Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Serendipity

I went to hobby Lobby today looking for supplies to use in making my advent wreath. I was able to find everything I needed, and most of it was on sale to boot! I knew I had faux pine boughs from a few years ago that I used in a French village decorating theme. I bought three Christmas picks to place around the boughs to jazz them up a bit.



I came home and looked for those boughs but found this instead... a perfect, pinky/purple table top arrange that had been made by my mom years ago but for what? Neither of us could remember. No matter. It works perfectly. It nestled inside the Advent wreath ring as if it had been made for it!




 I hid the cups for the tapers among the branches of the pine boughs.




Waiting next to Thanksgiving decorations.
The middle of the table arrangement has the green foam block stuff. It had another candle glued inside put with a bit of pressure, it snapped out and the pink taper fit in the space just as if it had been made for it! It all worked out so well, I like to think there was some divine intervention. lol It is much fancier than I had intended and I love it. Please join me for weekly posts during this Advent season.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Advent daily devotions

The 29th marks the first day of Advent. The time preceding Christmas where we prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of our Savior, The Christ, hence the word, CHRISTmas.
If you are looking for ways to celebrate Advent in your home, there are several lessons, prayers, devotions and even sermons available on the Internet. I am using resources from the Wesleyans. LINK
I will be using the daily devotional which is listed on the page, as well as the guide for lighting the candles.
I hope that if recognizing Advent is something that your family has moved away from celebrating, or if you never have before, that you will join me in celebrating it this year. With all that is going on in the world right now, I know that I need to refocus myself on the Lord and not on world events.

No photos but it was fun

My husband's daughter and her boyfriend came for a visit this weekend. They took us out to lunch at Yakatori. Yakatori is grilled chicken on a stick, coated in a yummy sauce I cannot eat. When I go I have to ask for 'no sauce'. That's ok it is grilled chicken that I did not have to cook. I'm ok with no sauce. I just bring my own GF soy sauce and all is well. We then went for a walk with their dog, a border collie mix named Brodie. My hubby actually threw the ball for the dog. Shocking since he SAYS he does not like animals but I always see him loving on them. I think he just doesn't want to deal with all that comes with owning an animal.
He and I then returned home for a nap. I have been fighting off a cold for weeks now and it has become slightly worse. After the nap, we went to his sister's house to help her celebrate her 50th birthday. It was nice to talk to his family and his sister's friends. It was a great day/night. We all had a good time and I was back home and in bed by 10:45. Here come the holidays!