Wednesday, November 30, 2011

25 Days of Christmas Day #1

**I'm so excited to start this 25 Days of Christmas series TODAY!!! And to kick it off we have a great post about creating an Advent Calendar! Our family will be doing this for the 1st time this year!

As we get ready for Christmas we, as a family, try very hard to emphasize the importance of the celebration of the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. This starts at the beginning of the month with an observance of Advent, focusing on the joyful anticipation of his coming. Quite a few years ago I decided to create a countdown chart that would ultimately focus on this true meaning of Christmas. I originally saw this idea on a Christmas card and decided to incorporate it into our celebration.

I started by painting a Christmas tree onto poster board:

*Link up any great Christmas posts you have below*

Thankful Thirty #21-30

So here is the last week and a half. I decided to make it one post, because the holiday weekend left me with lots of family time and no time for blogging... Which is nothing to complain about! 

Read #1-5
Read #6-13
Read #14-20

#21 - Books... Although, I don't have that much time for reading, I really do enjoy it! Sometimes books, whether fiction or not, have a way of speaking to you in your personal circumstances. There's nothing better than finding a moment to transport yourself to another place when reading a book. Or to examine yourself thoroughly, in your own quiet thoughts. I am slowly getting through an amazing book right now, Redeeming Love. I can barely put it down, I'm already sad it's coming to an end & I know I will read it again. Yeah... It's that good. I'm sure I'll have something to post when I'm finished! Even besides reading the book, I love the feel of a book in my hands. I don't see how I could ever replace it with all the new inventions. 

#22 - Hot Drinks... There's something therapeutic about sipping on a hot drink. I don't know whether it's because it forces you to slow down or because it seems to warm you from the inside. But whatever it is, I love just holding a hot mug in my hand. And a hot drink just adds to reading a book. Curling up in a comfy chair, with a soft blanket & a hot cup of tea... Mmmm. Thankful that something so simple can be so enjoyable.

#23 - Pictures... One of my favorite things to do is to look over pictures. Whether they are from ages ago of family that has passed, from just a few days ago or even of strangers. I just love how a picture can capture a moment. Just looking at a picture you can be carried back to that point in time. When I look at my pictures from giving birth, I can remember all of the overwhelming emotions. When I look at my wedding photos I can remember all the fun that day brought. When I look at pictures from my kids laughing & smiling, it makes me realize how fleeting time is & I thought they would never grow up. I am thankful that we live in a day & age where photos are so easily accessible. I am working on making a few of the walls in my house like the one pictured above.


#24 - My Health... I am so thankful for my health. I have had a few problems come up here & there, but overall I have remained healthy. I know it can be something that I take for granted sometimes, but I truly and am grateful to God for this blessing.

#25 - Going Back to School... I am so thankful that I have this opportunity to further my education. My schooling came to a halt when I got pregnant with my daughter, Hannah. And I know for most when something like that happens, they never have the chance to go back. But I am so thankful for having this option. And so far it's going well. It's definitely a little stressful, but so far I'm managing with the support of my husband & family.

#26 - Going to Mexico... I am so thankful that I have to opportunity again to go on a missions trip to Ensenada, Mexico. I went in January with a small group from our church and we built a house for an underprivileged family. It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had and I have the chance to return this January! Not only am I thankful that I get to go, but that my family is supportive enough to help in my absence and that I have had some amazing people donate to help fund my trip. I can't wait to go and then share my experience with all of you!