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The Advent Season has begun...

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The Advent Season has begun...

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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Love, Tuesday...

If you've followed me on my personal blog you may remember my Love, Tuesday blog posts. I haven't done those is AGES but as I was sitting here this morning about to blog, it just came back to me with a new sense of JOY.  I loved writing about what I LOVED for that day and I think I will carry that over to this new blog!  

So for THIS Tuesday, here is what I'm loving...

Definitely loving my NEW WEBSITE!  And so thankful for this guy who helped me with not only the website but creating a new LOGO for me.  He has been so patient with me when I wanted him to change things a MILLION times… And he worked SO hard to make it all come together by my deadline!  I am SO proud of him because he's a GREAT Graphic Designer but really didn't have much experience putting together a website and just LOOK at this site! It's pretty awesome (IMHO)   So if you ever need any graphic design work or are looking for a new website… Just give Dany Ferrara the job!  

I am also loving the peace I feel, even amongst the storms of {life} right now...

Before I explain… let me say this.  I know this may be a new blog you are coming to and you really don't know me.  I will tell you now that you're probably going to get to "know me" if you start following this blog.  I don't have much of a filter…hahaha and I pretty much say what's on my mind.  SO maybe I should probably apologize for that up front.  I'm that person who you ask something to and you can tell immediately if I'm telling the truth with my words, because it shows ALL. OVER. MY. FACE.  I have 3 daughters… this isn't the best thing when you are asked "Hey mom, does this look good on me?"  umm well…. Yes??  Nope, it's written all over my face that I'm not believing my own words…  Sorry girls.  So I'm honest, probably to a fault.

But getting back to feeling peace even in this crazy time of year, let me explain.

We have been remodeling our house and completely re-doing our backyard since March.  We wanted the backyard done before summer.  Didn't happen.  We wanted it done before some friends from Italy came to stay for a month… didn't happen.  Then we started joking that it may not even get done until Christmas time.  Yup.  It's STILL not done.  Now I will say it's almost all done, but it's Christmas time people…  My front room which, is supposed to have a beautiful baby grand piano in it, is just like a storage room for us right now!  My family room… NOT a family room right now because we are getting a whole entertainment center put in.  So it's not really a house or backyard conducive to decorating for Christmas or entertaining in yet. I can't WAIT to share pictures when it's all done but for now you wouldn't want to see it… truly!

I also have been dealing with some major health issues that are not resolved yet and I am still waiting on answers.  They have basically scanned every part of my body with either x-rays, ultrasounds, sonograms, etc… So hopefully I will have some answers soon and we can get to the bottom of things and Lord willing, be healed.

So this year I do feel as if we are in somewhat of a "storm" of life.  

But I honestly can say that through all of this I can still REJOICE and have PEACE.  It's actually kind of nice to not have some of the stress of the Holidays right now.  Usually I would be having tons of boxes out and trying to get the house all ready and plan parties and buy presents… All normal things for this time of year.  But with my health and the house not finished I've been able to LET GO of the rush of this season.  And that is wonderful.  I feel like it's a little bit of a gift.

I did do a little decorating… I put some pillows on the sofa and I made a couple things that I just needed to change up for Christmas:

And this weekend I hope to have our new Christmas tree up when we have the family here.  We are celebrating Christmas early with both sides of the family since Victoria is going to Italy for Christmas to see that cute guy I just posted a photo of above… :)  So we wanted to get the grandparents over and have Christmas with her before she leaves and we'll have fun trimming the tree at the same time!

Lastly, I LOVE that we have started an Advent devotional with the family.  I really am praying that we can focus on what this time of year is really about and this beautiful devotional and cards that came with it has INSPIRED me to do just that.  It's from Naptime Diaries and it is so pretty:

You can find it  here

So my prayer for YOU as this season is upon us is that you will be filled with the JOY and PEACE that comes from the REASON for this SEASON:  Jesus.

Be blessed as you go out today and enjoy life!

Laura

P.S. I will be guest blogging for a bible journaling community on Thursday! I'm so excited and I will share more later this week...

 

 

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