Friday, November 20, 2015

Our Family Christmas Traditions #1

With the holidays upon us, I would like to share some of the traditions we have in our family, most of them since my husband and I were a young married couple with young children.  I will post one tradition at a time and hope you enjoy them!  Some are sweet, cherished traditions and a few are just plain fun (bordering on silly).

I don't recall where I found this book or how I came upon it.  It is possible that we might have watched the TV movie version of this story from 1985 (wow, did I just admit I watched a show  that was broadcast 30 years ago?  Ugh...).  

This book has been a part of our Christmas Eve ritual.  Our family gathers together, piles into our car (now plural--cars) and we listen to Christmas music as we drive through our small town, admiring the Christmas lights and decorations.  Once we return home, each child/grandchild chooses one gift to open and there is always another one they have to open--new pajamas!

After those gifts have been opened, everyone gathers together to listen to Mom (that would be me) read Henry Van Dyke's The Other Wiseman.  I have also seen copies of this book called The Fourth Wiseman but our book is as the photo represents.  It is a short story, perhaps no more than 5 or 6 minutes but has a wonderful meaning and moral to it--by helping and serving others, we serve God and Jesus. 

Artaban is a magi, who gathers four precious gifts to take to the Christ child.  As he hurries to meet the other Magi and seeks the Child, he encounters others who are in need of assistance.  Each time Artaban unselfishly uses one of his precious gifts (such as a gem) to give assistance to a stranger.

  After 33 years of searching, Artaban learns that Jesus is in Jerusalem and that he is to be crucified.  Artaban rushes to try to barter for Christ's life with his last gift, a pearl.  He encounters a young woman who is to be sold into slavery as payment for family debt.  She begs Artaban to help her.  He buys the woman's freedom with the pearl and realizes he has missed the opportunity to meet Jesus and perhaps save Jesus's life.  A terrible shaking of the earth occurs (as the Crucifixion has occurred) and a tile from a building crushes Artaban.  As he lays dying, he laments his failure to meet Jesus.   

Artaban hears a voice tell him "Verily I say unto thee, Inasmuch as thou hast done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, thou hast done it unto me."(Matthew 25:40)  Artaban dies in peace and joy, as he understands that his treasures were accepted, and the Other Wise Man has found his King.

Just FYI, I start to choke up with emotion about the time I read that Artaban is willing to trade his last remaining gift for a stranger's freedom.  Some years I have to hand the book to someone else to finish and some years I get through it.

The Other Wiseman can be purchased online at retailers such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble or you can check a nearby brick and mortar store.  Our family looks forward to our Christmas Traditions and I hope you have enjoyed reading about this one.  We have more to share over the next few weeks so stay tuned!

Comment below if you have a favorite Christmas book, scripture, or story to tell!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wordless Wednesday Linky Party #75

Hello to all!  Here we are the week before Thanksgiving and we are so glad you stopped by!  Twochicksandamom is so happy to be co-hosting Wordless Wednesday once again.  Check out the wonderful ideas, crafts, and recipes AND share your own!  Make sure to leave a comment when you find a post that you love-just click on post and over the blog you go!

