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Our Yearly Christmas Ornament Tradition!

Traditions are what keep families together, grounded, and in the end create the warm fuzzy memories that we carry into our adult lives. I will be writing a more elaborate post on family traditions for Christmas eve but I thought I would share this one family tradition that we have created together. Every year we get an ornament that has our names and the year written on it. Many of these ornaments have come from our yearly trip to the Yankee Candle store in MA. Its not an elaborate tradition but its fun to see them on the tree every year and Hannah holds them up as she is putting them on the tree especially mentioning the one that we got in NY city that both her name and mine are a little smudge but of course daddy’s is perfect! Its not the expense or fan fare that makes something important or memorable, its the heart of it, the family building part of it that will make its meaning last longer than Joel and I will be around to continue it!

Wedding present from my Grandmother Claire Lavallee

2008 – Wedding present from my Grandmother Claire Lavallee

 

2009 We didn't even get this one written on.... Novices

2009 – We didn’t even get this one written on…. Novices

2010 - Our tradition not set yet.... Just our last name.

2010 – Our tradition not set yet…. Just our last name.

2011 - Here we go.... first of many with our names.

2011 – Here we go…. first of many with our names.

2012 - Three frogs.

2012 – Three frogs.

2013 - I love this one!

2013 – I love this one!

2014 - Our trip to NY was in Dec. of 2014 so we bought this one to remember the trip... This is the one with smudged names.

2014 – Our trip to NY was in Dec. of 2014 so we bought this one to remember the trip… This is the one with smudged names.

2015 - We got this one because we can't wait to have our own beehives! lol

2015 – We got this one because we can’t wait to have our own beehives! lol

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Novembers Thankfulness Posts – Did not quite make it in November!

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1st – Thankful that on Sundays I have an incredible church family to worship and serve with!
2nd – Thankful for having the best husband ever. He is sweet and perfect for me! He believes in me and loves me for who I am.
3rd – Thankful that even at 13 my step daughter asked if we could have a pajama day so we could watch movies together all day! Spending the day hanging out together laughing at movies we’ve seen a million times before! Joel was happy to go to work today for sure!

4th – I am thankful that I grew up in a family that loved me… My family was the picture of disfunction and craziness but my family made sure I knew I was loved. My mom always made sure that no matter who was mad at each other that I knew that love was underneath all of the stupidity. My family was and is just a little nutty!

5th – I am thankful for the ability to try something new, or at least something I have not tried in a while. I tried doing a family/slice of life blog that got thrown to the side due to the busyness of life. I will be starting a new blog soon…. Next week I hope, that will show the life of a Christian family who are getting ready to start a new life on a homestead/farm in Maine…

God gives us the ability do do so many things in our lives… He gives us talents that we are born with and H e gives us the ability to build and develop skills. I hope to do something wonderful with this blog and showcase all of the skills that we are learning in order to start our new Maine adventure. I hope to inspire others through our successes and failures to step out to do something new. We all need to find our God given passions and boldly run with them.

6th – I will choose to mention that I am very thankful that God has gifted me with ability and skills to do so many things. I love to craft and God has given me some talent in that area. I love to garden and God defiantly gifted me in that area this year. I love to read and have always excelled in that area in school and have read hundreds upon hundreds of books in my lifetime. I guess what I am saying is that I am never bored whether I am with other people or on my own. I never need to be entertained, This has made the last three years that I have not been working very pleasant most of the time. And for the record we do not have cable TV either…LOL We do have Amazon prime but the selection is a bit poor.Happiness is being content with what God has given you and making lemonade out of any lemons that come your way

7th – Friends… I am spending a weekend with two good friends, Michele and Shauna. We are doing some Scrapbookin for sure! I love our weekends together! We have not done a whole weekend together in a while! I know some snacks will be eaten and maybe our nails may get Jamberried. Who knows…. Maybe a glass of wine will be drunk. We are relaxing together with out the hubbies and with out the kids. Michele has been a great friend for years, we started a coffee house at church together, did singles ministry events together and then she was my maid of honor in my wedding 7+ years ago. Shauna has been a friend that I made through Michele and scrapbooking. We don’t hang out or spend any time on the phone but she has become a true friend that I know will always be around if I need her! Whats better that that. We all need friends to just decompress with and that just what we are doing.

