Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter's Eve

My sister bringing in pine, nandena leaves & berries
For the past few years, the way we celebrate this holiday season has really become more homespun, centered around simplicity, and giving honor to the Lord in our everyday living. So we decided to spend a special Winter's Eve by sharing stories, exchanging gifts, and feasting on a humble meal together by candlelight.
I picked Collards to add to "Cottage Pie"
(a lighter version of Shepherds Pie)

Handmade clothespin dolls

Given to us by a dear friend, these sweet dolls are even complete with petticoats! One is holding the Word, and the other is spinning wool ;)


Mother creating a serene atmosphere


Fresh vegetables & barley for the Cottage Pie

Candid shot of Mother preparing to re-arrange...
Fabric, Ribbons & lace.
Brown paper & cotton string...
these are our wrapping materials
A dear reader sent us wool from her recently shorn sheep!
So far my sister has spun a few skeins of wool with the drop spindle, & hopefully we'll get carders as some fun projects are coming soon :)
We each received a handwritten letter from my Dad...
My sister reading through her 'new' antique books
While we finished our spiced chai tea and ginger cookies, poems and scriptures were read aloud.

And as this year gently comes to a close, all I can feel is gratitude and anticipation, as I truly feel that every year just gets better and better. Just being aware that this life is a journey, a gift really! And making a decision to enjoy every bend and turn along the path, as I content myself in Christ and desire to grow spiritually. Never losing sight of His faithfulness & beautiful gift of salvation :)


Miriam said...

Lovely post,Miss Mia! I love all the photos!!!
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!

GailinVirginia said...

In need of inspiration I was again drawn to your lovely site...happy to see you posting again. Thank you for sharing another beautiful tradition...wishing you and your family a joyous and blessed Christmas.


Grace said...

Lovely post! I thoroughly enjoy reading about your life which is such a joy and blessing to read and such an inspiration!
May the Lord bless you immensely, your Christmas and the upcoming New Year!
Many Blessings,

Madison said...

Yet again another very beautiful post. =) I enjoy reading every one of them!


Jennifer said...

Thank you, Mia, for this post! Just what I needed at the end of this busy day! Such beauty and contentment come through your writing. I can really hear your heart.
God bless you and your sweet family! Merry Christmas!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Merry Christmas!

Thank you for your inspiring posts!

...they call me mommy... said...

It looks just so lovely! :)

Kate said...

What a lovely way to celebrate Christmas! I used brown paper and made my own stamps to make wrapping paper this year. They came out quite nicely! I've started a list of homemade gifts to make for next year.

Suzanne said...

Mia , I do love the wrapping. I love to wrap with plain brown craft paper and homespun cloth as a tie. Here is a recipe for mulling spices I adapted from a recipe from some time I spent at Old Sturbridge Village. It is so tasty with apple cider or cranberry juiced warmed up. Simple but so good:-)

Laura said...

Beautiful post Mia. I loved reading it. :)


Heather said...

What a lovely post, you've really captured the simple joy and beauty of the season! A happy Christmas to you and yours!~

Leslie said...

Thanks for another lovely post, Mia. I know it sounds corny, but your blog really means so much to me. Your words and photos are so beautiful--and so is the way you live. I have so much admiration for you and your family. Merry Christmas!

R. Reed said...

You have a gift of sharing, I always feel so light hearted after I visit. Thank you so much for this year of sharing your life on your blog, I had learned much here.

I hope your lovely holiday season continues for you and your family.

Stephanie Ann said...

What a wonderful way to spend the holiday. Your mother's dress is very beautiful.

AJ said...

~*~Wishing you and your dear family a very Merry Christmas and blessed New Years~*~

Anonymous said...

Reading your blog is like stepping into a dream ~ Christmas by candlelight, old books, vintage dresses, aromas of hot tea & home cookin' from the kitchen, beautiful grounds, warm & inviting cottage, and wonderful, loving fellowship.

Thank You.

Anonymous said...

Mia, you're a beautiful younmg woman, and I am thankful that there are young women out there like you and your gives me great hope that my boys will be able to marry godly girls who know how to keep their lives centered on Christ and create beautiful, inspiring homes in the process! I loved the post, but my favorite part was the letter your daddy wrote to you and your sister. I'll bet he's awfully proud of you- I know I would be! Thanks for a blog that reflects such beauty, warmth, and purity. Wishing you a new year full of God's abundant blessings!

Kathie Truitt said...

Hi Mia,

As always, love your post today. I have a quick question - where can I find a dress like "Mother's". Beautiful. Please let me know. I am guessing she found it online or maybe even made it - please give me the patter number if you don't mind.

kpaints said...

Thank you for sharing some of the simple things in makes me very nostalgic! Beautiful photography, as usual! Have a blessed Christmas Day!

elizabeyta said...

Thank you for sharing! We too have gone much simpler and very handmade. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



Jenna said...

