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River of Lights


We were treated to a visit to Albuquerque’s River of Lights this year. It was absolutely breath-taking in so many ways. The sheer number of lights was amazing but the delicate lines and shapes they were able to create with the lights was unbelievable.

Millions of lights lit up the night and smiles were seen on every face. With family surrounding us, we explored and enjoyed. From life-sized dinos to delicate butterflies that flew out of flowers, it was a night filled with wonder. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the lights were so very special.

My phone camera is not very good so these pictures do not do justice to the beauty of the light filled night. Just the same, here are just a few of the many, many wonderful scenes we were able to view.

What a wonderful night it was for all of us.

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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – hymn

MERRY CHRISTMAS! May you be blessed with a lovely day worshipping God and remembering Christ our Savior.

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traditional English carol
music and lyrics: unknown

1 God rest ye merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day;
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray.


O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.

2 In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessèd Babe was born,
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessèd morn;
The which His mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn.


3 From God our heavenly Father
A blessèd angel came;
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same;
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name.


4 Fear not, then, said the angel,
Let nothing you affright
This day is born a Savior
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan’s power and might.


5 The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoicèd much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind,
And went to Bethl’em straightaway
This blessèd Babe to find.


6 But when to Bethlehem they came
Where our dear Savior lay,
They found Him in a manger
Where oxen feed on hay;
His mother Mary kneeling
Unto the Lord did pray.


7 Now to the Lord sing praises
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All others doth deface.


8 God bless the ruler of this house,
And send him long to reign,
And many a merry Christmas
May live to see again;
Among your friends and kindred
That live both far and near—

That God send you a happy new year,
Happy new year,
And God send you a happy new year.




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The Nutcracker Ballet


Two of the giggly girls were selected to dance roles in The Nutcracker ballet when it was performed locally. Miss J performed an angel role and Miss L performed a soldier role. While it was  a lot of work over several months, they enjoyed the opportunity immensely. The final performance was wonderful and the experience of working with a professional company made it invaluable. Miss L wants even more to grow up to be a ballerina now.

Since the local symphony only performs The Nutcracker Ballet every two years, it will be a while before the girls have a chance to audition once more. I am glad they can savor the experience for a while and be proud of the work they put in.

Here are a few of the dress rehearsal shots of the girls in costume.




We will watch a DVD of The Nutcracker tonight and enjoy all of the dancing and costumes.

Merry Christmas Eve!


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Christmas Tree Art


The blog has been a bit quiet for the last week and a half because we took a trip to see family. I’ll share some pictures from that in a couple of days. Trying to catch up here at home has taken a couple of days and with Christmas on the immediate horizon, our focus is on thankfulness and family.


In that vein, today Miss J was feeling a bit lonely after some trying times in the last couple of days. So, she and I took some time to do something, just the two of us, that she really enjoys – making art with chalk pastels.


We pulled out the Christmas Tree tutorial from Hodgepodge and made some lovely, glowing Christmas trees. They are currently drying after getting a good spray (with hair spray) to set the chalk. I think they turned out adorable.

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A Christmas Book Addition

I am so excited by a Christmas book we received yesterday. I have wanted this book for a couple of years but decided, finally, to purchase it. We have our tradition of opening a book each night in December related to Christmas or winter or the birth of Jesus. And we have some unique and interesting ones. This one will go in that category. At least to me.grandma-moses-book

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore is a favorite for many families at Christmas time. We have a couple of copies of it that are beautiful. Today, we received a copy of this story that has been illustrated by Grandma Moses. I love how bright and cheerful all of the illustrations are and how readable the text is. This is a stunning book!


Grandma Moses is an American folk artist, very possibly one of the most well known. She learned to paint later in her life, after arthritis began affecting her ability to do the needlework she loved. In 1960, at the age of 100, she took on the challenge of illustrating this traditional poem. And the result is beautiful! I am thrilled to be able to share this traditional poem with these stunning American folk art illustrations with my girls. It will be a joy for many years, I hope.

grandma-moses-sled-and-deer grandma-moses-image

Merry Christmas!

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Participating in the Homeschool Review Crew linkup for holiday books.

Books for the Holidays

Christmas Tree Craft Kit

I don’t know about your kiddos but the giggly girls LOVE to do shrinky-dinks. We laugh and enjoy the time making them and have fun watching them shrink in the oven.

A few days ago, we were in a store and found this craft kit to make a Christmas tree with shrinky-dink ornaments. We pulled it out this morning and colored and baked the ornaments. Then we decorated the tree and hung them. Our first tree is officially up. Well, we are still waiting for the painting on the tree skirt to dry but the tree is up!




Isn’t it fun?!?!

Hope you have lots of joy this holiday season.

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Where Jesus Slept ~ giveaway and review


Our family adores books that relate the story of the birth of Jesus. This is a precious picture book about Jesus’ birth. Told in cumulative story form, all of the pieces of the story come together to tell us of the harsh conditions of the night that brought us the most precious gift in the world. Ever.

This is the bed where Jesus slept.

This is the straw that lined the bed where Jesus slept.

These are the first two lines in the retelling of the birth of Jesus. From the bed in which Jesus was laid to the angels rejoicing in heaven to the visit and gift of the wise men, this story will delight readers of all ages. While we don’t know the exact time of year Jesus was born, this story reminds readers of the joyful event that we often celebrate in December at Christmas.


The pages are beautifully illustrated with vivid colors and lovely images. These images bring the story to life.


This book is written by Norma Lewis, who is the author of 10 books and lives in MI with her marmalade cat named Scalawag. She enjoys spending time with her six grandchildren. The book is beautifully illustrated by Katy Hudson. Where Jesus Slept brings joy to all who experience it.


I get the privilege of sharing this beautiful books with one winner. Unfortunately, this giveaway is for US addresses only. One winner will be chosen from all entrants and notified by email. Giveaway will end at midnight on 11/16/16. Winner must respond by email within 48 hours of notification. Click the link below to be taken to the form for the giveaway.

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Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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