The End of the Christmas Tour for 2014

Decorating done!  Now to enjoy…..


Isn’t it fun that we can decorate and enjoy all the festivities at this time of year?  How thankful I am to know that, Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

May you and your family have a Very Merry Christmas!!!!!

Christmas Tour, Part 5

I couldn’t resist putting the pink tree in my office…….

IMG_5248 IMG_5249 IMG_5250 IMG_5251 IMG_5253 IMG_5255 IMG_5257 IMG_5258 IMG_5260 IMG_5261 IMG_5263 IMG_5264


Merry Christmas!

Leopard And Glitter!

Christmas In The Entry!

I love having a tree in the entry.  I always decorate a fall tree and then switch it all over to Christmas after Thanksgiving, or as in this year, before Thanksgiving due to a full calendar and didn’t want to get behind.

The entry is the easiest room to decorate…

Merry Christmas!

Pops of Turquoise!

Holiday Touches In The Living Room….

I’ve used brown and gold in our living room andy I was wanting to add a pop of color.  I finally decided on a turquoise color.  It could also be called a peacock blue, too.  Haven’t figured out the difference yet.  I found some pillows and a few accent pieces.  I plan on new window treatments but haven’t decided on an idea.  We bought new leopard print carpet a few months ago, which I love!


Merry Christmas!

Red and Green, Oh My!

Sparkles the Elf welcomes you into the Family Room.
Sparkles the Elf welcomes you into the Family Room.


Red and green decorations have to be my all time favorite at Christmas!  Ribbons, nutcrackers, pillows, brush trees, shoes, elves and of course a children’s Nativity is usually what I put in this room.  Each year, it is a little bit different simply because I have to have change.  I love adding new things and putting them in different places.

Next stop is the Living Room….see you there!

Merry Christmas!

Snow in the Patio Room!



We glassed in our patio a couple of years ago and it has been a blessing to use for family times of watching Christmas movies and gathering to visit and watch the kiddos play.  I wanted to do the snowman theme since the kids tend to end up in this room when they are visiting.

The large snowman in the tree was a gift from my sweet friend, Carol,  over 10 years ago.  I’ve always loved that snowman and bring him out each Christmas.  This Christmas, his place was actually in the tree!

Several years ago I came across a picture in my scrapbook from when I was dating Jim.  We were at Church Ski Camp in Colorado.  We wrote our names in the snow and later a friend, Robin, walked by and saw it.  She took a picture of it and sent it to me at a later time.  I love that picture and have cherished it for years.  I found the perfect frame and I bring it out each Christmas.

That is the first decorated room on my blog tour… on to the next room.

Merry Christmas!

Winter Wishes!

For those that loved the last video, here is one of my favorites from Fuzz Studios (our son, Nathan’s, animation studio) to enjoy this winter season.  Here in Texas, I can only dream of snow.


*watch for the cameo appearance by the owl an star from Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

Christmas Is Coming!



I found Miss Sparkles in my jewelry.  She said it was time to begin decorating.  I told her it was a bit too early and that I was loving my fall decorations so much, but, I understood, since it was going to be a fast couple of months.

So here we go…….stay tuned!


How Many Bleeps?





While listening to a recent news cast report on an episode that involved Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, I was struck by the language that was obviously being used. Fortunately, the television station used the famous bleep sound so we wouldn’t hear her choice of words in describing her awful incident.  I honestly don’t think that there was one sentence that didn’t have a bleep.  

Having bleeps in recorded videos and interviews are pretty common while watching the news and other shows with interviews.  Even the weather channel has to use their bleep sound as people are recording various weather issues going on.  As a tornado or strong wind is blowing, you can hear the person recording describing what he is seeing and most of the words are bleeped.  

Sometimes the newscast will actually type out the conversations and have symbols in place of the bleep.  I find myself reading it and wondering what the word is they are using.  Sometimes, I can’t figure it out and many times, it is obvious what words they are using.

Today, movies, television and all sorts of reading material are filled with language that could curl our toes, as my mom used to say.

I listened to a preacher last summer that used a certain word while talking to the teens before they boarded the bus for summer camp.  I wondered if he was just trying to be cool among the teens and worked hard at inserting this particular word that he said more than once or was that just the way he talked and didn’t see any harm in it.  

As Christ followers, I would think that our language would be the first thing that would give us away in being different and set apart from the world.  

After hearing the crazy audio of the Palin incident, I wondered what would happen if a tragedy happened to me and I was being recorded. Would 4 letter words roll off my tongue like you hear on the nightly newscasts.  What about you?  Would we hear bleeps while we listened to you?

What about using God’s name in vain?  His name is thrown around and stepped on as if it were a piece of garbage.  We may not use God’s name in that way, but we pay money to hear it thrown around in movies and may not even flinch at hearing His name drug through the gutter. 

When the Home and Garden Channel first began, I was so excited about seeing all the decorating shows, but it quickly got old as every time someone came into their newly decorated space, you would hear,  “Oh my God!”  over and over and over…..even children would say it.  Can we not think of anything else to say?  Are we that limited in our language skills?

May we teach our children to speak good things, even when something goes wrong.  We can express disappointment, fear and excitement with better language than what we hear daily in the media and when we are out in the community.

We can always go to God’s Word and find teaching to help us grow stronger in this area of our language:

“…shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.” -2 Timothy 2:16 NKJV *we have to make a concentrated effort to speak in a godly manner.

…that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” -Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV *is there something different about us than the way we were before we became a Christian?

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.” -Matthew 15:18 NKJV *whatever is in your heart, will come out.  We must search our hearts daily.

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” -Ephesians 4:29 *Speak edifying words, not corrupt words.

If there are any bleeps hidden in your heart, there is one place you can take them and that is to the Cross.  Jesus doesn’t want us to be known for our bleeps; our purpose is so much greater than that!


mombutton 200x