Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Heartfelt and Handmade Christmas Ornaments

I am usually pretty intentional about most things that I do.

 

I usually have a reason.

 

Making Christmas ornaments this year with my girls was no different.

 

Most of the ornaments I made, had a purpose.  They told a story.  They shared something from my heart.

 

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My Jesus is the Lamb of God.  He holds the key to my heart.

 

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Sweet little Jesus Child…My Savior

 

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Pure…

 

5 yes

 

Go and share Him to the world…

 

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My wonderful husband born this year…

 

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An old sweater of mine was repurposed into many Christmas crafts this year…

 

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The blue and white ticking is a favorite thing of mine…

 

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The little girl all dressed up reminds me of my youngest who loves to dress up…

 

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The day we celebrate the birth of our Savior…

 

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I used old sewing patterns to make several ornaments this year.  My mother and mother in law both love to sew…

 

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Coffee..no words needed…

 

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More sewing patterns on both of these…

 

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My youngest daughter made the sweater tree on the left.  Such a beautiful ornament.

 

The little deer was a gift from a friend.

 

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Just a simple little tree filled with heartfelt and handmade ornaments.

 

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I will end this post on a little heavier note.  After years and years of struggling with depression, my step-father chose to end his life yesterday morning.  My mother is deeply hurt as are his children.  We are all so heavy hearted.  Please lift our family up in prayer.  Thank you so much my friends.

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43 comments:

elizabeth said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

Ashley C. said...

These are so cute - I just love them!

afistfullofweeds* said...

How sad that there are people who have no other out than ending their own life. A good friend of my daughters chose the same option Friday night. God take care of them. I love the ornaments Amy, and the reasons are so special!!

NanaDiana said...

Oh-Amy! First off your handmade Christmas pieces are full of joy and love.

Secondly, I am so, so sorry to hear about your step-father. I have people close to me that suffer from mind-numbing depression and it is an awful thing to see. One of the worst parts about it is that it is so misunderstood. You wonder why they can't just "snap out of it"...but they can't. I guess when the pain here on Earth becomes too great to bear they feel forced to make a choice. I do believe that God, who is much wiser than we are, knows the deep soul of that person and judges thusly. Blessings and prayers to all of you-especially your Mom during the Holidays- xo Diana

Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home said...

I LOVE them Amy!!! Love that you made them all with your kids and the meanings behind them. Beautiful!

Sherry said...

I am so sorry! Praying for you and your family.

Jen said...

Amy~ SO so sorry to hear this sad news. Your family will be in my prayers. Christian Love to you. ~Jen

pballard said...

Amy,
my heart is heavy this morning for my father who is very very ill. Rough night am praying for peach and comfort for your family and mine. Blessings Pam

Jody and Stan said...

Amy, Sending love and prayers your way. Hopefully in time the hurt will fade. Loving thoughts to you and your family.


Jody

pbrenner said...

I am so sorry for your loss ... others here stated it more eloquently - but God does know our hearts, and is a loving and forgiving God - I hope you, your mother, and other family members can find peace in that and with each other. I will keep your family in my prayers this Advent and Christmas.

Patty

Faded Charm said...

I hope your handmade ornaments bring you joy for many years to come:-)

So sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in my prayers. My brother-in-law did the same thing not quite a year ago now, leaving a wife and three young children....so sad.

xoxo
Kathleen

UPON A HILL said...

Beautiful ornaments that you & your family have made. Enjoyed looking at them. So sorry for the loss to your & your family. I am praying that the peace of GOD that passes all understanding rest upon your family. That the joy of the Lord will strengthen your family as well. Will be praying for you.
HIS PEACE~HIS LOVE~ HIS JOY~
Kim

lynn said...

hugs and prayers, amy--so very sorry. darling ornies:)

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Amy-- I see the sentiment and the love that went into this little tree. So precious.
More importantly are the lives that the trinkets represent.
So, I think it is a deep deep loss that your family is feeling right now, as you hold people in your life near and dear to you!
Praying for you, your mom, and your whole family at this time.

you sis in Christ, Pat

Ruby and Arthur said...

Amy, your family will be in my prayers, Jean

Blessed Serendipity said...

How special your pretty ornaments are. I am very sorry for the loss in your family. I am praying for your family right now. Sending thoughts of hope and comfort to you and your family.

blessings,
Danielle

Becky C said...

