'Twas the Week Before Christmas!


I swear I feel as though I only blinked once since the last time I posted, but the calendar would have a pretty valid argument that that's not the case.

Christmas is next week, y'all! How is that possible?  I know I say that each year, but seriously, it just doesn't seem like it should already be here.  Per usual, I'm straddling the line of being excited and looking forward to all the fun that is going to be had in the coming week, while also trying to slow it all down.

So far I haven't had any luck with the slowing time down thing, but I have made a more conscious effort to slow me down.  I hope that makes sense, because I'm honestly not sure how to explain it. I've just tried to remind myself that Christmas doesn't come in a box and it certain weather doesn't have to be in place for it to be celebrated.

Something that has been a huge help with adjusting my mindset is Ann Voskamp's advent devotional, The Greatest Gift.

I will say this; this book will bless you and stretch you, and I highly recommend it.
God gives God. That is the gift God always ultimately gives. Because nothing is greater and we have no greater need, God gives God. God gives God, and we only need to slow long enough to unwrap the greatest Gift with our time: time in His Word, time in His presence, time at His feet. - Ann Voskamp

Something else we did this year, and by we, I really mean Andrew, was recreating this sign I saw on Pinterest last year. I knew I wanted to make something similar, however, this presented a slight problem since I have not a single ounce of crafting ability.  Enter my incredibly talented husband.

Side note: I just want to take a minute to say just how thankful I am for Andrew. He is more amazing that I can say and I don't say it enough to him. He's strong, caring, understanding, and puts up with my often times crazy ways. 

He took the time to cut the boards, find a font I would want, and then took a razor blade to do each letter. Did I mention I think he's awesome? :) I absolutely LOVE the finished product

Now the only problem is figuring out where to put it...a few people have been kind enough to offer up their homes as an option. I have kindly turned their offers down :)

In the final seven days (SEVEN DAYS, PEOPLE!) leading up to the most joyous of holidays, I hope each and everyone one of you feel loved and at peace. This is a wonderful time of year and I want to spread and soak up as much Christmas cheer as possible!


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