Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Rollin' with it...

Two months ago Ryan and I would have proudly proclaimed our awesome immunities and ability to not get sick since we started dating. Yea, scratch that one right off and tack it up to all the "eat our words" phrases we've said being young and naive. I'm sure in the VERY near future many things will be tagged onto that list as we venture into parenthood!

Well, life happened once again and we spent the night in the ER with Ryan sick. I have seriously never seen anyone so sick in all my life. Poor thing. He began getting sick with the virus (I should give it a name, however it might cause me to sin) around 9:30PM and by 1:30AM he had not stopped and couldn't keep anything down. Once everything started going numb and cramping up, off to the ER we went. He was as pale as a ghost. Thankfully, they were able to get an IV started pretty quickly and knocked him out for the night. By 6:00AM we were home again and he is now resting and I am in compassionate nurse role. The doctor does want to check him out again in 24 hours to make sure he is better. He had elevated white blood cells, which is most likely bc this hit so fast, but being from out of town the doctor just wants to clear the 5% chance of something else.

I am better today, Praise the Lord. It's been 72 hours so I'm pretty sure I'm in the clear. It's been a bummer that we are in Charleston for our long awaited vacation and sick, but what can you do. It's life and sometimes things don't go as planned. I'm learning to just roll with it and find joy in the simple things along the unplanned ride.... easier said than done though right. We've been so blessed by coming home and even sick it's been nice to be here and look outside and see the sun hanging on the couch with my mom.

Please keep my family in your prayers. We would love to have great time together before we fly back Sunday.... VIRUS FREE!!!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Beware of the Bug!

Greetings again from Charleston. I am laying on the couch sipping Gatorade feeling a little disappointed that we couldn’t go to church today. I came down with a virus yesterday on our way home from my Nanny’s. At first I thought maybe it was just acid reflux…my thoughts quickly changed. It’s been a bad one, and I have become one with the toilet. I’ll spare you the rest of the details. This is my second virus in 5 weeks… what on earth?! I wanted to go to church so bad today I could almost taste it being that this is our only week to go AND we’ve been snowed in the past 2 Sundays, Ryan’s drill the week before and oh SICK the week before that. Awesome…. Not. I took a shower and after blow drying my hair I knew I was too weak. Such is life I guess. I’m thinking it’s just 24 hrs and will quickly be over. Between this and my swollen feet experience I am feeling every bit of almost 30 weeks pregnant. Honestly, when I’m sick there’s no other place I’d rather be than in the house I grew up in with my mom. The bath tub knows me all too well!! My dad, sister and I have been hit with the bug. We are not completely sure where it came from, but our suspicions is that an adorable little red head played some part in it! She was totally worth it though!

In other news Charleston is absolutely beautiful…..75+ degrees makes for a perfect day. I’m so thankful we have the entire week ahead to enjoy being here. Visiting my nanny was really nice. She is a sweet ole soul. Well it’s almost been about 22 hours of having a virus so I think I’m on the home stretch!!! What a reminder of the blessing of good health! I think I’ll continue to hold off on that chicken biscuit I’m waiting for….

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to all.. and to all a good night!

Greetings from another fabulous Christmas at the Moore house. Yes, you did hear that right...Moore house. We are visiting in SC and loving every minute. We made it in last night just in time for our annual family visit to TBones. It's probably the only time all year my family goes there, but just like taxes, we never fail to go! It was a sure TREAT!! This morning I woke up and realized I'm HOME.. ahh the smells, amazing shower with endless hot water, and 80 degree weather gave my heart a warm up for what was to come!!

MY FAMILY!!!! By 10:00ish AM we were all together and I was loving on those nieces and nephews! My, how they grow! My oldest sweet niece kept giving me hugs and telling me how much she had missed me... she melts my heart! They are all so fun and unique. I love watching their little personalities evolve. Ryan and I are so blessed with so many to love! I was thrilled to hold and snuggle my youngest baby nephew. He is ADORABLE!! I can't stop thinking about the next time I get to hug on him!! What a blessed Christmas it was to all be together. Amidst the flying paper and kids running I kept thinking to myself how nice it was just to be here. Such a gift!

I love Christmas..

