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Shepherd on the Search Advent Activity for Children – Great Gift

21 Nov

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I bought two of these to give to both our children to use with our grandkids.  They are really cute, and wow the activities suggested to do with the kids while hunting for the shepherd each day are so neat.

I tell you it’s going to be fun.  I can’t wait for the toddler boys to come to my house and tell me what they did that week or day, and well I might just have to blog about it and share some pictures.

I have always wanted something different than the Elf, and finally found it.  The Shepherd will point children to Jesus.  The kit came with a Shepherd which the kids will name on day 2, and there are is a site you are sent to in order to make fun projects each day.  I can’t wait to see the names they come up with for their shepherd.

Even the box he comes in is beautiful and thick so you can put away for next year.

Here’s a link to purchase the shepherd, and no I don’t get anything for this.  I purchased mine.  My comments are based on that.

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No Stress This Christmas

19 Nov

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So how do I keep the stress out of Christmas.  I am sharing some of my tips here, but I tell ya’ this morning I was feeling better about it than I do now.

Here are some of my tips

  1. CHRISTMAS CARDS

Start addressing your Christmas cards now or earlier.  I always start before Thanksgiving and I try to mail them the day after Thanksgiving.  May not make it this year, but I have my cards I bought on sale last year and still have forever stamps I bought last year.

Christmas cards are very special to me.  Read all my ideas about Christmas cards and see some ideas for displaying and saving here.

2.  SHOPPING

Don’t know what to buy.  I bought a few gifts early this year as the girls and I were out.

I would see something the grandsons might want in their stockings.  I bought some little grabbers for the toddlers.  Well one of them saw one in my office and I said that is Colt’s, and then Colt saw one in a bedroom later and I said that’s Cals.  They didn’t question me.

I take the grown-up kids shopping and I ask them for lists.  They may not get all that is on the list and they will have some surprises in their stockings.  Keep it simple.  Everything does not have to be a surprise, and why not give a gift they love.

3.  PRAYER and BIBLE STUDY – Get up a few minutes early and spend some time in prayer and reading the Word EVERY day.  If you are looking for a study, don’t have a church home I love, love, love Proverb 31 Online Bible Studies.  Check it out.  We are finishing one up and take a little break during the holidays, but we’ll start up in January.  All you need is your book.

4.  Find some simple tasks to do each day – fit them in 20 minutes here and there.  Today after I got dinner in the oven I went in the office and shredded and filed rather than sit down and watch the news.  Some nights I’ll file while my hubby is in the shower.

5.  Listen to some Christmas music.  I love to pull out my whole basket of Christmas CDs.  I have them playing when I’m cleaning, when I’m driving, when I’m cooking.  They make me happy and thankful for this wonderful season.

6.  DECORATE.  

I don’t usually do any decorating until after Thanksgiving; however since we are not having company this Thanksgiving day, I took my Fall decorations down this past Friday.

I got out my decorations for the kitchen because they are stored in the kitchen cabinets and pantry – at least many of them – my pitchers, cabinet decorations, and Christmas coffee cups.

Put up the outside lights before Thanksgiving.  We are working on it.  Started today but didn’t finish, and we won’t light turn them on until after Thanksgiving.  I’m glad we got it started before the weather gets cold or rainy.

Do one room at a time and you’ll start to feel less pressure. I hope to pull a few boxes out of the attic today, and do a little decorating each day rather than a decorating frenzy week after next.

7.  CLEAN.

I deep clean as I go.  Polished the kitchen countertops on Friday and cleaned my office desk.

Yesterday it was my office – cleaned all the furniture and vacumned.

Tomorrow it’s the master bedroom and the dens.   I’ll clean mini-blinds and bookcases in one of the dens, and hopefully the other den I’ll get all the furniture polished.

Tuesday it’s the laundry room and ironing.

8.  Go for a walk.  I love putting on my headphones – yes I have an old transistor radio I carry and listen to Christian music while I walk.

9.  Go to church.   I can’t wait for next Sunday and all the Christmas music to begin and our programs each Sunday evening.

Take some time to relax and enjoy what this season is about.

If you don’t go to church find one and slip in for one of the music programs.  Check out a church website near you.

10.  BAKING – I’ve never baked early because I like it fresh, but if I am successful at everything else this year well I think it will be easy.

11.  ADVENT – Study the Christmas story.  I’m Baptist and we do talk some about advent at church, but I’ve learned a lot on my own over the years.  This year I bought two sets of “The Shepherd on the Search” to give to my son and my daughter’s families.  My daughter and daughter-in-love are excited, but I think I’m more excited.

12.  MAKE SOME MEMORABLE TRADITIONS – Read about my favorites here.

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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy -Day 31 – 20 Thanksgiving Bible Verses

1 Nov

This completes the last day of my #write31days in October.  It’s been hard, but I am finally finished.  Thank you for allowing me to flood your email this month.  Now it’s time to take a break, slow down and enjoy this Thanksgiving season.

