My Favorite Christmas Music!

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My Favorite Christmas Music!

While I know Thanksgiving has not even come, we’ve started listening to Christmas music! I hold off on decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but I love Christmas music and just can’t wait!

We are very conservative in our music choices, so the list below reflects that. Even on this list there might be a few songs within a CD I normally skip.

The Heart of Christmas Classical Guitar


The Heart of Christmas Classical Guitar – I found this at the library and we have all been enjoying how peaceful and beautiful it is! This CD is a good one to play during school time, and will help cheer the children up during unpleasant subjects. Don’t ask me how I know. ;)

Heavenly Christmas Music by Jackie Evancho. I love this Christmas Album!


Heavenly Christmas by Jackie Evancho – I purchased this CD last year and love it! Her voice is amazing for being so young. I’ve shipped many packages for Deborah & Co. during the holidays while I listen to this for some holiday cheer. :)

Tidings of Joy by the John Marshall Family

Tidings of Joy by the John Marshall Family – I listened to this for many years before getting married, so whenever I hear it I remember baking days in the kitchen with my mom and decorating our house. It brings back such good memories! This family has an amazing talent of blending their voices and singing for the Lord!

The Piano Guys A Family Christmas


A Family Christmas by the Piano Guys – This is one where I don’t like every song on the CD, and I can’t handle it on during the school time. :) I really enjoy the talent of the Piano Guys, but when I have 5 other children making noise this CD is just too much. I enjoy listening to it at night while I’m blogging, or in the van with the children.

O Come Emmanuel

O Come Emmanuel by David Nevue – This is another nice quiet Christmas album that is full of solo piano music.  This music is turned on often during school days. I really like all the music I have from David Nevue – very soothing for an active household!

Noel by Josh Groan


Noel by Josh Groan – I skip a few songs on this album, but we enjoy most of them. Josh Groban has a beautiful voice!

Bing Crosby I Wish You  A Merry Christmas


I Wish You A Merry Christmas by Bing Crosby – I found this at the library and we have had some fun family time listening to it. We don’t do anything with Santa Claus and it is hard to find a good classic album without a lot of Santa Claus music included. This was a nice change from other CD’s I’ve tried, and we’re having fun singing along.

These are some of my favorite Christmas albums, I would love to know what your family enjoys at Christmas time!

Pregnancy Update: Week 22!

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22 weeks pregnant!

It was so cold outside so we just took a relaxed picture inside. The girls were eager to make cookies with me before dinner. Yesterday was a casual day at home, I didn’t bother to put my contacts in which always means we are staying home for the day. :)

I feel like I’m growing every day. Dinner is always an interesting time where I sit up straight and tall and try to feel comfortable enough to eat. :) I really need to go see my chiropractor, I think that would help me feel a little better.

Vascular Ease Lotion for Varicose Veins


I’ve been using this Vascular Ease Lotion from Mountain Meadow Herbs on my varicose veins. I think it is the best I’ve tried, I haven’t even tried lotions for the past few pregnancies because I didn’t feel they did anything. It is not a miracle cure, but it helps when my ankle is puffy, swollen and hurting.

For my itchy, growing tummy I’ve been using V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex (a blend of oils such as coconut oil, Sesame Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, etc. and Gentle Baby Essential oil. I just put it on at night before I go to bed. I’ve been meaning to make an actual tummy butter cream to use, I have a recipe in mind but I just need to get in the kitchen and do it!

It has been a busy week of doing school and trying to clean and purge the house. Now that it has turned cold the children bundle all up to go play outside, but come back in after 5 minutes saying it is so cold! I’m attempting to keep the house purged, clean, and trying to think of new winter activities to keep them busy. :)

At week 22 the baby is almost 1 pound, and according to the books they say it is the size of a spaghetti squash. :) As usual, when I’m trying to go to bed the baby is wide awake and active. It is so much fun to feel the baby kicking, it helps make all the uncomfortable things totally worth it when I feel my baby moving.

If you are a pregnant mama, how are you doing this week?


Do You Sound Like A Fool Online?

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Do You Sound Like A Fool Online?  |

Do you ever stop to think before you type something out online? It can be so easy to just randomly type out our thoughts and hit the publish button without giving any thought as to how it might injure someone.

Facebook seems to be the easiest place to give shoot and drive comments. You know, the ones where you read a blog post, get all stirred up about it and quickly leave a sharp, cutting remark and walk away feeling proud of yourself for standing up for the truth?

But is it really the whole truth?

As Christian women, do we really have to appear so hardened and free to give whatever cutting remark we want to, in the name of defending the truth? I recently read this Proverbs to my children:

“A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.” Proverbs 29:11

Ouch. I can tell you that I’ve both read and been on the receiving end of comments where it seemed like the individual making them held absolutely nothing back. They made an extra effort to ensure their words were as cutting as they could be. I wonder if these individuals ever stopped to think and pray about their comments before hitting the send button? Did they ever consider how speaking their whole mind to another person that they hardly know could make them look foolish or even un-Christian?

