Category Archives: 2018 Advent

2018 Advent, Day 23 – Christmas Eve Services

Luke 2:16, 21 – So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger… he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

We have had the honor to be a part of the Heights Christmas Eve (and Eve Eve) Services with our animals. This year was no exception. So, enjoy a few photos below and if you get a chance, stop by the Heights church for their amazing services tonight.

If you are not in the Prescott area, visit one of your local churches.

2018 Advent, Day 22 – Go Caroling

Luke 2:12 – This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. —

Since my children were little, Larry and I have been teaching our children about giving (year round) rather than receiving.

Tonight we hosted a Christmas caroling evening with some of our homeschool peeps. What a blast that we had, even if we couldn’t sing in key!

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 19, Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

December 19: Luke 2:9-10 – An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. —

For those that do not know me, I am big on “making it myself.” I like my farm style, homemade decorations. And this includes my Christmas decorations.  I was recently going through the Cricut online ideas to see what I wanted to make and saw some ornaments with old trucks on mason jar lids….. I didn’t want old trucks, so here is what I came up with. 

I found a scrap of country Christmas fabric in my fabric stash. No, I am not a seamstress or a quilter (although I would love to learn)… I am a crafter only.  And that is mostly paper crafts! But I do have a little bit of fabric. 🙂 

I used my Cricut Explore to cut my iron-on. However, you can easily cut snowflakes and trees out of iron-on or even out of stickers and use scrapbook paper instead. 🙂 I used the white glitter iron-on (This was a scrap edge from another project. I only needed it 2-1/2 inches tall.

Here is what I used: (Remember to use what you have on hand first! 🙂 )

  • Mason Jar Lids (Older, used, clean ones are fine for this)
  • Scraps of fabric (or paper) to fit on top of lid flat
  • Iron on design or stickers if using paper
  • Hot glue gun.
  • Jute or ribbon
  • iron if using iron on 
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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 18, Meals from Scratch – Swedish Meatballs over pasta or rice

December 18: Luke 2:13 – Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, —

This has to be one of my favorite “Not so healthy” dishes. This dish can use homemade meatballs (That recipe will be linked next week for New Years or even pre-made meatballs.

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup whole milk or heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 
  1. In a skillet or saute pan to medium-low heat, melt butter and whisk in flour until it has turned golden brown.
  2. Slowly whisk in beef broth and cook until thickened, then add in milk or cream (heavy cream makes a GREAT sauce), Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and salt. Continue to stir until well-combined.
  3. Add meatballs back into the skillet, turning to coat well. Add fresh parsley, if using.
  4. Serve over Rice or wide egg noodles (The fav in this family!)

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 17, Canvas Nativity

  • What you will need: 
  • 4×6 canvas (We picked ours up for 3 for $1 at a Dollar Tree!!
  • some metallic acrylic paint
  • a nativity pattern. ( I cut mine out on some extra removable vinyl left over from another project but you can use them out of paper and temporary tape them. 
  • a paper towel or sponge

I cut 3 different nativity scenes in a 3.75×5.75 size.

Then, we peeled and stuck the nativities to the canvases.

We added paint to the canvas and daubed it with a paper towel around the pattern.

Once completed, we let dry. 

Then, we peeled off the vinyl leaving a beautiful design. 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 16, Take a family Photo

Luke 1:69-71 He has raised up ahorn[a] of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—

Take a timeout to take a family photo. Every year, we take a photo for my wall and I have it printed on a canvas. I love to see how much my kids have grown from year to year. 

Walgreens and Walmart are always having sales on their canvases to print your photos too. My preference is Walgreens. I have bought canvases, metal printing, ornaments, cards and mini scrapbooks through them in the past. GREAT GIFTS!

I just noticed that they have some coupons good through Dec 22, 2018 too!!!   

  • BOGO Free Wall and Desk Calendars Must use code BOGO2019 to receive one Wall or Desk Calendar Free when you purchase 2 or more through Walgreens.com/photo online or the mobile app. 
  • 50% off Photo Books Must use code MEMORIES2018 to receive 50% off photo books through Walgreens.com/photo online or on Walgreens mobile app. 
  • 40% off Custom Floating Frames and Canvas Prints Must use code FALALAWALL to receive 40% off Custom Floating Frames and Canvas Prints through Walgreens.com/photo online or mobile app. 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 15, Decorate

Luke 1:14 – He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,

I know that changing things up always makes me feel more in the spirit of things. Some years can be harder for some of us to decorate. It could be losing a loved one or even tight for cash. 

We lined my online backdrop for my classroom with old wrapping paper (I know that I got it on sale because I never buy wrapping paper full price ever.) And then we created a banner with the words Merry Christmas cut out of paper. It was an easy “game-changer” in my classroom. 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 14, Do something for yourself

Luke 1:78 – because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven

I am a firm believer that everyone needs to do something positive for themselves at some point. This could be a simple think like taking a bubble bath or getting your hair cut. Or cooking yourself your favorite meal (Extra points if your spouse cooks your favorite meal for you). 

In our house this week we added a new family member. Meet Loki, our new Livestock Guardian Dog. 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 13, Paint Swirled Clear Ornaments

Luke 1:77 – to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,

This is a fun and expensive project for your little kids. I found clear plastic Christmas ornaments at the dollar store packaged 2 for $1 and I already had the paint. 

Open the top of the ornament and squirt in your paint (2 or 3 colors work best) Add a drop or 2 of water to thin out the paints slightly.  Add the ornament toppers back on and SHAKE. 

If your kids are very little you and tape the topper back on while they shake so they do not get paint all over their hands (Grayson did! 😉 ) My big kids even made one each!!