December 13, 2010

Christmas Centerpiece

This project was inspired by Teleflora.

I was over at my mother in law's yesterday and I saw the most beautiful flowers arrangement ever! She has been receiving these flowers for years from her mother. Teleflora has unique gift collection each year to go with their flowers arrangements. She decided to give me the last year's collection. I was stoked!

This house light up and everything! It's so beautiful even by itself. If you would like to make one, you will need the following;
- Christmas village
- Fresh flowers
- Floral foam
- Sticks/pole or something sturdy
- Shallow dish

To begin, you will need to cut the floral foam to fit the dish. Make sure the foam has been soaked in the water. Put something in the center of a foam that can hold the weight of the Christmas village. Make sure there's a gap so that the Christmas village won't get wet. Now you can decorate with flowers. Have fun!

This would make a great Christmas gift!

December 1, 2010

Good Tidings Of Great Joy

I love the Christmas season. But more importantly I love the opportunity that I get each year to ponder and reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas. I often wondered what Mary would have felt. Can you imagine giving life to God's Son? Or holding this precious Child in your arms? To be honest, I hadn't really put that much thoughts into it until I became a mother. I remember when I was pregnant with Mister Z... The rush of emotions that came over me every time I heard "Silent Night" or "What Child is This" and a few other songs.

(picture by Joseph Brickey)

Christmas this year is going to be a very special Christmas for me. I am blessed to be able to carry another child and to experience one of the most sacred and miracul
ous thing ever!

Z's baby blessing booties
made with love by Great-Grandma L.

I'm grateful for a loving God for giving me another opportunity to carry and give life to one of his children. My heart is full as I'm sharing with you our story. I can't tell you how excited
we were when we found out that I was pregnant! It was hard to keep it to ourselves. We didn't want to share the news until I was a little bit farther along. (some of you know the reason.) Thank you for all of your prayers on our behalf. We truly can feel it. Back in July was one of the most painful experience I've ever felt but I am still hanging on to "hope", and look!!!!! It's going to happen again. Yes yes indeed!!! We are so very grateful to have babe No. 2 joining our family in June 2011.

As I'm sharing our exciting news to you I can't help but to think of our friends who aren't yet blessed with children. You know who you are and we are praying for you!

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you agood tidings of great bjoy, which shall be to all people.
(Luke 2:10)

I love this verse because I was holding on to "hope" so desperately yet I let some of the fears sneak in every now and then. What a comforting verse to remind myself. "Fear not." And the most awesome promise at the end of the verse is "I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to ALL people." Not just certain group of people but ALL! That makes me s m i l e every time I read that. =)