Praise to God for his selfless gift of his son so that we ALL have a way to be together on Christmas morning throughout eternity. I love the simplicity of the Nativity. A humble God giving to selfish man the best gift of all... Jesus.

Being pregnant this Christmas has brought new thoughts to my mind. It has taken me back and made me think about the journey to Bethlehem and Nativity in a whole new way. So with a swollen ankle propped up on ice (we think from traveling.. or maybe a little twist) I'll continue to soak in this Christmas! Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

crazy 8

8 TV Shows I Watch:
1) Grey's Anatomy (quality television.. let me tell ya..)
2) The Today Show (when I'm at home at that time)
3) Jon & Kate + 8... planning on getting some good episodes in while at home with cable parents.
4) Oprah.. sometimes.. she gets on my nerves though...
5) Extreme Home Makeover (however the music and Ty's special projects quickly become a little too much!
6) Wheel of Fortune
7) The Bachelor...yay for a new season coming
8) Rachel Ray

8 Favorite Restaurants:
1) The Mustard Seed
2) Senor Tequila's
3) Tsunamis... i really wish I would be enjoying their sushi over Christmas break, however I'll wait until this baby comes...
4) Chick-fil-A (and the heaven's sing)
5) Poogan's Porch
6) California Dreamin'
7) Kaminski's... my all time fav for dessert
8) Red Robin (I thought I should include an Oregon restaurant.. this is a good one! There is good food here..yet I'm not sure it yet compares to the southern cuisine...life has been so crazy we haven't explored much or dined out.. perhaps in the coming year we will with a compliant baby???)

8 Things that Happened to Me Today:

I'm going to do yesterday, because it's still so early..
1) Went to work
2) Spilled my coffee ALL OVER MYSELF and on the keyboard at work (thank the LORD it still works.. ) I looked awesome with a huge coffee stain the rest of the day.
3) Talked to my mom multiple times
4) Prayed all day for my sister
5) Went to Ryan's work party at a German restaurant
6) Went to Trader Joes (Sarah Epp this is for you)
7) Paid bills and did the finances....
8) Soaked in a bath

8 Things I Look Forward To:
1) Going home in a few days
2) March
3) Getting my body back hopefully quickly... when the American Eagle pair of jeans feel comfortable... I'll say it's back..
4) Seeing my son for the first time
5) Beth Moore coming to Portland (hint hint husband if you read this...cough...birthday)
6) staying at home (hopefully)
7) Meeting my nephew, Andrew, and seeing my other nieces and nephews
8) Ryan starting seminary... I think....???

8 Things I Wish For
1) a healthy/happy baby and easy labor/delivery
2) stability
3) an awesome Christmas
4) my family lived closer
5) a better economy..peace on earth..
6) people I love would come to Christ
7) a big shopping spree NYC (I can wish right?)
8) my son (and future kids) would love Jesus more than anything

8 People I Tag:
hmm.. I hate tagging people....so if you want to and want an excuse to sit blogging and not clean your house like me ... go for it..

Merry Christmas!
- Jessica

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A little update

I’m about to wet my pants with excitement.. or maybe it’s just this baby’s head on my bladder, but we are leaving in a week for SC!! Woo hoo!!! It surely feels like Christmas here…snow…ice.. the whole shebang. I do recall praying for a rain-free Portland and granted, it has been pretty dry, however maybe I should have specified a little more on precipitation in general!!! It looks pretty and it’s fun to nestle inside, but not fun for a painters work status. Such is life!

I went to the doctor’s yesterday and she said things look good. I am measuring 2 weeks ahead, but she said it could be that my placenta is in the front and therefore that is getting measured with everything else (or something to that degree). Thankfully, she said I am not gaining too much weight, however I definitely have never seen these numbers on the scale before… awesome. She also said it seems like our baby may be long. I wonder if it is that he is long, or I am just short. She was able to figure out that the head was down and the sweet little feet were up near my right ribs. I have become well acquainted with kicking in my ribs, and let me tell ya… not my favorite! I had my glucose screening so I’m praying everything comes out well on that. I have the pain tolerance of a small kitten; therefore I am a total chicken and was nervous about getting my blood drawn. I was relieved that she was able to get my vein the first time (not usually the case for me). Boy will labor be a rude awakening for me!