Welcome to our 75th "Oh My Heartsie Girls Wonderful Wednesdays Linkup" We hope that you enjoy this weeks features!!
How Would You Like To See How Much Fun We Have Had "Here's a Flash Back" Right on Google Oh-My-Heartsie-Girls-WW And if you missed something special from last week, so many good recipes, crafts, and more you can find them here :❢:❢ All The Entries Here :❢:❢ ♥~ Please Meet Our Hosts of #OMHGWW ~ "Weekly Wednesday Linkup"
Jewelry-Candles-Giveaway-Extravaganza-Oh My Heartsie GirlKarren-Host // Oh My Heartsie Girl // Jewelry Candles Giveaway RV for all is $125!!! 12/11 Open to US Twitter | Bloglovin | Google+ | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | HomeTalk Divider 989321gyey13hzitFrom-Evija-with-Love Co-Host Evija Roberts// From Evija With Love // Create Your Own Love sign // I love making signs and decided to create a cute little Love sign for the house.. here is what I did.. Twitter | Bloglovin | Google+ | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram Divider 989321gyey13hzitAPple-Cranberry-Pies-Must-Love-HomeCo-Host Christine Mello // Must Love Home // Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies // Cranberry Apple Pocket Pie is a combination of sweet apple filling and tart dried cranberries. This combined with a flaky, buttery crust ....who could resist? Just 4 ingredients and less than 20 minutes to make a batch of these delicious little pies! Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram | Facebook | PinterestDivider 989321gyey13hzitTwo-Chicks-and-a-mom Co-Host Donna Wirthlin // Two Chicks And A Mom // Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Stuffing //This recipe was one of the highlights of Great-Grandpa's small Utah diner in the early 1900's. The family has loved it for generations and it is made with simple ingredients! Twitter | Bloglovin | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram Divider 989321gyey13hzit10-minute-iron-on-pillow-cover-wright-simply Co-Host Ashleigh // Simply Wright // 10 Minute Iron on Pillow Cover // A super quick and easily switchable pillow cover that you don't have to sew! Facebook | Google + | Pinterest | Instagram | BloglovinDivider 989321gyey13hzitsmores-donuts-Cherishing-a-sweet-life Co-Host Christine // Cherishing A Sweet Life // Chocolate Ganache-Stuffed Smores Donuts // Last Saturday my husband asked me to make doughnuts! I've never made doughnuts from Scratch, and I am a little intimidated to fry anything. I remembered a recipe for Smores Donuts, so I thought I would give making them a try! They were incredibly delicious and fun for the kids to help make! Twitter | Bloglovin | Google+ | Facebook | Pinterest Divider 989321gyey13hzitHow-to-create-a-budget-that-works-with-your-family-My-new-finances Co-Host Freda // My New Finances // How To Create A Budget That Works For Your Family// Create a budget that you and your family can work with a budget Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | InstagramDivider 989321gyey13hzitThankful-for-three-things-shandra-white-harris-with-heat-wide-open Co-Host Shandra White Harris // With Heart Wide Open // Thankful for Three Things // I'd been a happy,successful single for nearly 10 years. Then this Handsome Fella came along. Twitter | Bloglovin | Facebook | Instagram
Divider 989321gyey13hzit My-First-Visit-To-Stunning-Singapore-The-Fab-Journey The Fabulous Journey // My First Visit To Stunning Singapore //Last week I made my first visit to stunning Singapore! Although I have lived in Asia for over 20 years, this was my first chance to experience this fabulous place. Twitter | Bloglovin | Google+ | Facebook | Pinterest |InstagramDivider 989321gyey13hzitSiomay-Time-My-Purple-World ♥Co-Host Indah // My Purple World // Siomay Time :) // Time for more Indonesian delicacies. This time, I would love to introduce Siomay, Indonesian steamed fish cakes with peanut sauce. It's one of our favorite munchies at home :) Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram
Best Picks from last weeks party Your Co-Hosts Picks From Last Week Divider 989321gyey13hzitDIY-Christmas-Advent-Calendar-Inspiration-for-moms Pick By Christine Brown// Inspiration For Moms // Diy Advent Calendar Divider Pick By Evija // My Writing Desk Divider 989321gyey13hzitHow-to-Successfully-Work-with-brands-spoonful-of-flavor Pick By Donna // A Spoonful of Flavor // How-to-Successfully-Work-with-BrandsDivider 989321gyey13hzitThanksgiving-Movies-The-jenny-evolution Pick by Shellie // Jenny Evolution // Thanksgiving Movies Divider 989321gyey13hzit Pick by Indah Nuria // Kreativk // Pumpkin Cookies
Divider 989321gyey13hzit
Pedestal-plates-pumpkins-tablescape-master-pieces-of-my-lifeMasterpieces Of My Life // Pedestal Pumpkins Tablescape Divider 989321gyey13hzit Easy-Pumpkin-Cheesecake-Bars-growing-up-gableGrowing Up Gable // Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Divider 989321gyey13hzit
Gift in a Jar Almond-Joy-Bars-Busy-Being-JenniferBusy Being Jennifer // Almond Joy Bars In A Mason Jar Divider 989321gyey13hzit
Something new is coming to our Wordless Wednesdays to promote Features watch for it!!!
Disclaimer: When you add your link along with your email, it will be used only to send you an invitation to join us for the party. It also gives Oh My Heartsie Girl or Co-Hosts permission to share your posts, pictures and links if featured in upcoming posts. Any content used will be given proper credit and link-backs will be provided. But Now.....Let's Party!! ..Open for a Week.. Stop by add new Links!! Share With Us your recipes, reviews,crafts,home decor, fashion posts, jewelry, paper crafts and yes, Linky Parties and Giveaways. Comments Are Welcome & Appreciated We Want To See It All! And Please Feel Free To Pin A Few Features


