Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours...we wish you a beautiful and merry Christmas! Always, Amanda, Phillip, Jack, and Aidan … [Read more...]

Count Your Blessings

One of my all time favorite Christmas songs is a song that Bing Crosby sings in White Christmas called Count Your Blessings.  (My favorite version is sung by Diana Krall and you can listen to it here.) When I'm worried and I can't sleep I count my blessings instead of sheep And I fall asleep counting my blessings When my bank roll is getting small I think of when I had none at all And I fall asleep counting my blessings Whenever this song comes up on my playlist, I pause and smile as … [Read more...]

When Our Plans Fall Apart

I met the beautiful Jennifer Kindle of The Kindle Crew at Allume this year, and I don't know that I have ever met someone that I have SO MUCH in common with! I wish I could move her and her family from Texas to Atlanta so we could hang out all the time. She has four gorgeous kids and her heart and passion toward motherhood are such an inspiration to me. I asked her to share her thoughts today on how she is living where intention meets grace this Christmas season. Her words truly blessed me and I … [Read more...]

Why do you do that?

I had the privilege of sitting next to the beautiful Katie Sadler at the Allume "Newbies" Dinner and let me tell you, she is just as beautiful on the inside as she is out. She speaks my language of intention as she writes about intentionally pursuing God in all areas of her life on her blog Intentional Pursuit.  I have asked her to share with us today her thoughts on living with intention and grace this Christmas season, and here are her words of wisdom. As the sounds of Christmas music and … [Read more...]

Finding Relief from Christmas Pressure

Since my 31 Days Series has extended into December, I wanted to take the idea of living where intention meets grace and apply it to Christmas season, because that seems to be a time when so many of us begin to feel overwhelmed by the idea that we need to do more and  be better. Last week, I shared my own thoughts on embracing the imperfect at Christmas, and so now I thought it would be helpful to hear some thoughts from others who are doing the same. Today I would like to introduce you to … [Read more...]

Embracing the Imperfect at Christmas

Since my 31 Day series is working its way into December, I would be remiss to not write about living with intention and grace during the Christmas season, as it is a time that many of us moms feel so much pressure to create the perfect Christmas for our families. Like I wrote yesterday, when we get too caught up in all of the doings of Christmas, we can find ourselves stressed out and irritable, and entirely miss out on what this time should be about for us and for our families. Last year, I … [Read more...]

Christmas Card Photo Album Project for Kids

If you are having trouble deciding what to do with all of the Christmas cards that you received last month, here's an idea... Buddy loves to carry a little photo album around with random pictures, so I thought we would make a new album using all of the photos from the Christmas cards we received. I found a great little album with a removable cover insert for $1 at Wal-Mart. I gave Buddy a stack of photo cards and his safety scissors. I let him cut out the pictures and place them in the … [Read more...]

Merry {belated} Christmas!

We hope you had a very Merry Christmas!Always,Amanda … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Photo Card

For the past couple of years, we have sent out a family newsletter in place of a Christmas card. This year, I thought I would try something different. A lot of our Christmas cards are sent to out of town relatives that we do not see very often. Several of them have asked for pictures of our family. So this year, I thought it would be nice to send a Christmas Photo Card that could be displayed year round.I chose a nice recent family photo from a session that we did with a friend of mine. Although … [Read more...]

A Very Craigslist Christmas

If you know me at all, you know that my husband and I are slightly obsessed with Craigslist. You know you have it bad when your 3 year old can't find one of his toys, and asks if you sold it on Craigslist. (And yes, sometimes I have.)Over the years, we have found amazing deals and saved lots of money by shopping Craigslist instead of retail. Here are a few examples...Last Christmas, my husband gave me a black Kitchen Aid mixer that he found on Craigslist for $75. I have always wanted a Kitchen … [Read more...]