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Nativity Show & Tell

9 Dec

I’m excited about Kerry Todd’s link-up to keep us focused on the REASON for the season! I love Kerry’s  meaningful story behind her Nativity from Haiti, so be sure to check it out and share yours, too!

My Nativity scene is something new this year! I ran across this idea online in January and couldn’t wait to make it to display this Advent and Christmas season! It is made with three 7.5 x 7.5 inch glass blocks (available at Michaels or Hobby Lobby), wired ribbon, white lights, and custom black vinyl from Vinyl Gifts and More.

Here is the set…


Who doesn’t love more lights?!


The vinyl was pretty easy to apply! I had never done it before. I used my old driver’s license that I just renewed to help transfer and it worked really well.


I used a strand of 35 lights that cost $2.99 at Hobby Lobby. I think 25-strand lights would work, as well. They cost $1.99.


I tied a big bow on top and then tied a second ribbon and bow around that one to make it look fuller on top.


I love the warm glow that this adds to my living room!

Hmmm… I wonder what some of my family and friends are getting for Christmas? 🙂


I hope you are having a joy-filled Advent! Have a great week!


The Shick Family Christmas {7 Quick Takes (#6)}

2 Jan


I hope everyone had a blessed holiday season! We had a great time with our family and friends over the past two weeks, but it was a rather eventful Christmas! In order to help me step back and laugh at the situation, I thought I’d put together a little multiple choice quiz of our crazy vacation!

Here are the choices for the questions below:
A. Adam
B. Stefanie
C. Big Sister “C”
D. Little “A”
E. All of the Above

1. After being on the road for only 2 minutes and stopping to get gas, who spotted a tire low on air that ended up having a nail in it?

2. Who had intestinal issues for most of the weekend that caused horrible, painful diaper rash?

3. Which family member spent all Christmas Day in bed due to lower back pain?

4. Who had to be taken to urgent care due to a scratched cornea caused by a pink headband?

5. Which person did all the driving and most of the loading/unloading of luggage (included 20 total hours and stops at four different family members’ houses)?

6. Who got delayed one day of traveling back to Tennessee due to winter weather in Indiana?

7. Which one had a major meltdown once we finally arrived back home that included locking her bedroom door and refusing to open it for several minutes?

Answers 1. A; 2. D; 3. B; 4. D; 5. A; 6. E; 7. C

Even though we faced some challenges, there were many blessings mixed in! First of all, Adam was able to catch the flat tire prior to us getting very far and all tires were replaced due to worn treads. Secondly, I was able to rest my back an extra day due to the blizzard that caused us to delay our drive back. Thirdly, Little A’s eye healed 99% in less than 24 hours despite a bad scratch that was visible without dye. She left the patch on an entire day without much fuss! Finally, we arrived home safely!

Be sure to check out the other 7 Quick Takes posts at Moxie Wife this week!  Thanks, Hallie!  My prayers are with you, Jen!

December’s Dreamer in the Spotlight

30 Dec

This month, I have chosen a group of people to feature rather than just one person – those who have written the familiar Christmas carols that we hear year after year.


I have been reading the book Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins and have been amazed at the perseverance and faith of may of these poets and songwriters.  Some of the writers were facing religious persecution and some were trying to find joy in the midst of a depressing situation.  The journey that many of these songs have traveled on their way to becoming world-famous Christmas treasures is miraculous.  For example, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was originally a story created by a father for his daughter who was feeling down about not having a mother who was well enough to do the things that other girls’ mothers did.  Since the family had little money due to his wife having cancer, Bob May decided to write this story for his daughter as a Christmas present.  At a company Christmas party (he worked at a well-known department store), he read his finished story and the boss believed in it enough to have several copies made and sold them in the stores.  The book became a best-seller and his brother-in-law eventually made the story of “Rudolph” into a song.  The song was turned down to be recorded by some well-known recording artists before finally being cut by Gene Autry.  Now it is one of the most known songs of all-time!

Reading the history of these songs, has been, yet, another source of inspiration.  What a great reminder that we must continue to believe and pursue our dreams, since we have no idea how God will use us to affect others now and in the future!

Happy New Year!  Hope everyone has a great 2012 filled with blessings!

Above photo by Idea go/freedigitalphotos.net