Christmas Joy

It’s almost CHRISTmas! I still have so much to do. I do want to make sure my family doesn’t get so caught up in preparations, that we forget the reason we celebrate. Jesus. He’s blessed us so much. We can never praise Him enough.

My youngest is very excited about being out for CHRISTmas break. Here he is wearing his new hat, and walking into the High School to pick up his brother.

He’s been wanting to build a Gingerbread house. I found an adorable Nativity Gingerbread set at our local Walmart. He’s begging me to let him build it. I’m thinking Monday…..lol. I found a cute Christmas Program for our Church kids (and a few amazing adult volunteers) to present. They will preform it Sunday night. I’m in “don’t forget anything ” “scared stiff” mode until it’s over. ☺️ My youngest and I are fighting a sinus infection this weekend. I’m praying the antibiotics kick in quickly, before we sing in the Program on Sunday.

What are your big plans for CHRISTmas? Do you have traditions that your family does each year? For instance, my family has always read the Christmas Story (Luke 2) before we open gifts. When I had kids, I also choose to leave at least one gift unwrapped, for when my boys wake up Christmas morning. I have several Nativity sets that I decorate with. One of them is always under our tree. πŸŽ„

Christmas is my second favorite Holiday. (Thanksgiving being my favorite!) It just all makes me feel so happy and blessed! The trees, my ornaments that hold treasured memories, the beautiful lights and Nativity sets, and complete strangers helping others. I could go on and on but, I tend to live caught up in a Christmas fairy tale of happiness. (Or so my hubby teases me: too many Lifetime Christmas movies! Haha!)

I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas! I pray God blesses all of you, comforts you who are missing loved ones, and provision for those struggling.

~A

#CHRISTmas #Blessed #Nativity #ChristmasProgram

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Out Of The Mouth of Babes

I’ve been subbing and working as a Break Person in a preschool since mid-October. I’m loving it! I wanted to share something one of them said yesterday. We were eating our lunch. I was across the room eating and I see/hear a child look into his friend’s eyes and say: “My God and Jesus is the Biggest God.” This was spoken with firmness and conviction.

From across the room I whisper to myself, Yes, He is.” πŸ˜β€οΈπŸ™ŒπŸΌ Let’s keep raising our babies to love God. Even when we aren’t around, it’s sticking, folks. Be a seed planter.

~A

#GodIsTheBiggest #preschool #children #Church

Welcome Home

I drove down my long driveway and watched my crazy dog bark at the pony, today. She seems to think she’s helping me to bark at her, until I stop my truck. I’m still trying to figure her out at two years old. Jingle Bells (bet you can’t guess what month she was born!), use to chase my chickens when I pulled up. She learned that I didn’t approve, and moved on to torturing my son’s ancient pony. No worries, Buttercup, ignores her and continues eating. Every day, same routine.

Don’t let her sweet face fool you. Today, I also came home to see she’d gotten a package off my porch, and carried it out in the yard. **sigh** This was a first. I’m not sure why, other than it was light and she could carry it. For some reason, my mailman puts packages right at the top on the stairs, where Jingle likes to hang out. Thankfully, it wasn’t damaged. It just had tiny tooth holes in the box.

I also put my truck in park and sat in my truck a minute texting Boy Scout parents. While sitting there, two chickens joined me. I think they were telling me, they were ready to eat.

I believe winter is finally with us. It’s been unseasonably warm. Wednesday we saw a big drop in temperatures. Today, it was a high of only 39. It was around 25 degrees when we headed out this morning. I bundled up and headed out to feed. The scarf and Ear wrap was made by my momma. I believe they were a gift from last Christmas.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

God bless.

~A

#chickens #dog #pony #crochet #farm

Christmas Prep

Things have been so busy lately! This time of year, it seems that there’s never enough time to accomplish everything I’d like. Farm life is going busy as always. I have two roosters who are fighting over who’s boss. (Not sure why they just decided to suddenly fuss but, alrighty then.) My gray hen hatched three chicks last week. They are so precious. All my other chicks are getting so big.

The ducks are always busy making mud or flying around our land. It amazes me that they stay on our property. It’s like they know the exact boundaries to keep!

The town twelve miles from us has beautiful Christmas lights. We went Saturday evening to look at them and take pictures with friends. We enjoyed watching the carriage rides, ice skating, and drinking Hot chocolate.

I finally got my tree up and halfway decorated! Yay me! I’m hopeful to finish it this evening. I finally remembered to play hide and go seek with our elf too. We don’t tell our kids there’s magic in it or that Santa brings their gifts but, we enjoy having fun.

I hope you are all having a great week. Take care.

~A

#CHRISTmas #Elf #farm #chickens #ducks

Wait! What?!

Wait! What?! It’s already December?! Where did this year go? It flew by so stinking fast! It’s been unseasonably warm where we live. My chickens are all laying happily and broody as ever. I even had baby chicks hatch yesterday! The rumor is that it’ll be much colder next week. I’m wondering how my hens will continue to lay faithfully.

I still have my pool up! I did finally drain the water but, the pump is still on it and it’s collecting leaves happily. I know, I know, it’s December now. I’ve got to get myself busy on winter chores! I’ll be feeding hay to cows and horses soon. I’ll probably be busting ice before long too. **sigh**

This weekend my goals are: Putting up my tree and killing a deer. Hopefully, I can get both of those things accomplished! I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

~A

#Christmas #December #chickens #hay #cows #horses #winter

The Wet Bandit

I’ve got a story for you! Have you ever worked in Preschool? If you have, my story may not impress you because, you’ve got stories even better. If you’ve never worked with toddlers or children, you might not understand how this happened.

It all started after breakfast. The children throw away their leftovers and line up to go potty and wash their hands. The last little girl was washing her hands. I saw her with a wet paper towel. She was squeezing the excess water out of it. I assumed she would then throw the paper towel away. So, I walked across the room to encourage cleaning in the Home Living Center.

Well, about ten minutes later……we discovered the Wet Bandit (possibly from the Home Alone movie!) had struck. Apparently, the wet paper towel was in the sink drain, instead of the trash. πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚πŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Water was overflowing out of the sink going in all directions! It was hilarious and shocking. The moral of the story? It’s the Christmas season, be on the lookout for the Wet Bandit! β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜‰πŸ˜

~A

#TisTheSeason #WetBandit #preschool #christmas #homeAlone