So if you have ever been to my house at Christmas time, or know me at all for that matter, you know I LOVE snow and I LOVE snowmen. Snow to me is the most beautiful and peaceful thing in the world and snowmen? Well just down right cute. We all have our thing right?
As you can imagine my snowman collection borders on the ridiculous so I am quite judicious in the ones that I add to my collection. When I saw these cuties I was determined to do something similar. Between my scraps of fabric, dad’s scraps of wood and a collection of acrylic paint this was an easy thing to pull together.
You will need
Scraps of wood, whatever size you want to use is fine.
I then painted them white. I didn’t worry about having a perfect paint job as I wanted them to look a little “rough”.
I hot glued the small scraps of fabric on for hats and scarves. I used a small piece of twine to tie on the hat to make it look like a stocking cap.
I then painted the faces on with acrylic paint. It was very fun to make them all different and creative.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I love these little guys and cannot wait to put them in my house for Christmas this year.
Lord it’s in your hands!
For about the last 10 years my mom has been collecting Nativity scenes. We are always keeping our eyes open for new, fun and creative nativity scenes. So as I have been browsing Pinterest I have been pinning fun ideas that maybe we make ourselves. When I saw this one here I knew it was perfect.
I used acrylic paint and tried to use mostly natural colors. I wanted them to look simple and a little rustic. The things you will need to complete this are pretty simple and the project was fun and quick.
1 – 6in 2×2
1 – 5in 2×2
1 – 2×3 (I made mine about 3/4 in thick)
2 – 1 1/2in wooden balls
1 – 1/2in wooden ball
Hot glue gun
I had so much fun doing this and am excited to use them as gifts and decorations this year.
Lord it’s in your hands!
Dorthy was so right…….there is no place like home. There is a sense of peace, belonging, stability about being at the place you call home. The sounds, the smells, the sights, and the routines that we establish at home are why it is our home. Home contains memories, history and a future. It is so much less about the structure in which your home exists as it is the “home” that exists in the structure. It is true that if walls could talk they would have much to tell.
I think that we as humans have an inbred longing to be “home”. We need it, we miss it, we long for it, we strive to find it and work to make places feel like home.
The last four weeks I have longed for home. I feel unsettled, disjointed, rattled and misplaced. Don’t get me wrong I know I am so blessed. I have never had to worry about having a place to lay my head or where I would get my next meal. I am one of the lucky ones…..so blessed, so thankful. But that hasn’t taken away my longing. It hasn’t changed that I feel a little lost, that each hotel room I go into, each bed I borrow, I strive to find a way to make it feel as much like home as possible. I want to go HOME so badly, I want to be where I feel comfortable where I know I belong. I want to go HOME. If Dorthy was right and you could click your heals together I would be home by now…..trust me. 🙂
Don’t get me wrong, things are moving along, people are working (my parents are there right now nailing floors) progress is being made and I will be home soon. Soon.
The truth is that when I move back into that house that the Lord has blessed me with, that so many people have put their time and effort into I will still not truly be HOME.
I have a longing for another home. A home with my heavenly father. There is so much comfort in knowing that this world is not my home. That this is not truly where I belong. It is a wonderful place where I am surrounded by amazing people who love me and care for me. There is a job that I love and am passionate about. A family that many would love to have. Friends who are simply the best in the world. Great adventures, lots of laughter, love, joy, fun and beauty. But there are also struggles, hard times, plans that fall through, loss that crushes you, fear that can rule your thoughts and longings that can never be filled this side of Heaven. In my amazingly blessed life for which I am beyond thankful for, (how did I get so lucky?) I have had great pain, pain that has left me unable to find my next breath, tears that would not stop falling, loss that seemed impossible to get past. I have known what if feels like to be broken in a million pieces.
When I think about those times there are two things that I feel………..pain, I still feel some pain in those memories, but stronger than that is the feeling of being deeply and infinitely grateful. Grateful for the pain, the loss, the brokenness. Grateful for the hard times. For it is in those times that I long most for my real home. The one where I crawl into my Heavenly Father’s arms and rest, truly rest. Where there is no pain, no longing, no fear and no struggle. The home that he has prepared for me. To be with the one who knows me better than I know myself and yet loves me with a deeper love than words can describe. The one that longs for me as much as I long for Him. The one who literally gave His life for me. The one who is passionate about me and longs for me to come Home.
In the meantime I walk through this life with the Lord by my side. Praying that I will make him proud in EVERY situation that comes my way. That I will see what it is that he longs for me to do while I am on this earth. To love others the way He loves me. So no matter what the day brings I fall to my knees and praise Him, thank Him and give Him all the glory. I am filled with joy simply to be His child.
I will go to my house today and try to put some of the pieces back together. I will clean, rearrange, organize and “nest”. I will prepare to go home when I am able. As I do those things I will not forget to continue to prepare and strive for my real home. My longing for my earthly home will be met, but I pray that the longing for my Heavenly home continues to grow each an everyday. May I spend my life living and preparing for the day I will crawl into the lap of my Heavenly Father and at last truly be HOME!
