Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy reading about my busy life with my husband of 30 years and our four sons and daughter-in-law. We are now empty nesters and my blog is helping me through the journey. I love the Lord and I love my family. I also love to decorate and go to thrift stores!
Last year we went up to the snow to cut a fresh Christmas tree right off of the mountain (click here to read about that and see the pretty pictures). We had so much fun and really wanted to do it again this year with our whole family, but we've been so very busy with our new home and the projects around here, that we decided to just get one in town, but hey....guess what? Because of this big snow storm we've had here in our county, we still were able to get our tree in the snow.....
Last Saturday, my husband and I decided to go get our tree. I ended up driving my own car and following my husband because I was going into the city after we picked out our tree.
I was worried about driving in the snow. It was soooo cold too, if you enlarge the first picture, you will see that my car temperature shows it was just 15 degrees! It actually got much colder the next night...it got down to -2!
We went really slow and we did not have any problems.
It is all so beautiful!
Our downtown main street was so quiet and peaceful. I love how the church looks all snow covered!
The old fashioned street lights look so cute.
All we had to do was drive to this gas station to get our tree!
The local Boy Scouts were selling trees that they had just cut that morning. We picked out a real nice 7 foot Grand Fir.
This picture cracks me up! It gives the illusion that our Christmas tree is that giant tree behind the truck!
This is our true tree! I love it when you see people driving around town carrying their trees back to their cozy homes to decorate and start the Christmas season!
Bada bing, bada boom.....that's it! We're done! It took all of five minutes and it only cost $20.00 AND we can say that we got our tree out in the snow!!! haha!
We brought the tree in and decided to put it in front of the bay window in our dining area. I am soooo thrilled to finally, after all of my years of marriage, being about to have a tree in front of our living room window! Actually, now that I think about it, my parents never put the tree in the front window either, this is my first Christmas ever to do this and I'm so happy about it!!!
I have mentioned this before, but it's kind of sad that I never made a tradition of having the family all together to trim the tree. I think because my husband was never interested in doing it, I just did it by myself on a quiet afternoon. When the boys were little we would have hot cocoa and they helped me, but as they grew up they started getting to busy and I ended up doing it alone. I still try to make it nice with a cup of hot coffee in a cute Christmas mug and I had Christmas music playing.
My only helper was McGyver, and all he did was bark orders and he didn't lift a finger! haha
It's all done and I'm quite happy with it!
The only thing I miss is that when I sit on my couch in the living room doing my morning devotionals I am not starting right at the tree, but I will get used to that.
It's fun to be able to see it from the kitchen.
I do my tree pretty much the same every year.
I love the old fashioned ornaments.
I have many antique ornaments like this cute little chenille elf.
I also have reproduction ornaments like this pretty pine cone.
We have many strands of vintage glass bead garland that are hanging on the tree.
I found several packages of REAL lead tinsel. It is so beautiful. It's also rare, so I try to save it every year and try to reuse it!
These three little vintage angels represent my two sisters and I. We have had a hard year together and having these three together is very meaningful to me this Christmas!
After hearing the folk tale of the pickle on the tree, I wanted one of these ornaments! The tradition is that the first person to find it will find good fortune the whole next year!
I was so happy to be able to get a picture of our tree in the window withe snow in the background outside!
It's makes me so happy to see our tree in the window!
What a delight it is to see it from the road when I come home from work!
I love our tree and am so excited to start this Christmas season! I would like to wish all of you a very merry Christmas season too!
Thank you God in heaven for giving us Jesus Christ as the best gift ever!
"Therefore theLord himself will give you a sign.Behold, thevirgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his nameImmanuel." Isaiah 7:14
On Friday we woke up to snow! It was so beautiful as it laid a soft layer of white dust on everything!
I braved the cold and went out to get some pictures. I love this pretty picture of our new cozy home in covered in snow!
There was about 2 inches, but it kept on snowing!
Everything looks so pretty when covered in snow!
This picture looks like I have it on a sepia setting, but I don't, it's full color!
Everything is so magical.
The snow is so peaceful.
I didn't have to go to work! Snow day!!!
My husband and I posed for pictures for our Christmas card.
This is the winner!
Hayden and Blondie are enjoying the snow too!
We went back inside and had breakfast and watched as it continued to snow.
It's fun to be all cozy inside watching it snow!
It was piling up fast and when I went back out, we were up to over 6 inches! We ended up with close to 9 inches total!!!
Talk about winter wonderland!
Here's my seasonal shot of this tree! I took the same shot of the same tree in the summer, then fall and now winter!
Now this would be a pretty Christmas card too!
Eric and I went out to check on the goats.
They were smart and stayed inside the barn.
We cleaned up their pen, blocked off any gaps in the walls, laid down new straw and Eric bought some special bedding. We gave them warm water and more feed. They seem to be doing quite well out there.
Eric's going to check on the pond to see if it's frozen.
Yup! It's froze over, but not solid by any means. Isn't it pretty!
This old wild pear tree is exquisite!
Me and my snow sweetie!
What a difference this picture is from the one I took earlier in the morning! Now it's almost completely covered!
I love this picture of our mailbox!
Home sweet home!
The gates look so pretty!
The old rugged cross looks so lovely in the snow.
The next morning it was all still here!
The sun is starting to rise!
Another beautiful snowy day on our farm!
I love this picture of our flag blowing in the wind on this snowy morning!
Everything is so still and peaceful!
So happy to be warm and cozy inside with my honey.
It was so cold outside!
It got down to -2 degrees!
The goats are staying warm and are so cute!
Another view of the old pear tree. Look at that gorgeous blue sky!
It's so pretty!
It almost looks like cotton!
I went to check on the pond and now it looks completely frozen solid!
Look at the beautiful crystals growing on top!
It's simply breathtaking!
I gave it a little test and heard a little crack and my foot did go in, so it is not frozen solid. I hope our goats or dog won't try to walk out on it.
I love Oregon because we get to experience the four seasons. It is rare for us to get this much snow and to have it stay so long. We have had freezing temperatures for a week now and we are praying that our pipes won't freeze. It sure is beautiful though and it is especially fun at Christmastime!
For to the snow He says, "Fall on the earth." Job 37:6