Saturday, November 26, 2016

Advent Evenings by Candlelight


I get so excited about Advent for many reasons, but one of my favorites things is the sweet and peaceful moments with my children around the Advent Wreath. There is something about candlelight in the darkness that quiets the soul. This is what we do each evening to celebrate Advent. This is part of our after dinner routine, usually already cleaned and in pjs, but you could easily do it as part of your family dinner too with the lights dimmed. 

Sign of the Cross
Light the Advent candle(s) as we sing
"Light One Candle"
(lyrics below)
Say this Advent prayer
(below)
Sing a Christmas song
Sign of the Cross
Hang up the Jesse Tree ornament
Open Advent chocolate calendar window and eat a piece of chocolate

Light One Candle
(each week of Advent add one more verse)

1. Light one candle for hope One bright candle for hope 
He brings hope to every heart He comes! He comes!

2. Light one candle for love One bright candle for love 
He brings love to every heart He comes! He comes!

3. Light one candle for joy One bright candle for joy 
He brings joy to every heart He comes! He comes!

4. Light one candle for peace One bright candle for peace 
He brings peace to every heart He comes!
He comes!

Advent Wreath Prayer

How dark outside!
but see -- a star's in the sky;
Mary and Joseph are passing by.
So let's light a candle to welcome them
as they go on their way to Bethlehem. 
We'll light a candle in church each day,
We'll light one candle each week and pray. 
We'll light a candle at home each day,
We'll light a candle each week and pray. 

O God,
as light comes from this candle,
may the blessing of Jesus Christ come to us,
warming our hearts and
brightening our way.
May Christ our Savior bring life
into the darkness of this world,
and to us, as we wait for his coming.




Blessings to you and your family this Advent.

Advent List 2016



2016 Advent List


Please know that it is unlikely we will do all of these things but this list helps me organize our Advent.

Jesse Tree Readings Advent 2016



The Jesse tree is a symbol of Jesus' family tree.
It is based on this verse from the book of Isaiah, and is a way of teaching the Old Testament background for the coming of the Messiah, which is the first long "Advent."

"A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots"
- Isaiah 11:1

Our Jesse Tree which we use is from this kit.


We have also at times colored coordinating coloring pages.
Since every year the number of days in Advent is different, I tweaked previous years reading lists for this year. I have also changed it to better match this particular ornament kit, which meant deleting some significant Old Testament stories. There are various symbols for each story that will coordinate with multiple different ornaments. Here is a link to a calendar with additional daily activities for the Jesse Tree. Below each reading and symbols is a link to a coloring page that corresponds to the story.

November 27
Creation: Gen. 1:1-31; 2:1-4
Symbols: sun, moon, stars, animals, earth
November 28
Adam & Eve: Gen. 2:7-9, 18-24
Symbol: Man & Woman, tree

November 29
Fall of Man/Original sin: Gen. 3:1-24
Symbol: Serpent, tree, apple

November 30
Noah: Gen. 6:5-22; 7, 8, 9:1-17
Symbol: Ark, animals, dove, rainbow

December 1
Abraham: Gen. 12:1-9, 15:1-6
Symbol: Stars, torch, sword, mountain

December 2
Jacob: Gen. 28:10-22
Symbols: Ladder, kettle

December 3
Joseph & his brothers: Gen. 37
Symbol: Multi-Colored Coat, bucket, well, silver coins

December 4
Joseph's Greatness: Gen. 41
Symbol: shock of wheat

December 5
Moses as Prince: Ex. 1 & 2
Symbol: basket, baby in basket, river and rushes
Moses and the Burning Bush: Ex. 3
Symbol: burning bush

December 7
Moses - Plagues: Ex. 5-12:1-36
Symbol: frog

December 8
Moses - Parting Sea: Ex 5-12:1-36
Symbol: parted sea
December 9
Moses receiving Ten Commandments: Exodus 19, 20, 24:12-18
Symbol: stone tablets
December 10
Moses water from the rock: Exodus 17:1-7
Symbol: staff
December 11
Samuel: 1 Sam. 3
Symbols: Oil lamp, candle lamp, temple
December 12
David Chosen King: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Symbol: sheep
David chosen king or Star of David coloring pages
December 13
David & Goliath: 1 Samuel: 17
Symbol: slingshot
December 14
Solomon's Wisdom: 1 Kings 2:1-6, 3:4-28
Symbol: Scales of justice, temple, two babies and sword, crown
December 15
Elijah's Contest: 1 Kings 18:3,21-39
Symbol: burning rock
December 16
Jonah: Jonah 2:1-2, 11 or entire book of Jonah
Symbol: Whale
December 17
Tobiah's Journey: Tobit 5, 6:1-9, 10:1-6, 11:1-15
Symbol: fish

