Thursday, December 8, 2016

Friday Favs...Christmas home 2016

WELCOME!  Last week I showed you the Christmas decor in the entry of my home in this post.
Earlier this week I gave you a close up look at my Christmas tree in this post.
Today let's take a look around at some more of the Christmas decor in our home.
Let's start in the dining room!
I find myself enjoying a less is more Christmas decorating style than I did in the past.
On the dining room table I simply plopped a piece of fresh pine in one of the demijohns,
added my Christmas transfer ware dishes to the tray and topped them with a little Christmas vignette.
Also in the dining room...
a few simple Christmas touches on and near my knockoff Restoration Hardware shelves.

Dried orange slices are an easy DIY and a pretty and natural decoration to string as a garland,
 hang on your tree, or add to an ironstone bowl filled with pinecones as I did.
On top of the dish cabinet in my dining room are some of the pieces of Universal China's Woodvine pattern
 that I've collected.
Here's our little kitchen nook sitting area filled with holiday cheer!

And now the living room...

I made a slight change to the mantel since this photo, so I'll show you some more photos next week.
Our living room has a double arched entry.
This bronze deer hangs between the two arches.
I love these shelves that I found at Ross and hung near my hub's favorite chair.
 Thank you for joining me on this year's Christmas home tour!

Well, it's almost Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a SAFE and BLESSED weekend!


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

O Christmas Tree...

When we moved into our new to us house last year, I knew right away that I wanted the Christmas tree to go right in front of the large arched window in our living room.  What I didn't realize was that there is a heating vent in that exact spot as well.  A fresh cut tree sitting right above a heating vent wasn't going to work if we wanted the tree to stay fresh for very long, so we decided to get as realistic looking of an artificial tree as possible.  They sure are more convenient to put up and less messy than a fresh tree!  

Unfortunately, faux trees certainly don't smell as nice as a fresh tree.  So, I do two things to help my home smell Christmas-y.  First of all, I bring in cuttings of fresh greens to add here and there in my decor.  Juniper is one of my favorites, both for its appearance and its smell.  A local grocery store carries it in their floral department.  A large bunch is only $4, and there's enough for me to use it in several spots around the house.  Secondly, I buy pine or balsam fir scented candles and enjoy both their glow and their evergreen scent.  

And now, a little photo fun with a sprig of that juniper I mentioned...
  (Photo edited using Kim Klassen's Monday texture)
 (Photo edited with Kim Klassen's scrapit texture)

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Monday, December 5, 2016


I love all things Christmas! I love the decorating.  I love the shopping.  I love the wrapping and the cookie baking and the Christmas parties and the family gatherings.  I love it all!  But, take away the truth that Christmas is a celebration of the Lord Jesus Christ, and all of the lights and the decorations and the celebrations would be meaningless and hollow.  I love all things Christmas because I know the Christ of Christmas and the joy and hope that He gives to me in this life and for eternity.  That is why I can celebrate with gusto.  That is why my heart overflows with gratitude.
Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)

-our youngest granddaughter's birthday
-the She Reads Truth Advent devotional
-a fun family birthday celebration

-first good walk since I had the cold/flu.  My energy is back!
-Taco Tuesday with our small group
-study and laughter and prayer all in one evening

-a sun break in this rainy day to take a nice walk with my hubs
-my family supporting me in my quirkiness
-a new fuzzy warm throw blanket 

-It's December!
-haircut and color day
-God ordering this day
-a great worship and prayer time at church

-my hubs and I finishing our Christmas shopping for the family 
-the golden fall leaves stubbornly clinging to the trees along the Columbia River
-fog in the foothills
-a relaxing evening while my hubs watches the game
-my hubs favorite team winning the championship!

-all the photos and videos our oldest daughter is sending us from their trip to Disneyworld
-a GREAT annual Ladies' Christmas Dinner with the gals from our church

-our granddaughter is feeling better from her cold 
(so thankful because who wants to be sick when they are at Disneyworld!) 
-God's presence with us
-lunch and laughter with friends

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

The government shall be upon His shoulder...

In this verse in Isaiah 9:6 we see Old Testament prophesy fulfilled as well as prophesy yet to be seen.  Over two thousand years ago, the angels rejoiced as a Child was born unto us.  On a specific day in human history the fullness of time came and the prophetic word came to pass.  Jesus Christ was born in the flesh.  We can now experience the reality of having a living and vital relationship with our Father God because of the coming of the Son of God on our behalf.  We can now enjoy having God as our Wonderful Counselor, our Mighty God, our Everlasting Father, our Prince of Peace.  But what about "the government shall be upon His shoulders"?  As evidenced by the recent divisive election here in the United States and the resulting unrest, we are still living in the painful "not yet" of that prophesy being fulfilled in our reality.

There will come a day, when Christ will return, not as a baby, but as a Mighty King.  He will come to planet earth, make the wrong things right, and restore and redeem God's beautiful creation.  The kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our God and of His Christ and He will reign forever and ever.  Hallelujah and Amen!  Our hearts long for that day, don't they?

And yet, while I long for Him to rule and reign on planet earth, how often do I still resist His rulership in me, in my life?  (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, December 4th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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