Thursday, December 14, 2017

Friday Favs...My Christmas-y Kitchen and Dining Room...

Last week I promised to show you the Christmas decorations in my kitchen and dining room.
If you haven't seen my previous Christmas decor posts you can see
my Christmas mantel here
my Christmas living room here.
On my dining room table I made a simple centerpiece using Target dollar spot ceramic houses,
Ikea glass vases, faux snow and a faux tree from Michael's.  
I had most of these items already and just used them in a new way.
On the dish cabinet is my collection of antique santa cups,
(and some flowers my husband brought me!)
The little santa with a lid is a candle purchased at Marshall's.
Also in the dining room are my knock-off Restoration Hardware shelves
with simple Christmas touches added here and there.
For the second year I've added a simple bare branch with a few Christmas bobbles to this large demijohn.

On the shelf hangs some copper cookie cutter lights.
A little metal house from JoAnn's Craft and Fabric Store sits by a bottle brush tree in a little tart pan.
A favorite ironstone pitcher is filled with some foraged wintery foliage.

Between the dining room and kitchen is our little reading nook.
A wee faux tree sits inside an antique copper cookie jar
 and is decorated with a pom pom garland and copper cookie cutter lights.

And now, my kitchen.
Mimicking the windows in the reading nook, pom pom garlands hang above the kitchen windows.
A sweet little old fashioned vignette sits by my kitchen sink.

My white kitchen always has touches of my favorite color red so that works perfectly for this season!

 Thank you for joining me today!

It's almost Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
and a safe and BLESSED weekend!



Monday, December 11, 2017

Thank You, God...

The Christmas season reminds me of the magnitude of God's plan in sending His perfect, holy Son to be born into our sin twisted world as our substitutionary sacrifice for sin.  That alone is reason enough to give thanks to God 'til the end of my days.  Yet, day by day, He blesses me in a myriad of other ways.  And, so, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and once a week it spills out here in this place...

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)


-a super sweet time in God's presence as I listened to worship and prayed on my walk
-some sweet time with our three year old grandson
-my hub's watching The Great British Baking Show with me

-group texts with my siblings on my brother's birthday
-a bald eagle soaring overhead as I drove home from the grocery store
-finishing our challenging inductive Bible study on Ephesians with our small group

-the She Reads Truth Advent devotional
-a really fun day shopping and having lunch with my youngest daughter when my good friend had to cancel going with me
-a walk at sunset
-my husband's love

-a quiet morning
-another gorgeous, cloudless, cold and crisp day
-three financial miracles in one day amongst us and our children

-our gorgeous Mt Hood showing off on this beautiful day
-Friday Date Day!-a yummy seafood lunch 
-watching a favorite show with my guy

-the Lamb of God Who is coming back as King of Kings
-a beautiful late afternoon walk 
-our church's Homebuilders group coming to our house for dessert

-the way God builds His church with ones He knows we needed
-our annual date to the Northwest Gospel Christmas with the Oregon Symphony

-the encore was my favorite-"Joy to the World"- (done like the version from the Preacher's Wife movie)-

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Behold, the Lamb of God!

Jesus Christ's own cousin, John the Baptist, prophesied with these words, "Behold, the Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world!", the reason for Christ's first advent into our world.  He came to be the long foretold sacrificial lamb for our sin, the once and for all sacrifice we would ever need, putting an end to ritual sacrifice for atonement of sin.

His disciples, His family members, His own people, were focused on the Old Testament prophesies of the Messiah as King. Surely, if Jesus Christ really was the prophesied Messiah, He would put an end to Roman rule and reestablish the kingdom of Israel.  Jesus told them with His own mouth about His coming death, but they couldn't quite wrap their mind around it-couldn't make sense of it in the light of the Messianic prophesies about His rule and reign.

The Jews had been following the Levitical sacrificial system for atonement for sin for centuries upon centuries. Yet, they were blind to the fact that it was a foreshadowing of a perfect, sinless, spotless Lamb Who was to come. They could not comprehend that He came to do what no animal sacrifice was able to do. (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, December 10th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Friday Favs...Christmas in our living room

Hi All!
It's that time of the year when my Friday Favs are all about decking the halls for Christmas!
Last week, I showed you my Christmas mantel.
Today, I'm showing you the rest of the living room.
The antique trunk that serves as our coffee table is topped with an antique dough bowl filled with pinecones, copper colored jingle bells and Shiny Brite ornaments.
"Rudolph" is wearing some Christmas bling.
Our "faux" tree sits front and center to the window.
(The blinds are down because it is a BRIGHT, sunshiny, albeit cold day in the Pacific Northwest.  Hallelujah!)
We always had real trees until we moved to this house. 
Here, the best place for the tree is right over a heating vent, so "faux" trees are our new normal. 
 I can't say I miss the mess of cleaning up all of those fir tree needles!
Some decorative shelves are hung near my husband's favorite chair.
As you can see, copper-y accents are found here as well as on the mantel.

Below, a little tree sits in a blue and white transferware bowl next to a side chair
 that can easily be moved wherever an extra seat is needed.
In case you can't tell from the photos, the leather couch, chair, and ottoman are navy blue leather
and the drapes are navy blue and white.
At times it's hard to tell in photos that they are not black and white.

Thank you for joining me today!
Next week I'll show you what's up in the kitchen and dining room.

It's almost Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
and a safe and BLESSED weekend!
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