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The Christmas I Almost Missed it

I missed it this year. The holiness of it all. I didn’t make advent a priority this year and this I regret, deeply. It’s my own fault, really. We filled our December with wonderful family activities and these I cherish. We just forgot the balance in it all. We should have made the long drives home to make it to our Church every Sunday. I missed advent services. I missed the themes of HOPE, LOVE, JOY, and PEACE. I miss the lighting of advent candles in our home each night. We kept the tradition of opening a wrapped Christmas story book each evening, but we didn’t set up our advent candles and read around the candles like we usually have done. This has always been such a time of preparing my heart for the gift that is Christmas.

I wasn’t prepared this year. It came in a flurry of activities, wrapping paper, overwhelmed children, and lost dreams of what I thought Christmas should have been like for us this year. Then it happened. The kick in the behind I needed. It came on Christmas Eve…

Reindeer Bites

What an easy addition to our Christmas platters this year. These Reindeer Bites are so easy to make that our two and four year old were big helpers with this.

Preheat oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit. Place square pretzels on a cookie sheet (I am sure other shapes would work too. I used the PC brand)Unwrap a bag of Hershey kisses or hugs and place one on top of each pretzel.Place cookie sheet with pretzels and kisses in the oven for 3 minutes or until the kisses are soft but not melted.Press Christmas coloured smarties or M&Ms into each kiss.Let cool.

Sunset Kisses

Sometimes God feels so far away and the day, the week, the month, the year...is so difficult. 
And then you see a sunset like this and you feel God's kiss on your cheek, reminding you that He's still there.
In the stillness. 
In the quiet. 
A quiet sunset kiss on your soul. 


The Scents of the Holidays

I just love the smells of Christmas. I used to love buying scented candles, filling my home with the scents of Christmas. Then I married someone sensitive to scents, and realized that my sinus issues were also somewhat scent related. So, no more scented candles or fancy scent burners.


There are lots of options out there for the filling your house with the scents of Christmas. This year I am going the natural route. Simple. Budget friendly. Great smelling.

I simply filled a pot of water, added cinnamon sticks, orange peel, and a few sprigs of cedar (evergreen would work too, but not for us-allergies). I didn't have any whole cloves, but those are a great addition. I brought the pot to a boil and then lowered the heat down to a simmer. It simmers all day and I just add water when it gets too low.

It smells so great in here right now. So festive.

'Suck it up Buttercup'

I know I've been absent here and I know that I don't owe the world an explanation, but I am the queen of disclaimers. Truly. So here I go, explaining and disclaiming:

I have missed writing here, but I didn't want this to become the place where I complain and vent and turn bitter. I felt like the only option left to me was to write about how God feels so ever-present and giving me strength and how I am walking in faith. None of that would be true though. It's been a really difficult six months for me. For us.

This Sunday, what I was feeling, was given words and I felt validated. Our situation has not changed, but this season we are going through? It happens. It happens to everyone. We all go through seasons of difficulty. In this particular season I am having a difficult time sensing God. Where is He when we need Him? (I know the answer to that, but in the darkness and the quiet of the night, we still ask it). I have lost a true perspective of myself and when we lose th…

Christmas Decor, Dollar Store Style with Class

We are taking the 'dollar store' decorating approach this year. We have many, many bins of Christmas decorations, but they are still packed. You've guest it. Since my last post in October, we have still not found a home to call our own. So, our approach to Christmas is really minimalistic when it comes to Christmas decorating this year.

I, however, do not want the tacky 'dollar store' decorating look in our apartment, so I am still aiming for a little bit of class. I hope I succeed while still staying on a very small budget. I think it's possible.

Here's the center piece on our kitchen table:


The wine glasses, we already had, but the rest of what you see? $5 from Dollarama. Who woulda thought?