Wednesday, December 28, 2016

It's Still Christmas! Isn't It?

It's still Christmas, isn't it? Surely all that baking and buying and caroling and decorating and Scripture reading and thanks-giving wasn't for just one day, right? Today is Jamie's first day back to work but I'm not so sure I'm ready to get back into the swing of things.

I went to visit a friend yesterday and commented that my decorations would likely be up until Valentine's Day. She said hers would be, as well! Ha!

Yesterday I also visited a local flea market that I'd not stopped at for over a year. I found lots of super cute vintage Christmas decorations like these cowboy snowman and Claus couple ornaments and this bottle brush tree (not vintage). I also found some super cute shakers from the 50s but I forgot to photograph them for you. Maybe next week! I love mid-century Christmas decorations. They've got such adorable character!

Hope you're all having a happy week. I'm excited to see what you've got to share!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Inspiring Resource for Making New Year Resolutions and Goals

Hello Friends! Wow! I don't know about you but this year seemed to completely fly by for our family! We made lots of great friends and special memories---but there's a big part of me that is saying, slow down! So, New Year Resolution Number One is: stay home more!

Do you make New Year Resolutions? Some years I make an elaborate categorized list of my goals for the upcoming year. Other times, I just pick one thing. However you do it, the important thing is to assess why you feel the need to make a change and then start taking simple, doable steps toward that goal.

I hope you'll check out my new devotional for women, Now: Purposeful Steps Toward a More Abundant Life, available in paperback and on Kindle. It's all about taking the steps needed to start living the way you want to and to stop making excuses about why you think you can't. Sound simple? It is! It's a simple little book that you can read through in a day for encouragement or spend time going through it more slowly as a study toward change. It features study questions and prayer topics and is a great gift for yourself or another woman in your life who wants to live a fulfilling life right where she's at!

Finally, I'm looking for a few active homemaking bloggers who would like to join my review team for this and further publications. If you're interested, please fill out an application here: Creaking Door Publishers Review Team.

 Many blessings for your new year! I'm looking forward to great things!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Victorian Ornaments and Advent Calendar

Whew! I had a super busy few days but I'm thankful to have woken up this morning with nothing major on my to do list! That's right---I spent this past weekend doing almost all of the Christmas shopping (shopping for nine kids and a husband is no small feat!), helping get the tree set up and decorated, making Liam's sheep costume for the Christmas play, and digging out all the decorations. The last couple days have been spent in preparation for my last three homeschool literature courses today and tomorrow. Now I've got three weeks of Christmas prep at a much slower pace than usual. Yay!

This year I'm doing some fun Victorian-themed things with our usual traditions. I made everyone ornaments with Victorian Christmas images and designed our Advent calendar the same. I've purchased some pretty Christmas crackers with paper crowns and prizes inside and I plan to teach the kids some old fashioned carols. Wow, the more I write about this, the more excited I get!

Jamie gave me this sweet Kate Greenaway Jane Austen style ornament. Isn't it the sweetest? It's dated 1979---my birth year!

I've received some good feedback on my new devotional for women, Now: Purposeful Steps Toward a More Abundant Life. Be sure to grab a copy for yourself and a gift for someone else. It's also available on Kindle!

***I'm also taking applications for review team members. I will be sending out review copies in January and can think of no better place to look than my own sweet readers! Be sure to fill out the review team application if you're interested!***

Thanks for stopping by the Homemaking Party. I'm excited to see what you've got to share!
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