Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

The Birth of Jesus
Luke 2

1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What Is It All About?

Christmas time is my favorite time of the year…but for some reason, I am feeling a bit behind this year. I mean, Christmas day will be here is less than 4 days and I still can’t believe we are in December. How did this happen?
While trying to catch up with time, I have managed to write a few Christmas cards, organized the log candles on the table and placed the wreath on the ground next to the door (it turns out I don’t have a hook to hang it up – so it will just sit on the ground this year).  The Christmas tree in the photo above does not belong to me, as a matter of fact, that is a photo of my mom’s tree from last year.

I guess what I am trying to say is that our home is not looking very Christmassy this year. In reality, 99% of our home is looking exactly how it looks every other day of the year and a part of me is sad about it. I want a real tree with clear lights that do not blink. I want the wreath to be hanging on the door. I want red and green candles. I want stockings over the fireplace…

But as I stop to think about all the things I want during this Christmas season, I realize that none of those things are important. I must also point out that none of the things I mentioned have anything to do with what Christmas is all about.
What is Christmas about anyway? You may be thinking…
This is what Christmas is about:
 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
When I think about the true meaning of Christmas, my heart is filled with joy and thankfulness that God loves us unconditionally. What more can a person want?
All of the sudden a Christmassy home does not seem important at all.
This Christmas, I am thankful for my Savior and I will not let anything else take that joy away.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Free Session Giveway

Danielly Nobile Photography is giving away two free sessions!

Click HERE to learn more about the details.

Feel free to forward this opportunity to friends and family.

Giving away free sessions makes me so happy I can't stop smiling!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Log Candles

Remember how I mentioned that I joined Pinterest? Well, in about a month I have managed to create a few boards filled with pretty things that make me smiley! While on Pinterest a few weeks ago, I saw this tutorial on Log Candle making and I wished I had the right tools to make a set for everyone I know - after all, I live in the Pacific Northwest and we just happen to have pine logs everywhere.

Unfortunately, I don't have the right tools to make these pretty candle holders, but my brother in law happens to not only be super crafty, but he also has everything needed to make these pretty log candles. I shared the idea with him and he got to work right away. In fifteen minutes he was done with one set.

Aren't these lovely?

I like that they are unique, rustic and elegant.

J. Nobile, thank you for being so willing to make these for me. They are beautiful!

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