Well, I wasn’t planning on writing a post about Christmas music today but this was too good not to share. I got to hear Lauren Chandler speak at Hope Spoken last March. I still refer back to my notes from her session on Psalm 107…it was so challenging! Anyway, I follow her on Instagram now and a few days ago she posted that she was listening to a Christmas album by Folk Angel. I am always looking for new Christmas music, aren’t’ you? Well this morning I remembered about the album and clicked over to listen and check them out. And guess what? Folk Angel has a link on their Instagram feed (@folkangelmusic) to buy this album for $1 TODAY ONLY. It’s good. And it’s worth your dollar for sure. Go buy it now.


And I just heard (although I’m sure this is old news) that Rend Collective is releasing a Christmas album tomorrow. So excited about this one and love the album cover too. It’s getting all Christmas-y over here at the Macs. At least it’s sounding Christmas-y…the Christmas decorations are still in the basement.:)

What do you love to listen to around Christmas? Please share!

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  • November 17, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    Megan - Hey! I just went and bought the album and realized after I checked out that I was charged $10. Did you find the same thing?ReplyCancel


    • November 30, 2014 - 4:24 pm

      Jess - Oh no!! I am just seeing this, Megan. So sorry about getting charged $10…it looks like they raised the price shortly after I posted this. It had been $1 earlier that day so I assumed it would be all day. So sorry that happened!ReplyCancel


  • November 18, 2014 - 4:53 pm

    Eliabeth - I bought the Rend Collective one yesterday on google play!! Love it!ReplyCancel



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  • November 17, 2014 - 10:49 am

    Paula - Thanks for the discount! I bought the Willow Tree Nativity Set!! I saved BIG!!!!
    P.S. Your kids are darling! All 4 of them!ReplyCancel


    • November 30, 2014 - 4:24 pm

      Jess - Thank you! And how fun to get the nativity set. Yay for big savingings!!ReplyCancel



jake back 2

:: birth announcement designed by the lovely Katy of Katygirl Designs ::

Boy names. I used to think boy names were so hard to come up with…girl names were the easy ones. I had lists and lists of girl names. But this time we actually decided on a boy name much faster than on a girl name. That must mean that I am officially a boy mom. I always have boy things on the brain. Blue, wrestling, dirt, dump trucks, frogs, airplanes, superheroes, more dirt, more wrestling…you get the idea.;)

Everyone asks if Jake is “Jacob” or just “Jake”. We wanted Jake to always be Jake…so we named him Jake. When he’s not Jake he is Jakey or Jakers or whatever else his brothers can think of…and they are pretty creative.

My great grandparents, my dad’s grandparents, were Loren and Cora Fisher. They were very dear to my dad. I never knew Grandpa Loren but I loved my Grandma Cora so much…everyone did. My middle name is Cora and we named our Cora after her. So Fisher comes from my great grandparents and my sweet Grandma Vi (her maiden name). I love that Jake has a little piece of his sister in his name too.

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. Deuteronomy 7:9

We chose Deuteronomy 7:9 for Jake’s verse. It came from reflecting on God’s faithfulness that we see written all throughout the Bible. His faithfulness that started with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and continues today. We can look back at our own family story and see God’s faithfulness written all over it. It is not a story that we would have planned for ourselves but we can be confident, because of God’s faithfulness and steadfast love, that it is a good plan. We long for Jake to know God, love Him with all of his heart, and continue to proclaim God’s faithfulness to the next generation.

And that is how we chose the name Jake Fisher.

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  • November 5, 2014 - 8:22 am

    Christi {Jealous Hands} - This is a beautiful story of choosing a name for your boy. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel


  • November 5, 2014 - 10:01 am

    Mary Ann - I love his name!! JAKE is a bold proud name that represents your ancestry and has a little piece of your Cora. He’s a beautiful boy as are all of your children. I love the photos of the 3 of them….those cheesy grins. I hope this holiday season of giving thanks for all our blessings and honoring the Lord of Hosts, our Savior, will be wonderful and memorable for you and yours. Our lives sometimes don’t turn out like we plan and its so easy to get discouraged, but we know that we must be strong and steadfast in the the Lord, which is what you are. You are amazing!!ReplyCancel


  • November 5, 2014 - 11:28 am

    creole wisdom - Oh! What a wonderful, beautiful story behind a great name. My stepdad’s name is Loren :)ReplyCancel


  • November 5, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Ashley - Love all of your boys names! I have a “Jake.” We also get asked all of the time if his name is Jacob! We call him Jakey also! His sister only call him Jakey!ReplyCancel


  • November 5, 2014 - 4:38 pm

    Mackenzie - I love the name choice. I totally agree that girl names seem to be easier to come up with. My husband and I just had our first and had several more girl names picked out than boy names. We didn’t know the gender until birth and we were blessed with a little girl. Cora was my great grandma’s name and that was 2nd on our list! I love stories behind names and I love that you pick a verse for your kids. :)ReplyCancel


