Monday, December 17, 2007

Welcome to Our Home

Welcome! I'm so glad you stopped by! Not much has changed (decorating-wise) around here since last year but I've taken some new shots from some new angles... Having this on my blog actually helped me this year when I couldn't remember how I had arranged some things. I just got on the internet and checked! (This year I didn't do a slide show, since I know those are difficult for my friends with dial-up.) I'm sorry if the smell of my Yankee Christmas Cookie candle faked you out... I haven't had time to bake cookies yet today. But I do have some great coffee...
Anyway, without further ado, welcome to our home!

This is my grandmother's foil tree that she always had in her home and then in her little apartment. I inherited it and it is such a treasure to me. It sits on the glass table in my entry way with the lights under it. Someday maybe I'll get a color wheel!

Here's the tree. From the looks of it I'd better log off my computer and get to shopping and wrapping!

This is one of my favorite new decorations, a gift from a friend. I love plugging it in each morning while the house is still dark.

Here's our big mantle. It covers one whole wall in our family room and every year this intimidates me! For years I did 33 candles of various sizes (one for each year of Jesus' eartly life.) This year I just did greenery and lights.

This is a rug I picked up this year. Everywhere I see the word "Joy" and it's catching my eye more than ever, as we have pretty much decided that will be our new daughter's middle name. I love seeing this rug with the little African chairs on either side.
Here is my little Christmas village on my cookbook shelf in the kitchen. I just love Dollar Tree!

Here are our gingerbread houses in the china cabinet, where they live each year. We learned our lesson one year when our dog helped himself...

I haven't collected the whole Willow Tree set yet, but I found this stained glass Bethlehem last year and I think it looks great with the pieces I do have.

My daughter's tree

My son's tree

The view from upstairs. Notice the sleeping Dachshund curled up on the couch cushion. It's his birthday today!


Each new candle brings us one week closer to Christmas Day! I just love this time of year.

Thanks so much for stopping by our home, and thanks, Boomama , for hosting us.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

23 comments:

Susanne said...

Just beautiful! How special is that foil tree! What a lovely keepsake from your grandmother.

KC said...

very pretty.. In that 1st picture I have the same glass nativity
Thank your for sharing your home with us. Merry Christmas

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Just stunning! I love that you included the new daughter in the tour too. Joy will make a beautiful middle name. Thanks for the tour. I need to get wrapping now too :)

Hootin' Anni said...

It's beautiful

I have a slide show for my tour.
I hope you can get connected to view with me, if not, I have a few thumbnail images on my regular blog too.---

My Slide Show Tour

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

I just love the foil tree! What a special reminder of your grandmother. Also, I think Joy is such a perfect middle name! Thanks for sharing your home.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Your home is beautiful and your decoration are lovely. I love your blog header, and walking with Jesus is such an adventure. I too started out in Princeton New Jersey, lived in Asia and Canada and the journey continues. So glad to participate in this tour and have found you. Blessings, Karen

Stacie said...

it is all very pretty, thanks for sharing!

Jenni said...

What a special keepsake from your grandmother! It's just lovely. I really enjoyed the tour, and your blog! We homeschool too, and I think it's so thrilling that you are adopting from Ethiopia. May God richly bless you in 2008!

ellen b. said...

Thank you for the tour. Merry Christmas to you and yours...

Southern Heart said...

Very lovely! I especially love your pretty nativity and village! Thank you for sharing your home today.

Merry Christmas,

Andrea

Amberly said...

Hey, I have one of those little block lights too! It's also one of my favorite things and I put a picture of it on my tour! I also love the rug!

Alycia said...

So beautiful Cyndi! I love the name Joy also and think it is most fitting! Beautiful!

Monkey Giggles said...

I love the pom pom tree. Yes I saw your cute little puppy. Merry Christmas to you

Amy said...

I'd love a Willow Tree Nativity! Beautiful!

Merry Christmas!

Waitingonyou2 said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us! I love the Willow Tree nativity set and it does look beautiful with the stainglass.

Merry Christmas,

Erica

Chrissie said...

Hello! Everything is lovely! It's so neat the kids each get a tree! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and may God bless you and yours this Christmas, and always!
Chrissie

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Very lovely decor; I like your grandma's silver tree especially! :)

Cale and Kate said...

Your home is beautiful! What's even more exciting to me is to just "happen" to come look at your blog and see that you are adoptiong from Ethiopia. We are starting that process as well! We have had a few delays and so it was an encouragement to me that God will work this out all in His perfect timing! I will be sure to check back for updates on your process.

Sharijoy said...

Every thing is soooooo lovely!! I LOVE the door mat...could be cuz my middle name is Joy and so is my daughters. Thanks for popping by my place! Happy Holidays! ps when i upload a pic it doesn't let me turn it...what program do you use!

Sherri said...

Everything looks great...really cozy!!!

Sami said...

Wow!! I just love Christmas, it is my favorite time of the year. I am really enjoying your page! It looks great!! I received your Christmas card in the mail today, and was so excited to get it!!! Congrats on the new baby coming soon, she will be a huge blessing I am sure. Your family is beautiful! Can't wait to see you next year!!!

Sami

Kim said...

Everything looks wonderful!

Merry Christmas!

Kelly said...

Beautiful--thanks for letting me "stop by." I hope you hada wonderful Christmas!