Monday, December 11, 2017

You're the STAR - Week#3 FAMILY (December 2017)

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Welcome to week#3 of the December "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:

MEMORIES#2 From My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments (Scrapbook Style)
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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
December "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
Elizabeth @ Family Farm School
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the November "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 10 Ways to Improve Your Christmas Right Now by Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen
 

Finding My Center (in Two Ways) by Life In Spandex
20 Minute Home Core Workout
8 Organization Mistakes That You Are Making & How To Fix Them by Just Measuring Up


How to Organize Your Home for Good



4 Top Saving Tips You Need To Know For Christmas by Intentional Home Life
Getting Christmas done on a budget can seem impossible! I've got four frugal money-saving tips to help you stay in the black without being a Scrooge!


If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:

You're a STAR
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We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts). 
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.


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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )



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Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Second of Advent - Joseph's Faithful Actions




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The Second of Advent - Joseph's Faithful Actions


Today is the second of Advent and we continue our seasonal journey of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  A few weeks ago we learned the basics about Advent and about having a family worship time (click HERE to view).  Today we are going to study "Joseph's Faithful Actions".


With divorce and remarriage in todays society being at about 50% it is very easy to understand the important role of a step father.  Many people even believe that their step father (in many cases) is actually a better father than their biological father.  Joseph was a step father to Jesus.  I of course am NOT suggesting that he was a better father than God but Joseph's faithful actions played an important part in history.
  
There are 3 important actions by Joseph that helped change the world forever.  By following God and doing exactly what God asked of him - Joseph protected Mary and Jesus;  thereby allowing Jesus to grow up and become the Savior to ALL! 


Here are Joseph's 3 Faithful Actions:
1.  He married Mary even though he new ahead of time that she was already pregnant.
2.  He brought Mary to Bethlehem where Jesus was born.
3.  He took Jesus and Mary to Egypt to escape from Herod who would have killed Jesus the child (read the verses below).


When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
Matthew 2:13-15 


"After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt"
Matthew 2:19


Have you ever wondered why Joseph was not present at the Crucifixion?  As we studied last week in the verses below we learned that Jesus made sure that his mom Mary would be cared for in His absence.  Many historians believe that Joseph passed away when Jesus was about 13 years old.  If Joseph had been alive at the Crucifixion then Jesus would not have made that provision for future care for his mom Mary.

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
John 19:25-27



While Joseph's role was not as important as that of Mary's role - it was still a vital part.  Let's thank God for Joseph's faithful actions.






Please enjoy the song below:
"Guard Him, Joseph"


(by Sally DeFord)

A special thanks to "Sally DeFord" for sharing this with us on YouTube


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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Cherished Christmas Ornaments Through the Decades - 1970s ENGRAVED


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Cherished Christmas Ornaments Through the Decades -
Late 1970's & Early 1980's ENGRAVED

I have a "hodgepodge" style Christmas tree and I love the nostalgia that comes with that style tree.  For the next few weeks I will be highlighting a few of my favorite ornaments organized by the decade. 

In addition to these ornaments I will feature Christmas songs that I remember listening to in that featured decade.  For the 1970's each post will feature a Christmas song sung by "The Carpenters".

A few years ago I featured my "Christmas Family Tree Ornaments" that I made using photocopies of old photos - they are Scrapbook style ornaments (click HERE to view that series)



I have a few more of these engraved beauties but these two are my favorite engraved ornaments.  This will take us into the 1980's next week!


Please enjoy "Merry Christmas Darling" sung by the Carpenters
(see below the ornament picture)





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A special thanks to "carpentersaddict" for sharing this on YouTube


Previous Cherished Ornament Posts:
1970's WOODEN NATIVITY BELL
1970's JOLLY ELF
1970's BIRTHDAYS

1970's JET TOY
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Cherished Christmas Ornaments Through the Decades - 1970s JET TOY


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Cherished Christmas Ornaments Through the Decades - 1970's JET TOY

I have a "hodgepodge" style Christmas tree and I love the nostalgia that comes with that style tree.  For the next few weeks I will be highlighting a few of my favorite ornaments organized by the decade. 

In addition to these ornaments I will feature Christmas songs that I remember listening to in that featured decade.  For the 1970's each post will feature a Christmas song sung by "The Carpenters".

A few years ago I featured my "Christmas Family Tree Ornaments" that I made using photocopies of old photos - they are Scrapbook style ornaments (click HERE to view that series)



This "Fisher Price Jet Toy" Ornament is actually only 2 years old.  However, since my sister & I played with this exact toy (larger size of course) in the 1970's I decided to include this cutie during this decade (even the door opens!). 

Please enjoy "I'll Be Home For Christmas" sung by the Carpenters
(see below the ornament picture)





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A special thanks to "christmastime4u" for sharing this on YouTube


Previous Cherished Ornament Posts:
1970's WOODEN NATIVITY BELL
1970's JOLLY ELF

1970's BIRTHDAYS




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