From the Heart: This is indeed a busy season. Purposefully planning less school, more family time and relaxing so that the joy of the season can shine through.
In the School Room: Kids were very sick all week. They managed a lot of school. ( more than I would have done!) Very proud of them.
On the Mission Field: We are blessing a poor neighborhood with a Christmas party tonight. Dinner, gifts, and compassion. Looking forward to it.
In the Literary Scene: Oh time to read.....wishful thinking this past week.
In the Kitchen: Keeping it simple! The main dish this week was chicken and rice. ( Big batch) The gals got up at 6am Friday ( they were feeling much better) and made big breakfast. This is hash, potatoes, toast, eggs, ect. They did a wonderful job! And they cleaned up!
On the Creative Side: I have enjoyed making ornaments, beading with Em and helping the gals with shrinky dinks. ( remember those!?)
Thrifty Finds: We have found wonderful new to us things at the thrift store this past week. I got a much needed tea pot ( that whistles) for 25 cents, the gals a pair of jeans for one dollar, a pair of shoes for two dollars. Yesterday we went Christmas shopping at our favorite thrift stores. ( yes we let the kids pick and find what they would like) Em found a beautiful make up dresser. She has wanted one for her art supplies ( has tons of cool divided drawers) for a very long time. The price was reasonable at ten dollars. She also found a much larger bird cage. Other gifts found cannot be mentioned untill after Christmas. Free: Several grape vine wreaths. Will be using these as gifts for next Christmas!
Leaving you this week with a photo of a blessing to us. I have always wanted a vintage upright piano. This 1905 Hobart M Cable is now sitting in our foyer! It was a gift. It has a beautiful tone and is a lovely piece of furniture. Needs a good cleaning, ivory repair ( we have all the ivory), and a tune up. I consider this my Christmas gift!
I was able to talk with the orginal owers of this piano yesterday and found it has been in their family as long as they could remember and belonged orginally to the families great grandmother. It is from Ohio.