Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Hi everyone!  I've been quite absent from the blogging world lately, haven't I?  I guess my excuse is Thanksgiving and the fact that my stomach was bothering me for almost a week--including while we were gone to Alabama for our family's Thanksgiving get-together!  Not fun, although it did start getting better on Friday.

Thanksgiving was great!  We had our usual family dinner and then on Black Friday, Mama, Grandmama, Aunt Missy, and my cousin's wife, Shauna braved the madness and went shopping.  They were gone a total of fifteen hours!

The night before, my little cousin, Laci, said something that my mama and I laugh.  I said something to mama about Black Friday, and Laci says (insert astounded tone), "Your mom goes to Black Friday?"

I said, "Yes, and so does yours!"  We then explained to her what Black Friday is and she understood.  But it gave us a laugh!  :D

Our Christmas decorations are up...

And the crafts are now making their appearance around the house!  I've been making paper chains for the residents at our local nursing home...

And a friend of ours gave us the template for these cute little goodie holders.  We plan to fill them with candy and leave them by the door for guests to take when they leave!

We're going to try to make some ornaments for the Christmas tree in the Cedar Loft this evening.  Material chain garlands, candy canes tied with fabric, and popsickle stick icicles are on our list right now!

And of course, all this hubbub filled with Christmas spirit just wouldn't be complete without some of our favorite Christmas movies, old and new!

One of the best Christmas movies out there!  It's refreshingly Christian and has a great story.  It's also very funny!  :D

It's a Wonderful Life--made in 1946!  We LOVE this movie!  It is a Christmas season must-watch!  We actually have a Christmas ornament that has a picture of ZuZu, George Bailey's daughter in the movie.  A while back, my mama and my older brother, Colt, met the lady that played ZuZu in the movie.  She signed the ornament and our copy of the movie!

We watched this one last night!

Hearwarming story + Cozy log cabin + Snow + Christmas = Perfect Christmas movie!

And to top off our Thanksgiving, we got our first snow of the year last night!

Snow in November!  In the SOUTH!  Can you believe it??  If you read THIS post on my mama's blog about the persimmon seed weather forecast, you remember that for our area the persimmon seed showed a It melted pretty quickly, but still, it was pretty while it lasted.  We all curled up on the couch with blankets and popcorn and watched a Christmas movie! 

As Christmas draws near, let's take time to just stop and thank God for the gift of His son.

So there you have it!  That's what we've been up to lately. 

And to finish off the post, I would like to remind you of a quote that you may have heard before.  I actually never had until I saw it on THIS blog the other day.  Thank you, Lucia, for posting this quote!

"What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today?"

So here is a list of the things that I would not want to be without, both big and small.

-Jesus and His love, sacrifice, protection, provision, and comfort
-The Bible
-My family
-My extended family
-My family's and my health
-My mama's and my close relationship
-My parents' and my close relationship
-My family's and my close relationship
-Our friends
-Our house
-Our protection
-Our food
-Our car
-Freedom in America
-Freedom of religion in America
-Our right to homeschool
-Christmas Trees
-Air conditioning and heating
-A warm bed
-Warm clothes
-Good, Christian, wholesome movies
-Christian music
-My voice and others' voices
-Pens and pencils
-The God-given ability to read, write, and learn
-Christmas decor :D

What about you?  What are you thankful for?  What did you do over Thanksgiving?  Have you had any snow?

God bless you!
Joy :D


Rachel said...

wow! I loved this post! :)
i watched the trailer for christmas with a captital c and I really liked it, it sounds like a good movie!
have you watched mirical on 34th street? its another christmas classic!


Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Just reading your post is enough to put me in the Christmas spirit! :) We sure do love our Christmas movies. I still think that It's a Wonderful Life is at the very top. It's hard to beat that one! I do love The Christmas Card and Christmas with a Capital C. I also love A Holiday for Love!

Love the little candy holders you made! Those are precious and I can't wait to fill them and give to guests!

I also love your thankful list! It's a very good one!

I love you! 10!

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Oh yeah, I love your new blog background and new look! :)

Love, MOM

Rachel said...

oh ya, and thats cool your making paper chains for your local nursing home!


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