Hoorah for starting my last trimester… I am thankful for a healthy pregnancy so far and become more ready each day to meet our baby as my belly grows rounder and less comfortable! Deeeeeeep breath! 12 more weeks…and if he comes 2 weeks early that’s 10 more… wow.

I hope you enjoy Ryan and I’s little dance below. We worked ALL night on it, and I think we finally got it down. ;) Thanks to our little elf backup dancer…he was a little shy, but I think he did a fabulous job! Haha! Merry 1 week until Christmas Eve!

--Please pray that our flights out cooperate....they are predicting off and on snow/ice until next week....heaven knows how much I want to get home!

From our home to yours..

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Let's hear it for the boys...

So I started to drift off to sleep last night my little bun in the oven gave me a welcomed surprise. I’m not sure whether he was doing some soccer kicks or trying to tell me that he can dance like his Daddy?! Have I ever mentioned to you that Ryan can dance like nobody’s business?! He can and is a TOTAL treat to dance with .. especially in public..he makes us look good! So yes, back to our baby… I’m laying in bed and started to feel a kick, kick, kick then a little break and back to the 3 kicks. After a while I caught on and began to hold my belly where he kept kicking (or punching). I could totally feel a hand or foot…not sure. I think it felt more like a foot, but heaven only knows. Of course I’ve felt him kick plenty of times, but this was the first time I really felt a real foot. I guess we’ll never know if I am right, but I mean what else could it be.. a kidney?! I felt like I was touching him, and it made me excited to touch and see those little feet in about 13 weeks! I'm starting to get anxious and ready to meet him!!

In other baby news, I began this morning famished. I ate a huge bowl of cereal and by 10:30 AM I thought my stomach was eating itself. So of course I ran to the food place in our building and got the biggest breakfast sandwich I could find with egg and cheese. Growing days here we come. I haven’t had a ton of cravings during my pregnancy except for sweets (always have, always will), RED meat, and oranges. Y’all… I can’t stop thinking about a huge cheeseburger, steak, or something from a cow. GIVE ME THE BEEF!! In my non-prego state I could normally careless about meat in general… chicken is good… but I could take it or leave it. Oh but now…protein is my friend… esp during these growing phases. Maybe my baby boy was giving me a heads-up last night with the kicks on his growing plans!!

I keep begging Ryan to just finalize a name with me, but he refuses. He keeps going on about his firstborn son and how special the name is to him. Kinda endearing huh?! It’s so awesome to see how much Ryan loves this baby already. He asked me to change my doctor’s appointment this week so he could be there. He has come to every single one so far! At first I was a little embarrassed bc very few men are in the office except when they are holding ultrasound pictures (meaning-finding out the sex of their baby). We totally scream first time parents!! I love it and I am thankful for his support. So yes, the name is a big deal to him, however, the other day he called him by the name I am rooting for! Still nothing is final… so much for painting name letters before he arrives! 13 weeks and I can share bc we will know (and Ryan won’t kill me for telling)!! Just prepare yourself if we go with choice numero 1… I don’t know anyone with this name and never have….

Hmm.. I’ve mentioned Ryan quite a few times in this post. You could say I miss him! This chica loves her boys!

Monday, December 8, 2008

happy season!

I am sad to inform all 3 of you that our advent plans are taking a little detour this week. Well, not completely, but somewhat!! As with many things in life, plans simply change!! With my little, strategic advent calendar in hand I attempted to roll with it and “flex” the schedule… maybe a little too much!!

Ry and I read all the scripture for the upcoming week, lit all the advent candles on the wreath, and he wound up getting one of his Christmas gifts early. By the looks of it, I’m thinking I was a little too flexible with the schedule change! Or maybe impatient is a better description! Never-the-less, we had a great time together!!

In other Epp news, I was totally an Army wife this weekend. No, not the show.. the real deal. The unit Ryan is now drilling with had a family day and I was able to go Saturday. I’ve never really thought of myself as the “Army wife” type, but maybe I wasn’t too obvious!! Ryan’s new unit will be deploying in early 2009. Ryan will not be going. He will be apart of the rear detachment here. I’m sure you know how I feel about this at almost 27 weeks pregnant. However, there are a ton of families that will spend a year without their husbands, wives, moms, and dads. It breaks my heart to think how much they will miss. It has been a reminder for me to keep supporting our military families at home and abroad. Please keep them in your prayers.

