Monday, December 12, 2016

Focus on Tradition

I have loved joining Justine for her #SimplifyingTheSeason campaign. Today,  I am guest posting on her blog about focusing on traditions. Head on over to Little Dove Blog to see my thoughts.

And if you will be joining me for The 12 Days of Christ, I will be starting tomorrow. You can print your study guide HERE. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

The 12 Days of Christ Guided Study

This post is the reason that things have been a little more quiet around this dear blog of mine. All of my blogging time in the last few weeks has been spent on this little project. I'm not even sure if it was meant for anyone else or if it was meant just for me, but either way, I am so grateful for it!

I felt like I needed to create a guided study for the 12 Days of Christmas this year that focuses on the titles/roles of Jesus Christ. Every day focuses on one of His titles/roles and includes scriptures, quotes, thoughts, and invitations. My hope is that in the 12 days leading up to Christmas that we will be able to really come to know our Savior as we prepare to celebrate His birth.

Each day will likely take around 30 minutes to complete. Of course, you can spend more or less time as you see fit. As you all know, I am working to simplify the Christmas season this year, but this is one area of my life that I don't skimp on. No matter what, I make sure to get my daily devotional/scripture study in.

Here is a sample of one of the days:
For some reason the JPEG looks blurry, but it prints just fine. 

The idea is to begin on December 13th and finish on December 24th. I know that there are different ideas of when the 12 Days of Christmas begin and end, but I like the idea of studying the Savior leading up to Christmas Day.

If you will be joining me in the study, I will be posting links to articles/videos that go along with each day's topic over on my Facebook page. You can follow along HERE. There is plenty of information in the booklet itself that you can google the articles and videos yourself and find them pretty easily. But if you are looking for direct links, just make sure you are following us on Facebook.

Now, if you want this to come out in booklet version, you will need to make sure that you follow these steps exactly. I designed this to be a little booklet, so this will be the best option for you. If you don't want to deal with that, skip down a little and you can just download the individual pages.

Directions to make your booklet (see images below):

1. Download the free PDF Document
2. Print 2 SIDED making sure to select FLIP ON THE SHORT SIDE (the correct pages won't line up if you don't select this).
3. Fold the stack of pages in half... If you don't fold them, the pages don't line up correctly.

If you follow those directions exactly, you will get a booklet that is matched up with the correct pages! (I promise, it's not hard)

Download the Booklet PDF HERE.

Now, if you can't get the Booklet idea, you can just download the pages in order HERE.

Let me know if you will be joining me! I would love to hear how everything is going for you as you study!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

25 Christmas Date Ideas

December is such a wonderful month! It is also such a busy month! In my efforts to simplify the season, there have been a number of things that I've had to let go. And it has been liberating. That being said, there are a few things that I will never let go of. One of those is Date Night. You all know by now that I am obsessed with date night. So if you're trying to find some good Christmasy Dates, look no further... I have you covered!

Christmas Date Ideas

1. Snuggle up by the fire and watch a good Christmas movie

2. Go Ice Skating

3. Wrap Christmas Presents... not for each other, of course.

4. Bake and Decorate Sugar Cookies

5. Make a Gingerbread House

6. Build a Snowman

7. Drink Hot Chocolate by the Fire

8. Sing Christmas Carols Together... Go Caroling if You're Up For It

9. Take a Sleigh Ride

10. Write Christmas Cards Together

11. Bake a Favorite Christmas Treat

12. Roast Marshmallows

13. Read a Christmas Classic

14. Decorate the Christmas Tree

15. Make a Christmas Craft

16. Go for a Drive or Walk to Look At Christmas Lights

17. Put up Christmas Decorations

18. Serve in a Soup Kitchen

19. Write Letters To Santa and then talk about your hopes and dreams for the year ahead

20. Attend or Host a Christmas Party for a group date

21. Make or Decorate Stockings for Each Other

22. Do An Advent Calendar Together

23. Listen to Christmas Music

24. Read Luke 2 Together

25. Take Christmas Goodies to your Neighbors

I just love this time of year so much! I hope that even when things are busy and hectic that we can take time to nurture our marriages.

Speaking of that, I am SO excited to share that I started a new Facebook Group focused on Marriage and sharing ideas to make marriage a priority. It's called My Wife Tribe and I am loving the community that is growing in the group! It is so refreshing to have a group of women who are commited to their spouses and can share ideas, ask honest questions, and help each other out with NO husband bashing! I hope you'll come check it out. 

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