Monday, November 16, 2015

Turn It Up Tuesday's #113

Aloha and welcome to our party!  I say "Aloha" as my daughter (chick Staci) lives on Oahu :).  So glad that you have decided to stop by our party--hope that you will share your own crafts, recipes, Thanksgiving, Christmas and holiday ideas, travels, etc. with us.  Make sure you look around and when you find something awesome, visit that person's blog and leave a kind comment.

Welcome to the 113th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! We thank you for joining us this week, and every week, as we have some fun linking up and getting to know each other! We had quite an amazing week last week, and it's because of all of you! We are so happy to have you all join us for another amazing week!
TUT new
Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic...and having fun! Link up all of your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this link party the best that it could be!


Our sponsor for November is Two Chicks and a Mom.
Two Chicks and a Mom is a fun blog by a mom and her two "chicks"-- a newlywed college student and a high school student. Crafts, travel, recipes, and family life are what she write about--with a dash of humor, too. Be sure to check out her fun blog all month!
Are you looking to get your blog or website in front of numerous people per week? Do you enjoy Turn It Up Tuesdays? Interested in having your blog or website featured for an entire month? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month by clicking here!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

(from the top - left to right)
Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma's Ramblings | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Cindy from Mom Maven | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Free from Couponin Diva | Kori from Just Another Mom | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Dawn from Pretty Shabby UK | Anuja from All I Do

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for November!

(from the top - left to right)
TUT Nov 2015 (1)
Donna from Two Chicks and a Mom | Angie from God's Growing Garden | Lyn from Mid Michigan Mom | Glenda from Mommies Point of View | Jenessa from Mothering {In Real Life} | Maria from Pastels & Macarons | Hilary from Raising Fairies and Knights
(not pictured)
Ritu from Rocket Looks

Interested in being a guest host for the month or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly guest hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

