Christmas

Merry Christmas and Truth in the Tinsel Wrap Up!

We’ve concluded our Truth in the Tinsel crafts and devotions for this year! I actually don’t even have any pictures of the last couple of crafts but the kids hung them all as ornaments on their own Christmas tree downstairs. It’s an artificial tree that they could decorate any way they like. {It looks pretty […] Read more…

Truth in the Tinsel, Day 9

We’ve very much been enjoying the great Scriptural truths in Truth in the Tinsel as well as the crafts! We’re doing only the characters this year since I didn’t have time for one craft each day. Yesterday, which was day nine, we made Joseph in the same fashion as we made Mary on day five. […] Read more…

What My Daughter Thinks Mary Looked Like – Truth in the Tinsel, Day 6

We’ve been enjoying our journey through Truth in the Tinsel so far! Here we are on day six {for us, anyway!}. What I love about this Advent devotional is that you can do each day’s craft or just do a certain group of crafts. This year, we’re focusing on the characters of the Christmas story. […] Read more…

Truth in the Tinsel, Day 5

I should have known something would get in the way of actually following Truth in the Tinsel to the letter! :) Yesterday we had a sick daughter and a teething baby who wouldn’t nap. So we had to forgo yesterday’s Gabriel craft for now and move on to Mary! We had so much fun making […] Read more…

Truth in the Tinsel, Day One…{ahem} Three

Thanks for joining me for Truth in the Tinsel! {If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, I hope you’ll read this post and join us for this delightful Advent experience that focuses on the true reason for the season–it’s not too late to start!} **SEE ALL OUR TRUTH IN THE TINSEL POSTS HERE!** Truth in […] Read more…

Finding Time to Serve Others During the Christmas Season and Thrifty Thursday

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Simplifying and Serving During the Christmas Season series! The last thing I want to share about is our family’s desire to cultivate a servant’s heart, especially around this time of the year. We have been very blessed, and serving others goes a long way in encouraging a grateful spirit in […] Read more…

For the Crafty and Not-so-Crafty Momma (an Invitation to Join Me for Truth in the Tinsel)

Pinterest has become a slight addiction for me, even though I’m pretty sure I’m pronouncing it incorrectly. There are days when I completely ignore it, but then on some random Saturday afternoon I go crazy pinning DIY ideas, kids activities, inspiring quotes and the like. But you know what really gets me? That I have […] Read more…

What Gifts Can We Give Him?

Have you ever seen The Bishop’s Wife? It’s a lovely black and white film starring Cary Grant that tells the story of a struggling bishop, his wife and the angel who comes to help them.  At the end of the film, the bishop gives a sermon called, “The Empty Stocking”. He quotes this line: “All […] Read more…

As We Approach Christmas…

It seems like we’re reminded often to “give thanks” during the Thanksgiving season, but as we approach Christmas, the many blessings that I have come to mind. I am so thankful for the days when I hear my older two children busily playing “store” in the basement or pretending our large laundry basket is a […] Read more…

DIY "I Spy Bottle"- Homemade Christmas Gift

Homemade Christmas Gift: I Spy Bottle

Looking for a simple and fun gift for a preschool-age child? This “I Spy Bottle” is easy to assemble and is made with items that you probably already have in your craft cupboard. As a bonus, let your school-age child help you assemble it!   Materials Needed:   Empty, completely dry plastic water bottle Dry […] Read more…

Our Favorite Christmas Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

It’s been so fun for us to create Christmas traditions with our children and of course some of these traditions include our favorite books! Every December the kids are excited to pull them out. Here are five Christmas books that we love, great for toddlers and preschoolers! The illustrations in Room for a Little One are beautiful and our whole family […] Read more…

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Peanut Cookies in a Jar

I’m excited today to be a part of the Hillbilly Housewife’s Virtual Cookie Exchange. There are plenty of tasty cookie recipes perfect for the Christmas season posted here, including mine! Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Peanut Cookies (aka Cowboy Cookies in a Jar) are a great gift idea for anyone on your Christmas list. Here is the recipe […] Read more…

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