After our family day Saturday, we headed home to get ready for The Junior Nutcracker. The little kiddos were adorable, and the older ballerinas were quite impressive! I think it’s safe to say our son will never be enrolled in ballet classes, however we thoroughly enjoyed our night out on the town.. .if getting home and going to bed by 10:30 pm means “night out on the town.” Honestly, it’s just nice to spend quality time together…we enjoy that the most! I hope you continue to soak up the season!! I will as I continue to favor St. Nick more and more everyday! Lovely!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Happy Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday to my favorite 57 yr. old!!!

Various people know him as a friend, spiritual leader, brother, uncle, papa, husband, but there is only 3 girls on this planet that know him as dear old Dad. The older I get the more I realize and appreciate my parents. Maybe it’s the task before me that says, “holy cow how did you do it?” To say that my dad has been outnumbered by women is probably an understatement, but somehow I think he’s regaining strength with 3 son-in-laws and 5 grandsons (mine on the way).

Today after singing a lovely solo (riiight) of “Happy Birthday” to him I thought about the qualities that set my dad apart. To be honest, I’m just proud of the man he is….honest, steadfast, kind, generous and more. I love that he’s not naturally a touchy feely kind of guy, yet still lets me help myself into his lap at my adult-status age. I love that he loves my mom and continues to date her after 30-something years of marriage. I love his shepherding heart and the passion he still has for ministry. I love that he has over-come crazy odds from a broken home. I love the way that he takes care of his girls---well really our whole family! I love that he’s compassionate and a fun Clemson football fan!

Some of my favorite childhood memories with my dad include him taking me to the fair each year. My mom was in college, so sometimes she would meet us a little later, but Pops and I would go and ride rides together (or at least the ones I could drag him on). I will never forget his expression on the tilt-a-world….priceless. After an evening of fun he would con me into leaving by suggesting we get an elephant ear to split for the way home!! I also remember him taking me to the circus when it was in town. I think I begged for every light-up piece of trash they were selling…I’m sure I probably was a brat to take!! What fun times I had “playing sick” and dad picking me up from school only to take me out to lunch and to work with him (maybe not motivation to go to school, but I did graduate from college so I guess it didn’t hurt me too much)!!

The memory that is stained on my heart for the rest of time is those minutes before I walked down the aisle…just me and my dad. We loaded up in a little convertible to drive a around the back way of the plantation…right up to the aisle. I was starting to get emotional and nervous, yet he had a crazy calming effect on me. He walked me through it all…just as if I was taking my first steps as a toddler, just then as the perfect gentleman. Poor thing had the flu, but I remember him telling me he would be there and marry us with Ry’s dad if we had to prop him up! I remember the lady who did my cake told me to take everything in on our wedding day, but to especially look at my dad’s expression as we walked down the aisle. I was sure to do it, and I remember looking and thinking to myself how thankful I was for him, and then also for the man he was giving me to.

So here’s to you Dad (even though blogs aren’t your thing), Have a VERY happy birthday!!! I love you so much!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Happy 100 Days!

Do you remember celebrating the 100th day of school?? Ok, so you probably did not celebrate this since you were 7 years old, but having a creative, kindergarten teacher for a mom I was usually aware of this day. If I remember correctly it usually hits sometime before Christmas. I always remember thinking, “it’s already been a hundred days.. It seems like school just started?!” THEN, when Ryan and I got engaged our engagement period was just over one-hundred days and it FLEW by (side note- I totally recommend short engagements..it’s a whirlwind of fun). I remember making a scrapbookerish type calendar to countdown the days until matrimony. It was cute and exciting! During that time I would practice writing my soon-to-be married name a million times during church (I multi-task really well). Oh the difference a year makes!!