Angie chose Little Village Houses Big Holiday Messes from Fynes Designs. "I absolutely love this little cardboard village- Place those cardboard buildings under the Christmas tree & I could stare at that little town for hours!"
Angie chose Decorazioni natalizie from Hobby e Creativita'. "These beautiful yet simple ornaments remind me of my childhood - my Oma & Opa (Grandma & Grandpa in German) used to have ornaments similar on their tree."
Tina chose Ikea Frosta Stool Makeover from Pastels & Macarons. "I love this makeover, What a transformation!!Makes me want to experiment with this technique.Beautiful stool. Thanks for sharing."
Tina chose A Simple Butter Cake from Always Made with Love. "A Simple yummy classic butter cake recipe. I love the decoration, I wish I could do it! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us."
2014-01-04 15.04.59
Hilary chose Maternal Mortality: A Fatal too many from The Ramblings of a Momaholic. "I nominated this post because it hits close to home for me. Complications with child birth are terrifying, any pregnant mother experiences the fears of them at some point. For us in North America we at least know that we will be receiving the best medical care we can. But for those in other places, this is not the case. I lived in Malawi for a month and reading this brought back a lot of memories on things I learned while there."
Hilary chose Hummus Roasted Potatoes Recipe from Lemons for Lulu. "My family is vegetarian so we eat a lot of potatoes, chick peas and hummus, I was thrilled to find this recipe that combines them. Seriously I am making this tonight!"
Dawn chose How to Handle the Terrible Twos from Medium Sized Family. "I loved this article, i shared it with my daughter, as her son is turning two in December. I am a big believer in re-directing their attention, its such an easy way to deal with the child – works much better than just saying no, or shouting at them. Thank you for sharing."
Dawn chose Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars from Sweet Mornings. "Chris I have one word to say to you “YUMMY”... I defy anyone to say they would not love to have a try of these. Thank you for sharing."
Mari chose Roasted Vegetable Stuffed Shells from Sweet Mornings. "This came just in time my daughter loves stuffed shells and I am always looking for new things to stuff in them so this treat will be in our menu very soon, thanks Chris"
Mari chose Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Dough Ice Cream from Frugal Foodie Mama. "I loved Carrie's ice cream combo another treat I will be trying soon."
Things Worth Tracking in Your Day Planner
Donna chose 3 Things You Should Be Tracking in a Day Planner from Giftie Etcetera. "This is a helpful post for those of us who would like to be more organized!"
Donna chose Thanksgiving Turkey Apron from A Mother's Shadow. "This is such a cute, easy project and a great keepsake!"
Bev chose Holiday Gnomes from MadeInADay. "Love these little gnomes. Great tutorial on how to make them. We could have a gnome village."
Bev chose Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies from Annie's Noms. "These salted apple hand pies make me drool. They look so good and not hard to make. What a great dessert."
Stacey chose Halloween Stash Devil's Food Cookies from Frugal Foodie Mama. "Oh these look wonderful! I would probably have to fight the kids for a few! Thank you so much for sharing!"
Stacey chose 25 Delicious Homemade Bread Recipes from Crystal & Co. "I keep telling myself that I am going to get over my fear of baking bread, and just do it one of these days. I will have to try one of these. Thanks for sharing!"
Lyn chose DIY: Christmas Advent Calendar from Inspiration for Moms. "This is much more attractive than the cheesy looking versions that can be bought at the store."
Maria also chose this post. "Love this advent calendar and the fact it comes with a printable just makes this project so easy to make!"
Lyn chose How to Make a Christmas Reindeer From Logs from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. "This log Reindeer is so cute! I can see it covered in snow and adding to the Christmas feel."
April chose Easiest DIY Gift Ideas Ever! from Pragmatic Mom. "With the holidays coming up, I'm looking for ways to slash the budget and up the number of gifts. This post from Mia Pragmatic Mom really fits the bill."
April chose No clutter in 2015 - How the Holidays can help you declutter! from Keeping It Real. "I'm on a mission to declutter my house, and I'm glad that I came across these tips by Teresa at Keeping it Real"
Maria chose DIY Vantage-Inspired Toolbox | Tutorial from Ella Claire. "This tutorial is fabulous and the gorgeous photos of a beautiful vintage tool box just made my day. Simply stunning!"
Tiffany chose 5 Blogger Styles – Where do you fit? from Building Blocks Blog. "I love this way to look at Bloggers from Kathleen. I think I may be a combination of a 3 and a 4…which are you?"
Natasha also chose this post. "In any given week, I am probably a combination of all of these styles. Thanks for this great share!"
Tiffany chose Five Tips for Managing Your Blog(s) from "Sagan gives some really great way to help a Blogger stay organized and I think the last one is so important. If you want people enjoy what you do then you must enjoy what you do."
Natasha also chose this post. "These are some great tips for managing your blog. Thanks for sharing!"
The post with the most views is How to Clean a Dishwasher from Pastels & Macarons.
Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I'm sure they'd all appreciate it!
If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!
Epic Mommy Adventures

And the Best of the Best goes to...

Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!
Best of the Best Bloggers - make sure to showcase the button below on your blog!
Epic Mommy Adventures
So now that you've seen all that we have to offer in this week's Turn It Up Tuesday,

let's get started!

- Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back. - Link up as many posts as you'd like! The more, the merrier! - Check out some of the other posts and make some new friends! - Grab the button below and showcase on your sidebar! Invite your fellow bloggers to join the fun!
Epic Mommy Adventures
Link up your posts, make some friends, and earn the chance to be featured or become the Best of the Best on Turn It Up Tuesday! We will feature the favorite posts each week! **Disclaimer: Adding your link to this link party gives permission to Epic Mommy Adventures, along with co-hosts, guest hosts, and participants of Turn It Up Tuesday, to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features, roundups, etc. with an explicit link back to the original source.**
Interested in reading all of our favorite posts on Turn It Up Tuesdays - past or present? Or do want to know if your post was featured before we go live next week? Follow Natasha Peter's board Featured on Turn It Up Tuesdays! on Pinterest. Natasha Peter Blogger & Editor Epic Mommy Adventures Email: Website: Recent Post on Epic Mommy Adventures: Make kids room winter ready – keep warm without turning the heat up {Guest Post}

Blogging tips