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Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Glowing Light for the Season

Today is the first Sunday of Advent.

It’s a wonderful way to observe all the blessings of the season and prepare our hearts for Christmas.

Bowl and 4 candles wit greens and ribbon. Simple decor.:

There are several ways to celebrate the advent season.

Many people have a Jesse tree.

DIY Jesse Tree Ornament - Jacob's ladder - The Ultimate Guide to Making a Jesse Tree:

Others may have a candy or gift calendar…

DIY advent calender // via La Petite Cuisine (in German - no really, I promise):

…or participate in family activities or daily readings.

A traditional weekly advent wreath includes:

First Sunday in Advent ~ Candle Color: Purple, Theme: Hope

Second Sunday in Advent ~ Color: Purple, Theme: Love

Third Sunday in Advent ~ Candle Color: Purple or pink, Theme: Joy

Fourth Sunday in Advent ~ Candle Color: Purple, Theme: Peace

Christmas Day ~ Center Candle Color: White, Theme: Christmas

As I was collecting christmas inspiration, I came across some trends. Candles in vintage vessels (such as metal pots, tins, cermaic pots or bottles) and surrounded by greenery, such as moss and pin...:

Tonight the first candle, also known as the Prophecy or Hope candle, will be lit.

May you shine bright this week!


“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rustic Christmas Card Display Tutorial

This year we are creating a “Rustic Plaid” Christmas decorating theme in the family room. I envisioned happy plaid, lots of red and natural touches.

In our family we love to display the many wonderful Christmas cards we receive. In keeping with the theme we have come up with a easy and thrifty way to display this years cards.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Autumnal Splendor at the Japanese Garden

I’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to visit the Japanese Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

I think I found it.

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The Japanese Maples were all draped in scarlet and gold.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Favorite Thanksgiving Tips, Recipes and Décor for 2015

I am SO excited for Thanksgiving! My cousin Linda and her family recently moved to Houston and will be traveling to spend the holiday with us. I think it has been a good 25 years since we last celebrated Thanksgiving together. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

When You Don’t Feel Thankful

This is what the road in front of Storybook Cottage looks like right now.

It’s not much of a fairytale.

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