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Meet Rita, our Christmas mouse

Meet Rita, our Christmas mouse

Rita has arrived!  She was hoping to be here at the beginning of Advent, but only her husband Ramón (currently unavailable for a photo) came then.  Rita was still visiting some of our friends in México. Ramón and Rita are missionary mice, and they’ve come to teach us about life in other countries, and help … Continue reading

25 Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions: Advent Calendars

25 Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions: Advent Calendars

Earlier this week I shared 25 Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions, and promised to give you more details in case you would like to make any of those traditions your own.  Yesterday we looked at Child-Friendly Nativities; today’s topic is Advent Calendars!   When you talk about Advent calendars, you get one of several reactions.  One is, … Continue reading

25 Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions: Nativities

25 Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions: Nativities

Yesterday I shared 25 Christ-centered Christmas traditions, and assured you that I would be blogging about these ideas before Advent. I want you to have all the ideas and resources you need! We’ll start with things you might want to buy, since Advent is coming soon! Today’s topic: Child-friendly Nativities! Having a Nativity your child … Continue reading

25 Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions

25 Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions

First, a disclaimer.  I love Thanksgiving.  I never begin the Christmas season until Advent.  I recently pinned this: But if you’re going to prepare an activity or two for Advent, which begins December 1st this year, you probably want to start thinking about it now. And a second disclaimer:  I don’t mind if you’ve already put … Continue reading

Snowman apron!

Snowman apron!

I finished the snowman apron!  It took several hours longer than I’d hoped, and was much more complicated than the little elephant print apron I made first for my daughter, but I love it.  And, more importantly, my son loves it.  He has decided, however, that it needs pockets, and I think he’s declining a … Continue reading

Apron sneak peek…

Apron sneak peek…

I made two aprons yesterday: one for my almost-three-year old, and one for my sister.  Here’s a peek at the one for my sister…and please pretend there’s not a box of brown sugar on the floor or a few dishes waiting to be put in the dishwasher on the counter…this is real life, people. 🙂 … Continue reading

A Pillow for my Mother

A bit of applique, my first embroidered words (from 1 Corinthians 13), and some stuffing, and this pillow was ready to be sent to my mother…via overnight shipping, given my procrastination :).  Love never fails – I think mothers are among those who understand this best of all, don’t you? [P.S. Please forgive my less-than-stellar … Continue reading

End of Christmas Decorations: Two Last Wreaths

I’m taking Christmas decorations down today.  We celebrated twelve days of Christmas, and Epiphany (when the wise men visited) on Thursday.  It will be celebrated at church tomorrow too.  It still drives me crazy that the wise men are pictured in the nativity scene.  They didn’t arrive until Jesus was about two years old!  Also, … Continue reading

Holiday Potato Stamp Fun!

Stamp it up with your favorite paint (I like washable for these two!), then turn your masterpieces into gift tags, banners, wall art, wrapping paper, or anything else!  Perhaps a cover for a little homemade book like our Advent books I shared yesterday?