8th – I am thankful to have the time to leave my family and spend that time with friends. I don’t leave my family very often and it feels strange when I do, but its good for all of us to have a little time away. I’m away this weekend and Joel will be away next weekend hunting so its really odd that we will be separated two weekends in a row! We usually spend all our time together, especially on the weekend. Whatever will I do! LOL I think I will live in my PJs next weekend!

9th – I am very thankful fro a warm comfortable home where my husband and daughter were waiting to go to at the end of a fun weekend with the girls.

10th – I am thankful for my husband who was born 40 years ago today. He is truly my better half and the best friend I could ever want.

11th – I am thankful that I don’t give up or give in when something is important to me!

14th – I am thankful for the unity of the world when tragedy strikes. I am thankful that our prayers are being heard and answered by God in Paris. People are being comforted and loved in their time of need. Thank you Lord for holding your people safely in the palm of your hand tonight!

15th – I am thankful my husband will be home tomorrow night!

16th – I am thankful for my car or “The orange Tic Tac” as the family calls it. I have a car that works, gets me anywhere I want or need to go. I love that it is not just a car! It stands out, it has personality!

17th – I am thankful for our Soon to be new home in Maine. I could not have even imagined that we would have the ability to build a farm for us to live and thrive on. The state of Maine is so beautiful and we are so lucky to be moving someplace near my family. Our dreams are going to come true with my best friend by my side.

18th- I am thankful that Hannah has a great school to attend. We have stayed in Newington just for Hannah to be able to continue on in this school system. She is getting a good education and also getting the opportunity to study music and STEM.

19th- I asked Hannah what made our house feel like a home to all of us. She said it was the couch because we gather there to hang out together and talk and watch movies. SO I am thankful for our couch.

20th- I am thankful for my camera… My husband gave me a really nice camera two years ago and I think I am pretty good at taking pictures. I hope that I can someday make money using my photographic talents but we will see.

21st- I love that when Hannah is home we always sit at the table for dinner. We try to keep the habit of family mealtime and make sure we pray and thank God for his provision.

22nd- I am thankful that God has given my church a Pastor who truly loves people. He is such a blessing to us all and I hope that we are a blessing to him more than we are a problem. I know ministering to people is never easy, we all have our own life experiences and preconceived notions that we come through the church doors with.

23rd- Simple pleasures… My husband and I are more than happy when we can just make plain old Blue box macaroni and cheese for dinner. We need nothing more than that junk food yumminess. We are simple junk food junkies at heart.

24th- My Bible… I am about 65% through reading the Bible this year. I know that doing a Bible reading plan does not get you deeply into the Bible but it does allow you to have the airplane view of things. How people who have never read the Bible can bash it is beyond me. It has so much good stuff in-between the covers that can feed your spirit as well as correct your Christian walk.

25th- My Puppies… I love my two little doggies! I am an animal person for sure and Molly and Gizmo are such sweat lovable smelly, dirty little fur balls. My husband does not get the loving animals thing but I just tell him that that just shows he has no heart… lol Joel has a huge heart and would never want anything to suffer buuuuut he does not want them in his house!

26th- Thanksgiving Day… I am thankful that Hannah and I got to continue my tradition of watching the Macy’s day parade. I love having traditions and sharing them with Joel and Hannah. Sometimes they don’t agree with what I want as a tradition but they usually play along.

27th- The family tradition that we decorate for Christmas on Thanksgiving night and the next day. I love the transition from muted fall colors to the bright twinkling colors of Christmas.

28th- I am thankful once again that my husband take interest in what interests me. I just wish I did as well for him. He makes sure I have what I need and is always ready to help if I need him.

29th- Fuzzy socks or pants… Love them soooo much. I just bought a new pair and just can’t wait to put them on at night.

30th-  I am thankful for Jesus and the fact that we are now in the season to celebrate His birth. I love putting out my two manger scenes and just enjoy looking at them right up to New Years day.

