As you may have noticed the last few blogs, I have been going through a bit of a spiritual growth spurt . . . which has brought on all of the aches and pains one might associate with a growth spurt. Many of you have come to me with love, support and encouragement. I am very thankful for each of you and the love and kindness you show. But, as a part of this time of "soul searching" I have been praying about this blog and what my purpose here is. When I originally started this blog it was to encourage women to be the creative, Godly wives they were meant to be. It was to share ideas for the home, ideas for being creative . . . for making your home a haven. It was also a platform that I could use to get the word out for Past Blessings Farm . . . both our annual August "Pickin' on the Prairie" Antique Show and our sales that we have here a few times a year as well. My goal was to inspire you . . . to encourage you to embrace your inner creativity and to nurture your domestic side with ideas on how you can bless your family . . . whether through cooking, decorating, event planning or just speaking words of encouragement to them. That is still the concept I want for this blog. But in my recent soul searching I have realized there are many other things I want to share . . . the kind of things that have recently crept into the blog . . . posts on dying to self in order to let God totally shine through you. On being willing to be the woman God created you to be, even if it means giving up the woman you created in your own power. I see the value of both . . . one is more practical, hands on ways to bless yourself, your family and your friends through creativity and nuturing. The other is more of a deep soul cleansing and refining. Both are full of purpose and something I believe God wants me to do, but doing them all in one blog makes this blog . . . well, chaotic and disjointed. People come here and don't know whether to expect "Creative Brenda" or "Spiritual Brenda." "Bless your family Brenda" or "Give it all to Jesus Brenda." So after lots of prayer and contemplation I have a solution. Something I should have thought of a long time ago. Why not have both?! So I am excited and nervous to announce that I will be "dividing and conquering" . . . I will now have two blogs. Maybe you will want to read both, maybe you won't. This one will hopefully regain it's original purpose and will give you ideas for being a creative blessing to your family. The other blog, called The Right Woman will deal with your heart . . . with giving your all to be the conservative, Christian woman God has created you to be. I will be very transparent and show you my struggles and weaknesses and hopefully you too will open up and share your journey as well. Come join me at The Right Woman!
So now let's get back to business . . . to the business of making our homes a haven . . . a Christmas Haven! We finally got ours all decorated . . . we were dreadfully behind!
This holiday season has been filled with chaos here at Past Blessings Farm . . . I ended up doing some major decorating for our Church Christmas Program plus overseeing the cookie social during the program. It took a lot more time than I had figured on . . . over 40 hours when I had only thought it would take maybe 12! LOL! This next week I will also be decorating for the Youth Group Christmas Party. My sweet husband, Ron agreed to be an elf with me at our church's "Breakfast with Santa" . . . this is a wonderful community outreach that serves a delicious breakfast, provides quality photos for the kids with Santa and most importantly, has Santa telling the true meaning of Christmas and reading the Christmas story from the book of Luke. We had a lot of fun, and Ron even went along with wearing tights for the event! I did not realize we women have a talent for putting on tights until I tried to explain to my husband how to do it! I was sure he was going to tear his foot right through it when he was putting them on. We served breakfast to over 350 children and parents and had a fun day.
|Ron and I dressed as Elves for "Breakfast with Santa"|
I love my old Christmas books . . . from the great illustrations and graphics to the classic stories. They are nestled under our tree this year along with old boxes of ornaments and lights . . . boxes that I love because of the amazing graphics and colors.
For the past several years, I have displayed our Christmas tree in my amazing 20 gallon Red Wing Crock. Ron bought it for me for Mother's Day several years back . . . knowing full well I would prefer that any day over jewelry! I am an odd one I suppose, but I would rather have an old crock or a beat up piece of graniteware any day over a piece of jewelry! Diamonds aren't this girl's best friend!
|Our Christmas Tree sits in an old|
20 gallon Red Wing Crock
and is loaded with hundreds of
Old World Christmas Ornaments
The Right Woman!
P.S.S. We are participating in a wonderful Christmas Blog Link Party over at Common Ground . . . come take a peek! Tons of great ideas for Christmas!