Thursday, December 20, 2012

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like...

Only 5 more days until Christmas! Whose kids are super ready and already on overload--raise your hand!?  Mine---me, me, me!!   I'm hoping for colder weather.  We're in the south, so warm Christmases are not uncommon. We're trying to keep the days leading up to Christmas fairly predictable for our boys.  My youngest has a lot of sensory "issues", so he's easily overwhelmed with all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays.   What do you do to keep your family's sanity in check?

Have you liked us on Facebook yet?  No? Well, go ahead.  We'll start back up after January with a family of the week.  Can you go ahead and plan on giving a dollar every week this year? That would be $52.  It's doable. (we have other pages, too, if you're really feeling generous!)

I hope you're enjoying the holidays.....time with loved ones, shopping, baking.  Whatever it is that you love!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Joy

What's your favorite Christmas song?  I have several.....O Holy Night, Silent Night, my kids' version of Jingle Bells.  I love Christmas music and looking at lights, hot chocolate, counting down until Christmas.

Silent night, holy night!
Wondrous star, lend thy light!
With the angels let us sing
Alleluia to our King!
Christ the Saviour is here,
Jesus the Saviour is here!

The holidays are a wonderful time to be reflective, to enjoy each other, to take time to focus on the important things, enjoy family traditions and make new ones.
Remember those who are hurting. Take a minute to send a note or make a phone call. Let's show love to each other during the holidays. Have you heard of More Love Letters? It may become a new tradition for you! Especially for those of you who love to write.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Holiday Joy

Hey friends, old and new.....I hope you're all enjoying the Christmas season.  We are celebrating Advent at our house.  Along those lines, I am "unplugging" a bit from the internet during the holiday season. It can be a bit consuming, you know! The holidays should be about celebrating Jesus, loving our family and friends.

We will not have a new family until after the new year.  Thank you for loving our families so well.  If you want to donate to a great cause, please visit the charity:water page.  Consider supporting this organization.  Clean water is life saving
Enjoy your family during this Christmas season. Eat lots of cookies, too! 
Have a great week, everyone!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Fun

Hi there! Congrats to Sonia Martin for winning the bracelet! And thanks, Katie, for the giveaway!!

How many of you are ready for Christmas? What are the traditions that you love? That you used to love but now you're over and don't love anymore?  We are celebrating Advent this year. My boys love it. We're using these...super easy and not too cutesy--remember, I have boys. You can download it  and find out more about its creator here.     I truly love the tiny clothespins that we're using.  You can still start even though it's a few days into December.  We won't tell anyone.               

I saw something pretty cool on Beth's blog, Artistic Domestic about the Elf on the Shelf.  A lot of people love it and a lot of people don't.   Well, here's another option for you.  It's The Christmas Angel!! It comes with a book centered around the birth of Jesus and encourages acts of kindness.
  Of course, we all like different things, so when I saw this.....I thought of YOU!

This pic is of Beth's over here and read what she wrote. My favorite part of her CON list was that the angel had dreads:)
Anyway, to each his own and I hope some of you love the angel! I think she's a cutie...dreadlocks and all!

Donated to the Haus family yet?

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

New Week-Haus Fam!

Time to meet our family of the week! Meet the HAUS family!  Shannon and Jill are Mom and Dad. (This family used one of my favorite songs in their video.)  I know you'll love it, too! So watch, donate and share! The Haus family has 2 beautiful girls already and are adding 2 sons to their family.  Their boys are currently in foster care in China and hopefully, will come home next Spring.  Are you ready to show them some love?

Welcome the Haus family to Give1Save1 ASIA!

love, Tonya:)