Monday, December 24, 2012

A Christmas Invitation

 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them,
 “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; 
he is the Messiah,the Lord. 
 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 
Luke 2:8-12



"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Jeremiah 29:13


 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."  Matthew 7:7-8




Seek Him.


When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,
 I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12

Merry Christmas!
~april

Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Christmas Concert

Last weekend, on Friday night, my girls and their best friend performed a concert for their Mamaw J and other friends and family. They did about eleven songs, and I helped by running lights and sound, and doing decorations and refreshments.
:)

They had an understudy who surprisingly was happy to remain OUT of the spotlight during the evening(except for intermission, when she sang a medley of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "The Alphabet Song"!)

 This was AFTER the singing; they weren't nervous anymore!






Of course, there was PLENTY of silliness to go around too!

Merry Christmas!
~april

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Cute!


 Just a happy little snowman in a happy red-topped salt shaker with some little gold snowflakes "swirling" overhead!
And of course a tiny TREE and SNOW!

Happy Wednesday!
(It's COLD in S. Louisiana today! yippee!)

~april

Monday, December 10, 2012

Secret Santa Arrives!

To quote a favorite dog-not-puppet friend of mine, the illustrious Jinjersnap-the-Christmas-puppy, "Oh my GOODNESS!!!!"

Here she is trying on J's new red shoes. Jinjersnap's favorite color is RED(being a Christmas puppy and all).

Anyway! Jinjer says it best to express my feelings when the BIG BOX of SECRET SANTA arrived this afternoon.
"OH, MY GOODNESS!"
I couldn't believe the size of the box, first of all. I was almost afraid she had shipped a real live puppy or something! Lol. THEN we finally got it opened(yes, WE--kids were alongside helping the whole time).

 She had the SWEETEST little notes on EVERYTHING. I am keeping them all, and will keep them with the items they came on. That will be part of their story!
 The first layer contained four stuffed stockings labeled with each of my KIDS' blog names! This Santa really put in some time getting to know our family. I was stunned.
Then I continued pulling things out of the box. It was nearly bottomless.
 We unwrapped, and unwrapped, and unwrapped, and unwrapped some more--giggling and squealing and sniffing(teary eyes) the whole time.
Then there was a pile of gift wrap....because in addition to sweet notes on each item, she had wrapped each gift separately!
 I spread all of the goodies out on my big blue chair so maybe you could see. Of course the photo doesn't do it justice at all. She WAYYYYYY outdid herself. So much variety! I have highlighted a few things, but I just loved it all!
 These four beautiful little vintage pitchers made me so happy. And yes, Secret Santa, I love them JUST LIKE THEY ARE--I love old, gold, handpainted(or not!)and FLOWERS.....and the tallest little pitcher is so DETAILED. Wow. They're all perfect!
 She sent a pair of these adorable teabag holders. Pink roses! Squeals!
I love the beautiful pink box she had stashed things in, and the flip calendar will be a fun touch to add to my desktop!

 What gift is complete without chocolates? Yummy! And silly straws. For FUN.
 Aprons. Love them. These both made me smile--and I found a use for the red one right away!
It makes a perfect tree skirt for my Tea Tree in My Mom Room!

Up next, these just stole the show. She MADE tea towels and a pillow for my little camper! I'm so excited! They're just adorable, and the colors will work so well with what we're planning to do! 

The vintagey graphic fabric is wonderful. And there was a sweet bear, and notepad, and magnets....
Wow.

 Here's a better view of my Tea Tree.
 I added all of the little tea goodies she sent me. They look like they belong!

 The flowers and the actual porcelain on this one are SO detailed. Beautiful!
 This little yellow and gold one is such a sweetie!
 The shape of this one is so pretty.


I am just overwhelmed. I was actually having a rough morning, and this sweet package changed the whole direction of my day--a HUGE reminder to be thankful for all the blessings in my life.

Thank you, Secret Santa Friend(whoever you are!). I am SO grateful. You really blessed me!

Merry Christmas!
~april

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Little Bit of Louisiana Christmas

We had the annual mother/daughter/grandmother Christmas tea for our local homeschool organization this afternoon. So much yummy food to eat, it was overwhelming! We had a great time to visit and listen to some of the young ladies play their instruments and sing songs of the season. 

We got home just before the sun began to set, then there was more momentary fun....

Grandmother had come to the tea and had left pre-Christmas gifts for the family.

C was glad of her "George Washington curls".

The Boy enjoyed a monster truck and Lego minifigure.

We heard the faint sound of approaching sirens...

We soon saw the entourage arrive.

Is it odd for Santa to visit on a Saturday afternoon two weeks before Christmas?

Riding on a FIRE TRUCK????


The light was beautiful.

And the kids were too.(Hey, I'm their Mom. I can say that!)


We actually woke to heavy, thick FOG the last two mornings.

It's just a Louisiana white Christmas!


 ~april

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Vintagey Christmas China Cabinet



My china cabinet was given to me, and I have enjoyed it, as it fits like it was made to go in the spot of our dining area where we have it, and it holds TONS of stuff.
But it was brown.
I like brown. I like natural wood more than MOST, probably. But the cabinet was in a very dark side of this room, far away from the windows. Spiders LOVE the underside because it's dark there(or so I think). It had become a catch-all, and a light-eater.
The brown cabinet, attempting valiantly to look Christmassy last year.
 It somehow just did not manage that wonderful holiday "glow."
So finally I unloaded it this past weekend, and hubby painted it.

WHITE.

A drastic departure in furniture colors for us.
Then I decided that rather than filling it back up with EVERYTHING that came out of it, I would fill it for CHRISTMAS.


Again, I will say it holds a TON of STUFF.

 Left side.
Right Side.








I think this is drastically better!
Oh, and a picture (or three) of the top:



I am just amazed at how it makes the entire space look so different, so much brighter! 

What do YOU think?

It makes me SMILE.

~april

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