This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas is here!!!

The house is all decorated for Christmas! I also got my front porch decorated and it turned out lovely. We still need to get our tree though and we will do that this weekend. I love how warm and cozy everything looks.

"I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year." ~ Charles Dickens

Every year as I am getting it all out, I always wonder if I have too much, but then once it's up, I really, really love it. I'm just one of those people who decorates every inch of the house for Christmas; that's just who I am!
I am so busy this week. I worked Monday and yesterday, have today off and then work Thursday and Friday. Today I'm have a couple of friends over for lunch and tonight I have a work meeting at 5:00. Then tomorrow after work I'm taking my son, Cameron and his sweetie, Megan to a play at the local theater and guess which one??? Willy Wonka!!! We can't wait. This weekend we are taking our quads up to the snow with our friends as they get their trees (we're going to get one on a lot), but being in the snow will be fun!
Anyway, that gives me little time to do other Christmas preparations, so I must be a planner and use my time wisely. My daughter-in-law, Brittany, stopped by last night to pick up her Christmas decorations (they store them here) and we planned out our family times and our girl's baking day, which I look forward too. I still need to design our Christmas photo card and get that ordered and then I really need to deep clean and get our home ready for our annual party we're having on the 8th. That's just the tip of the iceberg for us! I still want to fit in special times at church and other family gatherings and spend time in prayer and meditation on the true meaning of Christmas. God sacrificed His one and only Son because He loved us so much and He wanted us all to have eternal life.

"Love came down at Christmas
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas, 
Star and angels gave the sign."
~Christina Rossetti

"My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God My Saviour." Luke 1:46-47

Hugs, Sharon

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Our Thanksgiving table and decorations....

 The table is all set for the big day!
We had 16 coming, so I set up a table in the living room too.
At this table I mixed three different china patterns, J&G Meakin's Stratford Stage, Nasco's Countryside and Spring Valley.
At this table I used Myott's Bouquet. I was absolutely thrilled when my Aunt Helen sent me the platter that goes with these dishes!
 I found these wonderful turkey napkin holders at Goodwill. I found a bag of them for $2.99.
 Then, about a year later I found another bag of them for $1.99! I've been saving them for the next time I hosted the Thanksgiving feast, which happened to be this year!
 What's a Thanksgiving table-setting without pilgrims and a turkey?
 Everything looks so pretty! These are the Spring Valley dishes, they are perfect for Thanksgiving!
Here's the Stratford Stage pattern. I've shown these before and erroneously said they were Johnson Bros. They are manufactured by J&G Meakin.
I love how this table turned out!
This table also turned out really pretty.
I used gold chargers under each plate.
I love the amber glassware, it's so warm and fall-like.
 More turkey napkin holders!
 It was really fun for me to set these pretty tables for our family. I wanted them to feel special and I think they did!
 I'll show you some of my Thanksgiving decorations around the house. Here's the top of the computer desk.
 The shelf above the couch.
 I made this cute little display atop an amber-ware cake plate.
 I tucked pilgrims and turkeys in little nooks and crannies all throughout the house!
 Here are some by the sink.
 Here's my windowsill display.
 I grouped a bunch of cute things together here.
 I am crazy about vintage turkey salt and pepper shakers. This set is so beautiful with their green, yellow and red colors.
 This black and white set it gorgeous too!
 This reproduction vintage enlarged postcard is a gift from my daughter-in-law, Brittany! I love it!
 Aren't these guys cute! They are old Hallmark pieces from the late 1970s.
 More antique turkey salt & pepper shakers.
 I love this Avon turkey votive holder. The cute little colorful glass turkey bottle is actually a light bulb cover from a string of lights! Isn't he wonderful!
 These cute children pilgrims are homemade craft items, I'm guessing from the 1970s.
 This set of S&P are actually reproduction, they look pretty good don't they!
 I love how the top of my bookcase turned out.
 I grouped all of these vintage Gurley turkey candles on a tray. They are so pretty!
 Here's the dining room table centerpiece.
 My cool vintage cardboard cut out that used to hang in a child's classroom in the 1950s is now hanging  on the front of my china hutch!
 Here's a reproduction turkey cream and sugar set.
 More cute children pilgrims. These were found at the dollar store.
 More of the light bulb covers. I simply put lids on them so they look like salt shakers.
 I put this big ol' turkey on the entryway table with some pilgrims and an old tray that I made.
I love Thanksgiving. I love that we set aside a special day to be grateful to the Lord for our country and our many other blessings. I love it that families gather all across the country and share a meal together. It's such a warm and lovely holiday. We surely had a blessed one.