Lord it’s in your hands!
Psalms 125:1-2 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.
Today I’m so very thankful for insurance. The estimate of damage to my house came and all I can think is, if I didn’t have insurance there is no way I could repair the damage that was done. It was never a question for me on whether or not I would have insurance for my car, my house or myself. I never questioned it and never complained about the cost. As this journey begins all I can think is I am so thankful for that protection. This is how I feel even though I have a $1000 deductible, God will provide for that.
As I was thinking about that it came to mind that more important than insuring your house, your car, your body is insuring your soul your salvation. I have given my heart, my life, and my trust to God and I know that he will care for and protect me in all things. This doesn’t mean that no harm will ever come my way, that I will never be hurt, that I will never deal with tough times, it means that he will always be with me and I can always trust the Lord. That is the best insurance of all.
Lord it’s in your hands!!
Jeremiah 31:25 I will refresh the weary and satisy the faint.
Today I am thankful for rest. Beautiful wonderful rest. The last week has been exhausting Mentally, physically and emotionally. I longed for rest in every way and yet felt tremendous pressure to get everything done. No time for rest, no time to stop, no time to regroup. Yet today there was rest in three amazing ways.
1. Bed – God has blessed me with a very comfortable bed while I can’t be in mine and I SLEPT!! So rested and refreshed. Thankful….
2. Bubbles – The best part of being in a hotel? Hot tub!!! Best thing for a weary, sore body. Thankful….
3. Brain – My brain needed rest and Gd has provided it to me today. I was able to get a lot of work down and yet at the end of the day I feel so rested. Thankful….
Lord it’s in your hands!
Month of thanks…….
Psalms 147:7 Sing to the Lord with Grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.
Today I am thankful for my house not selling. Yup that’s right, for 5 months I have been praying that my house would sell. Now I’m saying I am glad that it didn’t? Let me explain. At the end of all of those prayers I asked for God’s will and timing. I understood that he knew things that I didn’t know. I knew that I wanted his best for me and was willing to let him direct that path.
One week ago today I came home to a house completely flooded. The result of a one inch slit in a hose under the bathroom sink. That one inch slit flooded my house and caused significant damage. For one week I have been living in a hotel, dealing with insurance details and waiting for things to dry, work to be done……waiting…….waiting. It has been such a rough rough week no doubt. My brain is fried, I can’t take anything else in and I am exhausted. Physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted.
I wouldn’t want to do this week over for sure but there is one thought that keeps popping up. What if I had sold my house and this happened to the new homeowner? I would feel just horrible. Can you imagine being a new homeowner, just trying to get settled, just starting an insurance policy, just beginning a life in a new home. So for that I am so thankful. God knew the timing of all of this. He knew that the home would not sell before this happened. His timing is never to be questioned. So thank you Lord for my house not selling.
Lord it’s in your hands!
At the end of this month we will gather with friends and family and we will take a day to give thanks. I love Thanksgiving, I do, I always have. However if we live on just one day of thanks every year we will find ourselves way lacking in the area of being grateful. A grateful heart allows us to love others better, serve God with greater purpose and see the joy all around us. I have had Facebook friends who post one thing they are thankful for each day in the month of November. I have always thought it was a wonderful thing to remind you of what you have been blessed with. We so often concentrate on the things that are going “wrong” according to us or on the struggles we are having. For the last almost two weeks, life has been full of struggles, challenges and hardships for me. I have sat here with my computer a couple of times to write about them but it never felt right. I could write a gigantic and detailed blog about everything that has gone wrong and all the struggles and close calls that have come my way. But why? What would that accomplish? Sure I might feel better sharing them, it might bring me some sympothy and make me feel better. Yet I have a choice, I can focus on the struggles, talk about them, think about them, and wallow in them or I can open my eyes a little wider to see all the wonderful things that are around me, all the amazing ways I have been cared for, the people that care about me and more than anything the amazing Heavenly Father who is working everything together to fulfill his plan for me.
So I to will be sharing all of the things that I am thankful for. I will be living each day with a heart of thanks and a joyful heart that can only come from knowing my Savior. For I truly have nothing to complain about. I am an amazingly blessed child of God. 🙂
Today I am thankful for the tree. That’s right the tree. The one that is outside of my hotel window. When I begin to long for “home”, when I wonder how much longer this is going to take, when I am hoping for a plan and can’t get a hold of anyone who might know something, I look out my window and I’m amazed at it’s beauty. Everyday it is different, everyday the leaves have changed, each day I see something new in it. Time is passing in such a beautiful way. Looking at that tree allows me to see just how remarkable are the hands of God, how intricate his creation. The tree reminds me of the skilled hands that have created me and guide me each day. Thank you Lord for your creation.
Psalms 9:1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
Day 1 in the hotel
Day 2 (This one brings such joy to my heart)
Day 6 What a difference a day makes
Lord it’s in your hands!