Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas 2014


On Christmas Eve...

chores were done in the barn and the house was made ready for the people we love most.

We went to the Christmas eve service and came home to anticipate a houseful coming at noon the next day.



Everyone had a part of the story from Luke 2 on their plates.
As the little ones arrived, they looked for their names and practiced their verses and we shared together the miracle of Christmas.



I borrowed my beloved's apron to make dinner.

Menno Apparel   has a great assortment of fun slogans if you are interested.




After the Christmas story was read around the table and everyone had a full tummy ... 
the dishes were stacked in the dishwasher...
and we took turns opening gifts that were specially chosen.


The girls all opened their new dolls.


The nighties were held up to see if they were long enough...
and then quickly tried on to be sure.


Smiles were captured.


Newly discovered (to him) candy called Lifesavers were pondered...
and tested.


Boxes were delivered across the room.


One gift at a time...

patience practiced.



Grandma was tutored on her new Ipad.


Lego and instructions were contemplated.


Dessert was enjoyed at the island.


The girls spent time coloring together.


Playdough meals were prepared.


The two littlest set up a necklace making shop.



At the end of the evening...
the boys just wanted some quiet time with Grandpa after a busy day.


It was all wonderful! 

We are so blessed and thankful to have our family close by to love and enjoy and celebrate together.

all for now...
with love,

Monday, December 22, 2014

Nativity Video



Northview Nativity 2014 from Northview Church on Vimeo.

I wanted to share a bit of our church's Children's Christmas Program!  People had plenty of  ideas about how the Messiah should have come to save his people.  Our Messiah came just as God planned all along.  These little ones  got the message across well.

Have you plans already for Christmas eve?  If you live in the Fraser Valley and would like to bring your family to a  Christmas Eve service, I would like to invite you to join us at Northview Church. Check the link here for all our Christmas events.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Italian Ice Green


It is always nice to a have fresh coat of paint isn't it?

We painted our little bedroom this past month.



My inspiration was the vintage hospital end tables that have their original blue paint.

The other inspiration is the  Yo Yo cover I found at an MCC Sale.

I didn't mind paying the asking price as I could well imagine all the hours of work that went into this handcrafted treasure.  The fabrics are all vintage pieces of cotton that somehow work together beautifully.   I imagine the 50's fabrics were house dresses and aprons at one time.

The pillowcases were my grandmother's.
She never used them....
they are used now.



Our little bungalow doesn't have an en suite.
It is just the two of us...
so it's okay.


We painted my bathroom the same color as the bedroom.

The lighting gives it a different hue in the photos.



My beloved added wainscoting to add to the cottage feel of the home.

All the trim and wainscoting is painted Cloud White but again...
the photos seem to change the hues.

New flooring gave it a updated feel.




Somethings stayed the same.

My shabby chic cabinet helps with much needed space to store.


A quirk about me?

I love to bathe.  

all for now...



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mennonite Girls Can Cook Christmas Party 2014


This year...

we were invited to the home of Ellen and her "dear" for our annual Christmas party.

On the way there...
I said to my beloved that sometimes it doesn't feel real that we can do this wonderful thing as a group of women.

We are able to chat, encourage and inspire each other every day and  ...
once in a while ...
most of us can get together. 




Kathy and I arrived a wee bit early to set up some 
antipasto platters.



Ellen had her home ready and it was fabulous.

It felt so special to sit at one of her carefully thought out table scapes. 



Her home was filled with Christmas!

 It was good to see our guys enjoying a time to catch up with each other.

They have become friends ....
through us.


The host and hostess...
always smiling...
and always
gracious.




Lovely Katie (Ellen's daughter) was there to help with serving.

She is always so ready with a smile.  


Shame on me for not taking a picture of every course.

Surely one of the other girls did.  

This was the started soup.




The roasted veggies.



Before dinner...
while it was still light out...
we went out to the front door for one picture...
or maybe I should say a bunch of pictures of one pose.


This is a picture of the guys who were taking pictures of us.
We have become accustomed to the two lines formed for this purpose.




We sat around two round tables in their living room. ...
and enjoyed the most delicious Prime Rib.


After dinner...
the girls went to spend some time sharing gifts with each other.  


It was a time to remember.

Most special!

all for now...
with love,



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Decking the halls



It's been a month since I stopped to record the goings on in the bungalow. 
I've barely held my camera and was mortified to realize that when  Grandgirlie had a birthday party  I didn't even take one picture.  She was so lovely in her beautiful outfit and she's growing so tall and willowy and we just love her to the moon and back.  


We went to cut down our tree a week ago and since then I've been puttering around the home...
making it feel homey and bright.



As soon as we came home from Palm Springs...
I planted some Paperwhite bulbs to bloom for Christmas.

They had been sprouting already in the package and were anxious to grow.


One of my favorite things is placing beloved pieces that have been collected over the years to draw my heart and mind to the Christ child.



A sprig here...
and there.



The choir joins in with Christmas carols that fill our home during our waking hours.


During this last month...
the bedroom and my bathroom have been repainted.
Next week I'll share some photos of the finished rooms.

Here is a sneak peek of Italian Ice Green.
Soft and dreamy.



The bedroom dresser .


The paperwhites are ready for Christmas.

A few things to bake yet ...

to share and to enjoy.

A few more gifts to complete for special loved ones...

and then the halls will begin to ring with laughter and conversations.

I'm ready in my heart.