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples." I Chronicles 16:8

Hugs, Sharon

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving at our home....

I started our Thanksgiving preparations the day before. I started my day with a nice brisk walk with my friend, Shelley. It is so good to see that little red truck in front of the house, which means my son, Hayden is home from college for Thanksgiving break!
I brought my camera on today's walk because Shelley and I keep walking by the most beautiful tree. It's leaves have all changed into gorgeous fall colors in various shades of oranges and yellows with these glorious red berries! Aren't they beautiful!
Here's another breathtaking tree....
...and another. God is so creative! I sure love his beautiful work!
We often see a male and female quail, but today we say the whole family!
I was glad I had my camera and I got a picture of this sweet little lady and her little dog. She has walked through our neighborhood for years. I'm pretty sure she's in her 90s and she still walks her little dog every day! The boys all used to talk to her and pet her dog when they were little. I hope that I'm still this spry when I'm 90!
I came back home and noticed these beautiful leaves in their full glory right in my front yard!
After my walk I did my Bible study and then got to work! I cleaned the house and then started baking my pies and making my salads.
I let Hayden sleep because he's been so busy at college. I knew he needed a good night's sleep. He slept until 2:00 pm!
I peeled 20 potatoes, quartered them and put them in water and then in the fridge. This will make it so much easier tomorrow and all I'll have to do is put the pot on the stove and boil!
I swear....ten minutes ago this room was clean! haha!
And this room too! Heehee! It's amazing how much mess a college boy can make! He knows that he has to clean all of this up before the company comes tomorrow!
The next thing I did was set the tables. I pulled out all of my brown transferware dishes and amber glass and if I do say so...the tables turned out beautiful!
I lit the candles and took pictures of the tables, but I'll share them tomorrow.
On Thanksgiving morning we all got up early. Eric had to work and I got busy making the green bean casserole. Hayden went down to the middle school to play in the flag football Turkey Bowl.
It was fun to watch him play. They were all having so much fun. Here he is running with the ball.
When I got back home Eric was home from work and he was mowing the grass and visiting with our neighbor, Ken.
I laid out the frozen dough balls. I know this is cheating, but they taste so much like home-made, I don't care!!! If you haven't tried them you really should!
I got the turkey in the oven. I prefer to use a bag, it turns out moist and perfect every time!
Everything's ready! Just waiting for everyone to arrive!
We will really miss my oldest son and his wife, Brittany. They celebrated Thanksgiving with her mother in South Dakota. They put this picture of themselves on Facebook and said it was only 20 degrees there! Brrrr! I'm happy that they had a good Thanksgiving!
Oh how I love these family gatherings!
We started with appetizers.
The boys sure were enjoying them!
Me with my sister Kelli and our cousin Lori. Our other sister, Kathi, had Thanksgiving with her husband's side of the family this year.
Cameron and Megan.
My Mama and Daddy!
Cousins, Hayden and Samuel.
Eric's parents, Jim and Alice!
Hayden with his grandpa!
The turkey turned out perfect!
Look at this beautiful spread! We are so blessed!
Grandpa and the boys!
Time to say grace and eat!
We had such a lovely time!
What wonderful memories we made!
My beautiful sister and our parents!
I love this picture of the four grandparents sitting and visiting after the meal.
I went upstairs to see what the kids were doing and found Cameron and Megan practically passed out. It was so funny because they first had Thanksgiving at her family's house and then ate a meal at our house! They were in a food coma!
The boys were all playing Xbox and having fun. I love these family gatherings!
Last but not least...we had dessert! What a terrific day we had. God has truly blessed us!

"I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving." Psalm 69:30

Hugs, Sharon
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