A little Behind

I am a little behind on my blog posts and I’m trying to find the time / energy to sit down and catch up. We’ve all had a little stomach bug the last three days so I’ve been a little busy dealing with that. In the mean time we hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. We sure did!!!

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Homemade Hot Cocoa

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Lots of people have asked for the hot cocoa recipe for the Noonday Fundraiser last week. It was so easy and the best part about it is that it’s done in the crockpot!

Crockpot Hot Cocoa:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup dry baking cocoa
12 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
7 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Marshmallows, as many as you want

Directions:
1.) In crock-pot combine milk and water.
2.) Add dry cocoa and salt, stir until smooth.
3.) Cover and cook on high 2 hours or on low for 4 hrs or until very hot.
4.) Top each serving with your favorite toppings. I enjoyed making a hot cocoa bar for everyone!

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Enjoy!!

I will say that I can’t take full credit for this recipe. As always it’s from Pinterest!

Happy Birthday Brett

I don’t even know where to begin or how to put my thoughts and feelings into words. All I know is that you are an amazing husband and I am so thankful for the man your parents raised you to be. I am so thankful for the example you set for me when it comes to patience and anxiety. You are so gentle and loving to Lydia, Everett and me. You are such a hard worked and have an incredible work ethic. No matter how stressful things seem you are always calm and never worry. I love how fun you are with Lydia and Everett and how excited all three of us get EVERYDAY when you call to say you are on your way home. And most importantly you are a man who loves God and you set such a sweet Godly example for me and the kids. We love you so much!!!

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Noonday Jewelry Party and Fundraiser

On Tuesday night Mrs. Doherty and I along with a Noonday Ambassador threw a little Fundraiser party for Ryan and Morgan’s adoption. The turn out was great. Between Mrs. Doherty’s friends and my friends we had about 16 sweet ladies come and a few other outside orders. The neat thing about the Noonday company is that they give 20% towards the adoption and at the same time we get to do a little bit of Christmas shopping (or shopping for ourselves).IMG_3625

Since it’s Christmas time I decided to do a Christmas theme with a Hot Cocoa bar and a few snacks.

IMG_3603The homemade hot cocoa was a hit!

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IMG_3629Mrs. Doherty had these adorable Africa cookies made to match the family picture and painted canvas that Ryan and Morgan had done for this exciting time!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us last night and to everyone who placed an order. The money for the items you purchased will not only go towards the adoption but will also go to men and women around the world who made these beautiful pieces!

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!

I am so excited for the month of December. It’s only day three and we have already had lots of fun! We are starting some new traditions this year along with some old ones. Lydia is now at such a fun age for Christmas and Everett is happy doing whatever so its going to make for a very fun Holiday season!

Many have asked if we will be doing Santa and our answer is “yes”! Both Brett and I grew up doing Santa and we loved it and it did not affect our trust or confuse us as we grew older. Therefore we are planning to pretend Santa exists and brings presents. We don’t want Lydia and Everett to feel like they missed out on such a fun tradition as they will hear friends in school talk about what fun they had celebrating Santa, etc. However, we are being very careful about not making Christmas all about Santa and the Elf on the Shelf. We are really stressing the true meaning of Christmas. It brings Brett and I so much joy to see Lydia talk about Jesus and tell her friends that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday. Santa is just a fun part of celebrating Jesus!

That being said, I wanted to share some of the fun things we have done and plan to do as we count down to such a special day!

The month of December is a very big month for our family. Not only do we have Christmas but we have Brett’s Birthday on the 10th, our Wedding Anniversary on the 23rd, Christmas the 25th and my Birthday January 1st (typically celebrated Dec. 31st). We kicked of the month by having a little date night and doing a little Christmas shopping and on Saturday morning we introduced the kids to two very exciting traditions. Lydia and Everett got to meet “Mr. Elf” and got to start our Advent Calendar!

ImageBrett took the kids out to breakfast so that I could get things set up. Once they got back they were able to see their new bible along with the Elf on the Shelf. We started with reading the book and naming him. Lydia wanted to call him Mr. Elf…real original! Then we introduced our new Advent Calendar and Bible. We will read a bible story every morning along with serving our community in some way. Some days it will only be scripture reading and some days we will be baking something for a neighbor or friend. It may even be doing something that day like lunch with someone special or have a Birthday party for Jesus (a work in progress) etc.

IMG_3484I am so excited about our new Advent Calendar. I have always wanted one from Pottery Barn Kids so we decided to take advantage of Brett’s discount and splurge on it before he stopped working at West Elm. We decided it was worth the money since it’s something we will use for years to come!

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Lydia and Everett loved meeting Mr. Elf.

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Mr. Elf was found hanging out in Lydia’s stocking!

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Mr. Elf decided to take a bubble bath in a bowl full of marshmallows. Lydia found this hilarious!

As mentioned before we are very excited about the season and we are so thankful for God sending our Savior. Who knows where we’d be today if He didn’t love us unconditionally.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6