Friday, December 30, 2011

Thoughts for 2011~

Each Christmas, I write a letter to my son capturing the highlights (and low-lights) of our year.  I have them saved in a special box for him to read when he gets older (which will be here in the blink of an eye, I'm sure).

Anyway, each year I include a quote, song and word of the year, also.  This year's song is Hello World, by Lady Antebellum, quote:  "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" (love this),  and our family's word of the year was PERSEVERANCE.  I simply love that word!  It means so much:  never giving up, moving forward with strength, overcoming obstacles...and so much more.  As we approach this new year, we are taking on a great adventure as a family:  we are moving!  Our home~sweet~home officially goes on the market on Monday, January 2nd.

Happy New Year everyone!  I wish you all health, happiness, and perseverance for 2012!!  Now, I search for my word of 2012...  xo Sarah

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

homemade gifts...

We're busy little elves, working on handmade gifts for our son's Godparents & Grandparents - oh what fun!!
We're making a couple different kinds of gifts ~ painted flower pots, ornaments out of pipe cleaners & painted paper towel rolls, but this one is my favorite...  a plain ornament with a child's hand print on it.  Simply, paint your child's hand with white paint, and have them grab the ornament.  After the white paint dries, paint on a scarf, eyes, nose, and hat on each snowman.  We have one for our tree, too!  

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all!

Monday, December 5, 2011


Simple~ that's my motto for this Christmas.  Our decorations are simple & meaningful...things that have special meaning to us, or have been passed down to us from our parents or grandparents, friends or loved ones.  Our wreaths are simply decorated with reminders of God's simple gifts to us - seashells.  They remind us of our favorite place on earth ~ Cape Cod ~ and look lovely on our doors.  Our gifts are wrapped in white butcher paper, tied with a ribbon, and under our tree waiting for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day visits with family and friends. 

My grandfather used to always say the simple things in life are the most important.  Amen!