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Comfort and Joy

Snuggly, tuggly! Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! I’ve been doing a ton of writing but have it saved all over the place (on phone, in journal, scrap papers in purse, on Instagram, email drafts to myself, Microsoft word, etc. lol so hopefully can do some copy and pasting and share with you on this blog soon!). But I’m pretty impressed that I was able to do this post from my phone in just a few minutes; getting very tech savvy haha! But also limiting my tech times and trying not to take pics of EVERYTHING (difficult when Maine is so shockingly gorgeous and I’m especially a sucker for winter scenes). I’ve had a major career opportunity come up and I moved out of my office/private practice into an amazing new place (well, in the process of moving and start officially on Monday!) it has been an incredible past few months of zillions of blessings after quite an intense year (at one point I officially had 5 jobs lol). But it’s all been so wonderful (even the hard challenges!) and I definitely plan on continuing to share a little joy/nature/health/outdoors on this blog because these little moments are really what it’s all about! Thanks to all for following and sharing in my deepest comfort and joys; Love to all!!

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas! Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season!

Checking out the lights at “Santa’s Magical Kingdom”

First snow of the season! (barn near Spy Garden)

Sledding

Christmas village under the tree

Train station

Hiking

Candy Cane Nails

Rainy windshield

A little duck herding show at Purina Farms

Making gingerbread dough

Baking the pieces

And voila!

Making cookies for Santa

And check out this cool dried orange garland we made

Christmas Eve service was very beautiful, only causing me to tear up 7 or so times, ha!

Mary getting ready

Almost time

And the service featured my absolute favorite Christmas hymn,

Once in Royal David’s City

Once in royal David’s city,
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby,
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ, her little Child.

He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall:
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.

For He is our childhood’sĀ pattern;
Day by day, like us, He grew;
He was little, weak, and helpless,
Tears and smiles, like us He knew;
And He cares when we are sad,
And he shares when we are glad.

And our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love;
For that Child so dear and gentle,
Is our Lord in heaven above:
And He leads His children on,
To the place where He is gone.

The kids did a great job

And the main event…

Woodland creatures sewing kit; she made this one all by herself without any assistance!

Pretty winter morning in the Missouri River Valley

Two turkeys

Late September in Spy Garden

Beautiful early fall

Beautiful early fall

Frothy masses in the garden. You say weeds, I say prairie!

Frothy masses in the garden. You say weeds, I say prairie!

Dinnerplate Dalia about to bloom

Dinnerplate Dalia about to bloom

Cooling off (we've still had a few hot days)

Cooling off (we’ve still had a few hot days)

Scoring a touchdown (one of three!) in the first official game of the season!

Scoring a touchdown (one of three!) in the first official game of the season!

I see you...

I see you…

Tussock moth caterpillar

Tussock moth caterpillar

Thanks to Eliza for the ID on these!

Thanks to Eliza for the ID on these!

I heart our bunnies!!

I heart our bunnies!!

A perfect trap

A perfect trap

Mushroom

Mushroom

White dragons egg cucumber from the garden

White dragons egg cucumber from the garden

Very vibrant caterpillar

Very vibrant caterpillar

Check out all the paw paws! Collected on a run.

Check out all the paw paws! They taste kind of like banana and are quite seedy like persimmons.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Fall colors

Fall colors

Splatter painting in Sunday school (it was a lesson about forgiveness)

Splatter painting in Sunday school (it was a lesson about forgiveness)

The rule was "Don't get any paint on the black!" (obviously impossible)

The rule was “Don’t get any paint on the black!” (obviously impossible)

Then after the kids were done, I re-painted over all the black parts real quick while they went insideĀ (the lesson related to how God takes sin away)…and…

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Painting, on a different day

Painting, on a different day

Celosia

Celosia

Hope you all are having a nice week!