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.   1 Chronicles 16:34

Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.                                  2 Corinthians 9:11 (KJV)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  Philippians 4:6 (KJV)

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.  1 Chronicles 16:34 (KJV)

To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.  Psalm 30:12 (KJV)

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  Psalm 100:4 (KJV)

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.  Psalm 69:30

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.                   Psalm 95:2 (KJV)

To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.  Psalm 30:12 (KJV)

I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.  Psalm 116:17 (KJV)

Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:  Psalm 147:7 (KJV)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  Philippians 4:6 (KJV)

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)

Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.                  2 Samuel 22:50 (KJV)

Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.  1 Chronicles 16:8 (KJV)

Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.  Psalm 30:4 (KJV)

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;                  Ephesians 5:20 (KJV)

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  Colossians 3:15 (KJV)

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:  Psalm 50:14 (KJV)

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.  2 Corinthians 4:15 (KJV)

Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

Day 11 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 3 – Chapters 12-15

Day 12 – I’ll Worship Him In The Waiting

Day 13 – A Trip To The Dallas Arboretum

Day 14 – Fitness Bible Verses – Free Printable

Day 15 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based on She’s Still There – My Notes Week 4 – Chapters 16-21

Day 16 – Anxious for Nothing – An On-Line Bible Study – My OBS Story

Day 17 – If My People – 1 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

Day 18 – My Planner

Day 19 – I Lost My Socks

Day 20 – God Whispers To Us

Day 21 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 5 – Chapters 22-2

Day 22 – Laughter

Day 23 – Acts 5:42 – Day After Day

Day 24 – Senior Discounts

Day 25 – My Weight Loss Journey Starts Here

Day 26 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 6 – Chapters 26-30

Day 27 – Pumpkins Galore

Day 28 – T-H-A-N-K-S-G-I-V-I-N-G

Day 28 -Living For Today, Not Tomorrow

Day 29 – THANKFUL

Day 30 – WELCOME November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy -Day 30 – WELCOME November

1 Nov

WELCOME November!

Another beautiful month of October has past and it’s been a fun one.

I can’t believe how busy we have been with grandchildren.  We don’t take a moment with them for granted..  Many grandparents are not as fortunate with grandchildren living in another state or even another country.

We’ve been to the Dallas Arboretum

Six Flags Over Texas (no pictures to share)

a Fall carnival at church,

and the Shadow Oaks Pumpkin Patch 

with grandkids this month, and so many other smaller things as well as being blessed to watch them each week, and even the four year old got to stay with us three nights while his Mom and Dad were out of town.  Making MEMORIES.

I’ve had the house decorated since September, and it won’t come down until after we celebrate Thanksgiving.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love, love, love Christmas, but these days it really bothers me that the stores have already gotten rid of Fall decorations and forgotten about Thanksgiving.  I wish these stores were brave enough to not start Christmas in September/October.  I truly believe they are missing sales by rushing each season.  I went to buy fall stuff two weeks ago and let me tell you there was nothing left worth buying, and I’m not buying Christmas this early unless it is a gift for my family.

But all that said, I may start decorating the upstairs for Christmas since no one will be up there until Christmas Eve and it will help some of the rush and stress after Thanksgiving.

Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

Day 11 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 3 – Chapters 12-15

Day 12 – I’ll Worship Him In The Waiting

Day 13 – A Trip To The Dallas Arboretum

Day 14 – Fitness Bible Verses – Free Printable

Day 15 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based on She’s Still There – My Notes Week 4 – Chapters 16-21

Day 16 – Anxious for Nothing – An On-Line Bible Study – My OBS Story

Day 17 – If My People – 1 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

Day 18 – My Planner

Day 19 – I Lost My Socks

Day 20 – God Whispers To Us

Day 21 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 5 – Chapters 22-2

Day 22 – Laughter

Day 23 – Acts 5:42 – Day After Day

Day 24 – Senior Discounts

Day 25 – My Weight Loss Journey Starts Here

Day 26 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 6 – Chapters 26-30

Day 27 – Pumpkins Galore

Day 28 – T-H-A-N-K-S-G-I-V-I-N-G

Day 28 -Living For Today, Not Tomorrow

Day 29 – THANKFUL

 

 

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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy -Day 29 – T-H-A-N-K-F-U-L

1 Nov

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I’m trying to finish up my 31 days of October writings.  Life gets busy, but I’m only four behind this morning.  Since it’s November 1st I am pondering this morning on the word THANKFUL.

I’ve learned to be thankful every day, and even at times every moment.  November is the month most know for thankfulness, and I’m glad our pilgrim immigrants passed that down to us, and I hope as a Christian nation we remember that.  I’m glad that people still take the time to sit down and be thankful on Thanksgiving, but do worry the way that Christmas is thrown at us so early that some are beginning to just skip this precious time of the year.

What am I thankful for this first day of November 2017 not in any order:

  • My husband who loves the Lord.
  • My children who love the Lord and their spouses.
  • My five precious grandchildren.
  • Waking up to another November with good health.
  • The little bit of rain we had yesterday.
  • Sitting here in the dark and being able to write.
  • Therapy helping my back problems.
  • Proverbs 31 Online Bible studies and how that ministry has helped me grow in my Christian walk.
  • A warm home on this cool morning.
  • Grandchildren coming to spend the day with me today.
  • All my family – sisters, cousins, in-laws, aunts, uncles
  • How God has always blessed us with good neighbors.
  • Our church and extended church family.
  • Food on my table.
  • A hot cup of coffee this morning.

This list could go on and on.  Thank you for blessing me today by stopping by.  I would love to hear something you are thankful for today.

Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

Day 11 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 3 – Chapters 12-15

Day 12 – I’ll Worship Him In The Waiting

Day 13 – A Trip To The Dallas Arboretum

Day 14 – Fitness Bible Verses – Free Printable

Day 15 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based on She’s Still There – My Notes Week 4 – Chapters 16-21

Day 16 – Anxious for Nothing – An On-Line Bible Study – My OBS Story

Day 17 – If My People – 1 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

Day 18 – My Planner

Day 19 – I Lost My Socks

Day 20 – God Whispers To Us

Day 21 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 5 – Chapters 22-2

Day 22 – Laughter

Day 23 – Acts 5:42 – Day After Day

Day 24 – Senior Discounts

Day 25 – My Weight Loss Journey Starts Here

Day 26 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 6 – Chapters 26-30

Day 27 – Living for Today, Not Tomorrow

 

 

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