Every day is a blessing and our family knows that all too much after the sudden loss of one of the kids in the family. As a mom, I try to be even a better mom that I was before. I want each of my kids to know that I love them and tell them in different ways.
Leaving each of the kids love notes for the first 2 weeks of February is a priority for me. Each of my children have such amazing gifts to give each other and others. I love highlighting this for them.
Start this year. Cut 14 hearts out of pink, red or even white paper for each child. Each day, write an “I LOVE YOU because…” on the heart and tape it to their door BEFORE they wake up in the morning. What an AMAZING surprise for them. <3
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.
Luke 1:49-50 – for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
We have started a tradition in our house… Christmas became so commercialized. And we fell into that habit years ago when Shelby and Griffen were little. Once we started adding kid after kid into the household, it began to look like monster of paper and toys vomited all over the floor and took over on Christmas morning. Larry and I started looking into what others did, especially larger families. We started this before Breckin, Trystan and Grayson were adopted. I love the feeling that we have with all of the kids, really focusing on what it means for Christmas for us.
Gift #1: SOMETHING THEY WANT Bible Verse: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
Gift #2: SOMETHING THEY NEED Bible Verse: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Gift #3: SOMETHING TO WEAR Bible Verse: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
Gift #4: SOMETHING TO READ Bible Verse: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Luke 1:38 – “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Family is so important to us here at krisandlarry.com. We live for each other. Every year, we go out to dinner and then drive around to look at the gingerbread houses and lights around out community. This year was no different. Get into comfy clothes. Drink some hot chocolate and drive around, singing christmas carols.
Luke 1:33 -And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
One of the things that I like my children to know is that you are never too old to try something new. Our Advent message for the 7 is exactly that. Try something new today. This could be trying a new activity or craft. Try a new style or a new recipe in your kitchen.
So for today, have you or your kids try something new. Start reading a new book series, or a movie series. Or have them try out an online class or a new recipe. Do it together. After all, that is what Christmas is all about TOGETHER! (And her pumpkin butter and hot chocolate that she made was GREAT!!!)
Luke 1:31 -You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
Time for a little creativity. We are using Dollar $$ store tongue depressors and twine, paint and pipe cleaners out of our craft stash. Every item that we used (minus the hot glue gun) can be picked up at a Dollar store to keep this craft inexpensive.
You will need:
6 tongue depressors
(3 whole, 3 cut in half
and one half cut again in half)
Hot Glue works best – But if not available, use school glue
Twine, scissors, 1 gold or silver pipe cleaner, sharpie marker, and paint
Assemble the Manger using 3 whole and 2 half depressors.
Add Mary and Joseph
Wrap twine around baby Jesus and glue together cradle and baby Jesus to the Manger.
Add angel to the top and create a halo with pipe cleaners.
Luke 1:30 -But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.
Try something new for breakfast. In our home, we like to make a whole breakfast wrapped up into one “sandwich”. Once made the kids can grab and go. They will also stay good in the fridge and can be reheated in the oven or microwave (We don’t have a microwave, so I don’t know how long to put them in for.)
Then we add a single egg. I do crack the yoke, you do not have to.
Top the eggs with cooked ham, sausage or bacon and sprinkle with cheese.
Into the oven, it goes for about 25 minutes or until the eggs are cooked.
The biscuit dough can be either store-bought or homemade. Many times we will make a batch of freezer dough to have available for mornings like this. There are great recipes in the 2 books in the “Don’t Panic Dinner’s in the Freezer” series. I like this series because each recipe shows the x3, x6 and x9 to make multiples of each recipe for later. The “More” book has a biscuit recipe in it.