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!

Friday, December 28, 2012

It's com'n down!

It's coming down today! Well, I took this picture this morning and the tree is down and out already. My son, Hayden, needed to earn a little money, so we hired him to put all the ornaments away and take the tree down. I started on the kitchen and family room, but then I had to go to work. Tonight I just need to finish putting all of the rest of it away. As much as I love Christmas and all the decorations, I'm always so ready to put it all back away. Tomorrow I will do some deep cleaning and then get out some New Year's decorations. There's lots to look forward to in 2013! I love new beginnings!

Have a great weekend!

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philipians 3: 13-14

Hugs, Sharon

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Down time....

This is how I spent the day after Christmas....popcorn, Diet Pepsi and Murder She Wrote. Perfect! Well, I started my day with a nice walk with my neighbor, my devotions, a little cleaning and tidying, a nap after lunch and then Hayden and I went to town to exchange some Christmas gifts, ending the day with left over prime rib with Eric and Hayden. Of course I spent lots of time remembering what a great Christmas we had. It was a great day!

Hugs, Sharon

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Woo had a lovely Christmas this year?? This girl did!

We had such a beautiful Christmas season. I feel so very blessed. All our kids came home and spent the night on Christmas Eve and were with us all day long on Christmas Day. I loved it. I hope all of you had a very wonderful season as well.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever shall believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

Hugs, Sharon

Monday, December 24, 2012

Dinner for my Santa Baby!

I set a romantic Christmas table for two for my Santa Baby and me. I set up the table right next to the tree.
It was so cozy and romantic!
The tartan plaid tablecloth is perfect!
I found these darling placemats at a garage sale for .10 cents each! Someone made them with such love and care. I love the rickrack around the edges and the sweet little green felt reindeer in the top left corner.
I used these fun holy dishes for salad plates and beneath them I have some wonderful tartan dishes.
Love these blown glass napkin holders; they look just like an ornament.
The centerpiece is appropriate for our romantic Christmas dinner because this sweet little snowman was the first Christmas decoration I bought for us for our new home together as newlyweds! I bought him at J.J. Newberry's. Do any of you remember that awesome old dime store?
These festive candy-striped candles were a new find this year; they were only $1.00 each at a thrift store.
We had bread...
...and spaghetti with clam sauce with Italian sausage (yes, I served this meal's one of our favorites!).
I had cabernet sauvignon with my meal.
Of course my hubby had milk with his dinner (he always has, always will).
What a delicious dinner we had.
I love how the table turned out. I set coffee cups and saucers out for an after dinner Kahlua and creme.
For dessert I laid out some homemade candies. 

What a lovely date night! We are both enjoying these little romantic dinners I've been planning lately since our nest has become empty. It really is like we are on a date at an intimate restaurant having dinner for two!

"And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus." Luke 1:30-31 

Hugs, Sharon

Saturday, December 22, 2012

More Christmas decorations...

Here are a few more pictures of our Christmas decorations. I wanted to show you in further detail the entry way table and then go upstairs.
I love this detailed brass reindeer.
A sweet little red bird in his cozy house hangs on the knob on our little cabinet.
Several years ago I made this feather tree.
I have my very, very special delicate antique ornaments hanging on it.
Some of these are so very old.
And very special too.
I love this old homemade ornament and use it for the tree topper.
I collect these fabulous old, shaped light bulbs from the 30s and 40s. This little caged bird was my very first one that I found. It was in a junk box at a garage sale for .25 cents! I actually found two of them.
Then I found this darling snowman and...
...this cute Santa.
Then I started picking up more and more like this Liberty bell.
A sweet flower.
A cozy cottage.
A precious bird.
These are some of my favorites.
I found this one at a flea market this summer. He's rare because he's so big.
I love this little cat musician. He has a hole in the bottom, but I still like him.
This one is so cool. It's a full size light bulb in the shape of a flame. I love how the paint has worn down into the grooves and really shows the detail.
Here's a sweet little girl in a dress with a rose on the front. I think she's had a hard life and she has seen better days, but she is safe with me now!
I found this neat, green, ceramic flowerpot of berries at Goodwill two weeks ago for only $3.00!
I started a new collection....
...beautiful needlepoint Christmas stockings!
I think they are so cozy. I have admired them for many years, but never picked them up because for some reason I thought they all should match. I finally realized that it's actually cuter that they don't match!
The work that went into them is simply mind boggling. I only have a couple that are truly handmade and the rest are machine made, but I still love them. I decided to get one for each person in our family and someday when we move, if we have a fireplace in our family room, I will hang them in there. For now, I hung these three on the stair railing.
I love the view from the top of the stairs. Hey...if you look close, you can see my little helper down there! Hi Kitty!
I put a wreath on this old birdhouse to give it some Christmas cheer!
On the landing at the top of the stairs I displayed our nativity scene; the true reason for the season.
I bought this nativity about 30 years ago when my husband and I were newlyweds. I bought it at one of those Christmas Around The World home parties. I found those wonderful Wise Men a few years ago; they compliment our set very well.
I found this sweetie last year and my son adapted her to be a light fixture. Click here to read more about how he did it.
Every true junker girl has a bejeweled light up Christmas tree! Love, love, love!!!
The upstairs powder-room has a few decorations. This snowman has been in the boy's bathroom for many, many years!
For years I had a fun mini Santa snow globe in their bathroom, but one year it broke, so this year I found a replacement with this jolly fella!
In our new bonus room I added a few touches.
I love this funky-tacky-but-cool reindeer garland!
A few years ago I would have thought this was so awful in it's plastic glory...
...but oh have I changed! I love it now!
I adore this light up Santa in his sled full of gifts!
I found this cheery snowman at Goodwill a few weeks ago for only .49 cents!
How do you cozy up a gihugic TV? You simply put nutcrackers, a Merry Christmas sign and a Christmas candle in front of it!
I love this new battery candle that I found at a thrift store!
A cute tartan box filled with Christmas books!
One of my most valued treasures....a basket full of my boys homemade "Happy Birthday Jesus"cards. So sweet and oh so precious!
I nestled this old cookie tin at the base of my singer sewing machine.
More needlepoint stockings!
The last room in our home tour today is the guest room.
Another light up Santa.
Vintage cards tucked into my antique typewriter.
A very, very old Santa book sitting next to this gnome looking Santa doll.
Creepy or comfy? I'm not so sure... haha
Again, an old thing from the 70s that I once would have labeled tacky and now I love it! It's a mini tree on a wind up music box stand.
It has these fabulous spun cotton and pipe cleaner characters all over it. Here's a little elf.
A snowman and Santa.
Here's a sweet angel.
I love this sweet little plastic deer at the base.
Here's another vintage stocking. These oldies are getting hard to find, I own two of them and I love them!
Here's more decorations on this side of the room.
Here's another fun stocking. It obviously was a piece of fabric that was printed and then you cut it out and sew it together. I'm thinking that whoever made this didn't do it right. Don't you think that they should have cute it and sewed it along the lines of those big black stitches? I'm not sure though. Either way, it's adorable!
These are some of my favorite decorations, sweet little angel girls spelling out Noel!

Christmas will be here in just three days if you count today! Wishing you and yours a very merry day!

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Hugs, Sharon

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