Due to the fact that I live in a foreign country, it is difficult to keep traditions.  I remember telling my husband one time that the only tradition we have is that we have no traditions!  HA!  We actually do have some that I work hard at keeping every year no matter where we are.  This month, I thought I would share a few.

I can’t remember when I started doing the Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar.  It’s been at least 4 years, maybe 5.  There are two that you can choose from.  This year’s theme is the seaside.  The one from last year is a Victorian theme.  I love these and look forward to each new day to see what surprise is waiting for me.  I always download mine a little early and work on some of the activities that are not dated.  Yesterday’s activity was to ‘build’ snowmen and then choose one for your display.  I couldn’t resist taking a screen shot.


Here is a screen shot of my Christmas trees:


And my wreaths:


You can always change them in your display or redecorate them if you wish.  There are puzzles to do as well.  Each new day a surprise unfolds.  It’s not too late to join in the fun.  Let me know in the comments below if you enjoy an advent calendar as well.

Worth the Read

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Let Your Light Shine-“Whatever happens… God is still on the throne.”

10 Lies That Keep Us From Renewing Our Minds-“Do you ever feel like you want to change, but you just can’t seem to make it happen? Often the reason we can’t change is because we’re trying to change in our own strength–and we’re not strong in that area of our lives.”

The Spiritual Battle with Weightless-“It is a sweet thing that God created a pleasurable world of food — but that pleasure of food is meant to be a finger that points me to God. It is not meant to be the thing that satisfies my heart.”

Searching for Selah-“I think what I need to confess is that I worship the god of productivity.”

Bit by the Bug

img_7742I’ve been bit by the bullet journal bug.  Farther back than I care to remember, I promised a third post to a small series. Part of working on my one word for the year was getting organized…trying to get my act together.  In Daily Planning Got You Stumped?  I talked about a book that influenced me in the area of time management. In Planning, pt. 2 I discussed some apps that I love.  I still stand by those.  My next post in this series was to discuss how I sort of created my own thing that incorporated some elements of bullet journaling.  I read a post by another blogger that sort of summed it up.  I thought I saved the post, but I’m not able to locate it.  The author bought a preprinted calendar planner and used it as a modified bullet journal.  That’s what I was doing.  I actually did that for several months.  But in August, something happened… thanksgiving

I wanted more flexibility.  I wanted more space for some things that the preprinted calendar didn’t allow.  I wanted space to be a little creative. I was bit by the bug.  I still use my google calendar and the apps that I mentioned before.  But I am thoroughly enjoying the flexibility and craftiness of my bullet journal.  I am addicted to washi  tape.  An advantage to life in Japan is that it is in abundance here and cheap!  christmas

I’m not really artistic. I can’t draw at all, but clip art is a  wonderful thing!  My holiday pages are ready to be filled up with notes, menus and shopping

Oh…and by the way, since this method makes me happy and it’s a little fun and my first one happens to be my favorite color, I find that I am actually using it and getting more done.  Checking things off my to-do list makes me so happy!! The more I do it, the more I want to do!!  Yes, I have been bit by the bug and I’m loving it!

From the books…

asuke-2013-tim-1“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November,              wouldn’t it?”

~L.M. Montgomery.  Anne of Green Gables

“Every president, every congressman, every senator, every governor, every foreign prime minister, every tyrant, and every terrorist is under the government of God. Witness in the Bible how God used men such as Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Belteshazzar, Cyrus, Artexerxes, and Herod to accomplish His plans. These men thought they were working out their own plans. God was using their plans to do His will in the earth.”

Berg, Jim (2011-10-09). God is More than Enough (Kindle Locations 1811-1814). BJU Press/JourneyForth. Kindle Edition.

“Remember that discouragement doesn’t mean failure. Discouragement is a sign that you need to spend more time with your heavenly Father so He can encourage you.”

Omartian, Stormie (2014-02-01). The Power of Praying® for Your Adult Children (p. 19). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

“If you could know  — if you could always know  — when the lasts in life are coming, you’d handle them differently. You’d savor. You’d stop. You’d let nothing else invade the moment.”

Wingate, Lisa (2015-09-08). The Sea Keeper’s Daughters (A Carolina Chronicles) (p. 29). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.