So here we are…100 days until this baby comes (maybe sooner if I go early like my mom and sisters do)! That sounds a little…oh my goodness scary, but then I know I will be SO ready. Isn’t it neat how God has designed this whole thing? I hear women say you get to the point where everything is uncomfortable and nothing is convenient just as it’s time for your baby to come. Personally, I think pregnancy is not convenient any of the time, but that’s just me. Thank God for that transition period from not convenient to miserable!

My prediction delivery date is February 28th to March 2nd. I think it would fit right in with our first year of marriage. How could it not be more perfect than to finish off a year of growing, adjustments, moving, changing etc., than nothing more than the labor and delivery wing of a hospital?!?! We would have a good laugh! At that point I might deem our life lesson of the year… “It’s not about you, and it never was.” Maybe I’ll even throw the book into my hospital bag to read during labor in-between the “hee hee, hoo hoos” and the “Ryan, I’m never doing this agains.”

Happy 100 Days until you come, Baby Boy!

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Yummy Holiday Recipe

I found this recipe the other day on a random blog.. tried it.. and thought you might like it! It's easy, easy, yummy, and looks pretty!! Did I mention that this was easy?! Enjoy!

Double Chocolate Mocha Trifle

1 pkg brownie mix (plus needed ingred)
1 3/4 cup cold milk
2 pkgs white chocolate instant pudding and pie filling
1/4 cup hot water
4 t. instant coffee granules
2 c. thawed frozen whipped topping
1 bag crushed Heath bar toffee bars (in baking section already crushed)

Bake brownies and let cool completely. In large bowl, whisk pudding mix into milk until mixture begins to thicken. Dissolve coffee granules in hot water; add to pudding mixture, mixing well. Fold in whipped topping using spatula. Cut brownies into 1-inch cubes. Layer 1/3 of brownie cubes in bottom of trifle bowl. Top with 1/3 of pudding mixture, pressing lightly and 1/3 of chopped toffee. Repeat layers two more times. Chill 30 minutes before serving.


So Ryan and I totally thought yesterday was December 1st! We were wishing one another a happy 9 months all day long. We did a little positive marriage evaluation and even went on a dinner date…all the while on the wrong day! During dinner Ryan started feeling more sick so we hurried through and he was asleep by 7:30- 8 PM. We have BOTH been sick this weekend….me with a virus (gross) and Ryan with a sore throat, cold, chills thing. Today, I think I’ve landed myself whatever he has…sweet! Anyways.. Yesterday in our little 20 question marriage talk we talked more about Christmas traditions. In an attempt to focus more on Christ this Christmas I’ve put together a little countdown advent/random Christmas fun calendar. Thanks to some random website.. http://www.intothyword.org/apps/articles/default.asp?articleid=32879&columnid=3881 , I was able to have some guidance on the whole advent thing. As for the actual advent wreath, we are using a candle centerpiece bowl with 4 candles (I’ll post a pic)! Tonight we’ll start…sick and in pj’s! This week here is my little run down…

Day 1- If I can motivate myself I’m making a Happy 9 months cake/start of advent
This is what we’ll read as a little run down of advent. By the way…all our candles are read.. or white… (I’m sorry but it just looks prettier and matches my d├ęcor better!)

The Meaning of Advent

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

“Advent” simply means coming as in Christ is coming, and for us now He has arrived. This is referring to His birth in history and in humanity. It meant the welcoming or the arrival of a special king and for us; it is our King of kings. This is what the Old Testament prophecies foretold concerning Jesus’ Incarnation, the Word made flesh for our hope and Atonement that brought us our deliverance. Advent represents our expectation, anticipation, and preparation for who Christ is and what He has done for us. He arrived into the world as a human being, being fully God and fully man. He came to identify as one of us, as the Son of Man, as a baby born in a manger. He came for us, He came for you and He comes into our lives and into our hearts. He is coming again in great power and glory to bring His Kingdom into fruition.

The Advent Wreath

And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him." May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 15:12-13).

Traditionally, during the Christmas season we have an “Advent Wreath” in our Churches, and this is remarkably celebrated in all Denominations, including Orthodox, Catholic, liturgical, Mainline and Evangelical. The Advent Wreath is a venerable tradition that cuts across denominational and theological boundaries. It dates to the beginning of the 19th century in Europe. This Advent Wreath is arranged with 4 or 5 Advent candles, 3 or 4 of which are in a circle, along with one in the center, all on a base of evergreens each has a powerful message for us about our Lord. This has prevailing imagery we should not take for granted or consider just another holiday decoration.

