Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

 

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Today I wish you joy.

Joy.

Wonderful, overflowing, incredible, heart-smiling…..joy.

May your day be full of family and friends.

May your day be full of laughter and harking herald angels.

May your day be merry and bright with an extra piece of pecan pie.

May your day be full of…..

….joy. :)

 

Joy to the world

The Lord has come

Let earth receive her King

Let every heart prepare him room

And heaven and nature sing

And heaven and nature sing

And heaven and heaven and nature sing.

Merry, merry Christmas from our house to yours. :)


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The Perfect Innkeepers Wife

The Perfect Innkeepers Wife

 

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When I was younger….I knew that I knew…..that I knew….

….I was going to make it onto Star Search.

To me….it wasn’t really a question of if….more of a question of when.

You see….I knew that one day I was going to be discovered singing quietly to myself in aisle seven of Wal-Mart.  The notes would dance softly across the polished linoleum floors….into the waiting ears of a big Hollywood agent who would immediately….on bended knee….offer to represent me.

And then he would whisk me away to the Star Search stage…..

….to a world of fame and fortune and a long and illustrious singing career. :) Continue reading


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It All Started Without a Tree Skirt

It All Started Without a Tree Skirt

 
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photo credit:  RTM Connect

This is the very first photograph I ever put on my blog.

December 9, 2011.

And it isn’t even mine.

Well….it’s my library and my Christmas tree and my french doors leading out to my back porch and my chairs and my tufted ottoman and my photo-shopped fire.

But I didn’t take the picture.

Not even close.Continue reading


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If I Were an Ornament….

If I Were an Ornament….

 

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If I were an ornament….

….I’d want to be on Laura’s tree.

Yep.

Right next to reindeer cow with the black and white striped collar.

(please take a moment to digest that sentence)

Have you wrapped your head around reindeer cow yet?

I’d perch up there in the evergreens amongst the chalkboard ornaments and the sharpie ornaments and random red ornaments that kind of look like tops I used to play with in second grade…..

….and I’d never leave.Continue reading


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Monogram Ornament: Jingle Bell Style

Monogram Ornament: Jingle Bell Style

 

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When I was sorting through the Christmas boxes in the attic….at the bottom of a red tub underneath the silver reindeer and the glittered birds’ nests….

…..I found a book called, Simplify Your Christmas:  100 Ways to Reduce the Stress and Recapture the Joy of the Holidays.

(total aside:  it seems a lot of title for a simplification discussion….but I digress).

I think my mother gave it to me one advent and profusely expressed my appreciation….and tucked it away at the bottom of a Christmas decorating tub…..

….never to be read.

Because….seriously….just between us….

…..simplifying Christmas was the furthest thing from my mind.

I….along with the four families who recently competed for the biggest light display ever on HGTV….subscribed to the theory….

….go big or go home.

But now….I’m older and 39 Christmas boxes wiser.

And my heart yearns for a little Christmas simplification.Continue reading


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Printed Burlap Ribbon

Printed Burlap Ribbon

 

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If there were an entry in the  Guinness Book of World Records for world’s easiest Christmas craft….

….this printed burlap ribbon would be in the running.

Seriously.

You could almost make it and brownies at the same time.

But the brilliance of it….the simplicity and versatility and possibilities of it….

….are endless.

So if you’ve ever seen a project like this….or this….or even this….and you’ve felt overwhelmed and then you left me a comment telling me that you just weren’t into making crafts….no worries…..

….because this is the craft for you. :) Continue reading


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Sharing a Little Joy

Sharing a Little Joy

 

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Yesterday….in the middle of happy and bright and harking herald angels and the hallelujah chorus and the parties and the celebrations and decking the halls….

….something stopped me mid-merry...and gave me pause.

It served as a vivid reminder…..that sometimes….amidst all the laughter and the rosy cheeks and the wonder that surrounds us this time of year….

….so many hearts are grieving.

And full of sadness.

And aching.

And hurting.

And sometimes….even the simplest of reminders….like a song or a smell or even the Christmas aisle at Target….

….can almost overwhelm a tired and weary world.Continue reading


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Fun Idea to Decorate a Window

Fun Idea to Decorate a Window

 

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Yesterday was the inaugural first trip outside after a snow storm.

You know….the one where you realize there is more to this life than the inside of a cup of hot chocolate and the Hallmark channel.

There’s a whole wide world just waiting for you…that you haven’t seen for four days.

Some people go to the store to buy milk and bread.

Some people get gas or batteries or flash lights or sand or salt to melt the sidewalks.

Some people buy shovels to clean off their driveways.

I went to Hobby Lobby.Continue reading


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