Life as a Lumber: what we have been up to

Whew! What a busy week! I shared our fall wreath last year and then I didn’t share anything else. Meant to, but time got away fro me. So instead, I’m going to share what we have been up to…before I get back at it this week.

Us, at Mosaic. We enjoyed a concert this weekend with our kiddos.

Work is keeping both adult members of our household super busy. If you are new here, I’m a teacher and my husband is a fire marshal. In our spare time (haha), we do woodwork and play at learning how to hobby farm.

We went with our church’s children’s ministry to Boo at the Zoo, a trick or treat and Halloween celebration at the NC Zoo. The kids really enjoyed it.

If you follow us on Instagram and Facebook, you have already seen some of these. We have really just been trying to slow down and make some memories since the girls are growing fast.

Tomorrow, we will be spending time worshipping at church and catching up on some house and farm work. Bless you all- thanks for sticking with us!

What does the Bible say about “anxiety?”

Anxiety is a much greater issue than in the past. Considering some of our current events, it’s easy to see why. Some people may take this to mean that anxiety is a new problem- it isn’t. In fact, the Bible has a lot to say about being anxious.

Recently, my oldest daughter and I began reading Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado. There is both an adult version and a young adult version. Both are amazing.

In the book, Lucado defines fear as the belief that something bad might happen and he defines anxiety as the constant thought something bad will happen. Like being in a constant cycle of “what if.”

There is One verse outlined in the first chapter of Anxious for Nothing that I want to share today. Philippians 4 is a small chapter, but it’s filled to the brim with wisdom. Some of my favorite verses are found here.

In Philippians 4:6, God says “6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

That verse doesn’t mean we should never be anxious or feel anxious. That’s far easier said than done. What it does mean, is when we feel anxious, we need to find the positives in the situation and be thankful for them….and then ask God to help us through the situation that is causing us anxiety.

Just like last week, when we read that we should cast all our cares upon God because he cares for us. This verse is saying a lot of the same things- when we are anxious, let’s lay that anxiety at God’s feet. After all, he made us and he knows all of our worries, our fears and our feelings. He just wants us to request His help with them.

God knows us, he loves us, and he sees us. He simply wants us to Know, See and Love Him more.

What Scripture blessed your heart today?

Three FREE Christmas Printables

Before you tell me it’s still November, I know. But with the lack of Thanksgiving celebrations due to covid, I’m running out of ideas as to what I can post for Thanksgiving content. It doesn’t make much sense to post pretty tablescapes and recipes and party games when we can’t gather. Besides, we need some joy this year, so let’s get into the Christmas spirit early.

I have created three Christmas printables today for your viewing pleasure. You may download them for personal use ONLY; these are not for commercial use or monetary gain.

I have created three Christmas printables today for your viewing pleasure. You may download them for personal use ONLY; these are not for commercial use or monetary gain.

1. Merry and Bright

2. Jesus is the Reason for the Season

3. Jesus is the reason for the Season 2

To download, simply right click and save it to your device. If you share this anywhere online, please credit back to me. For best results, do not print larger than 8×10. I use Staples Copy and Print, but you can print these at home from your own printer.

I hope you enjoy these free printables!

Thirty days of Thankfulness: a month-long daily Bible study

I’ve taken a major break from this blog this year: my break has been due to a combination of things: a lack of extra time, s lack of inspiration and a bit of burnout, too. I’ve been trying hard to think about how I want to proceed forward and so far, I’ve come up with what I think is a good direction.

I also remember when I used to do Scripture Sunday, which used to be nothing more than a printable scripture. There wasn’t any true substance to it and there certainly wasn’t any meaning or sharing of God’s word. I felt led to start creating some monthly Bible studies with you all: something we can do at our own pace, without pressure and something we can discuss and share with one another if we led to do so.

I just finished 31 days of Proverbs with some ladies online and I loved it! I’ve decided, since November is “Thanksgiving month” to do a study on what the Bible says about Thankfulness.

I present to you, “30 days of Thankfulness.”

My challenge to myself and to you is this: let’s read one of these verses every day and reflect on these things:

1. Who in this chapter is thankful?

2. For what are they thankful?

3. What meaning does this have in my life?

I would also like to encourage you to journal about the verses and these questions. I have learned so much from journaling about what I read in God’s word.

I am creating a poll on my Facebook page tonight- please weigh in and tell me what you think!!

2019 Christmas Home Tour

2019 Christmas Home Tour

It’s that time again…Thanksgiving came late this year and Christmas is coming early…or so it seems. I feel like I have scrambled to get our home decorated for Christmas this year, and as a result, there are some things I did rather quickly and not as well as I’d like.

This is our home from the outside- we typically do candles in the windows and wreaths on the outside of the windows. We did that again this year. I’ll show you our Christmas porches later this week.

This lovely vignette is on our entry table, right inside the front door.

The faux fireplace is new to our home this year, as my husband and I built it last fall. I was so excited to be able to decorate it for Christmas. I absolutely love how the decor turned out. We’ve got a lantern, tiny zinc houses with LED lights in them, red berry stems and bottle brush trees.

I’m in love with this mantle. I just stare at it sometimes. Those needlepoint stockings are from LL Bean and we’ve had them for years. See those poinsettia pillows in the chairs? I made them from placemats.

Our main tree, which is decked out in red and gold, also lives in the living room.

We also have these super cute Christmas pillows.

On our sewing table, there are more red berry stems, more bottle brush trees, and the yo-yo Christmas tree picture my grandmother made for me.

In our dining room, we have the music tree. This tree features music themed ornaments, and some of them were used by my parents on our childhood Christmas tree. It has sentimental value and I love it.

Our table features a simple red plaid table cloth and a long wood box with candles and Christmas balls. The serving window features a candelabra with Christmas tapers. See if you can spot Santa in the middle.

A matching candelabra can be found on our side hutch. A Christmas tree tea light holder, a Christmas sleigh photo and a bowl of ornaments are also present.

The family room was an office up until a few weeks ago. We never used it, so we decided to make it a space we can all enjoy. Our family Christmas tree is in here- it has personal ornaments and souvenir ornaments from our family vacations on it.

Also, on our piano, you will find the manger my grandfather built for me and the nativity set my grandmother gave me. We also display an LED house and a Lenox serving plate here as well.

We decorated the tv stand with more candles and these empty chair ornaments. I ordered the empty chairs in honor of my dad and grandpa from a good friend of mine.

Our pipe shelves in our hall bath got a little holiday treatment as well.

As did the pipe shelves in our master bath.

And you can’t forget the snowmen in our kitchen.

While I was in the kitchen, I spotted our daughters’ elves on the shelf having a coffee date. Those silly elves!

We have this cute little tabletop tree in our master bedroom.

Our youngest daughter has her own little pink and white themed tree.

My oldest daughter has her own tree as well.

Aaaaaand that’s a wrap! Until next year, here’s my beautiful mantle signing off.

I kid, I kid. But, in all seriousness. I hope you have enjoyed our Christmas home tour. Tune in later this week for a Christmas craft and a look at our Christmas table scape. Have a wonderful week.