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I know You came to rescue me
Overwhelmed and so thankful that He came to rescue me…and you.
Tomorrow’s a big day!
Rejoicing with you as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
I have loved doing our advent nativity board with the boys this advent season. I have received several emails asking how I made my felt pieces and what we read each day. I was going to try to post more about it…but that just never happened. So, if you are interested let me know and I will try to post more specific details about it before next Christmas.
I did something different this year and put each piece in a bag (bags from Land of Nod last year…similar to these) for them to open each day. They love the bags…which means they fight over whose turn it is to open the bag every time. But we make it through the fights and we are all learning along the way. It has been a sweet time with my boys.
I have talked about traditions before and how I long to create Christ-centered traditions throughout the year in my home. This is definitely one that we will keep doing…at least until the kids get too old for it.
I was so excited when Jerusalem sent me her book, A Homemade Year. This book is full of creative ideas for cooking, crafting and creating family traditions around the liturgical calendar…which I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about. I have a lot to learn!
This gorgeously-designed book is a guide to celebrating the rhythm of life’s calendar of events, as well as the Christian liturgical year, focusing on God’s love in our lives. Greer weaves her own faith story with original recipes, crafts and entertaining ideas, creating a vibrant, personal narrative that is a modern take on timeless traditions.- Paraclete Press
We already have an advent calendar that works for our family but Jerusalem’s book begins with Christmas traditions and this idea for a Countdown to Christmas Garland Advent Calendar. So cute!
I have only had a chance to skim through the rest of the book past Christmas, but I am excited to try more of her ideas and projects with my kids throughout the year. If you are looking for ideas on how to create Christ-centered traditions in your home this book might be a great place for you to start! Jerusalem has generously offered to give one of her books away to one of you. Yay!
1 copy of A Homemade Year by Jerusalem Greer
ONE winner chosen at random
ONE entry per person
Giveaway ends Monday, December 23 @ 10PM (CST)
To enter leave a comment telling me one of your favorite family traditions…or one you hope to start!
You can find out more about Jerusalem and her family on her blog, Jolly Goode Gal.
How are you doing on your Christmas shopping? Are you done? Or just about done? Well, if you are still searching for a few more meaningful gifts this year…or if you are looking for some discount codes…keep on reading!
You all know that I LOVE DaySpring so I thought I’d show you a few of their products that I think would make great gifts. First up is the new Daily Grace Collection. Have you seen it yet? These would make great Christmas gifts but I was also thinking they would be perfect hostess gifts to give at your upcoming Christmas gatherings!
I love this Grateful for All God Gives Platter. The turquoise scallop is perfect. Such a fun serving piece.
You could take this Blessed & Grateful Vase as a hostess gift and fill it with flowers while you are at it!
And this little creamer might be my favorite. I will definitely be putting mine out at our Christmas gatherings. Again, a perfect little hostess gift. Or maybe you have a friend who loves coffee. Give the Blessed & Grateful Creamer with a bag of their favorite coffee beans or a gift card to their favorite coffee shop.
Lisa Leonard jewelry is always a great gift…at least I think so! I just got this Lisa Leonard 18″ 14K Gold-Filled Chain Necklace and added gold letters for the initials of my three babies. I love it! Wouldn’t this be a great gift for a new mom? Or for a grandma with the initials of her grandchildren? Like I said, I don’t think you can ever go wrong with Lisa Leonard jewelry. Ever.
The Redeemed Beautiful in it’s Time Vintage Glass Vase is another vase option. I love how timeless this one is!I am giving several of these as gifts this year.
If you have someone on your list who needs some home decor, the Urban Soul collection is a great option. I have the Blessed Charcoal Wall Art and I love seeing this truth in my home. I have been learning a lot about what true blessing means in my life and it is great to have this little visual reminder.
I could go on and on because there are so many great meaningful gifts at DaySpring. And they have fast shipping too which is so awesome. How about a few discount codes to help you with your shopping? Remember, you can only use one discount code per order so keep that in mind.
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I can hardly believe you are two (plus a few months as I write this). How did my baby turn into a two year old?
You are proving to be so very different from your brother and it is fun to see your little personality emerge. You are introverted, quiet, funny, brave, determined and you love your brother fiercely.
You are introverted. You don’t love a crowd and big family gatherings are not your favorite. You stick close to mama when there are lots of people around. It takes you a while to warm up to new people and new situations. I love when you finally trust someone because they get to see a whole new side of you.
You are quiet but you understand so much. You have come a long way with your verbal skills. You “talk” all the time and we are starting to recognize so many more of the words you are saying. You will continue to say a word over and over and over until we figure it out. You are very persistent even though your vocabulary is small. Your big brother does a lot of the talking for you…which you seem to be okay with. And if we can’t figure out what you want, he often can.
We have been talking about all the things God made and we often ask you questions like, “Griffin, who made the moon?” or “Griffin, who made the trees?” You get a little grin on your face and yell out, “God!” You may not talk a lot but I love that you can acknowledge our great God even at two.
You are so funny. You don’t talk much but we are constantly laughing at your funny antics. Your facial expressions kill us…they say so much even without words.
You are determined. Sometimes we like to call it stubborn around here. :) You definitely know what you want. When you have your mind made up that you are going to do something, you usually figure out a way to do it. You are starting to voice your frustration when Levi gets to go do something that you want to do. You don’t like to be left behind and you make sure that daddy knows that you need a turn to ride in the tractor too!
You are brave. I think that comes with your determination. You are willing to try anything and are pretty fearless. You are constantly falling down. Each day usually brings a new bump or bruise. You are getting quite fond of bandaids too.
You love your brother and want to do everything he is doing. You guys can fight like crazy but he is your best friend for sure. He can make you laugh like no one else can.
I love this photo because it is such a picture of you right now. Looking up to your big brother but so big yourself.
And just so you won’t forget, your brother wanted to jump into your two year old post too. He is not an introvert. At all.
He thought he was pretty funny. He loves you so much. He may do all the talking, but he loves spending time with you and does such a good job watching out for you. Oh, and he is your best wrestling buddy. You two wrestle all the time.
Griff, I am so thankful for you. I love watching you as a two year old. Two is pretty great. And I can’t wait to see how God works in your little life. You are one loved little boy.