What a beautiful thing for your father to do, writing a letter to each of his children! Such a precious gift, I am quite envious :)

Your family seems to have a good idea of what Christmas is really about-the Lord, family, not the latest and greatest gadgets/toys etc which seems to be the focus for much of society.

Have a lovely Christmas season,


Anonymous said...

HI Mia Happy Christmas and thank you for your inspiration this year. Now for some gardening advice We had a garden over 1/2 acre 1/4 hectare on very sandy soil (we have also gardened on sand using the same method) We purchased SPOILT lucerne or alfalfa hay (grown for the horse market it can not be used if moldy) it was cheap for a truck load but still cash which we considered an investment into our lives and bodies. Manure we used chicken, horse and cow all old and rotted (no weed seeds this way) and seaweed we went to the coast for picnic/nature time and took large thick garbage bags and
all collocted seaweed (double bag them on way home if in car!). we washed the seaweed (salt off) chopped the lucerne (USING MASKS MOLDS ARE DEADLY TO HUMANS TOO) we used the seaweed as a foundation about six inches to a foot down (dedending on crop to be sown) then the chopped lucerne, soil andmanure mix (with compost if you have any) then used seaweed as a mulch we also had soil weter which is I think magnesium (our local store deleted it and we bought it for almost nothing)We grew the most amazing garden in this with locals dropping by to ask how we did it we didn''t buy vegetables for 8 months and didn't get sick once in that time. We also grow winter lettuce and eat it fresh all winter (it won't tolerate heavy frost but light's ok we keep clean straw and cover it at night ("I'm just tucking the lettuce's in dear")In your part of the country you can grow potatoes using the same method straw or old bulap bags to keep them warm at night or very icey days. Happy Gardening love shannon

Susan B said...

A very lovely post. I love to read of the way you live so simply. Have a peaceful Christmas and New Year. :)

Terri aka PennyAnnPoundwise said...

Merry Christmas, Mia. May God richly bless you in the coming year.

Anonymous said...

do you not call the 25th Christmas? Do you call it winter, and winter's eve?

Mia said...

Thank you all *so* much for your delightful comments..what a blessing to hear from you! Your comments truly do make my day :)

Dear Ms. Kathy Truitt,
My Mother bought the dress secondhand, so we don't have a pattern I'm afraid! I'm glad you liked it though!
Dear Anonymous,
No, we don't call the 25th Winters Eve :)
We just decided to celebrate by having a small gift exchange on the day before the 1st day of Winter (Dec. 20th) therfore, "Winters eve".

In Christ,

Cary Ann said...

I,by chance,just came upon your blog and have to say I have never read a more beautiful and well written blog ever. What a inspiration you must be to young women.

Pamela said...

What a beautiful post! Your Christmas reflects the love you have for the Babe in the manger--who is our Savior!

Kennesa O'Neill said...

Dear Mia,
This is a beautiful post. I love all the wonderful pictures you post, and your simple, beautiful, love filled life. Thank you for sharing it with us all. I am very thankful to be able to share in it.
I hope you had a Wonderful Christmas And New Year.
May in this New Year the Lord our God lavish you and your family with blessings, so that your cup overflows.
Love you!
Kennesa O'Neill

Betty JO said...

I love you blog, it really is a wonderful site.

Amy said...

I have to say that this is one of the most beautiful blogs that I have ever been too.

I now follow your blog and took your button to my own blog.

Have a wonderful New Year's. I look forward to getting to know you this year.

God Bless.

Autumn said...

So lovely! I especially like the letters from your father!

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

I really love this idea of using fabric and lace to wrap presents!
My daughter's family had a "make -n- bake" gift store-bought items allowed!
God bless you and your dear family as you enter in to God's New Year!
I can't begin to imagine the thrill and treasure of receiving letters from your Dad! What a BEAUTIFUL gift.
Thank you for sharing your Christmas with us.

Angela said...

I truly feel that every year just gets better and better. Just being aware that this life is a journey, a gift really! And making a decision to enjoy every bend and turn along the path, as I content myself in Christ and desire to grow spiritually. Never losing sight of His faithfulness & beautiful gift of salvation :)

amen amen amen

Hannah Rose said...

What a gem of a blog you've got here! I am so blessed by it! I would love to be a stay-at-home wife and mother one day. But, I am unmarried. I still live at home with my parents, but I am expected to work. I also feel constant pressure from my dad to go to college and get a degree. However, I don't feel this is a calling I have from the Lord. What does one do in this situation? Do you and your family really dress so old-fashioned? Just reading your posts and seeing your photos is a breath of fresh air to my soul! It's true Christ-like femininity! I would love to hear back from you. My email is Blessings, Hannah Rose

Cassidy said...

I just recently found your blog and it is inspiring me so much! So I have read from the first page to here so far. You are a precious young lady and your blog brings me peace after a long day. I wish to live more like this! Blessings Mia! Cassidy