taking a moment to find joy in the little things
Simple ornaments and decorations are definitely the most pretty in my opinion.
I love incorporating our sponsored children into our Christmas celebrations and decorations. We used to hang their photos on our tree, but we have so many other ornaments that it became too much. This year we are hanging their photos up on our world map - we choose one or two photos a day, learn a bit about where they live and then pray for them before adding them to the garland.
We started the big project of replacing all our floorboards and trim - out with the decorative oak and in with sleek white. We have finished one room so far and it looks so bright. Of course, now I want to paint the walls to brighten them up as well!
My husband and I were able to go away for the night earlier this week. He had a meeting in central Oregon and the girls were invited to a slumber party, so I got to go with him!
I looked up from our advent reading to find them melting their chocolate coins.
It's impossible to take photos of reflective ornaments without making it a selfie. I actually think these are pretty cool...especially the bottom one with the greenery reflected on the top of the ornament.
Despite my intentions to have a restful advent season, there is just so much going on. I think there is one day between now and Christmas where I have NOTHING on the calendar. I'm definitely going to need more than a two week break from school.