Tuesday, December 16

warm enough


day 16 - bundled

It was very cold around Thanksgiving, so it was nice when it warmed up a little bit making it warm enough for the littles to bundle up for the outdoors and play in the snow.  

Our sledding hill has gone through a major melting spell since that time, but the snow returned last night turning everything white again.  

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, December 15

a bit o'cheer


The Homeschool Post


day 15 - enjoy


Okay, so this really isn't a "photo of the day", but it is a picture that brings a smile to my face as it means I have readers who enjoy my blog and were willing to nominate it in the category of "Best Encourager Blog" for the Annual Homeschool Blog Awards. Yipppeeee!

I would enjoy YOUR VOTE for my blog and it's simple to do. Just click on this link - Best Encourager Blog - scroll down to "Garden Glimpses", click in the circle, and hit the vote button on the bottom.  You can actually vote one time per day for my blog until the end of December.  

Thank you so much!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Sunday, December 14

the yearly stocking project



day 14 - handmade


Brought in my container full of Christmas fabrics as I have Christmas stockings to make.  It seems each year I'm making one or two as our family grows.  I do enjoy making them, but really should be doing this during the fall months instead of now when there's about a million other things to do at the same time. The most time consuming part is the cross-stitch design with their name, especially when it's a pet!  But it is also relaxing to sit and cross-stitch as long as I'm paying attention and not thinking about too many other things at the same time.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, December 13

the cutting of the tree


day 13 - tree

A family tradition that we've had for quite a few years is to travel to the closest tree farm.  It's fun to jump out of our warm vehicle and into the crisp cold air to tramp up and down the rows of Christmas trees to find the one that is perfect for our family.  The problem tends to be that everyone has a favorite tree that they think should be THE tree for the year. So, there's a lot of back and forth until we come to the conclusion of which one will the THE tree as the saw is placed at the base, the tree is cut down, and dragged out to the road.

This year's tree looked to be smaller than what we've picked before, but it's actually a perfect fit for the spot it's in. There's nothing like that fresh pine scent in the air and the glow of the tree lights in the evening.  Mmmm mmmm, good!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, December 12

prepare without the bah


Thought I would combine my photo-of-the-day challenge with the weekly Friday writing challenge.  Every Friday a group of bloggers from all over the place contemplate one word.  They spend five minutes writing about it without editing, post it, link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday, then visit the link before them to leave a word or two of encouragement. Today's word is PREPARE.  Ready?  Set?  WRITE!


day 12 - stocking


::prepare::

Taking the annual trip to cut down our Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving seemed like a good way to launch some enthusiasm about Christmas.  But alas.  As I sit here with less than two weeks to go, I'm still looking for the enthusiasm I need to prepare for such a wonderful time of celebration.  Bah humbug seems to be a more fitting description of my badattitude this year.  

I dunno.  It seems to be a combination of things - too many cloudy gloomy days, too many loved ones who have passed away through the years in December, too many memories of other Christmas times that were marvelously wonderful, too many changes over the past few years.  And primarily, a very hard season of life right now.  

Yet all of that doesn't change the real reason of the season, does it?  

Sometimes we have to wade through all the bah humbug clutter to remember that we prepare not because of us, but because of Him.  Jesus.  

Born in a manger and destined to become our Savior.  THAT is worthy of a celebration of JOY!

Maybe I should take that stocking down, eh?

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Thursday, December 11

cozy blessings


day 10 - cozy

There is absolutely nothing in the world like sitting by the woodburner through the winter months. It is THE best!   The problem is, however,  that it's a little bit too cozy. My homeschoolers love to curl up in comfy chairs with their books right by the warm little fire and pretty soon I notice they are snoozing!  



day 11 - blessings

Counting my blessings and the one most dear to my heart right now happens to be the blessing of praying friends.  Is there anything more wonderful than a quick text to a friend for prayer support and knowing that they will immediately pray for you?  

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, December 9

call it cloudy


day 9 - weather

Outside my window at work watching the clouds pass  in various shades of gray.  Snow covered yard with icicles hanging in weather with temperatures in the upper teens. Often the sky and the ground match in color.

This weather gives me a constant longing for sunshine and warmer temperatures.  Only four or five months to go........

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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