"Love the Lord your God, walk in all His ways, obey His commands, hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and soul." Joshua 22:5

Monday, December 13, 2010

Labor of Love and Advent

We got our Christmas cards ready to mail today...  (all 500+)... well, we're still missing stamps...  so maybe one day this week we will actually get the cards in the mail.  But, it was so nice that everyone pitched in to help.  (Except Will...  he was napping...  and not really ready yet for this kind of job.)  We made an assembly line and it was done so quickly.  Most of the cards are for John's MSM clients and we found ourselves grateful for each one of those cards that we get to mail!  And it's a neat opportunity to share our love for the Lord, too!  Here's everyone hard at work...

On another topic, I love our advent tradition!  We're reading the 3 book advent series by Arnold Ytreeide and this year we are reading Bartholomew again.  (This is our 5th or 6th year to read these books.)  The stories are wonderful and every night just before bed we turn out the lights and then light our advent candles and have a snack while John reads to us.  It's really wonderful.  Tonight we had a cozy fire in the fireplace, too.  Wow, we are blessed!  We have new advent candles this year...  I'm not very creative, but I really love this new idea I had.  I've been searching for a neat way to do our advent candles for a couple of years and I think I finally found it.  It's just a kid's coat rack with little candle lanterns hanging on the hooks.  Isn't it fun?

Here's the boys with it.  (They especially love taking turns blowing out the candles!)

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