Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 12 of 2012

As I sit and look back through our year I thought it would be cool to post my top 12 blog post for 2012.  It was a new year with us moving to a new city and being closer to family. We welcomed a new blessing into our family and we ventured out across the world to participant in our friends wedding.  It was a year with many first and news for us.  We sit back today with thanksgiving for a great year and with anticipation of what the Father has next for us in this new year.

Here is a collection of your favorite and my favorite blog post for 2012.

1.  The Daniel Fast:

We try to start the year off by somewhat of a detox.  Each year we have tried to limit processed foods, junk food and rich foods during the month of January.  This year I have lots of new recipes which you can find on my pintrest board.

2. Red lentil Soup

Many readers have enjoyed this recipe and as been a big hit on the blog.  I didn't realize there were so many people wanting to take part in the Daniel fast with us :)

I saw how to do these no heat curls on pinterest and gave them a try and to my surprise it worked!!  I love trying new things with my hair my next step is to learn to use curlers and do a nice fish tail! 

My first blog post that was featured on one of my favorite blogs I heart nap time!! 

February was a fun month for us as we did so many different LOVE activities as we learned about sharing God's love with others. We ended our "love" month with a special meal at our "special" restaurant. 

A very fun activity to do with the kids before seeing the movie. 

These were a hit with the kids and we used them to decorate our flower gardens, deck and we used them as paper weights for Eben's monster bash!

This was a mothers day special that Micah did for me, his mom and my sister in law.  I love this post because Micah saw it pinned on my pinterest and then surprised me with it!  That is when I fell even more in LOVE with pinterest.  My husband was following only me on there and new all the things that I was pinning. Husbands pinterest is the key to knowing your wife :) 

 50 days of summer fun was so awesome.  I printed these chart out and had it hung over the kitchen table.  Every day (at least it seemed that way) we talked about all the things we had done and the things we were still planning on doing.   We enjoyed everything from making Oreo popsicles to M&M on toast day.

10.  Homeschooling 

This was a BIG decision that we are enjoying so much!!!  We are having lots of fun playing games and learning creativity.

During the end of the year I began to find it more helpful to plan meals for the month instead of just the week.  Lots of readers have been using the recipes as well and enjoying them :) 

I wrote this post over on our family blog but I just love it so much that it had to go on my top 12 because its how I feel about my home and our family it is my mission which all my fun and creativity flows out of!

Thanks for being faithful readers and encouraging me by writing comments and personal messages.  I love hearing from each of you.  I love when you do crafts I have posted, tried an activity or enjoyed (or didn't enjoy) a recipe. 

Have a happy new year my friends. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Advent Christmas verses

Every year we count down to our Christmas celebrations using this advent calendar that my mother in law made for her kids when they were young.  Now that they all have families she has given each family their own.  Our family really loves hanging this on the wall and adding pieces to the beautiful nativity scene everyday until Christmas morning when baby Jesus is placed in the loving arms of his mommy Mary.  

This year durning our morning devotions I wanted to read verses that went a long with the Christmas theme and of course a quick shout out in the facebook world by another friend lead me to a Christmas list of verses to read every morning ending the 25 days with reading the first chapters of Luke. 

I made this little advent calendar and behind each circle is the verse for that day. 

So if you want the list here it is.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself

will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin
shall conceive and bear a son,
and shall call his name Immanuel.
(which means God with Us)

Matthew 2:10 When they saw the
star, they rejoiced exceedingly
with great joy.

Luke 2:12 And this will be a sign
for you: you will find a baby wrapped
in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given; and the government
shall be upon his shoulder, and his name
shall be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter
of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter
of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming
to you; righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Acts 5:31 God exalted him at his right hand
as Leader and Savior, to give repentance
to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

Philippians 2:8-10 And being found in
human form, he humbled himself by
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross. Therefore
God has highly exalted him and
bestowed on him the name that is
above every name, so that at the
name of Jesus every knee should
bow, in heaven and on earth and
under the earth

Isaiah 11:1 There shall come forth
a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots
shall bear fruit.

Matthew 1:21 She will bear a son,
and you shall call his name Jesus,
for he will save his people from
their sins.

Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall
conceive and bear a son, and they shall
call his name Immanuel” (which means,
God with us).

Luke 1:30-31 And the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have
found favor with God. And behold, you
will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall call his name Jesus.

Luke 2:15-16 When the angels went away
from them into heaven, the shepherds said
to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem
and see this thing that has happened, which
the Lord has made known to us.”And they
went with haste and found Mary and Joseph,
and the baby lying in a manger.

Luke 2:10 And the angel said to them,
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good
news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born
this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the
highest, and on earth peace among
those with whom he is pleased!”

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that
he gave his only Son, that whoever believes
in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace in
believing, so that by the power of the
Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

2 Corinthians 9:15 Now thanks be to God
for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling
[His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]! .

James 1:17 Every good gift and every
perfect gift is from above, coming
down from the Father of lights with
whom there is no variation or shadow
due to change.

Psalm 72:11 - All kings will bow before
him, and all nations will serve him

Micah 5:2 - But you, O Bethlehem
Ephrathah, are only a small village
among all the people of Judah. Yet a
ruler of Israel will come from you,
one whose origins are from the distant past.

Luke 1:14 - You will have great joy and
gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.

Luke 2

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