I'm so sorry for your sweet mom and all of the family. This is such a difficult thing to understand. I pray God will send His Peace to help you all through the next months. My heart hurts for you all.
Just know we are praying...

It's me said...

O no !! what a terrible news darling...i will pray for you and your familly...especially for your mom....so sad.......we lost a friend last month...he did the same....i do not understand such a choice......my heart is broken....for you...my love ....prayers are for you...love love love Ria...xxx

Cindy said...

I am so sorry for your loss, depression is a terrible thing. It's been stalking our home lately due to unemployment, but it's an insidious monster.
Your poor mom, my heart weeps for her.
I LOVE your music, it's very heart warming and just plain enjoyable.
I love your Christmas decor in your tree, the little handmade items are adorable.
Love and hugs, Cindy

Anne said...

Amy I am so sorry to hear about your stepfather.My thoughts and prayers will be with you all!
xx
Anne

Bonnie Hitchcock said...

Oh my sweet friend. Find beauty in the simple. The Lord will be your healer.

I recently discovered that "saved" means, saved, healed and delivered.
May He, the Great Healer, heal your hurts for whatever the pain.

Bonnie Hitchcock said...

If you've read my posts, you know that I struggle intensely from depression and ask God to heal me daily. I am learning to trust Him and He is My Great Physician. I understand this dreaded disease and so does God. I know I would never take my life when in my whole mind. He would have had to not be of sound mind. I think that God in His wonderful grace understands. We in our humaness don't see the Big picture. I will be praying specifically that God will give you and your family peace.

Keeping it Cozy said...

Your ornaments are beautiful and I love the story behind each one.

Amy, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. I cannot begin to imagine what you all are going through right now, but I will be thinking of you all and praying.

It was wonderful getting to see you, Faith and Beth today. Hugs to you.

A Thrifted Market said...

So sorry for your loss. I pray the Lord holds you all close as you grieve this loss in your family. May you be comforted by HIS peace my friend.

chateau chic said...

Oh, Amy, I am so sorry to hear of the loss in your family! I trust you have a real sense of God's grace and mercy at this time.
Mary Alice

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

So very sorry for your loss. I will be lifting your family up in prayer Amy dear.
On a lighter note...I do love your ornaments! My favorite is the tree covered with map paper!

Marilyn Holeman said...

Oh, Amy. I can't imagine the heartbreak. I will lift up your family in prayer.

Katherine Wolak said...

That is just lovely!!! I adore the toned colour and aweet theme!

Hugs,

raggygirlvintage said...

Wrapping you in hugs sweet Amy, and praying you feel nestled in our Saviour's care.
Tracey

raggygirlvintage said...

Wrapping you in hugs sweet Amy, and praying you feel nestled in our Saviour's care.
Tracey

must love junk said...

I love all your adorable ornaments and your little tree!! But I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Susan

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Amy,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss...please know that I will be praying for all. Your post was beautiful my friend (sweet ornaments you have here).

Blessings,
Linda

On Crooked Creek said...

Amy,
Your tree is precious with all its hand~made ornaments! I love the meaning behind each one. . .and the fact that your daughters made many of the ornaments!
Prayers for comfort and peace coming to you and your family at this difficult ime in your lives.
Strenght for the days ahead!
Fondly,
Pat

Olive said...

The tree is darling. Will pray for your mom and family.

~Kristin~ said...

Amy,
I love all of that handmade goodness.

And, honestly, my heart is just so heavy for your whole family. May you feel the peace of our Lord tonight and your sweet Mama is covered in love.

Love, Kristin

Vicki said...

Amy, my heart breaks for you and your family. I'm sorry that you are going through this and so sorry for your loss. Lifting you and yours in prayer today. Your ornaments are so meaningful and so beautiful. I hope you find peace.

Debbie said...

I have been praying, Amy.
I pray that your mom can feel that super natural peace surrounding her.

I love your tree of "intention". The telling of a story is one of my favorite things in this world.

J9's Happiness in the Every Day said...

Oh my goodness. May God bless you and keep you and your family from harm.

I love your decorations and their meaning / memory making essence. J9 x

Kristen said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Ginger said...

Amy...so very sorry. Praying for your family today.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

It is an honor to hold you in prayer. God knows and understands.

Natalie @ Blossoming Visions said...

Today is my first time visiting your blog, and although I've just learned this tragic news, please know that your family is in my prayers. May God lift you all up and ease your burdens. God bless you!

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