Thursday, December 22, 2011
The cookies are baked, the house decorated, gifts wrapped, presents under the tree, and just a few more days of "Holiday Cleaning." I don't know about you but I only deep clean a few times a year. Usually it involves or coincides with when my sister visits. I figured out a few years ago I was skipping the fall and spring cleaning thing and was hitting it more before Christmas and summer...when people visit. I do not love to clean, so I put it off till outside pressures force me to get a move on. The other thing I realized just the other day (true confessions haha) that once my house is spit spot, I want to do all the entertaining I have tended to put off because now all I have left to do is cook! Which I thoroughly enjoy! So today some invites went out for New Years Eve. Blessed are the woman who like to cook and clean, they must enjoy entertaining more often than I ;)
A little photo thrown in for blogland sake. I took my grands out for a quick trip to the mall today to give momma a break and because I was missing the little darlings so much. I don't know if I mentioned how much of a ham our little miss Avey (aka Sweet Pea) has become. I know what you are thinking...yes it was a bit crazy to go to the mall with two little ones in tow this week. I guess you have figured out by now I was finding a charming excuse to avoid housework. Oh yes indeed you are right, I would rather go to the mall Christmas week with two little grands in tow then clean my house anyday...there I have said it...the whole world knows!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Come To Me is the title of a new release out of Bethel, Redding,CA. The full album will be released this January. I keep stopping during all the holiday hoopla to spend a few minutes listening to this inspiring song. It usually is at night after a long full day. This makes my heart sing!!!
Photo by Terra Baysinger-Nyce taken that night.At the beginning of December a local church brought in one of my long time favorite worship leaders again out of Bethel, Redding, CA. Kim Walker Smith and her equally talented husband Skyler Smith led us in an amazing night of worship. It was not a concert, it was a night of worship for the local body of Christ. It was on a Monday night, it was not promoted, yet over 2,000 folks came out from many denominations around our city to worshiped the King. Following is a taste of what our night was like.
If you are interested... here are two previous posts I have done on this couple...as you will see I had long awaited this amazing night.
How He Loves
Skyler and Kim
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wow as usual the holiday season is whizzing through like a sled going down hill that cannot be stopped. I am just trying to hang on for the ride. Apparently the sled is un-steerable too =) Yesterday my daughter asked if I would babysit while she ran some errands at the mall. Pregnant with two little ones in tow...I remember those days. So I said sure! Low and behold she walks in the door handing me a gingerbread house kit and said the girls really, really want to do this this afternoon. Hmmm I was thinking more like movies on nana's bed with some snacks and a bit of book reading. I am not nearly as energetic in the late afternoon as I am before lunch. Before lunch I can MAKE the gingerbread house from scratch ;)
So I convince my grands as I was making a big pot of coffee to watch a little show first while I chugged a mug down of the delicious black brew. Then I was ready to tackle the gingerbread kit. Well it was just all about glueing with pre-made frosting in a tube the candy that came with it in place. Not too big of a deal. We giggled along and tried not to eat as much candy as we were attaching to the gingerbread house. Then I had the great idea to add some more decorations...because...well... perhaps we did eat too much of the provided kit candy. I found some Christmas sprinkles in my cupboard. While I was trying to add some of the sprinkles to the freshly edged house Eden said she wanted to try. Of coarse you do, so I handed her the jar and instead of a sprinkle they all began dumping out of the top rather quickly and bouncing from here to eternity all over the kitchen table to every nook and cranky in my kitchen. I started to roar it was so funny. The look on Eden's face was priceless, till she got the gist of my hysterics and then started giggling herself. Well we finished up the house and it did turn out rather nice. However I am still stepping on those little round sprinkles every where.
You know I love making room and time for my grand kids. I wouldn't have missed that moment with them for anything. I was exhausted by the time mom came back to collect the babies and the gingerbread house, but it was worth it. So very much so!
Just a few nights ago my son in law had the privilege of leading a young man to the Lord. As this new convert was reading the Christmas story he noted to my son in law how there was no room for Jesus in the inn with all the people, but only room for Jesus outside with the animals. He concurred that he wanted to make room for Jesus in his heart, especially during this Christmas season. That so struck a cord in my heart. I need to make room in my home, my heart, and my life during this hectic holiday season, and to make very sure my Jesus isn't left out in the cold. To make sure I am inviting Him in to be present with me and my family through out this season of tra la la. To remember that old saying we all know...He is the reason for the season. I am rejoicing in a new believer who has made a commitment to welcome Him in to his heart. Lord help me remember to welcome the Christ into our Christmas!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I am re focused. In the holiday mood. Decorated and ready for the season! This year I was drawn like a magnet to everything that glittered. Martha must be getting to me =) It started with these adorable acorns.
Then it was glittery pine cones, and snowman
Glittery gingerbread men and Merry Christmas signs
See that tree...real or fake?
Noni's Ivy ElfsEasy Set Up and believe you me it was only a few minutes of fluffing. I am SOLD! Now I just need to find a really good candle for scent.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Another evening at the marina in down town Puerto Vallarta
My fresh fish dinner that night as he promised was absolutely delicious...yum!!!
On our last day we took one more quick trip downtown. In the square I found an amazing local artist that gave me some inspiration to tackle some of our local vineyard scenes. This was a commission for an American couple.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
My last moment in the Mexican sun. I cannot believe how much I enjoyed my visit to the Mexican Rivera. I will return someday soon I hope...sooner than later.
You are probably sick by now of my Mexican vacation, but hopefully I have finally got it out of my system for a bit and can now regroup and focus on Christmas ...