A JOYOUS December 1st to all of you!

I am SO excited to start this month that is going to be not only a beautiful Christmas Season... but the month our oldest daughter is getting married!  

Lot's is going on in our house and it is a flurry of activity!  We have Dany's parents here from Italy now and they are CHEFS... so you can imagine the food we are going to eat over the next month! (We need to watch it BEFORE the wedding, but after... that's a WHOLE other ball game people...) Dany's brother and sister-in-law are also here and are EXPECTING!!  They just had an ultrasound yesterday to see what they are having and the whole family got to see it!  I won't divulge the news... just in case someone is reading this that they haven't told yet... but what an exciting time for them!  My daughter is getting married AND going to be an Auntie very soon!

In all this craziness, I still want to find the time to focus on what this time of year REALLY signifies and spend time in God's Word.  I mentioned on my last post that I usually do a December Daily album that shows what we are doing each day of the month as well as adding photos and journaling.  Well, this year I got the idea to do this with an Advent Calendar and Bible Journaling theme, so I am going to be incorporating ALL of this in an album AND my Bible!

Sorry for the awful lighting on these photos... I must confess that in all this flurry of activity at my house I completely FORGOT it was December 1st!  I had this page done a few days ago but didn't remember to take photos until this morning and thus the lighting... not so good.

But never-the-less, I am starting my month off with this verse b/c it is such the basis and foundation for all of us!

Romans 8:37-39 "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor peers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Please remember this when you may have a bad day, or you may not have family to celebrate with, or whatever you are going through in life...  None of "that" can separate you for God's LOVE!  That is something to sit on and think about and be SO grateful for!  He is longing for YOU to come to HIM.  For you to see Him at work in YOUR life.  He wants to be a part of it, every part of your life... so you know that His love is SO GREAT and SO POWERFUL it can change LIVES!

Here's a quick photo of some of the items I will be using for this month.  The album or journal is from Simple Stories and I am going to add the December Illustrated Faith Kit and all the fun Christmas themed items from DaySpring that I ordered last month!  I know a lot of people are probably doing similar things, but if you want to follow me on this month long adventure deeper into the meaning of Christmas, I will be posting on here (pretty sporadically) and also on my @awelldocumentedlife on Instagram.

I hope you take the time to really enjoy the meaning of this time of year and as you do, you draw closer to the One we are celebrating!

Love and hugs to all,

Laura

P.S.  Just an FYI...I am doing this on my own, so anytime you see any links to products, it is not because I am getting any payment or kickback.  I don't work for any company.  I just want to make it easier for you to find the things I am using and find these wonderful people and businesses I adore.  

P.S.S.  I DO however shamelessly plug my own Art & Faith Creative Retreats on here, because that IS what I do... and what I feel the Lord has given me as an opportunity to help others draw closer to Him... and I want you to come travel the world with me and be inspired with what God is doing through this ministry!  In that spirit, I did post on my @creativeretreats Instagram about an upcoming Art & Faith Creative Retreat, in Paris, France!!  

Yes, I am going back to Paris for a week in late Spring or Early Summer of 2018!  This time it will be a faith based event in the beautiful city of Paris and I can't WAIT to share it with you and see what the Lord does during our time there!  It's too early for SIGN UP'S quite yet, but I will be posting all the details on the retreat right here in Mid January.  If YOU are interested in joining me, you can simply add your name to the INTEREST LIST by clicking of the CONTACT button at the top and leaving me your information so I can contact you once the details are set.  I did write a little blurb on the Retreat Details page of this site (Under the SIGN UP button) as far as what is going to be included, but the dates and price are not set yet.  (It is my desire to keep the costs down as much as I can so as many of YOU that are lead to be there can make it... but I will admit that Paris is not a budget friendly place... so start saving now, you have well over a year to save up!)  Have I told you some of the amazing stories of how the Lord provided a way for us to go to Italy every year, since 2009??  It truly is God at work and I KNOW 100% if He wants you to go somewhere... He will make a way!

Have a GREAT December 1st everyone!

Hugs,

Laura

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