Merry CHRISTmas!!

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CHRISTmas time is here! My Sweetie and I are wishing you all a Merry Christmas celebrating our Savior’s birth and remembering what it means to have Him give His life to free us from our sins! Wishing you wonderful, special time with family and friends, and time for family rejuvenation for the new year ahead!

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”   Isaiah 9:6

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Sometimes we’re silly! : >

Merry CHIRSTmas!!

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Book Review: Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould

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I started this post last week and then Firefox crashed and lost my draft. That’s what happens when you wait so long to finish a post! But I was sick and just couldn’t get my brain to focus. So here’s my latest Book Review.

Here’s the summary:

Can Bea and Ben Turn Rivalry Into Romance?

Beatrice Zook knows God wants her to learn patience toward others. When assisting a family overwhelmed by triplets proves surprisingly successful, her confidence in dealing with others, both young and old, grows.

One person she’ll never be able to find peace with though is Ben Rupp. They’ve known each other forever, and Ben understands precisely how to antagonize her. What neither she nor Ben will admit is that beneath all their bickering, attraction awaits. When friends decide to try and bring the couple together, will the pair be able to find true love? Or will they damage their relationship beyond repair?”

I haven’t read the others in the series, and this is the last book, so my thoughts are from that standpoint.

I loved this book!!  Bea’s controlling sister Molly reminded me of times with my mom, and friends I’ve seen put in these situations. I love that things are resolved between them in the end, and that they can begin a real sister relationship. Healing and restoration are always great things!

Bea is a good example of someone who has let her pride and introverted-ness isolate her in all of her relationships, or prevent her from even having relationships/friendships. And pride and fear are behind her antagonist attitude toward Ben. As her confidence grows while caring for a neighbors triplets, so does her openness to friendship. And, as usual, it’s always good to communicate with each other when there’s a misunderstanding, rather than listen to others or jump to conclusions!

So many great lessons here, but you’ll have to read it yourself to find out the rest!

A personal favorite bit, because it’s a part of nature that I also love, is this: “Ahead was a forest of trees, their leaves fiery red and orange. ‘Oh, my…it’s like a tunnel!!’ I said.” I adore tree tunnels!!!!

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**

Happy Reading and Merry CHRISTmas!!

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Three Modern CHRISTmas Songs I Love

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In place of  a Lord’s Day Scriptures post this week, I want to share three Christmas songs that mean a lot to me and really help me remember what Christmas is all about! “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” sums it up real well! :>

I’m a gigantic Point of Grace fan, and these three songs of theirs are must-hear songs every year for me. and you’ll see why!

Take a listen:

“For all the broken,

here in this moment,

Immanuel, our God is with us.

He is with us still.

Immanuel, He has not left us.

And He never will.”

“So he held her and he prayed
Shafts of moonlight on his face
For the baby in her womb
He was the Maker of the moon
He was the Author of the faith
That could make the mountains move

It was a labor of pain
It was a cold sky above
But for the girl on the ground in the dark
With every beat of her beautiful heart
It was a labor of love

“So close your eyes and share the dream

Let everyone on earth believe

The child was born, the stars shone bright

And love came down at Christmas time

And love came down at Christmas time

So merry Christmas everyone

And peace throughout the year

The time has come to celebrate

So let your voices fill the air.”

**Okay here’s one more I forgot about until it started running through my head!**

“I’m more than just only, one night that’s holy. I’m your Star, and I’m your Wish ’cause I am both the Giver AND the Gift!”

Don’t forget that Jesus Christ was born to be our Savior and deliver us from our sins. That’s what we are celebrating this time of year and we’re thankful for the love our Lord has for us, to provide a way out of death. The fun songs are, well…fun, but I can’t celebrate Christmas without taking the time to remember the reason for the celebration!

Wishing you all a Merry CHRISTmas!!

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Fun and Unique Gift “Bows” DIY

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Last year I found a super fun idea for the “bows” on our Christmas gifts! I love doing something different and unique, and I even changed my “bows” from the original idea I found. It takes some work to find the miniatures for this project, but I was able to find enough variety by going through my house, Christmas stash and finding a few in stores. I LOVED making these, and the result!!!

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So adorable! And I hung the tags from this one. :>

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I like cute and different paper too!

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I also used some other creative cuties for my cousin-in-law: a felt acorn, holly branch and cute tags made from the paper. :>

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This box always makes me smile!

I just hot glued each decoration onto a clothespin and decorated packages, so easy and fast!!

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I went completely out of the box for this one: simple and cute, and smudged, ugh!

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Here’s my cousin-in-law’s adorable gift to me. She knows of my love for all things GINGERBREAD!! And those ice skates…how adorable!

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Fun gifts under the tree!

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Our tree!

**Here’s where I found the original idea I modified: Creature Comforts**

Do you have some fun and unique packaging ideas? Happy crafting!!

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Living Proverbs 31 #89

Christmas Fashion Inspiration

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This week I’m sharing some Modest Christmas Fashion inspiration with you all for Modest Monday! (Which has actually turned into Thursday…oops). Including some of my past outfits and some collections I created on Polyvore. I like to incorporate blue and white, the original Christmas colors since Jesus Christ was Jewish, plaids, greens, nativity and gingerbread accessories, etc. Hope you enjoy! :>

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I call this one Christmas Plaid

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Green Christmas Elegance

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Ballet Style: Inspired by a skirt I’ve been wanting and finally own, and my ballet background.

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Blues and more plaid.

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Sometimes I even wear red plaid, although it’s my worst color.

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Me and my Sweetie!

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It’s fun picking out fun and festive outfits!! And I love gingerbread and Nativity themes! :>

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Living Proverbs 31 #89