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Getting Crafty: An Advent Calendar

#1 I really do love making crafts.  (I'm just not good at making time for it and gathering the necessary materials.)
#2 If you want to follow a real DIY blog with fun projects for your home you should check out my sis-in-law's stuff at  Also, my friend Kim did a cool project with some vintage lamps recently (
#3 If you want a "use what you happen to have at home to make a Christmas countdown calender so you don't have to answer the 'How many days til Christmas?' question a thousand times over" craft then this may be the one for you!

I present...the Fun Felt Jesse Tree!!!

Now, a few years ago I printed an Advent Devotional off Ann Voskamp's blog and it had these ornaments to go along with the reading each day.   (That's also where I learned about the Jesse Tree.) I cut the ornaments out and laminated them (with packing tape :) ) and the kids have hung them on the tree in years past.  I sea…

The Creation Museum - A Recap

Our family recently took a trip up I-75 to the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky.

The itinerary vs. reality:

Meet our friends, the Rooks, in Chattanooga and hang out for the evening.That's pretty much what happened.  We ate at Sticky Fingers, which is just as good as it was in college, which is probably the last time I ate there.  Head to my parents' house for the night.This we did with the added bonus of a Password (that's a game) battle of the sexes.  (Everyone can guess who won so I won't rub it in.)Get up and leave by 6:30 am to get to the museum by 10:30 am.This did not happen.  IV was still on the night shift sleep cycle, and I had miscalculated the travel time by an hour (or more), and the Rooks decided to make the most of their time and hang out at Rock City since they had to be back in Georgia that night.  We did leave around 7:30 and got to the museum by 2 p.m. (This was after a lot of extra pit stops including the clean-up of a car-sick kid.  Fun.) From t…

From Peace to Reality and Back Again

#1 Peace.  Calm.  Days that flow.  That's what I want.
#2 Who doesn't?

We went to the beach a couple of weeks ago.
It looked like this:

The weather was amazing, the water was fine, but the best thing about this beach trip was just that "beach feeling".
Peace. Calm. Days that flow.

I get this same feeling when we have time to spend in Tennessee.
It looks like this:
"Tennessee in Pictures" (my previous blog post)

I usually help my dad work on the land, which can be a lot of work, but it's the good kind.
Peaceful.  Calm. Days that flow.

I also recently had this feeling on the women's retreat with my church, Crossroads Baptist.  We went to Ridgecrest, North Carolina, which you've probably already seen, but just for a reminder...
It looked like this:

The view wasn't the only amazing thing about this retreat.   It was an amazing time in the Word with my friends, and a lot of fun.  We spent an exorbitant amount of emotional energy - laughing and c…

Tennessee in Pictures

#1 I am not a photographer.
#2 But I pretended to be one while I was in Tennessee last week.

The weather was spectacular!  Perfect for working outside, and playing outside.

Our true purpose for this trip was to spend quality time with my brother and his family before they left for the mission field in South Sudan.  (Check it out here:  
The kids soaked up the time together.

It was a great time spent with family and a great time in God's creation.   I took a blue million pictures of flowers, because I like them:
And sunsets:

It was fun playing photographer for a few days.  The photo opps never seemed to stop!