As a blogger, I can be the first to tell you that comments can hurt. It’s not necessarily the ones where someone might say they don’t like a certain color or hairstyle on you. Rather it’s the comments that are written with a contentious spirit. You can feel the intent of the comment as soon as you start to read it. It’s meant to be divisive, contrary, and hurtful.

“He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife…” Proverbs 28:25

Do you like causing strife? Are you known for your strong opinions, your quick tongue, and the way you can so freely express yourself with little to no filter?

Do You Sound Like A Fool Online? Are you quick to be contentious online?

We read aloud Proverbs 31 a few days ago, and my daughter asked if that chapter was talking about a princess. :) It does seem that way sometimes – there is a lot to live up to in that chapter!

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” Proverbs 31:26

She might have wisdom she wants to bring forth, but she does it in a kind and charitable way. Trying to sway someone to think another way rarely ever happens during a Facebook exchange. How many back and forth arguments on a blog do you think ever successfully changed someone’s mind? Sometimes online arguing is only successful at flaring up tempers and raising blood pressure. Feelings get hurt, the blogger gets immensely discouraged, and the readers involved in the discussion never come back. In the end, it doesn’t benefit anyone, and it certainly isn’t promoting Christian love and charity.

I’m not suggesting that you can’t ever speak up in opposition to someone online. There might be a time where you truly do need to say something. However, I’ve found that for as much time as I spend online, I rarely leave opposing comments. I easily could, as I have read quite a few things over the years that I disagree with. But I have more important things to do than to spend my time and energy trying to change someone’s mind on Facebook or through a blog comment. I have children in the background who need me to get off the computer. I have dinner that needs cooked, a husband to love on. That husband definitely doesn’t need to hear me rant all evening long about a discussion I’m in the middle of and how wrong the other person is.

Whether you agree or disagree with the subject of doctrine, vaccinations, head coverings, submission in marriage, homeschooling/public school, or how to raise children, please don’t let it consume you to the point that all you are doing online is defending your stance on these things. Some people love controversy and debates. They can’t get enough of them. If you read through the New Testament, you will find the arguments that the disciples used were simple and to the point. Many times when questioned by the leaders of the land they said very little, or nothing at all. We could stand to learn something from these godly men of old as we navigate the web.







Pregnancy Update: Week 20

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I made it to the halfway point! It feels so good to be at 20 weeks!! There is a part of me that can’t believe I’m only halfway through, but I’m trying to look at my glass half full instead of half empty. :) I know the holidays will speed things along quickly.

The baby is super active, but so far Sean or the children have not been able to feel it. I enjoy all the kicks, and love this time of knowing the baby is growing and feeling lots of movements, yet not having my ribs kicked yet. :) The baby is the size of a banana now. The children were excited when I told them that!


After going back on progesterone pills the results from my test were super good! I was so happy to hear that I won’t be doing shots again. I’m going to be on the progesterone pills until 38 weeks and then stop, but I’m totally ok with that. I just take them at night before bed, and I sleep good (a side effect of taking progesterone).

I have been trying to be more organized and prepared, which will help me not feel as stressed. I did a better job of lesson planning before our school week started, and I made a meal plan for the week. I use some recipes from the weekly meal plan I get through Grocery Shrink Plus. She uses whole food items, and even includes option for mamas on the Trim Healthy Mama meal plan or those with allergies. I think it is a great meal plan, I just don’t use any meal plan 100% as I throw in our basic, easy recipes also.

I’m doing lots of character studies with the children this month, and just overall trying to encourage them to exhibit good attitudes. We took the month of October off our Character Badges charts, but we are back at them this month and the children were happy to see them up again.  It really does seem to help the attitudes in our children, even in just basic things like them being more diligent to respond with “yes mama” and thanking me for dinner at night. They know those things might get them a positive check on their chart, which they really want!

I’m getting excited about Christmas. I’ll confess I already turned on Christmas music once this month! I’m trying not to rush it, but I do love this time of year. I saw that Dayspring is having a great sale today only, and they have some lovely Christmas items on clearance!

Christmas Candle Holders on Sale! Love, Hope, Cross Hurricane Candle Set on sale for just $5.00 at Dayspring!

Nativity Hurricane Candle Holder Trio

I think this Nativity hurricane candle holder set is so unique and pretty! It is $20.00 off today only.

I did pull out my pilgrim figures Sunday night. We definitely keep Thanksgiving stuff out until it is over and then pull out Christmas items. Every family does differently though and that’s ok! We don’t have a lot of room for decor where we live, but I always get out some things.

I think that is all my chatty news I have for now! I hope you are having a blessed week!