Long time no see.
It's been quiet on here but it has not, funnily enough, been quiet at my house.
Decorating for Christmas, making stockings, eating cookies, trying to keep presents hidden until they can be wrapped, cleaning for house showings... you name it, we're doing it.
And we're enjoying it.
I've even found time this month to actually use some of the 1000+ pins I've pinned on Pinterest. Raise your hand if you're proud of me.
We have ribbons on the cupboard doors waiting for more Christmas cards, and I *love* this idea. Every time I go to get a bowl or cup, I look at our cards and they make me smile.
I was inspired by this pin to make us all burlap stockings, and much to my surprise, I actually did it. I even took pictures as I went along just in case I ever get around to blogging about it. (Raise your hand if you don't think I will ever get around to blogging about it.)
I went to the thrift store last night and bought junky old books so I could make these adorable trees.
And thanks to this pin, our Elf has gotten a little more creative this year.
I wanted to copy this pin, but do you know how hard it is to find a tomato cage in December? Really hard. You kind of have to have them on hand already.
So instead we used those leftover lights to create the only box in town with indoor lighting.
Rowan got a kick out of that. Then he asked to play Wii.
I've also been making our very favorite Christmas cookies.
And I am planning to buy new pants because mine don't fit anymore, which is weird.
Auntie J sent us a beautiful new snowglobe for our collection. This one lights up and swirls the snow automatically. What will they think of next? You don't even have to shake your own snowglobes anymore. (That's what she said.... sorry. So sorry.)
And now that Daddy is finally off work for the winter, we have been spending a lot of time like this.
Five boys lined up on the couch, watching shows.
And I'm loving this season and the adventure we are on. We are selling our house, not because we have to, but because we felt God leading us in that direction. We are planning to rent for a while, to save money, to maybe look for a different house, to be open to wherever God leads, even if it's to the ends of the earth. I think this next year is going to be full of changes and I'm okay with it. It's a little chaotic, and a little scary, but we're in it together and I have peace in that.
Merry Christmas, friends!