Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Beautiful Words || December {feat. my favorite hymn}

Blest Be the Tie

Blest be the tie that binds
Our heart in Christian love; 
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above

Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one
Our comforts and our cares

We share our mutual woes
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows 
The sympathizing tear. 

When we asunder part
It gives us inward pain; 
But we shall still be joined in heart
And hope to meet again. 

So, this is the last "Beautiful Words" post of the year. 
And I need you guys to vote! Should I do them again in 2018? 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Christmas Tag

Natasha @ Simple Things tagged me for The Christmas Tag, which makes me so happy! Thanks, girly! <3 This being the last month of 2017,  I wanted to do lots of blogposts, but I've been having trouble coming up with things to post about. So of course I was tickled pink to see that I was tagged for this.

Christmas is coming up fast! Has anybody felt that Christmas feeling yet? I haven't. We've been listening to Christmas music, I've gone to the local Christmas Tree Lighting, I've gone Christmas shopping, but still I haven't felt it. Maybe because I've been sick with a cold and unable to eat  any of the Christmas goodies. *winks* But, I guess that's life. I am on the mend and will be able to eat/drink the yumminess soon *grins*

Anyway, I should probably get on with this tag! So here we goooooooooo...... *peter pan's voice*

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie? 
I've always loved "It's A Wonderful Life", and there's nothing like "Winnie-the-Pooh and Christmas Too". Not to mention all those other wonderful Christmas movies. But I'd have to say my favorite is "Holiday Inn". I've watched it two years in a row now. <3 But maybe I on;y love it because I always watch it with Cousin Kirsten. I don't know. *laughs*

2. Have you ever had a white Christmas? 
Yes, actually. It was shocking to the world, but we did have snow on Christmas Day one year - 2008 to be exact. That was a very strange winter, and we got over 4 feet of snow! Something that hasn't happened before, and hasn't happened since. Usually we get dusting's but that's all, and never on Christmas Day. Sometimes Christmas Eve, but it's gone by the next day.

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Christmas Day, I am always at home. Plus we have Christmas Dinner on a different day with my mom's family at my Grandpa's house. And when I was a kid, we even had a celebration with my dad's side of the family, on a different day too. Sometimes that would be at our house, sometimes at my aunt and uncle's. I remember one year we drove four hours to my aunt and uncle's for the "Stenersen Christmas". I love those memories.
But on Christmas Day we are always at our own house, and it's just us. Except when my aunt lived with us... also one year my other aunt spent Christmas with us too. <3

4. What is your favorite Christmas song? 
No such thing. I love them all. How can you pick!? I love sooooo many!!
I've always loved "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" by my Uncle Casey. "On this Day" by Reba McEntire. "Let it be Christmas" by Alan Jackson. "Pretty Paper" by Randy Travis. "Old Time Christmas" also by Randy Travis. "Santa Clause and Popcorn" by Merle Haggard. "Wonderful Christmas Time" by Paul McCartney. "Happy Christmas" by John Lennon. "The Secret of Giving" by Reba McEntire. "Merry Christmas Strait to You" by George Strait, of course *winks*. "There's a New Kid in Town" by Keith Whitley.  "Looking Christmas" by Clint Black. "The First Noel" by John Denver. annnnnndddddd I should probably stop. *laughs*
Oh Little Of Bethlehem by my Uncle Casey 

5. Do you open any Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve? 
Yes, sometimes. It depends on the year. And how excited my parents are.  *laughs*
Also, sometimes the "Warnke Christmas" is on Christmas Eve so we're not even home if that happens. *winks*
but opening one gift each on Christmas Eve was such fun as a kid! <3

6. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen, Comet, and Cupid, and Donner, and Blitzen, and of course Rudolf. *winks* and yes, I did that all by memory.

7. What Holiday Tradition are you looking forward to most this year? 
Hm. Probably eating lots of yummy things while watching a Christmas movie all together.

8. Is your Christmas Tree real or fake? 
I must admit that we don't have our tree yet. Because we always get a real tree, all together as a family. Searching for the perfect tree on the farm. Another tradition that I am looking forward to. Especially since I've extra impatient this year and want that tree like yesterday. *winks*

9. What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?
Food? the entire meal of course. *laughs* well, let's just say mashed potatoes and gravy.
Sweet treat would be Mocha Truffles for sure.

10. Be honest: Do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better? 
oh boy. that's a hard one. I honestly don't know. I think I like giving gifts better, but that depends on who I'm buying for and how good my imagination is working. *laughs*

11. What is the best gift you've ever received? 
oh goodness. I've gotten so many wonderful things in my 18 years!
I'll go with my Polaroid camera. It's so fun and wonderful and adorable, and I love it so much.

