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Half full, always

I’ve toyed with the idea of sharing our Christmas décor sooner, but right now my house is covered with flooring, padding and wooden trims.

Yup. We are about to redo our floors, and to top it off there were signs of termite, so our terminator pulled some of the trim around our french doors and they found a new home in the middle of the tv room.

It’s a dream come true.

But now that the time is coming to take my decor down I refused to let it go before documenting it.

That’s called a glass half full..

And it wasn’t that full at the end of 2014. So I’m thinking there was some improvement done, right?

Here are some snipets of our home, decorated for the most wonderful time of the year.

porcelain deer

tv standChristmas treeeach lovely thing sign

I loved how I was able to use some of my art to decorate our house. It warms my heart when I see all the decor out and I see how much love went into creating all of these pieces.

I can’t wait to get into all the renovating downstairs, and to see the final piece. Let’s hope I can say I stayed Half-full minded throughout the process..



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Wonderful time of the year

I absolutely loved having this really long weekend off to focus on family, on each other, on God’s love for us and the birth of Christ, and on me.

Not to sound too self-centered, but I needed that time to focus on getting my priorities straight, my business plan made, my list of to-dos for the new year started.

And boy did I start it..

Christmas eve we headed to our 8pm service at our church. It was the absolute best and I certainly got teary-eyed a few times during the service.

Singing Silent Night surrounded by candles and having so much to be thankful for does that to you, I think.

Christmas was absolutely beautiful. I love spending time with my family, and having kids for Christmas is always the best.

I last minute made a sign and forced Brian to take a photo with me in front on my in-laws tree, which looks magnificent.

Christmas wish

We spent the whole day with them, talking, planning, sharing, playing and being with family.

We also woke up on the 26th and headed to the movies to watch Star Wars with the family. And it was wonderful! I don’t remember all the details from the past movies, but I pretty much knew what was going on (definitely not a hard core fan of Star Wars by any means).

Sunday morning I had to run a quick few errands and get ready for 2016 plans for my store.I spent a good 3 hours getting all my thoughts/ resolutions/ actions into paper, and there’s still so much more to do.

I put all that down and caught up on football games with the hubs until it was time for my volunteering shift.

Becoming more active in my church has opened up this whole new world of action. Action I was in need of partaking. I had the opportunity to serve those who have nothing. Those who are thankful with little, that want to share what they have.

It was such an eye-opening experience. I certainly intend to stay more connect with volunteering opportunities that my church provides. It’s good for the soul, but better yet, you’re good to someone else.

It was a great and different experience from my past Christmases, for sure. I highly recommend that you look into volunteering opportunities at your community if you have the time.

What was your Christmas like?


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December weekends are the best..

Christmas decor

It’s no surprise how much I love December. I wake up to such a nice, warm living room, beautiful flickering lights… There’s something very special about how festive all December days are.

Also, somehow all of our weekends are always tied up to something Christmas related – so you won’t hear a single complaint from this girl.

This past weekend was spent at my in-laws. Saturday was the day of getting some last minute shopping done for the tree (thanks Pier 1 for some cute, unique & discounted ornaments!) and go to my in-laws to help pick out a tree and set it up.

Sunday morning saw us being formally accepted as new members to our Church. I absolutely love our community, and I love how families have been going there for over 20+ years. It’s their second home and I just hope we will soon be one of those families.

Right afterwards we went back to my in-laws to help with tree decorations. She is hosting a party on Saturday and the tree has to be done done.

It was an amazing time to be surrounded by family and decorating a 12ft tree! Ours is barely a 6-7 foot one, so it makes my day to decorate such a large one.

This weekend left me feeling all kinds of warm and fuzzy from family time, and from finding our place in our church. I can only hope I can do as much for them as they have already done for us. Time to put my time to good use for our community!