Happy Hump Day...
we're battening down our hatches for another round of fridgid cold, snow and ice here in good old Southern Indiana, so I thought I'd take a moment to share with you our Christmas Tree.
I found a package in my mailbox from the sweet Amy and when I opened it I found two lovely special things to put on my tree! First:
And then this:
Thank you Amy!!! I admired them on your blog without knowing they would soon join me :) Love them bunches!
Since I pulled....
the camera out, I thought I'd share with you our tree. So here it is (picture heavy). Our tree contains 99% handmade ornaments from our children, family and friends - with just a few personal family ornaments that are not handmade but have been given to us because of the birth of our children or some special event marking our lives.
Notice the orange star twirling ornament both right above and below in these pictures...this ornament is probably over 60 years old. From my grandparent's tree.
The paper Rudolph and a ruler (?) appeared on my tree recently....see them near the bottom - that is Ellie's handiwork :)
See the big white stamped cookie? It's a salt dough ornament that Katie made in the 1st grade. And the snowy pinecone ornament close by on the left from one of the twins preschool days.
The little house in the middle of this picture is painted ceramic and made by my Granny.
Looking through the pictures you'll notice these handpainted ball ornaments all dipicting a biblical scene and a bible verse....these are my most cherished ornaments and made by the talented hands of my sister-in-law, Susan.
As a bride, setting up the tree the first year of our marriage, my mother-in-law gave me a box of ornaments from Keith's childhood. Imagine my surprise when I pulled out this red pretzel thing. What is this? I asked looking at Keith - who told me it was a scouts Christmas activity that he made as a young cub scout...now Christmas just isn't Christmas without the Christmas pretzel! :)
And our marriage was meant to be, when I found that I had made a clothes pin ballerina ornament as a young child and Keith had made a clothes pin hiker man ornament as a young child....now they hang together every Christmas season and during the off season they are stored together - it was destiny!
And our very first married Christmas together I purchased this Lady and the Tramp ornament because it is my favorite Disney movie and little did I know that one day....I'd have 4 rascals myself - just like Lady and her Tramp....
Thanks for allowing me to share my tree and treasured ornaments with you!
Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God!
Hugs and love,