 

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Eat. Thanks. Love. Dr. Oz The Good Life Article

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I love Thanksgiving! Its a time to get with those you love and thank God for all of the blessings in your life…Thanksgiving Should be a time to pray and reflect on your life. Some people see Thanksgiving as a time to just eat until your stomach hurts and then you fall asleep watching football in front of the TV. We live in such a truly secular society that many people do not care that the early Thanksgiving celebrations were a very pious and prayer filled event. Even the Native Americans celebrated a feast after a good harvest centered around thanking their creator.

I enjoyed reading the Article Eat. Thanks. Love. In the November issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life. It was filled with anecdotes from a bunch of famous people about how they celebrate being Thankful during Thanksgiving. They had spending time with family, going around the table and telling what they are thankful for, drinking and dancing as well as having topical food themes for the Thanksgiving menu. What I did not see was any mention of God. Not a single famous person acknowledged God as the giver of all of these blessings. Lisa Oz was the closest to showing a Christian leaning in how they give out meals on Thanksgiving. Her big quote was that “giving in this way makes me happier”. I guess this makes sense for the Oz family when Dr. Oz describes his beliefs as a mystical form of Islam closely related to Sufism.

Ok so the article disappointed me. I want everyone to believe as I do! (I do not force my beliefs down anyones throat) I just want those I care about to espouse the same values as I do. This is because I love them and not some need for control. I believe that my heavenly father is the giver of all good things. Knowing God and being saved has made me want the whole world to have the same security and love.

Anyway… This Thanksgiving make sure that you thank God for all of the family and friends you have and every other good thing in your life. Prayer

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30 Days Of Thankfulness – November 8th Edition

So very tired this morning…. Stayed up to late with the girls talking and snacking! Now to get back to crafting once I peal myself out of bed.

I am thankful to have the time to leave my family and spend that time with friends. I don’t leave my family very often and it feels strange when I do, but its good for all of us to have a little time away. I’m away this weekend and Joel will be away next weekend hunting so its really odd that we will be separated two weekends in a row! We usually spend all our time together, especially on the weekend. Whatever will I do! LOL I think I will live in my PJs next weekend! IMG_0013

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30 Days Of Thankfulness – November 7th Edition

Friends… I am spending a weekend with two good friends, Michele and Shauna. We are doing some Scrapbookin for sure! I love our weekends together! We have not done a whole weekend together in a while! I know some snacks will be eaten and maybe our nails may get Jamberried. Who knows…. Maybe a glass of wine will be drunk. We are relaxing together with out the hubbies and with out the kids. Michele has been a great friend for years, we started a coffee house at church together, did singles ministry events together and then she was my maid of honor in my wedding 7+ years ago. Shauna has been a friend that I made through Michele and scrapbooking. We don’t hang out or spend any time on the phone but she has become a true friend that I know will always be around if I need her! Whats better that that. We all need friends to just decompress with and that just what we are doing.

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30 Days of Thankfulness November 5th edition

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I am thankful for the ability to try something new, or at least something I have not tried in a while. I tried doing a family/slice of life blog that got thrown to the side due to the busyness of life. I will be starting a new blog soon…. Next week I hope, that will show the life of a Christian family who are getting ready to start a new life on a homestead/farm in Maine…

God gives us the ability do do so many things in our lives… He gives us talents that we are born with and H e gives us the ability to build and develop skills. I hope to do something wonderful with this blog and showcase all of the skills that we are learning in order to start our new Maine adventure. I hope to inspire others through our successes and failures to step out to do something new. We all need to find our God given passions and boldly run with them.

 

 

 

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Gratitude

 

 

Thought For Today

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We are a world that needs to thank God for all he provides. What he provides will always be enough! The newest, brightest and best of everything on the market today are not what we need. We need to rely on God to know what we need and stop trying to do His job. I am not saying to sit back and do nothing, while expecting everything to be given to you. We need to work like crazy at whatever work God puts in front of us. Listen to God and follow wherever he leads and we will always have enough. BE GRATEFUL….

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; Hebrews 12:28

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