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season? 
A cabin in the mountains would be amazing. (like The Ranch?) also I would love to go to NH for Christmas.
ALSO. Disneyland would be amazing! *laughs*

13. Are you a pro present-wrapper or do you fail miserably. 
Weeeeeellll. I don't do too bad. But Felicity,  Kirsten, and Amanda would definitely fall in the "pro" category. *winks* Why, Amanda gave me a gift and said I can't open it till Christmas. And I couldn't peek at that present if I wanted to, it's wrapped so well! *laughs*

14. Most memorable holiday moment? 
Oh boy, oh boy. This is a hard one.
I love remembering the mornings when I would get up super early, and sneak downstairs (this was when we lived on our other house) with Chancy, and we'd run as fast as we could past the stocking so we wouldn't be tempted to peek. Then we'd plug in the Christmas tree and sit by the light of it, playing checkers or some other game, while waiting for the rest of the family to get up. Once all us siblings were up, we'd open our stockings. (we had permission from a parents to do that without them,  because they wanted to sleep. haha) Those Christmas mornings, just me and the bro. <3

15. What made you realize the truth about Santa? 
Always knew the truth. Santa isn't even a thing in our house.

16. Do you make New Year's resolutions? Do you stick to them? 
This past year was the first time I did that, and I think I did pretty good. PRETTY GOOD. *winks*

17. What makes the holiday special for you? 
Well, simply everything about it.
The lights (I'm so obsessed with the lights <333). the music (oh Alan Jackson <3). the warmth. the feeling of being loved -- that's really the best feeling ever.
I love being with my family on Christmas Eve and Day.

I Tag: 

Marissa @ Hidden Treasures

Marita @ When I Hear Music

LaKaysha @ Calico and Lace

Liberty @ The Elegant Cowgirl 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Photo Dump || November 2017

Ok, guys. 2017 has been going by WAY TOO FAST. How do we stop it!?
How can November be over!? Just yesterday I was planning a trip to NH for the month of May. And now you tell me it's almost December?! You've got to be kidding me.

November. Uhhhhhhhh. *mind is blank* I guess I'll just have to use the photo dump to help me remember what happened! *laughs*

P H O T O   D U M P:

did some knitting and writing. 

oh yes. Coffee. I wouldn't be living if I didn't make at least one trip to the coffee shop this month! (just so you know, don't go on Sunday. They're super busy and the workers know a lot of the people who go, so they chat forever and ever and you're sitting in line like HURRY UP.)

went to work. just look at that clean living room!! *is proud* *winks* 

ice cream is life.
oh! went shopping with the other bridesmaids and ended up sitting at a coffee shop for at least an hour, and got paid a huge compliment from a lady who was there. (I actually got tea, in case you were wondering *winks*) 
our church had the nut auction. I got some yarn, a shirt, and a record. 

here's a food pic for y'all. 

all five of us on one couch/love seat. watching a movie. <3

we took this little cutie wedding shopping with us because her mom couldn't find a babysitter. 

oh yeah! and the bro got his first buck!!! how cool is that!? 

ok so, my aunts, Marissa and Marita, finally got their own place and we helped them move in. Plus did a lot of visiting. in the first six days that they lived there, I visited six times. But I didn't go once a day! 
(oh yes, and Josiah came to visit and these two lovebirds kinda helped *winks*) 
nothing like a candle burning in a new house, freshly moved in, and all the lights off. <3

mocha truffle! Sadly, I was/is sick and I couldn't enjoy it. *frowns* 

now this I could enjoy!! *a million hearts* 

Eponine, climbing through our bedroom window. 'Cause we don't have a screen. *laughs* 

driving. <3 
visiting Marissa and Marita once again. <33 (I'm so in love with their house, I may have to move in *laughs*) 
pic with Kirsty on Thanksgiving Day. <333 

Thanksgiving dinner *lots of love here* 

drinking coffee in the unusually warm Thanksgiving weather. 

and we somehow managed to play a game with the lovebirds. *winks* 

it's not Thanksgiving without at least one pumpkin pie! <3 


coffee on black friday. (first peppermint mocha of the Christmas season) 

with Thanksgiving gone, it's now time for CHRISTMAS!!!! 

and then we had Felicity's bridal shower! <3 It was tea-party themed, and I actually think we may have pulled it off. *winks* 
bride with all the bridesmaids, plus personal attendant. <3 

Mother, with all her girls <333
and the bride with the gifts she got showered with!! <3

my tootsie-roll. she's getting so big! 

one game we had at the shower. *smiles*

and it was over! done! WE DIIIIIDDD IT!! 

chocolate peppermint milkshake. I waited two years for this thing! (it's a seasonal shake, and they decided to try something new last year, but nobody liked it. Even I was upset about it *winks*) 
at the aunts' once again. *laughs* 
look at these two! They're adorable! <3 

supper date with the family. Even our new big brother. <3 

Well, there you have it. Josiah left yesterday. I go to work today. And life will go on.
First Christmas, then New Years, and then *dies* THE WEDDING. But even worse -- then Felicity moves three-thousand miles away! *sobs*

How was your month? Thanksgiving? (the long weekend tired me out. lol) 
Excited for Christmas!?