Wednesday, January 4, 2017

And so it was Christmas....

 Yes it was.
A different kind of Christmas for sure.
So much has changed, so much missing, Mom and of course Pop, their home, his wisdom, her light, the time together as a family, his prayer, her food, the love!
And yet there was a reassuring calm and peacefulness throughout December!
Because the most important thing about Christmas
never changes...
The angels told it, the shepherds heard it, the wisemen knew it...
   For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2:11-14(KJV)
Life changed for our family this year and so did focus.  As much as I wanted to share my home and love for Christmas by hosting my annual GraceReclaimed Trunk Show...
it just wasn't in my Christmas Cards!
Happy to say "Cheers" to the past year full of challenges and cheerless moments,
And gracefully saying "CHEERS" to 2017, full of His promise and constant love!
A friend suggested an Old Charlton House Christmas Tour
~ here it is if you have the time and the desire to come along~
I tried diligently to put it in video format for you,
but I'm obviously video challenged:)
So grab some coffee or a glass of wine and
put your feet up if you wish to take a look.
This might take a while:)
And if not, let me just speak this,  
May Christmas peace be with you and yours throughout the new year
and forevermore!
Emmanuel – God With Us...Always!


Beautiful magnolia leaf wreath by Bramble and Bee
a fairly new breath of fresh air and florals to Tomball!

Wings framed for Mom a few years ago....

Mom's Tree adorned with fresh Cedar from "The Shaw Farm"

My little collection of Ceramic Trees grew by 1 this year...
"Snagged" at the Texas City Goodwill, she found a home with me!
And she's gold tipped!!

Grandpa Elf...had a few surprises for the Grandbabes!
And held on to the Mistletoe when not in use.
("Mister Toe"to my sweet Sawyer)

A constant in my Christmas Decor
 Paper & Fabric Nativity made in the 1970's
YES, they are that OLD!
Thinking about doing a class on how to make them...
See contact info or comment here!
  And of course, this old guy!

My kitchen, almost finished....pecan wood island next.
~Remodel Post to Come~

Sweet gift from a dear friend, Cardinal Candle Light! 
And Non's Christmas Cookbook, so glad we made it! 


My absolute favorite gift among many underserved...
a handmade card from St. Philip!
Add one more reason for loving him so!!

And my lighted Christmas swag...
Philip was patient enough to install a mere 4 days before Christmas!  I cannot bear the thought of taking it down
just yet, forgive me neighbors!

Last but not least, the little GraceReclaimed shop...
Ready for a Trunk Show that
almost but didn't ~ might still ~ happen!

Until Next Year....Not really!
Although it is starting to feel like time is passing that fast.
Be back soon, please join me!!!!
just B (still)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

And so it was, Thanksgiving 2016...

~To see the full blog, please click here~

This year’s thanks giving time was very very different for us,
to say the very very least!
The best laid plans of B,
did not turn out quite as planned, but nonetheless memorable!
Sometimes I find it funny how much like my mother I am, sometimes NOT!!!
We headed to “The Shawfarm” with all the trimmings, St. Philip in total supportive mode, as usual!  All the trappings of the holiday crammed into the truck, decorations, dog, desserts and food for Cox’s army (who is cox anyway?).  Not to mention, material for at least one farm project, my new edict for every trip, the proverbial whip cracker I am!
My visions of eating outside on a beautiful table under the old oak out back were squashed by unwanted thanksgiving guests, the entire Moulton fly population; so inside we stayed.  Just my dream of what the scene would have been…


This is what I do to entertain myself and practice my photography skills or lack thereof, while St. Philip works on his project…that’s fair right? 

We did have loads of company fun, rides in the woods, “kids” puzzle making, movies and a bit of rowdiness, cold nights and cozy fires.  All the good stuff which is really all that matters!   
 I so wanted perfect pictures and thankfulness writing…almost happened!  Sometimes my expectations are a bit too high, you know ~ flowers or a bottle of wine for the cook ~ Ha...Maybe next year! 

But after the dust settled and it was just St. P and I, the change in the holiday settled over me.  Missing Mom but know that she was watching over my attempt to repeat her dressing, the worry if the turkey was done and the quiet that ensued once the blessing was said. 
Always wishing for just one more moment to express my love to her,
Well ~ to everyone in my life... 
Something I am forever working on, maybe I’ll get that right one day too!
Colossians 3:15  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Hope your Thanksgiving opened your heart for love
to abound in the Christmas season ahead!
gracefully grateful, always b