December 18
Daniel and the Lion's Den: Daniel 6:1-29
Symbol: Lions
December 19
John the Baptist: Luke 1:5-25, 57-80
Symbol: sandal, Shell with water, river
December 20
Annunciation: Luke 1:26-38
Symbol: Angel
December 21
Visitation: Luke 1:39-56
Symbol: Mary
December 22
Joseph: Matt. 1:18-25
Symbols: Joseph, Carpenter's Saw, hammer, chisel, angle

December 23
Journey to Bethlehem: Luke 2:1-6
Symbols: manger

December 24
Jesus is Born: Luke 2:6-20
Symbols: baby Jesus

Epiphany - January 6
Visit of the Magi: Matthew 2:1-12
Symbol: shining star

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Jesse Tree Readings Advent 2015


The Jesse tree is a symbol of Jesus' family tree.
It is based on this verse from the book of Isaiah, and is a way of teaching the Old Testament background for the coming of the Messiah, which is the first long "Advent."

"A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots"
- Isaiah 11:1

Our Jesse Tree which we use is from this kit.


We have also at times colored coordinating coloring pages.

Since every year the number of days in Advent is different, I tweaked previous years reading lists for this year. I have also changed it to better match this particular ornament kit, which meant deleting some significant Old Testament stories. There are various symbols for each story that will coordinate with multiple different ornaments. Here is a link to a calendar with additional daily activities for the Jesse Tree. Below each reading and symbols is a link to a coloring page that corresponds to the story.

November 29
Creation: Gen. 1:1-31; 2:1-4
Symbols: sun, moon, stars, animals, earth
November 30
Adam & Eve: Gen. 2:7-9, 18-24
Symbol: Man & Woman, tree

December 1
Fall of Man/Original sin: Gen. 3:1-24
Symbol: Serpent, tree, apple

December 2
Noah: Gen. 6:5-22; 7, 8, 9:1-17
Symbol: Ark, animals, dove, rainbow

December 3
Abraham: Gen. 12:1-9, 15:1-6
Symbol: Stars, torch, sword, mountain

December 4
Jacob: Gen. 28:10-22
Symbols: Ladder, kettle

December 5
Joseph & his brothers: Gen. 37
Symbol: Multi-Colored Coat, bucket, well, silver coins

December 6
Joseph's Greatness: Gen. 41
Symbol: shock of wheat

December 7
Moses as Prince: Ex. 1 & 2
Symbol: basket, baby in basket, river and rushes
Moses and the Burning Bush: Ex. 3
Symbol: burning bush

December 9
Moses - Plagues: Ex. 5-12:1-36
Symbol: frog, parted sea
Moses Parting Sea coloring page

Moses - Parting Sea: Ex 5-12:1-36
Symbol: parted sea

December 10
Moses receiving Ten Commandments: Exodus 19, 20, 24:12-18
Symbol: stone tablets
December 11
Moses water from the rock: Exodus 17:1-7
Symbol: staff
December 12
Samuel: 1 Sam. 3
Symbols: Oil lamp, candle lamp, temple
December 13
David Chosen King: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Symbol: sheep
David chosen king or Star of David coloring pages

December 14
David & Goliath: 1 Samuel: 17
Symbol: slingshot
December 15
Solomon's Wisdom: 1 Kings 2:1-6, 3:4-28
Symbol: Scales of justice, temple, two babies and sword, crown
December 16
Elijah's Contest: 1 Kings 18:3,21-39
Symbol: burning rock
December 17
Jonah: Jonah 2:1-2, 11 or entire book of Jonah
Symbol: Whale
December 18
Tobiah's Journey: Tobit 5, 6:1-9, 10:1-6, 11:1-15
Symbol: fish
Daniel and the Lion's Den: Daniel 6:1-29
Symbol: Lions
December 19
John the Baptist: Luke 1:5-25, 57-80
Symbol: sandal, Shell with water, river
December 20
Annunciation: Luke 1:26-38
Symbol: Angel
December 21
Visitation: Luke 1:39-56
Symbol: Mary
December 22
Joseph: Matt. 1:18-25
Symbols: Joseph, Carpenter's Saw, hammer, chisel, angle

December 23
Journey to Bethlehem: Luke 2:1-6
Symbols: manger

December 24
Jesus is Born: Luke 2:6-20
Symbols: baby Jesus

Epiphany - January 6
Visit of the Magi: Matthew 2:1-12
Symbol: shining star

Friday, November 14, 2014

Jesse Tree Readings 2014


The Jesse tree is a symbol of Jesus' family tree.
It is based on this verse from the book of Isaiah, and is a way of teaching the Old Testament background for the coming of the Messiah, which is the first long "Advent."

