December | day 23

this years batch
This day was full of activities. We cleaned the house, we prepared the dinner for tomorrow, we got things in order, I prepared for church and MT helped his Grandparents a little.

In the end: we baked ginger bread cookies while watching a movie on Netflix. I was afraid that this would be the year were we didn’t have time for the cookies, I’ve been baking them alone or together with family sine I was a teenager and really wanted it done. So we did. I guess there were a few other things we should have done instead, like wrapping up presents, but baking ginger bread cookies makes me happy, as do these small Christmas traditions that have been a part of me for so long – so the cookies won. Missed baking with the rest of our family, though, like we usually have done the last years. Next year we’ll make that happen again!

baking baking elephant stars

And then a few from my phone:

Watched a movie as we baked We filled our box with cookies He added lots and lots of glitter

Thanks for stopping by.


December | day 22

MT and the star topper
In the afternoon we were finally ready to dress the tree. We had to throw out quite a bit of our decoration after a few mice had found our box(es) the perfect home this fall. Y u c k.
A bit sad, but most of my most precious things was in another box – and now I can go shopping for decoration – and that is fun.

MT was head manager for the tinsel (with only one objection from me, it had to fall straight down from the star, no swirling around, after all it is the rays from the star)! He put on plenty of it and complained about my objection, but I did not budge. We both were happy with the tree in the end. I have no photos of it all finished, though (see day 24).

I only took photos of my yearly favorite moment: when MT puts the star topper in place. It is one of the things that makes me ridiculous happy for no other reason that it just does. He had to stand and hold the star topper for quite a few minutes before I was finished getting my captures. Like he has been doing every year.

MT and the start topper
We made a few jokes about this being the first year MT did not have to stand on a chair to reach up to the top. He has for sure grown a whole lot the last year – but the main reason is our on-the-small-side tree. We were a little bit to eager to remove the dead branches and cut the tree shorter that is should have been. Oh, well, no harm done. It made MT smile.

MT and the treeSilly kid.

From my phone: A few shots of the day and the weather at the farm.

So glad the fog didn't block out the sunshine today Afternoon view from the farm Colorful clouds captured by MT yesterday

Thanks for stopping by. Hopeful to get this posts finished all the way this year (Y E S!).


December | day 21

Good Morning

This morning we left the farm early. We had to stop at the office on our way to church.

At church I handed MT the camera after trying to set the right manual options for it and showing MT what to do if it is too light or too dark. I told him to capture a few photos during the service. What he got made my day.  I can’t even put in words how blessed I feel to have these photos below (and a couple of others too), capturing our church life and the reason why I LOVE my job at Christmas, no matter how tired I might be(come).

at church | treasure chest at church | nativity scene at church | because He loves

Jesus was born into this world because God loves us so so much. He is the first and the best Christmas present. The one that changed the world.

(end of today’s sermon)

at church | the nativity scene close-up

And a couple from my phone. We celebrated my mom’s birthday in the evening.

Lights in the night Funny kiddo

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Many thanks for stopping by my humble blog.
I’ll keep up with the December posts another few days or until finished. After that I hope to be back to January, new beginnings and my one little word for 2015: STORY.

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