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On Saturday the girls drove out to a little town not too far from us. We wanted to try out a new Christmas tradition.

I had heard about a wreath making class and decided to sign us up. It was worth a try, right? We started out with fresh greens, a wire circle, clippers, and a roll of wire.

My mom, sister, and three sister-in-lawsΒ sisters-in-law came along.

We had a great time. And our wreaths didn’t turn out too bad. This would definitely be a fun thing to do every year.

There was even a little Christmas cheer for Baby Mac.

After the wreath making and a little Christmas shopping at the nursery, we drove to another little town for a Christmas Soiree. We had fun looking around, but walked away empty handed. It was time to eat. My pregnant tummy was hungry!

After lunch we hit one more antique store. I found a great ceiling tile and a cute little turquoise table for my mud room.
The Christmas trees and joy ornament were from the nursery where we made the wreaths. And that great blanket was made by my mom. I snagged it from my grandparents who just moved here! We stopped by their apartment to help with some unpacking on the way home.
It was a great Saturday. Thanks for starting a new Christmas tradition with me girls!

  • Anonymous - SisterS-in-law, pleaseReplyCancel

  • Tricia - What a fantastic tradition! It looks like you girls had a wonderful time. Such a great girls day.

    With love and prayers,

    (P.S. Anonymous needs to get a life. Seriously?)ReplyCancel

  • Jodie - I think the pedantic person who left the anonymous comment missed the point of this post. So glad you’re enjoying some new Christmas traditions! I’m relatively new to your blog and I really enjoy it. I think you’re incredibly brave and a true inspiration. I’m praying for Baby Mac’s safe arrival and that, in the meantime, you’ll be able to find more moments of joy this Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Robin in Benton - Love the picture of Baby Mac in the wreath! Looks like a great new Christmas tradition!ReplyCancel

  • Aaron and Shannon - Was that at Stone Creek? I did that a couple of years ago. It was fun…but a lot of work! Glad you had a good time!ReplyCancel

  • Emmy - How precious! Nothing like Christmas traditions πŸ™‚

    Ok, Mr. Anonymous. Get a life!!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - That looks unbelievably fun! (Love the wreath around the belly!) What a great idea…it’s so wonderful that you have family so close! My parents are in VA (we’re in TX) and my husband’s family is in FL. We miss everyone so much. Will you show pictures of you new things at home? πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - What a beautiful post about your family. I don’t have any contact with my sister-in-law so I can’t begin to imagine how marvellous it is to have sisters-in-law that you enjoy spending time with.

    All the very best from very hot Australia.ReplyCancel

  • kaylin rose and mara anne - looks like a lot of fun! i love starting new traditions!ReplyCancel

  • Sherryl - That first picture is ADORABLE! Did you make that too?ReplyCancel

  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - It looks like you had a wonderful day! I would definitely continue doing that every year!ReplyCancel

  • This Little Hen - Christmas traditions are so important! I am currently trying to think of ones to start with my yound family. I wish there were wreath making classes around here, they are too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Heather at All A Flutter - I think that sounds like a really fun new tradition. Something to look forward to!

    P.S. I loved all of the pictures, too!!ReplyCancel

  • meg duerksen - FUN!!! i wish i could have done that class?!
    there was nothing at the christmas soiree….because i got it all before you got there! πŸ™‚
    i got lots of goodies.
    did you go to molly’s too? how funny that we missed each other.
    i was in town for my kids’ basketball.
    i love the idea of a NEW tradition. awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Diana - OMG! OMG! Your cute little turqoise table is EXACTLY like the little green table that my mama had my daddy make for me when I was FIVE years old… we always called it my “mud pie” table. Mama thought I needed something to make my mud pies on. In fact, I still had it up until last year when *sniff sniff* it finally gave out and fell apart. My sweet husband had repaired it a couple times in the past, but alas, this time… *sigh* I taught my own sons, and then my grandkids, how to make mud pies on that little green table.

    LOVE that you had such a good time, you really needed that! Baby Mac makes an adorable “wreath.” Hehehe!