"A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots"
- Isaiah 11:1

Our Jesse Tree which we use is from this kit.


We have also at times colored coordinating coloring pages.

Since every year the number of days in Advent is different, I tweaked previous years reading lists for this year. I have also changed it to better match this particular ornament kit, which meant deleting some significant Old Testament stories. There are various symbols for each story that will coordinate with multiple different ornaments. Here is a link to a calendar with additional daily activities for the Jesse Tree. Below each reading and symbols is a link to a coloring page that corresponds to the story.

November 30
Creation: Gen. 1:1-31; 2:1-4
Symbols: sun, moon, stars, animals, earth

December 1
Adam & Eve: Gen. 2:7-9, 18-24
Symbol: Man & Woman, tree

December 2
Fall of Man/Original sin: Gen. 3:1-24
Symbol: Serpent, tree, apple

December 3
Noah: Gen. 6:5-22; 7, 8, 9:1-17
Symbol: Ark, animals, dove, rainbow

December 4
Abraham: Gen. 12:1-9, 15:1-6
Symbol: Stars, torch, sword, mountain

December 5
Jacob: Gen. 28:10-22
Symbols: Ladder, kettle

December 6
Joseph & his brothers: Gen. 37
Symbol: Multi-Colored Coat, bucket, well, silver coins

December 7
Joseph's Greatness: Gen. 41
Symbol: shock of wheat

December 8
Moses as Prince: Ex. 1 & 2
Symbol: basket, baby in basket, river and rushes

Moses and the Burning Bush: Ex. 3
Symbol: burning bush

December 9
Moses - Plagues: Ex. 5-12:1-36
Symbol: frog, parted sea
Moses Parting Sea coloring page

Moses - Parting Sea: Ex 5-12:1-36
Symbol: parted sea

December 10
Moses receiving Ten Commandments: Exodus 19, 20, 24:12-18
Symbol: stone tablets
December 11
Moses water from the rock: Exodus 17:1-7
Symbol: staff
December 12
Samuel: 1 Sam. 3
Symbols: Oil lamp, candle lamp, temple
December 13
David Chosen King: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Symbol: sheep
David chosen king or Star of David coloring pages

December 14
David & Goliath: 1 Samuel: 17
Symbol: slingshot
December 15
Solomon's Wisdom: 1 Kings 2:1-6, 3:4-28
Symbol: Scales of justice, temple, two babies and sword, crown
December 16
Elijah's Contest: 1 Kings 18:3,21-39
Symbol: burning rock
December 17
Jonah: Jonah 2:1-2, 11 or entire book of Jonah
Symbol: Whale
December 18
Tobiah's Journey: Tobit 5, 6:1-9, 10:1-6, 11:1-15
Symbol: fish
Daniel and the Lion's Den: Daniel 6:1-29
Symbol: Lions
December 19
John the Baptist: Luke 1:5-25, 57-80
Symbol: sandal, Shell with water, river
December 20
Annunciation: Luke 1:26-38
Symbol: Angel
December 21
Visitation: Luke 1:39-56
Symbol: Mary
December 22
Joseph: Matt. 1:18-25
Symbols: Joseph, Carpenter's Saw, hammer, chisel, angle

December 23
Journey to Bethlehem: Luke 2:1-6
Symbols: manger

December 24
Jesus is Born: Luke 2:6-20
Symbols: baby Jesus

Epiphany - January 6
Visit of the Magi: Matthew 2:1-12
Symbol: shining star

Saturday, January 4, 2014

our little noelle

Introducing...


"Noelle"

born on Christmas Day 2013

at 8:59 pm

7 pounds, 15 ounces


She is our little noelle and brings a new joy to Christmas for our family.


last belly picture, 40 weeks to the day


proud big brother


a very excited big sister


this big sister is just giddy


we loved this little knit hat my sister loaned us, perfect for a Christmas baby




Thank you for all your prayers during this pregnancy. We have been so blessed. We are at home now just soaking in these sweet newborn days with our little noelle. 

I am sure there will be a ridiculous number of pictures of her to come on this blog. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christ is Coming...Hallelujah

Soak up the fruits of the Holy Spirit evident here,
Hallelujah & Merry Christmas!!


also a good version with video clips of the biblical scenes

 

Christmas Baking Day 2013

So grateful the wee one is waiting still to arrive so I could have this baking day with my family before Christmas...


















(no raisins and we added sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds)



(also known as muddy buddies, but we double the chocolate peanut butter part)

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