Tree, Lights, Action

So, we got this huge tree from freecycle. The owner was moving into a nursing home and we received his meticulously cared for Christmas tree. When I say meticulous, I mean, the branches were color coded and it was packed in layers of newspaper.

We got the tree, but we already had the boy. If truth be told, we already have four boys and one girl, but that is another story. That is my Zion in that picture. He looks so tiny, but the tree is really huge.

The tree came with a bucket of lights (indoor and outdoor) and a bucket of decorations. Pardon the mess and the diaper boy, but I am just thankful I was able to catch the wonder and fun of the next few photos.

Daddy decided that we should test each strand of lights, so we did.

The twins had a grand time.

Don’t let the absence of the big boys fool you, they were there, but they were just too quick for the camera.

Jumping rope with the lights. Joy in the simple things. Oh to be 3 again.

Daddy casually glancing in the box to see how many more strands of lights we have to test, while Zion tries on a new necklace.

See how fast they were moving.

No, this was not a rope light. but that would have been fun too.

Untangling the lights and working together.

Almost finished…

If you look very closely, you will see daddy behind the tree and Hosanna standing behind him and both of them admiring their hard work.

This new tree comes close to the ceiling (which isn’t extraordinarily high to begin with) and is significantly higher than the tree we inherited from my Nana.

We call that tree, from my Nana, the chair tree because my grandpa put the entire Christmas tree on a chair leg base. After Christmas they would just move it, fully decorated, to the basement. I will not get rid of it, but it is too small for us now. On Christmas Eve there will be 15 of us sitting around the Christmas tree. We needed a bit more room for presents and I wanted more room for decorations.

Oh yes, I almost forgot about the decorations. (The tree came with a bucket of decorations, remember).

Well, the day we got the tree, we decided to set it up to see if all the pieces were there. No point keeping a tree if it was missing half of its branches. All the branches were there, by the way. We decided, since the tree was already up, that we would just leave it up.

Since it was only the middle of November, we decided to wait until December 1st to put the decorations on the tree considering we have a new kitten (there is a post coming about her soon too) and we didn’t want her completely attacking the tree before Christmas. Oh, that and the three year old twins we have. Those monkeys took every ornament off the tree and rearranged it several times before we even made it to Christmas, last year.

Anyways, I am thrilled to tell you that we received a huge bucket of beautiful decorations spanning someone’s entire life. Every single ornament in the huge bucket was unique and different. I am so excited about putting them on our tree this year. Don’t worry, I will share about those ornaments later in the week.

Just keeping visiting this week (Monday-Friday) for more Christmas decorating fun.

This week I am linking up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you some amazing Christmas posts. Please take a few moments and visit the other mamas on this list and check out what they are writing this week.

A Slob Comes Clean – Getting Your Home Company Ready
Feels Like Home – Christmas Traditions
Somewhat Crunchy – Christmas with Dairy Allergies
Spell Outloud – Children’s Books
Mama’s Learning Corner – Children’s Crafts
Many Little Blessings – Edible Gifts
An Oregon Cottage – Christmas Cookies
Catholic Icing – Wishing Jesus Happy Birthday
The Traveling Praters – Traveling
The Homeschool Classroom – Gifts Kids Can Make
Mama’s Laundry Talk – Laundry Gifts

*special thanks to Angie for making the graphic button for our series.

Table, Chairs, and a Hutch


We went for almost two years without chairs for our eating table. A few chairs came and went during that time, some of them broke because the kids have this incessant desire to rock on them, and others were on their last legs when they got here. We didn’t have the extra money to purchase anything really solid (aka unbreakable) so we did without. Picnic time (okay, not really).

Fast forward to last fall when my Nana went into the hospital and then went into a care home after that, which left my mom and my aunt the task of cleaning out her apartment.  This was not an easy task for them and they learned a lot about the private life of my nana and papa (who passed several years ago).

I was blessed to received many little tidbits from my Nana’s apartment including a Bible, a sewing kit, some special linens, other odds and ends. Can you imagine my excitement when I discovered that I was going to receive her beautiful dining table and chairs and the hutch that goes with them? The table was not as big as the one that we already have, so it is in storage, but now we have chairs for everyone and a hutch to put more stuff in (our place is tiny, so more storage is a good thing).

While I am sad that my Nana is aging and had to move in a home, I am overjoyed that God saw fit to bless us with her wonderful dining room suite (and yes, it is sturdy).

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