  • November 5, 2014 - 8:16 pm

    Lea - I love names with meaning and what a sweet meaning little Jake Fisher’s name has. A lovely, lovely announcement!ReplyCancel


  • November 5, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    Leah & Tim McClelland - I have a jake , he is just jake too and I love it!! His middle name is hayden which is my maiden name , my daughter has Paige as her second name like your Cora !!ReplyCancel


  • November 5, 2014 - 10:49 pm

    Amie - ❤️ Absolutely love everything about this post!ReplyCancel


  • November 6, 2014 - 10:01 pm

    Melinda - Such a beautiful story of his name, thank you for sharing! I have a Luke (and a Cody, and a Levi…fellow mom of 3 boys here!), and I’m often asked if he’s Lucas. Nope, Luke! Though he’s often called Lukey :) I think Jake is a wonderful name, very strong.ReplyCancel


  • November 8, 2014 - 9:33 am

    Suzanne Hines - Congrats, Jess, on the birth of Jake! I don’t think I stopped by to say that yet! I love following your adventures in life here on this space. Thank you for always being real and honest. It’s so refreshing!ReplyCancel


  • November 13, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    Patty Smith - Oh my gosh- the upper picture? He is going to be a blue-eyed baby! I see you Jess, though his eyes, shapes, color, eyebrows. I also see Cora!

    Prayers for you, your family and your new Jake!ReplyCancel



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DaySpring has a few other great deals coming up in November. I’ll try to keep you updated on some of my favorites, so keep checking back!

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Halloween 2014 goes down in the books as the easiest halloween ever. When I asked the boys what they wanted to be they both yelled, “Super heroes!”. It just so happened that they were super heroes two years ago. They still had the capes and masks I made them and they both already had super hero shirts that fit. Done. And my sister had a little spider man outfit for Jakey…because he couldn’t be left out of the super hero gig.


Thursday evening our church hosted a Trunk or Treat. Trunk or treating is my favorite. We just walked around the parking lot in a big circle and then we were done. No scary costumes and the boys got lots of candy so they were so happy.


The next day we trick or treated down Main Street in our little town with some of our cousins. It was fun too except that Griffin cried every time he saw a scary costume…which was like every five seconds. Poor guy. Let’s all just dress up in fun, happy costumes next time, okay? I ended up carrying him pretty much the entire time. He was still pretty happy about his candy though…of course.


The little cow on the end was being very entertaining and no one wanted to look at the camera. Cousins are so fun!


I have no words for these next photos. I told them to give me their best super hero poses and this is what I got. Enjoy the entertainment.



These two always keep me laughing.


I tried to get a shot with all three superheroes. But then I remembered that boys cannot hold still. Especially boys who are wanting candy.;)


Dressing up and getting candy is so fun…and so crazy. How in the world am I going to keep up with all three of them next year? I’d better get my superhero cape ready because I’m going to need one. Haha.

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  • November 3, 2014 - 10:59 am

    Mary Ann - Jess…I think you ARE a superhero. You are an amazing mother and wife. I admire your spunk and enthusiasm in raising your boys. They are so precious and the photos….they are priceless. I’m glad you enjoyed the Halloween festivities. My 4-year-old grandson was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. It is a fun time for kids that age. I love your posts. I know it must be hard to keep them going, but please don’t stop. I love your blog and those boys…well every picture, every post is just precious and makes me smile every time. I love your faith in our Savior and the trust you put in Him. You are being a faithful daughter and your are one very special superhero mama.ReplyCancel


  • November 3, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    leiah - A Wonder Woman outfit :)ReplyCancel


  • November 3, 2014 - 5:13 pm

    nee - super cuties!and i agree no scary costumes allowed! :)ReplyCancel


  • November 4, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    Mary Ann - I forgot to mention that I love the picture of the boys in front of Cora’s playground. Your lovely daughter, your Cora, is not forgotten. I think of her often when I go to your blog. It reminds me of how precious life is and how much each individual in our lives, no matter how long they stay in our lives, makes our lives so much richer and better for having known and loved them. Thanks as always for sharing a bit of your life with us blog friends. Some of us don’t know you in person but it’s not hard to love your family.ReplyCancel


  • November 4, 2014 - 8:50 pm

    Melinda - Your boys are absolutely adorable! Love the super hero faces :)ReplyCancel


  • November 5, 2014 - 11:30 am

    creole wisdom - What cute goof-balls you have! I love the super hero costumes… so colorful and fun. I agree about the scary stuff. There’s just no need for that.ReplyCancel


  • November 6, 2014 - 12:33 am

    Stefanie - They looked so cute!ReplyCancel