"It's not about me..."

This girl blew me away tonight with these words..."Mom, It's not about me...". She recently started babysitting and has been making pretty good money! We talked about how much she should tithe and talked about starting to save money in a bank account. Then I mentioned that she and I could go shopping if there was anything she was wanting since she had worked so hard to earn the money. Silence. Then she said..."Mom, I really wanted to go and buy presents for this family that I helped paint their house over the summer. They have five girls and they really took a liking to me and I got to know them a little over that week. They don't have much and I really wanted to go buy them some Christmas presents and I just didn't want to make this about me." Tonight I saw through to this girl's heart...a heart after Jesus and a love for others. Tonight...I learned a lesson from my 12 year old about what Christmas is really about...and it's not about me at all.

Homemade ornament EXTRAVAGANZA!

This is something I look forward to every year! Like I'm already thinking about next year! And you know what...every year, I wonder if ornaments can really get better or more creative...and the answer is a YES! Y'all...I have some friends with talent okay! :) And not only are they creative, but they ALL love the Lord with all their hearts and have blessed me by being able to call them friends.
We ate and ate lots of yummy appetizers and continued to eat scrumptious desserts, drink coffee and have great conversations and laughs. Then we each passed out our ornament we made...some with great anticipation and some with "disclaimers" they TRIED to say before handing it out! (One rule: you can't say anything negative about your ornament before handing it out! Some tried to break that rule...you know who you are! wink, wink)
It was like Christmas morning for my crafty friends! Lots of empty gift bags, tissue paper strewn everywhere and happy, happy girls!
This year I had four new friends join in...Jenni, Karen, Tracey from 7294 Cottage Way and Tara L from Between You and Me. You have to check out their blogs...you will love it and in turn LOVE them!

My tree speaks...

Do your trees speak? If so, what do they say? I decorate three trees in my house.
A homemade ornament tree, a kids tree and our family tree.
The one pictured is our family tree and this is what it says...

One ornament tells us...Jesus Christ was born to a virgin in a lowly manger...but is the KING of kings and our SAVIOR!
and the nail we hang on the tree says...Jesus was nailed to a cross, beaten and scorned for our SIN

The gold pinecone came from Thomasville, GA where I spent many summers and holidays with my amazing Grandparents

The little gold apple is from our very first Christmas tree in a little apartment in Casselberry where we could see "Rachel's gentlemen club" from our balcony...oh, yes...it's true! But it's where we came from...where we started...

The glittery "A" ornament says I am very blessed to have wonderful friends in my life who know me and love me unconditionally.

The ski lift, money wreath, lighthouse, Mickey ball, shells, painted Caribbean ball, starfish, Statue of Liberty, Baby's first Christmas, Ice cube snowman, personalized coffee mugs...they all say...what a incredibly blessed life we have! Sure, it reminds us of the places we have visited and the fun we have had on those trips or the reminder we have had two beautiful kids who had their First Christmas's with us! It's not an "all-put-together-matchy-matchy" tree. But to me...it makes me feel grateful and full of joy when I look at our tree. It's about the memories we have created and the life God has paved out for us so far.

Monday night I am having a homemade ornament party and I can't wait to blog about it, show pictures and tell you what is says!

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