· The Wreath: The wreath itself means “victory” as Christ’s victory over sin so He can save us. The Advent Wreath has 4 or 5 candles that are arranged in a circle symbolizing Christ’s eternity, as a circle has no beginning and has no end, it is a symbol for God, Who is eternal and thus without beginning or end. The evergreens mean He is “ever with us,” they are usually pine branches or holly that are used as a base that represents anticipation, newness, renewal and everlasting. The red berries of the holly represent the shedding of Christ’s blood.

· The Candles: The Advent candles mean the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His Son. This refers to the significance that Christ is the Light of the world. When they are lit, the illumination is to symbolize the Christ of eternity and His coming as the “Light of the World” and our worship and honor of His most precious gift of His Grace and mercy. These candles also have a color theme too, purple, blue, pink or rose and while. The first two or three are purple meaning royalty and this is also the color of suffering and the darkness of sin, connecting Jesus’ birth and crucifixion and His triumph over sin. Blue means sky and life, pink means joy, and white means purity.

Each candle has a special meaning:

o The first candle (purple) “CANDLE OF HOPE" means His promise and hope. We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises He made to us. Our hope comes from God. (Romans 15:12-13)

o The second candle (purple) "CANDLE OF PREPARATION" means His light and preparation. Preparation means to 'get ready'. "Help us to be ready to welcome YOU, O GOD!" (Luke 3:4-6) (Some traditions combine the first two)

o The third candle (pink or rose) "CANDLE OF JOY" means the angels sang a message of JOY! (Luke 2:7-15)

o The fourth candle (purple or blue) "CANDLE OF LOVE" symbolizes Christ love. God sent His only Son to earth to save us, because He loves us! (John 3:16-17) (some traditions omit this one)

o The fifth candle (white) "CHRIST CANDLE" symbolizes the incarnation, the heart and reason of the season, God giving light to the world. Its location is in the center as Christ’s light is central and radiant. This reminds us that Jesus is the spotless Lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins! (in wreaths that have 4 candles, it is in the circle among the rest of the candles)

· Each candle is lit during the worship services each week in progression until Christmas Eve or Christmas Day when the last candle is lit. (some denominations and traditions have different color schemes and some only four candles) Each week the new unlit candle for that week is lit, and then the previous candles are re-lit. A family is sent up to do the lighting as a passage is read, a carol sang and or a prayer said. The four weeks are a period of waiting also signifying the four centuries of waiting between the last prophet Malachi and the birth of Jesus. All five candles should continue to be lit in worship services through Epiphany on January 6 (epiphany means "to show," is the climax of the Christmas Season and the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” It is observed to denote the coming of the wise men bringing gifts and their worship to Christ).

Day 2- We’re going (if we are better) to a small group dinner.. fun fun!! Have I mentioned how blessed we are to have found an awesome young married small group?! We have and we really enjoy it!! So yes that's our little event… and we’ll be reading…
Is. 11:1-10 and/or Is. 7:10-14; 9:6-7; Is 11:1-5 and/or Jeremiah 33:14-16

Day 3- Ryan is getting a mini gift in his stocking.. and we’re reading the Annuciation to Zachariah: Luke 1:5-25

Day 4- Homemade hot chocolate and we’ll be reading.. Is. 7:14, Micah 5:2, Matthew 1:18-24 and Luke 1:26-33

Day 5- Christmas self-timer family pics (this may take a while as I am slightly picky these days on my angles) and our reading.. Luke 2:1-7

Day 6- We’re going to a Christmas party with Ryan’s unit and The Nutcracker (junior ballet). We’ll also read.. Luke 2:8-12

Day 7- Dinner at home together lighting our advent candle for the week and reading Luke 2:13-14 and going back to the 1st candle’s meaning we’ll talk about Christ’s hope in our lives and read Romans 15:12-13

I have all the verses mapped out but I’m still looking for unique ideas for my days… :) feel free to share any ideas that come to mind!! May we all use this season as a time of refreshing as we celebrate Christ’s humble beginning!!