Update!

Hello bloggy friends,

It is my desire to post more frequently than I do, but-- goodness!  Life with the kids is just so full... and sweet... and I don't want to miss a minute of it.

We are doing great.  Ella is nearing her eleventh birthday and I just love that girl to pieces.  What a delight she is!  Isaac just turned nine, is currently reading the Redwall series and chatting all about it when he's not reading.  Isaias is as active as always- loving outside time and doing great in school this year-- I'm so proud of his growth from last year to this year.  Adelia simply does not stop.  Ever.  Moving or talking or shrieking.  She's a hoot.  Audra is chatty and never far from her dollhouse and rarely without a baby in her arms.  Mark is working a TON right now- lots of long hours in the cold and dark these days and we are so thankful for his hard work to provide for our family.  I am... knitting and making meals for our family and others and schooling our kids and trying to keep up on the laundry and the housework and forgetting to plan meals and loving Jesus and just truly thankful for it all.

We are winding down to our Christmas break.  Just two more days of school and we have the whole month of December off!  (Hooray!) 

{ The nativity set on the right is one we purchased when we were in Guatemala, adopting Isaias.  Oh, and the cute bunting? That's from Sara's super-cute Etsy shop. }

{ Our mantel.  Hooray for the wreath~ thank you, Jobes! }

{ I love the concentration of ornaments all in one section when the kids are decorating.  Cuteness. }

{ We seem to be missing someone.  I bet Audra decided to take baby Jesus to her room. }

{ Remember this idea?  I have been looking forward to implementing this ever since I read this post.  I wrapped up all of our Christmas books and we'll start opening one per day, beginning December 1st right up until Christmas Day.  Except for that I'm short 4 books.  But that's okay.  It just means I'll get to sneak in a trip to the used bookstore sometime in the next week or so and slip in 4 new books, which will be fun.}
Speaking of books, we've read some great ones this year and I want to put together another list.  Soon.  We also SCORED at the thrift store recently in the book department and I can't wait to take a picture of our goods and post that.

I hope you are all well!

Blessings to you and yours,
~Stacy

20 comments:

  1. Looks like you're set for Advent! Blessings on you all.

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    1. Thank you, Annie! Blessings to you, too!

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  2. So many things to say: our living room is the same color red and we have a homemdae paper timeline hanging around ours as well! And our little tree has many branches with clusters of ornaments stuck on it too, so funny. I just wrapped our Christmas books this morning and found a few extra at the library this afternoon to make up the missing days. I guess I will just mark those so we open those in the first three weeks, although I will be on the lookout when I'm out shopping too. Enjoy your break! xoxo

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    1. Heather~ I love our red! So I'd love your red. :) FUN that you wrapped your books, too. I'm so excited for December to start so that we can start reading them! Great idea on the library. (((hugs)))

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  3. 3 things:
    Your house is beautiful.
    We did the wrapped books last year and opened them already - we loved it...so easy, free and fun.
    We have that little people nativity and it is ALL the girls play with...although I panic when they can't find Jesus...too much symbolism.

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    1. Talia~
      You're sweet.
      FUN that you did the wrapped books. And yes-- FREE! ~smile~ I love free.

      I love that little nativity, too.
      Love to you. I'm hoping a month off for us in December will include a visit to YOU! Love you. xo

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  4. So good to hear from you:)

    Go Isaac, Redwall is no easy read for a 9 year old. Isn't it so fun when their reading takes off and they can get lost in a book like that.

    I hear you about FULL days and life. I think of my blog often but that is as far as I get...lol. One day soon hopefully.

    And love the Christams book idea. I need to get about 20 more books.

    Much love to you

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    1. Sandi~
      Hello, friend!
      YES. I love to walk through the living room and see both of the older kids immersed in a book. It's such a joy.

      HA! about the 20 more books. :)

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  5. I am also doing the Christmas book advent idea! I simply bought two large lots of used Christmas books off ebay (31 books total for around $20) so I got to pick and choose 25 of them. I haven't wrapped mine yet so thanks for the reminder! Your house is so beautiful!

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    1. Megan~
      Hooray! Isn't it a great idea? That's a great ebay deal for that many books!
      Thanks for the house compliments. I always love this season with the lights and decorations... it's so festive and cozy!
      Blessings to you and yours,
      ~Stacy

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  6. Hi Stacy. I love it when you post! This is sweet and full of joy and good ideas. (I do love that Christmas book idea!) And I can't wait to see your thrift store goods! :-)

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    1. Thank you, sweet Susan, for your kind words here.
      (((Love to you!)))

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  7. Love this post! Are you making Christmas gifts again this year? We are using your idea and are so excited! We drew names and everyone is secretly planning what they are making. The five year old drew the one year olds name and he has asked to purchase a photo album so he can take picture of all our family members and make him a photo book. So sweet and easy and he thought of it all by himself! Blessings to you!
    ~Crystal~

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    1. Crystal~
      YES! We are. We drew names again and we're super excited. I LOVE your son's idea of a photo album! What a wonderfully creative gift, and SO thoughtful! I'm so impressed that he thought of that all by himself! And he'll have such fun taking the pictures!
      Blessings to you all!
      ~Stacy

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  8. As a fellow book junkie, I can't wait to hear about your thrift store success! :-)

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    1. Soon! :)

      Love to you and yours, Kristin!

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  9. Hi Stacy... this is Chessa. It is so funny, after we officially met last month and then when I saw you again last night I kept thinking..."how else do I know her"! Then this morning I clicked on your blog and wala....I connected the dots! I had stopped by your blog randomly a couple times, and recently saved it in my favorites because I liked it, but I still didn't realize who you were!(I can't even remember how I found your blog in the first place) :-)
    I look forward to reading and "getting to know" you better!

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    1. Chessa~

      Hi!

      That's so funny! (And now I can follow your blog, too! Very fun.)
      It was nice to see you and your daughter (even briefly) last night.

      Blessings to you and yours...
      ~Stacy

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  10. Beautiful Christmas decor, Stacy! I bet your kids have fun with the Little People Nativity. My kids enjoyed the PlayMobil one for many years before we dumped Mary and Joseph and their compatriots in with the rest of our PlayMobil. I need to separate them out again for Christmas! Miss you!

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    1. Ohhh, I've *seen* the Playmobil one! You must dig that out. :) Blessings to all of you!

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