Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas and a New Year

Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a nice Christmas. We've been on Christmas break since December 14th, and we'll go back to school this Wednesday. The time just seemed to fly by! Katie had a couple of her friends sleep over during the Christmas break...lots of fun!
We had a very nice time visiting with our families. My parents were sick the week before Christmas, so we had to change our travel plans a bit, but it all worked out. My brother and his family came to Mom and Dad's to visit with us the day before we left. One of my nephews had told my mom that he had a New Testament, but he wanted a 'whole Bible'. My parents got him a 'whole Bible' for Christmas, and he was so proud of it. He carried it around and was looking all through it...said it was his favorite gift.  Mom was explaining things to him about how to look things up...made my heart very happy. :-) 

My husband took this picture from Mom and Dad's front porch the day after Christmas. Isn't it pretty? We got enough snow to make things pretty, but not so much that it caused trouble on the road. We were very blessed that all of our travel days were snow free!

 Well, I thought I'd share some pictures of a few of my favorite gifts this year.♥
This is a little box given to me by a friend at church. I thought it was so pretty!
My mom and dad gave me this throw. It's so nice and warm.
I really like the pattern. ♥
Lee and Katie gave me this tart warmer. I've really been enjoying it!

We watched a few Christmas movies. Sweet Lilly loves to be with us.

I like to turn off all the lights and just enjoy the glow from the tree and candles.♥

In thinking about the new year, I wanted to share a bit of Scripture my husband used in his sermon yesterday. 

Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
~II Corinthians 5:17

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
~ Ephesians 4:22-24

I pray you all will have a wonderful 2013!

Take care,


  1. It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas...that was very sweet about your nephew and his new "whole" Bible :) Glad you didn't have any problems due to the snow. It sure was pretty. We got about 4 inches Christmas Eve. You got some really pretty Christmas gifts. I got a new tart burner, too. I love how it makes the house smell. Happy New Year, Melanie!

  2. yea mel mels back :)

  3. Such pretty pictures. We had a coating of snow when we woke up on Sunday morning. I'm hoping for more :)
    I love sitting with the lights off except for the Christmas tree lights too. It is so peaceful.
    Have a great rest of your vacation :)

  4. Happy New Year to you and your family!


  5. Dear Melanie...such a Christmas filled with sweet blessings! We have a beautiful snow falling here today! Wishing you and your family a Blessed and Happy New Year! Sending warm winter hugs to you my sweet friend! Hugs ♥ Teri

  6. What is a tart warmer - looks beautiful. You had a nice Christmas.
    To a wonderful new year - 2013! sandie♥

  7. The tart warmer looks pretty enough to just sit there and not do anything. Christmas is an awesome time to give bibles! Wishing you a great and healthy New Year!!!

  8. Dear Melanie,
    I hope you and your family have a very Blessed and Happy New Year.

    God Bless,

  9. Good Morning, Melanie, and Happy New Year! We woke to a light snowfall this pretty and peaceful! I just love the "count your blessings" box...did she make this? And the gift from your mom...what a treasure! Hope you all are having just the best day before you head back to school. Wishing you and your sweet family a joyous 2013!

    With love,

  10. Dear Melanie ~

    Such Christmas loveliness around your house! And such treasured gifts to enjoy! I love my tart burner too ~ it makes the the room smell lovely!

    New Year's blessings to you,

  11. Hi Melanie! I'm glad that you had a lovely Christmas. I enjoyed all of your photos and your gifts. Your Christmas decorations were very pretty! I enjoy turning off the lights and looking at the tree too. I did that each night before going to bed. :) Thank you for sharing those verses. I hope your family has a very Happy New Year!!

  12. Such a pretty snow picture! I'm glad the roads were still good for you to travel on. May you and your family have a blessed year!

  13. Is very beautiful your blog, I love it. Congratulations. Kisses from Spain.

  14. I love that verse ♥ Glad to see that you and your family are doing well :)

  15. great blog melanie..thanks for sharing

  16. Your colors are my colors and your style is my style... I think we could be friends who just haven't met yet. Nice to meet you Melanie, I'm Debbie. :)

    Blessings, Debbie


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