Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Hello December...

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We have snow. Record breaking amounts of snow even. Every day we notice new evergreen wreath with bright red bows and twinkle lights, sparkle at us from the front doors and porches of our neighbors. David and I have been spelling out secrets to each other which leads to lots of giggles as we see the wheels turning as Miss Annabelle Lucy trys so very hard to figure out what we are talking about. And I am so excited about this little ditty that I learned from my sweet friend Andi, in regards to our family Christmas gift giving this year. " Something you need. Something you want. Something to share. Something to read." And to that I have added, something homemade.

But most of all this December I am looking forward to celebrating Advent, for the very first time. I have been working on a advent calendar that is going to look a lot like this one made by an amazing friend of mine. So far I have five pockets sewn on and my first number.  Hoping to get that finished, filled + up on the wall in the next couple days.

We tucked a very special surprise for Annabelle into this first day of December...her very own tiny ( violet colored ) Christmas tree for her room. It makes the sweetest night light. She and Jack are just enchanted by it. And I have to admit, so am I.

I've been pouring over the Advent posts of this dear, dear friend... I am so inspired and wishing to follow her example of the beautiful + meaningful traditions she + her family hold dear.

Excited about going through this ( free downloadable ) daily Advent Devotional. We read it together tonight as a family. It was so, so good.

" The spirit of Christmas needs to superseded by the Spirit of Christ. The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person. That makes all the difference in the world. "  
-Stuart Briscoe


Prairie Rose said...

Happy December!
You sweet little home is filled with secrets and cozy winter time fun!
I just love this time of year:)

Cottage Mommy said...

Love all of this and love the little ditty Andi shared with you...I just might have to adopt that too! Love you and hope you are having a happy December 2nd!

Misha Leigh. said...

We do Andi's rhyme in our home, too. : ) "Something wanted, something to read, something you share with, something you need." I love your addition! Love that!

Chelle, your sites are ones I come to when I need a touch of Jesus in my mama days. It never ceases to draw me back to what I need most. Him and all the thankfulness you exude to him and his ways. Thank you, thank you for (can you believe it?!) years now of encouraging my heart with your beauty and love for him.

You are one of my most encouraging friends. I am so grateful for you!

Nikki said...

Oh, what happiness to find all these links!! I devoured all Misha's Advent posts last year, but the Jesse Tree devotional looks amazing and I really really hope we do it this year, even though Advent has already begun! Hope to hear your voice soon....enjoy the crispy snowy wonderland for me, k?

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging said...

I never knew anything about Advent until the past couple of days. I've been reading more up on it and talking about it with Lilla. It is so much more meaningful than I ever knew!

Oh, and Lilla got her very own tree this year too. Pink, because Pink and Lilla go hand in hand. Gotta love it!