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Enjoying these last days of 2012

Hello!  A few links to share for the last bit of time this year…

  • The gifts need to be wrapped and there are many loose ends, but I stopped to watch a movie instead!  Crazy, Stupid, Love was on HBO the other day and I got pulled into the plot about 20 minutes in…ended up being a good movie and still want to go back and see what I missed from the very beginning.
  • Going to make this yummy lentil soup while it’s chilly outside!
  • Doing this video for the kids.
  • Excited to read the newest book club pick: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Some of the Favorite Things exchanged at our book club get together the other night:

 

A couple of fun things from a sweet friend:

A new coffee cozy and a good laugh with this Instagram parody…It had me laughing right out loud!

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Well now I really need to get wrapping and cleaning!

Enjoy each moment of Christmas with your family!

xo Marisa

 

 

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One week ago…

One week ago today…my heart still aches and I try to chase the thoughts away with keeping busy.  I pray for those grieving and hurting…May the Lord comfort you and lead you in the days ahead.  May He fill your emptiness with his love and care.  We mourn with you Newtown.

My Grams sent this to me yesterday and I wanted to share…

Sandy Hook Elementary School

Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38

When 20 beautiful children stormed through Heaven’s gate.

Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.

They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.

They were filled with such joy; they didn’t know what to say.

They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.

“Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.

“This is heaven” declared a small boy. “We’re spending Christmas at God’s house”.

When what to their wondering eyes did appear,

But Jesus, their Savior, the children gathered near.

He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.

Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.

And in that moment was joy, that only Heaven can bring

Those children all flew into the arms of their King.

And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,

One small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.

And as if He could read all the questions she had

He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of Mom and Dad.”

Then He looked down on Earth, at the world far below

He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe.

Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,

“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!

May this country be delivered from the hands of fools

“I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools! “

Then He and the children stood up without a sound.

“Come now my children let me show you around. “

Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.

All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.

And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,

“In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”

 

 Other articles I have come across this week:

 

xo Marisa

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Links for you…

Just some links today to share, encourage and lift you up!

  • Really enjoyed this post on MomHeart.org…captures a lot in one post, great encouragement if you are feeling a bit weary.
  • Strala Yoga with Tara Stiles…love her DVD’s and book Yoga Cures…I will share in a post soon!
  • Adoption after loss…very touching and inspiring!
  • Gift Idea!  Cute bags from Gussy Sews
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The Countdown

This time of year is so fun…Christmas!!!  I loved decorating the tree this year with the girls.  They were really into it and Vivian had fun putting the ornaments on and then Sylvie and Amelia enjoyed taking them off.  Getting the lights to work is another story but in the end it’s up, decorated and shiny!  I did try to take a moment when we unwrapped the special ornaments to show them to Vivian and explain when we got it.  That was a fun trip down memory lane…two from our wedding, her baby’s first Christmas, and then I realized I have yet to get the twins (who are two) and Axel their baby’s first Christmas ornaments!

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We have our list of gifts to buy and give for family and friends, but in it all I want to make sure we don’t lose sight of what this holiday is about.  I have come across two wonderful blogs that grabbed my attention.

The first is from Fancy Little Things, they are doing a daily Christmas Devotional.  The devotional is so good and leaves you pondering what you just read.  The first day was about divine interruption, the second day was about when the angel went to Mary and told her she was highly favored.

The second is an article on not opening gifts but giving gifts from A Holy Experience.  As the kids get older this might be something we can incorporate into our holiday.  I love to see the faces of my kids when opening their gifts but I also want to show them how we can give gifts to others.  Gifts that would benefit them more than any toy would benefit us!

Vivian and I discussed giving the gifts the girls would get each other to Toys for Tots this year so kids that may not get gifts could open one on Christmas.  She liked the idea so I researched  a drop off location in our area and learned that we can drop off toys at any Babies R Us or Toys R Us.

 

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Found fun games for the kids to play with gift bows.  Going to try these out this week…I will let you know how they liked it!

 

Enjoy!

Marisa

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A New Normal

Hi!  It’s been awhile…I have not had many moments to spare but miss blogging, so I am carving out some time while something piles up around here, lately those piles have been lots of laundry!

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BLOG UPDATE

There are so many times in the last few months I have wanted to jump on here and post something I read or something I saw that I wanted to share.  It ends up being a fleeting thought and someone needs mom.  So, I decided posts don’t need to be super long all the time.  Instead they can be shorter and more specific so I can post more times…to sum it up less but more.

 

A NEW NORMAL

Since adding our little Axel in May things have been different around here.  Yes busy days filled with kid, toddler and baby things but I just could not put “it” into words.  Over the last month I have read the phrase “A New Normal” so many times that now I think I have found words for “it”.  The first time I read the phrase I had a moment where I thought that is it we have a new normal.  Not we are super busy, not things are so hectic but rather this is our new normal.  Yes, hectic for one not use to having kids running around, or three kids in diapers, or four kids that all want to sit on the same lap all at once, but normal for us as we move along this journey in life.  I could call it crazy but I would rather call it our new normal.  I love our new normal even on the days when things get tornado-ish around here!

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THINGS WORTH SHARING

Working on a super quick sewing project, the infinity scarf.  I made a few this week for my sister and want to make more!  There are lots of patterns and tutorials out there used this pattern to get going but I have since altered by adding my own touches.

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The Happiness Project is a great book I am reading…Thanks Corey for the recommendation!  I am really enjoying this quick read.  The author is not unhappy she just feels she is not living the happiest life possible.  Some very insightful conversations and she has done her research too!

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Enjoy!

Marisa

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