you the fun. If you would like any of my recipes, just let me know. All for now.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
During the middle of October, we had a wonderful visit from Nina and Papa. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this year and came by to see us on their travels. We had such a blast. Hubby and I took them to see a beautiful town not too far north of us; Madison, Indiana. Such beautiful scenery, especially in the fall. Here are some pics from that day.
Ok, so I think if these months get any busier, maybe I should just go back to Week in Review. What do you think? :P The first
half third of October we had a blast. Hubby managed to relinquish me and the kiddos for a week so we could go spend it with my bestest. She lives a few hours south of us. We had a blast. She took me to one of her Goodwills and I have to say, I'm a little jealous. This one was awesome. I hated to leave, but such is life. Oh, by the way, hubby came to her house at the end of the week. If you want to check out her blog, it's http://armywifedailylife.blogspot.com/. We missed a couple of soccer games, but Big Man didn't mind. He got to spend a week with his best friend, of course he didn't mind. He thought it was the coolest thing. There are a few shots we took that week that I will be posting on my facebook site http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dees-Photography/123980267557. FFF has taken a little bit of a backseat due to our busy schedule, but we'll be back at it soon. Don't forget to check out my project of the week on the sidebar. See if you can guess what it is. Look for Part 2 of October soon. All for now.