We are missing Cora like crazy today…
…but we are rejoicing with our little angel that He has come.
We are rejoicing in the good news of great joy–Jesus.
The angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior–yes, the Messiah, the Lord–has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
I smiled to myself when I opened my HOPE book last week and realized the topic was joy. It was just what I needed to read because I definitely am not feeling very “joyful” this Christmas–at least not in the way the world would define joy.
How reassuring is it to know that our joy isn’t tied to the sometimes turbulent conditions around us?
It isn’t tied to how sad I am feeling as we prepare to celebrate this first Christmas without Cora. It isn’t tied to how my heart hurts when I see all these happy Christmas cards and realize again that there will be no family pictures with Cora this year. It isn’t tied to how sad I am that Cora won’t be here to welcome her new brother or sister with us. It isn’t even tied to how much love we will feel when we meet Baby Mac any day now. True joy does not necessarily equal happiness.
My joy is grounded in Christ.
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again–rejoice! Philippians 4:4
Here are a few of the projects I have been working on.
Both of these ideas came from Ashley Ann’s blog.
It is one of my favorites.
You should definitely check it out.
Ashley made one of these for her husband when they were remodeling their kitchen. I adapted the idea to give as Christmas gifts. Each bottle in the caddy had a verse about joy on it.
I also made a few individual bottles to give out as gifts. A candy caddy would be great gift for so many things. You can find the directions here.
Clothes Pin Magnets
This was the best part. My sweet husband helped me glue on the magnets so that I wouldn’t have to inhale all the fumes. That was really nice of him because he HATES crafts. Apparently the magnets I bought were a little too strong because they kept all sticking together while he was trying to glue them on. I tried to help, but I think I made things worse. So, I just stood back and laughed as he yelled at the magnets. I am sure he really appreciated that!
I was going to stamp on the cardboard (like Ashley did), but couldn’t find my alphabet stamps. So, I just printed off the same label I used on the candy caddy. Another cheap and easy Christmas gift! You can find the directions for the clothes pin magnets here.
Oh, and I made some little clothes pins too. I used these ones to hang up all my Christmas cards.
I had a few questions about some of the other projects from our craft retreat.
You can find the directions for the photo tile coasters here.
And most of the girls were using blurb for their blog books. I have never made one, but it is on my list of things to try!
This week has been crazy and emotional (that seems to be a trend lately).
My heart has been heavy for many reasons.
So, on a lighter note, I thought I would show you what I did this past weekend.
I spent the weekend in this lovely house.
With eleven other lovely ladies.
It was my first craft retreat and it was well, lovely!
I packed up all my crafty stuff.
Joel thought I was moving out, but I couldn’t leave anything behind.
I had several projects in mind to work on.
My main goal for the weekend was to work on Cora’s scrapbook.
I never started one for her.
I have wanted to finish her book before Baby Macs arrival.
But every time I would start looking at pictures, it was too hard.
I couldn’t do it.
I would just cry.
This weekend forced me to print of pictures and get started.
I know that I will be so thankful to have this.
I was reminded of how many precious memories we have with our sweet Cora.
I was a little worried about going on this retreat.
I hadn’t been away from Joel since Cora died.
I didn’t know if it would be too emotional to work on Cora’s book all weekend.
And not to mention I was nine-months pregnant.
Joel had just pointed out to me how loudly I had started snoring at night.
I was a little worried about that too!
But my friends graciously let me have the one-person room.
That way I wouldn’t have to bother anyone!!
While I was scrapbooking, the other girls were working on so many fun things.
Like these coasters.
And these drawing notebooks.
Wrapping presents and listening to Christmas music.
And even working on blog books and Christmas cards.
I worked on a few other projects too, like this one.
I’ll tell you more about it soon.
And Cora’s book…
It isn’t done, but I got a good start on it.
Maybe I will share that with you sometime too.
I just posted a few more Christmas items (sorry it is not much).
If you order today, I will get your order in the mail tomorrow morning.
We were hoping to post one more time before Christmas, but it is not looking like that will happen.