White Christmas Week {in OK}

Happy New Year from familybringsjoy.com

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‘baby’ girl’s snow angel

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It’s not ‘normal’ to have snow in OK the week of Christmas

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Taking a snow photo with her Santa gift 😉

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Testing my new wide angle lens…thanks hubs {our backyard}

Winter Wonderland on Wordless Wednesday,

Letter to Santa for Moms (Stocking Stuffers for Moms)

Santa is an expert when it comes to choosing stocking stuffers for kids.  However, sometimes I think he might need a little help knowing what to surprise us moms.  So today I decided to post a letter here to Santa.

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Dear Santa,

First of all, I want to thank you for all the goodies you have left me over the years.  I very much appreciate your generosity and kindness.  You have showered me with things I have asked for and sometimes with things I need.  You are so awesome! 😉

As a mom I haven’t asked for much.  As a matter of fact, I haven’t written you in years.  Instead, I have helped my children write their letters to you.  Our family has believed in you and you have blessed us beyond measure.  I really can’t imagine what Christmas would be like without you, Santa.

Because you have been so good to us, I have decided to help you out a bit.  It’ll be our secret.  I’m going to give you tips on how to find the best stocking stuffers for moms.  You know us moms…we are busy during this time of year and we don’t always write…so it must be difficult to know what to give us.  So here goes:

Follow Me on Pinterest

Ok, Santa this is a biggie!  In case you don’t know what Pinterest is…it’s a virtual pinboard.  Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web.  It’s the perfect place to see what moms like and want.  I even have a board named I want one!   All you have to do to find each mom is to type their name or maybe a common user name they use online into the search field at the top.

top of pinterest

WISH LISTS

Santa, many online companies have wish lists on their sites.  The one I use most often is Amazon.  This is a great place to find ideas for stocking stuffers.  You can find a mom by clicking on “wish list” at the top right corner of Amazon’s home page.

amazon wish list

SOCIAL MEDIA

Many moms also post things they like on social media.  I personally use Facebook and Twitter.  Moms are constantly sharing things they like on both of these social platforms.  You are sure to find all kinds of ideas for us on there.

KIDS

Next time you have a kid sit on your lap take the opportunity to ask them what their mom wants for Christmas.  They might know. 😉

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2 of my kids when they were much younger

OTHER IDEAS

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1.) Cool T-Shirt {easy to roll and throw in stocking} 2.) Unique Journals 3.) Books or Digital Book Gift Card 4.) Anything from The Vintage Pearl {can’t go wrong with jewelry and fits nicely in stocking} 5.) Movie Tickets or Cinema Gift Card 6.) Perfume 7.) iTunes Gift Card or Music CD 8.) New Mobile Phone Case 9.) Camera Necklace

10.) Foto clips {also sold on Amazon} or many items at The Photojojo Store

Buy the Fotoclips (110 pcs) at the Photojojo Store!

10.) SD Cards for camera memory

Hope this might help make your job a little easier Santa!

Very Sincerely,

Shan

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He’s checking his list,

Thumbs Up!

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Remembering Christ This Christmas By Lighting ‘Em Up!

Tuesday our church’s women’s group had a Christmas party.  One of the women {who comes from a talented family of poets} read aloud a beautiful, heartfelt poem she wrote.  We were all extremely touched by this poem.  I received permission from her to share this with you.

A Birthday Wish

It’s my birthday party
Another year has passed.
The celebration grows each year
Yet I’m thought of less and less.

Just like you, I look forward
In an eager way,
To many birthday greetings
On my special day.

I do not ask for much
Wrapping paper, there’s no need.
All I want for my birthday, is
Please remember me.

I don’t need a cake
With adornments on a table,
Acceptance is what’s wanted
From the babe born in a stable.

No special song required
For me to have a smile.
Just acknowledge my existence
And talk with me awhile.

The decorations are breath taking
The lights, the star, the tree.
While merry you are making…
Please remember me.

I love the beauty of the carols
Of this special season
But “Silent Night” is my favorite.
Do you know the reason?

It’s not the shopping and the spending
It’s the kindness and charity,
That should be taught within your home
And to your family.

Gaye Willard {click on photo to go to artist’s site}

The white beard, the red coat,
Around the world in a blink.
MY beard is white, MY robe is red,
Perhaps there is a link?

Yes…St. Nick is my servant
A faithful one, is he
Symbolizing all that’s good
But please remember me.

It may be my birthday
But I gave the gift to you,
Eternal life through my sacrifice
When your earthly life is through.

Yes, it is my birthday
And I hope your gift will be
The only birthday wish I make:
Please remember me.

Written by Dana L. Dugan
Dec. 8, 2011

Isn’t this poem phenomenal?

I highlighted a stanza because I’ve been working on this in our family.  Have you heard of Booing?  Booing is a sweet service activity we have done as a family in October for Halloween {you can see what we did by clicking here.}  We put together little baskets of goodies and secretly left them on doorsteps of friends.

One Mom has taken this Booing idea to the month of December for Christmas and calls it Light ‘Em Up!  Families Light Up The Community With Kindness.  Courtney from Lil Light O’ Mine started this last year with her family and shared it on her blog.  Fortunately, many others, like me, were blown away with the idea of teaching our kids kindness and charity in a fun way during the Christmas season.  Courtney is very organized and has 100 ideas on what families can do, check lists and labels {all FREE} to help your family Light ‘Em Up!

Monday night we read over the ideas and did our first Light ‘Em Up.  It was simple…Christmas container with Christmas shaped sugar cookies we made.  I printed out the very cute labels and we were ready to share some Christmas JOY with someone.  My goal is for our family to do this at least once a week, but I plan on putting the big candy canes with the labels wrapped around them in my purse.  This way the kids can hand them out to whomever they feel inclined to surprise wherever we are.

I hope by doing these random acts of kindness our kids will catch the vision of service.  It really is the best gift we can give our Savior besides remembering Him.  We are His hands.

The Christ{mas} spirit is contagious,

Thanksgiving Snapshot

Wordless Wednesday,

Veteran’s Day Tribute Including Awesome Canvas SALE

Happy Veteran’s Day!
My heart is overflowing with gratitude for Veterans today.  Made the following for my Facebook Cover photo.  Yep, that’s me with the pig tails standing by my Dad. 😉

Happy to share this amazing Veteran’s Day Deal with YOU from Printcopia:

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Enjoyed the following artsy video with clips from past presidents including President Kennedy who you see above with my Grandpa.  They both served on the same PT ship in the Navy.


Finally…

Can’t wait to share all about a special craft retreat I attended this weekend.  Took the above photo there on Friday.  Post coming this week sometime {after I peruse through all the hundreds of photos I took.}  Thank you IG friends for helping me choose the right photo 😉

Happy Monday,