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do less. make it mean more.

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I am a sucker for a lovely art print or book or desktop wallpaper. True sucker.

What used to be Naptime Diaries is now All Good Things Co. Sweet women striving to share the message of Jesus and hope with the world through beautiful artwork and inspirational prints.

Last year I purchased a few of their Advent resources and greatly enjoyed them. They recently shared the Advent 2017 Collection. Devotionals, banners, prints, and more.

I am really digging the theme of this year’s resources: do less. make it mean more. 

How freeing and inspirational does that sound? Doesn’t it make you crave simplicity? Doesn’t it strengthen you to be more intentional with your choices as holiday months approach?

Yes. Yes. Yes. Help us, Lord.

 

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I’m curious… do you and your family celebrate Advent? How? What works for you or your crowd?

a great Christmas gift idea

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Do you have any candle lovers in your life?

I do. And I am one.

Mercy Candle Co, my friends.

50 cents from the sale of every mason jar candle is donated to help fight the battle against human trafficking. I love the idea of shopping with purpose, shopping with beautiful intention. And for a person who always has a candle burning, this is a cool one!

Just an idea :)

striving for a more intentional holiday season

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I have already heard it from a handful of friends, Here comes the busy months! or Our calendar is already so full. or How will we do everything?

All good, beautiful things! My heart is feeling this tug, though, as I look ahead to our own holiday plans, to be more intentional with my choices and my attitude.

What are a few ways I can make it a little simpler? And with simplicity, even sweeter?

Focus on the real meaning of the season

Thanksgiving – gratitude for all of God’s many gifts. And if it’s been a season of hardship, then thanks for His person, life in Christ, and the fresh mercies for us every single day. Jesus born as a child, a beautiful image of humility. Coming to live a perfect, sinless life, to then die on a cross, taking God’s wrath in our place, to later rise from the dead, giving us new life in God. Father, help me not get caught up in the spending and decorating, the planning and rushing. Give me eyes to see Your beauty and glory. 

Plan simpler gifts

I am not that great of a gift giver. You need encouragement, prayer, or a pep talk? I’m your girl. Gifts? Not my strong suit. But, in this aim for simplicity, I’ve already started a list of gift ideas for family members and friends. Thinking a little more in advance give me freedom, and time for creativity, and also time to save and set aside money for said gifts. On the other hand, I’ve found how much I love to create unique things for people…  giving small pieces of myself, your time and energy and joy.

Be thoughtful and honest with our schedule

For me, a full schedule says lots of time with the people I enjoy — not at all a bad thing. But maybe we give ourselves grace, and choose to attend only the parties, events or gatherings that mean the most to us. Give ourselves permission to slow down and stay in with a cozy blanket, a crackling fire and our favorite Christmas movie once in a while. While sometimes I find myself wanting to do everything, be everywhere and see everyone during this time, I remind myself, and you, it’s also okay to say no.

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Christmas Weekend Recap

What a wonderful whirlwind Christmas weekend is! Am I right?

Christmas breakfast and lunch we spent with my family, and that afternoon we drove to Savannah to spend some time with J’s family.

It was a day of laughter, giving, light sabers, and delicious food. My cousins are my friends and my in-law family have become very special to me, so I felt surrounded all day by love and tradition and cheer (to add a little holiday cheese.) I love that even as a married adult, my parents still desire to create the same kind of Christmas as when we were kids. I know it won’t always be like this, the older we get, when we start having our own children, but right now it’s special.

When in Savannah we adventured around the marsh, played games, visited other family, and ate even more yummy food. I’m thankful for the friendships I have found in my new in-law family, my new siblings.

Christmas Weekend Recap | heartnatured

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