Monday, December 18, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday - December 18, 2017

Today I'm joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
and all the sweet ladies of 
Happy Homemaking Monday!
Greetings, Sweet Ladies!

Here it is...the final Monday before Christmas! I pray that this post finds you and yours well and joyfully anticipating the celebration of Christ's birth. As we move through the week, day by day, my prayer is that the worldly, superficial, and mundane will fade away, and that the true meaning of Christmas will come shining forth abundantly in every area of our lives. May the wonder of Christmas be shed abroad in our hearts, filling them to the full, and overflowing into rivers of life that will carry us into the New Year and beyond. Amen!

Let's get straight to this week...shall we?

Right now I am...

Finishing up my breakfast, having a cup of tea, and listening to the dryer as it finishes up the last load of laundry. 👚

On the breakfast plate...

Chocolate chip/oat bran muffins that my dh made and hot tea 

The weather...

Cloudy, windy, and 45 degrees. The high today is supposed to be 56 and the ten-day shows highs in the 50's and 60's with lows in the 40's through Friday. After that there will be a drop in temperatures with highs in the 30's and lows in the teens and 20's. There's a chance of snow on Christmas Eve. ⛄

On my reading pile...

It's slow going but I continue to make progress in all of them.
Stress, Anxiety, & Depression by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland.
 I've had it for a long time, but never really looked at it. With the
health issues I've been battling I decided that enough was enough and that
it was time to tackle it based on the Word of God. This Lifeline package
is an action book. It's a workbook that includes morning and 
evening readings, journaling and note-taking areas, a music CD, a DVD 
of daily teaching applications, a scripture CD, and action cards that 
you can tear out and carry with you. I'm on Day 3 of 10 and am already
getting a handle on the stress that has assailed me for months (years). I am very thankful!
And, by the way, I got the product free through Kenneth and Gloria's site. They
are running stuff for free on their site all the time just for the asking. Check it out.

We did switch gears on our Advent reading. The other
book was okay, but it just wasn't cutting it. With just John and I,
we wanted something a little more meaty, so we went back to
The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. We've went through it
several times, but, somehow, it remains fresh and new with each new

reading. Every time I end up being blown away by the depth and insight and
end up bawling through almost every single chapter. Ann is amazing!
On the menu this week...

- Monday - potato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
- Tuesday - Christmas party at work - potluck
- Wednesday - homemade pizza
- Thursday - roasted chicken, brown rice, and asperagus
- Friday - salmon, baked potatoes, and brussel sprouts
- Saturday - turkey Italian sausage, roasted potato wedges, and sauteed green peppers
- Sunday - Christmas Eve lasagna, homemade French bread, and cannoli

On my 'to-do' list...

- Monday - plan week ahead, make lists, do weekly "home blessing", laundryfinal shopping before Christmas, doctor appointment
- Tuesday - tea and lunch with two oldest granddaughters (one is mine; the other inherited...both are much loved), Christmas potluck at work
- Wednesday - breakfast out with oldest daughter-in-law, "Oh, Deer!" library programs
- Thursday - make cannoli shells and filling for Christmas Eve, Christmas get-together with my best friend
- Friday - work
- Saturday - work
- Sunday - church, celebrate Christmas Eve with family and friends

In the craft basket...

Made a "herd" of these candy cane "deer" for the
children who attend this week's library programs.

Looking forward to this week...

Savoring every moment of the last week before Christmas!

From the camera...

My Mother and I - Christmas 1966
Scripture passage...

Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! Have a great week ahead and, since next Monday is Christmas and the following Monday is New Year's Day, in the event that I don't get a chance to post, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May many blessings be yours! 

Until next time...

Recent posts that you might enjoy reading...

Christmas Bucket List

Happy Homemaker Monday - December 11, 2017


  1. Love the "herd"....what a cute idea!! That pic of you from 1966 is adorable! Have a great week!!!

    1. Thanks, Jodi! You have a great week, too! Merry Christmas! <3

  2. Wonderful photos. Fun idea with the deer! Going to have to check out the book you are talking about-want to do more reading next year, seems like a great one to start the new year. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well.

    1. Thanks, Jean! If you're talking about THE GREATEST GIFT it is an Advent book. It starts with Day 1 of Advent and ends on Christmas Day. It is rich and meaty and so good! If that's the one you're talking about I think you would greatly enjoy it next year. Merry Christmas, my friend! <3

  3. I love the photo of you and your momma. I use to make those candy canes every year to add to our Christmas cards, I've got out of the habit since my kids are grown. Thanks for the inspiration. I think I'll make a few with my kids for neighbors. Happy Monday!

    1. Thanks, Row! Glad you were inspired. I know that the neighbors will enjoy the candy cane reindeer. :) Thanks for taking the time to stop in and comment. Have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas! <3

  4. Those reindeers are a great idea for the children. I want to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas!

    1. Thanks, Luludou! Merry Christmas to you and yours! Blessings! <3

  5. Your "herd" reminded me of the ornaments I used to make for school parties. Oh, I miss those days. I would have so much fun helping.

    1. That's awesome, Kristina! I'm sure there are many places that would love to have your help doing such things now. I'm thinking that I might make a herd of these next year for area nursing home patients. Thanks for stopping in and Merry Christmas! <3

  6. must be awesome to have husband help in the kitchen. Your weekly menu sounds filling and warm as well
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  7. Hey, Angie! Thanks for taking the time to stop in and comment. It is nice to have a husband that helps in the kitchen, but, actually, it was my husband that taught me to cook when I was just a kid. We've been cooking and working in the kitchen together for so long now that we don't know where one leaves off and the other one picks up. LOL! Have a Merry Christmas! <3

  8. I'm running a bit late while still recovering and not having a HHM this week is allowing me to play catch up. I hope you had a WONDERFUL Christmas and will see you in 2018.

    1. I hear you, Tamy! I've still not been back over to Sandra's to make my rounds to read and comment yet. I need to get on it. I hope your recovery is going well and yes! We did have a wonderful Christmas! See you in the New Year! Blessings! <3


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