Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Good-Bye 2008

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Our car "skiied" through the snow to our Minnesota kids for Christmas, and then we slid on ice through Iowa on our way to Nebraska for a wedding. It was a good reminder of why we moved from Nebraska to a warmer climate about 3 years ago.

It was fun seeing Christmas through the eyes of 3 of our grandchildren. The last present of the day was opened by all. And what a surprise!

Our son and daughter-in-law (C & B)announced that they are expecting our 5th grandchild! They had kept it a secret from all for about 7 weeks. It was a wonderful Christmas gift and such a fitting day to announce it as we celebrated Christ's birth.

It was also fun to see and visit with friends that we hadn't seen since we left Nebraska, as we attended one of our daughter's best friend's wedding.

As we, literally, walked into the door of our home after driving 11 hours, we received a call from my husband's mom telling us his dad had fallen from his bike and had broken his hip. He had his hip replaced yesterday and seems to be doing very well. What a way to end the year!

I honestly don't know where 2008 has gone. It doesn't seem possible that we'll be writing 2009 tomorrow. I do know that 2008 was a busy, busy year for me. I hope to write more about what 2009 has in store for me, but for now I just want to wish everyone a happy, wonderful New Year!

I don't believe much in New Year's resolutions, but I will definitely try to work on my photography skills for the New Year!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Table Setting Time

Some of you may be having a dinner party this weekend and need ideas for decorating your table. Our ladies from our church just had a Christmas dessert/coffee where tables were decorated by individual women. It was so interesting how each table was totally different. Each table had a theme that it was based on.

For a more modern touch, this was done with black, silver and gold. This one was themed "Jesus is King".

You might recognize this one as mine. I used the same decor in our home this year. My theme was "Jesus, the Ultimate Gift!".

Some of you might really like this one. Most everything on the table could be thrown away after entertaining. She used decorative paper plates and a clear, decorative wrapping paper over the tablecloth. Her theme was "Jesus, the Light of the World".

This last one was Christmas on the Farm. She used a patchwork quilt as her table topper, and Spode Christmas dishes for her place setting.

I hope you've gotten some ideas from this. Just remember, to enjoy your family and friends no matter how simple the decor. That's where the memories are made.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My name is Lynette and welcome to my blog. It's not like I had anything else to do at this time of year, but my daughter said, "Mom you've got to get started!". So, here I am. It's icy, snowy and cold outside, in Arkansas, no less. This is very unusual for this part of the country. This is what our house looked like today.

Okay, I know you Northerners are laughing, but things stand still here in Arkansas at the threat of snow.

Anyway, I thought what better day than this to figure out this "blog thing". I'm not very tech saavy. The most I usually do is e-mail and Google. But, I'm willing to try anything.

I've been into table decorating for the holidays this year. Our Minnesota kids were here for Thanksgiving, so I decorated a fall table. I thought you might get some decorating ideas for next year by sharing some of mine.

Here is our Christmas table.

Here is some more of my Christmas decor. I kind of had a green and brown theme going this year.

Here's a picture of our carolers that we bought at a craft fair a few years ago. They are actually made of sawdust! I love them!

My husband has wrapped our staircase with greenery and red ribbon every year for the past 17 years. He is very proud of it, so I had to show it off.

I even decided to decorate our kitchen mantle with greenery.

I hope you have enjoyed our Christmas Open House. I love this time of year, and even though I can get wrapped up in the decorating and the shopping etc., I try to remember what this season is really all about, and that's God sending His Son as Savior to the world. What a gift!

Merry Christmas!
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