    You are so BEAUTIFUL when you smile. We can tell you had a great time with all the GIRLS in your family! AWESOME new Christmas tradition!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - what a fun trip! i’m glad you are doing things you enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • L ~ S - Looks fun! I did a similar thing, but with flowers also a few weeks ago with my sisters-in-law also! We want to do it again in the spring with some kind of spring creation. I love your new treasures.ReplyCancel

  • Carla - What a coincidence, I was just seriously considering learning how to wreathmake too…though considering I am all thumbs, it might be a bit ambitious πŸ™‚ You have a lovely family, and they can say the same thing. Baby mac looks great, a true Christmas spirit already :-).

    I love seeing your updates, even on the harder days but you have such a knack with a camera, you take such fab photos. If you have any plans of setting up an interior design company in Western Europe, can I be first to know please lol.

    You’re doing an amazing job with this December, keep at it. Thinking of you lots and sending all my positive vibes, hugs CarlaReplyCancel

  • Micah - Good for you, girl! Your wreaths look great too! Love the photos as always πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Tsquared417 - Love the wreath belly picture!! I’m glad you have such wonderful people to help you enjoy the season!!

    P.W. couldn’t agree more that ANONYMOUS needs to be shot.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Just trying to be helpful but you might want to correct it to say “sisters in law”…great post πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Fun! I went to a wreath making class on Saturday, too! I know we live close (I’m in Wichita) so I wondered if we were in the same class–but it was small enough that I don’t think I missed you! =)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kelly - Soooooooo fun!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Cristy - That looks like so much fun Jess! So glad you had a fun, girly time!


  • Jaclin in NJ - I am new to your blog, and found it on Pierce Phillips’ CaringBridge site. He is a 2 year old little boy who lost his battle with Neuroblastoma on October 9th. My heart goes out to you and your family, and you are in my thoughts always. So happy for you that Cora will be a big sister soon, and certain that your new baby has an extra-special guardian angel! You are an inspiration and a wonderful example of grace and courage through an unimaginable ordeal! Can’t wait to hear about your new arrival!

    P.S. Anonymous, you are a disgrace!ReplyCancel

  • A - Great pictures- it looks like you had an awesome time!!ReplyCancel

  • The Perfect Trio - Love that new tradition!!!

    I am curious to know what you are going to do with that ceiling tile…I love it!

    I also have to add that you are a true inspiration. You are in my thoughts and prayers…you and your family!


  • PamperingBeki - Whoa, controversy on The Macs’ blog?! Jess, you little rebel. πŸ˜‰

    Looks like a great time. Love seeing you pregnant!

    God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • sarahross - Your wreaths turned out beautifully! I bet they smell just as lovely as they look.ReplyCancel

  • SGreen - Love the wreaths! Looks like a great Christmas tradition to start!ReplyCancel

  • hoosier68 - Oh please, Anonymous, get a life! Again, I’m wishing I lived in Kansas…..what interesting things you do. Baby Mac will be here before you know it and you won’t have time to worry about grammar πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • jen christians - What gorgeous women you have in your family!!! I am so glad you got to spend some time with them doing some fun and crafty things. You are still in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - what a wonderful bunch of sister-in-laws (and SISTER) you got. I is pretty sure you’re family in general is just plain wonderful. And I know they is blessed to have you two!


  • 6p010536a3bc2c970b - i would love to know where you did that, and what shop you went to. i love antique stores and all things old (like your tile!) also making a wreath sounds like a fun project for next year!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - ahhh….whenever I leave a post it puts all those numbers. i don’t get it. seriously, I might have to call someone. Lindsay.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - OMG — I am laughing as I see you “corrected” your post! I needed the laugh today. You know, some people are just RUDE and miss the point completely. Love the blog and wishing you a wonderful Holiday and praying for Sweet Baby Mac!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What was it that Thumper said…”If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all?” True that, Anonymous!ReplyCancel

  • lisa - can you tell us where that wreath making class was and the antique shops….would love to do that!

    thanks, you are doing exactly what God made you to be….i can “see” (or read) the fruits of the spirit thru you and your familyReplyCancel