We’re getting excited!!

Hi Friends!

We’re getting pretty excited around here!! Dear son’s 5 month mission trip is just 2 weeks away!

Here is his story and an opportunity to give, in case you are interested in making a donation to this great cause.  🙂

Blessings with JOY,

Jackie

(Click on photo to go to his website.)

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Happy New Year! And A New Crochet Pattern! :)

This week from our window.

This week from our window.

Hi Friends!

We continue to enjoy the holidays with dear son on Christmas break from school.  We have been playing Settlers of Catan quite a bit in the evenings and absolutely love it!

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Also, in the last few days I’ve been working on crocheting, photographing, writing and publishing my latest pattern:  Highland Beauty Crochet Headband with Flower.  Yay!  As always, it seems that I need to get better photos for my Etsy listing (would like to get some outside shots with dear daughter), but they are adequate to publish for now.

Click on photo for pattern listing.

Click on photo for pattern listing.

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Tonight will be pretty low key.  We often times get together with a certain family and play games, but that didn’t work out for tonight so we will go to dinner, play some games here at the house and watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” with dear son who ALWAYS watches that movie on New Year’s Eve as part of his holiday tradition.  🙂  Dear daughter will be out with friends and having fun too.

I hope that you have a very blessed New Year!  And thanks for being a special part of a wonderful community of blog friends in 2013.

Joyfully,

Jackie

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Hi Friends,

We had a very blessed Christmas day spent with my little family opening presents in the morning, then sharing a yummy ham lunch and a good visit with my parents in the afternoon.  And last but not least, we played a fun game of Taboo with some dear friends in the evening.

Today has been nice and relaxing.  I had some vacation time left this month so I am using it to enjoy the holidays and be home with my family.  So wonderful! In a few minute we are going to play a game we received from my brother: Settlers of Catan.

Here are a few photos of the day (and a few more thrown in from this week):

Here is a photo I took of my sweet peeps after we say the play, A Christmas Carol, last weekend.

Here is a photo I took of my sweet peeps after we saw the play, A Christmas Carol, last weekend.

Christmas Day.  Sure love these two!

Christmas Day. Sure love these two!

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Some crochet snowflake ornaments that I sent to family. :)

Some crochet snowflake ornaments that I sent to family. 🙂

Christmas Eve beauty.

Christmas Eve beauty.

Do you have a fond memory from your Christmas you would like to share?  If so, I’d love to hear it.

Joyfully,

Jackie

Snowy Mailbox Pompadour :)

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12 Days of Separation!

Hi Friends,

It’s been 12 days since my last blog post.  Can that even be right?!

My days have been pretty full and my goal this month is to try and keep focused on Jesus, my Joy.  So far so good.  🙂

Up until today we haven’t had much snow.  But today is a different story! And a week ago or so we had such bad freezing rain and ice that schools were closed for a day.  You know it’s bad when OUR schools close, ’cause they hardly ever do!

I am finishing up the last of my product orders and now all I am selling in my shop are patterns until the end of December.  I actually published a new pattern today, Easy Elegance Fingerless Gloves.  We’ll see if it generates any interest.  🙂

I sure hope you are all doing well.  Remember to choose (and pray for) peace and joy instead of worry and negativity.  And if you are sad or hurting this season, I pray that you will find love and comfort in Jesus our Immanuel (God with us).

Adoring Him,

Jackie

This was taken at Ozarks Americana.  A delightful shop in town.

This was taken at Ozarks Americana. A delightful shop in town.

Dear son had a Christmas band concert this week.  They did a great job!

Dear son had a Christmas band concert this week. They did a great job!

I got to go to dear son's play again (2nd time). This is what the set looks like for Christmas on the Yukon.

I got to go to dear son’s play again (2nd time). This is what part of the set looks like for Christmas on the Yukon.

My latest pattern - Easy Elegance Crochet Fingerless Gloves

My latest pattern – Easy Elegance Crochet Fingerless Gloves

It's beginning to look a lot like ... a snowstorm!

It’s beginning to look a lot like … a snowstorm!  This was early afternoon today and it’s still coming down steady.

Another pretty setting at the gift shop.

Another pretty setting at the gift shop.

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P.S. If you crochet and are looking for some special gifts to create for your loved ones, I have an option for you:

Click on photo to go to my crochet patterns of my Etsy shop.

Click on photo to go to the crochet pattern section of my Etsy shop.

Goodness! Where Does the Time Go?

Hi Friends,

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving last week! Ours was lovely.  We had two different celebrations:  Our family dinner was the Saturday before Thanksgiving so that everyone (my fam of 4 and my mom & dad) could attend.  Then on Thursday we celebrated with some friends.  Both occasions were such a blessing.

The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing, crocheting, family time, baking, a little working, and dear daughter and I went to The Nutcracker Ballet at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.  It is our mother-daughter annual tradition and it was delightful as always!

And now my busy season is in full swing.  I hope to at least send out a shout here on the blog once (hopefully twice) a week.  Or maybe I will surprise myself with more.

Here are some photos of some of my recent events. 🙂

Blessings with joy,

Jingle Bell Jackie

The day after Thankgiving it was -9 F, but I had my yummy drink, toasty warm fire and Christmas  crochet!

The day after Thankgiving it was -9 F, but I had my yummy drink, toasty warm fire and Christmas crochet!

Our early Thanksgiving. <3

Our early Thanksgiving. ❤

On Thanksgiving day. :)

On Thanksgiving day. 🙂

At the Ballet!

At the Ballet!

After the ballet... :)

After the ballet… Parisian macaroons! 🙂

Baking was also part of our weekend.  Here is some batter for pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins.

Baking was also part of our weekend. Here is some batter for pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins.

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And I am currently designing little crochet people (with a matching shoe). Also known as a “Shoe Baby”. 🙂 Stay tuned…

 

 

A Feast for the Eyes!

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Hi Friends,

There’s a shop downtown that I love to visit around the holidays!  It’s called Kimball’s (aka The Kobuk).  HERE is a little history on it that I just dug up, in case you are interested. 🙂 The document says that the store closed in 2002.  However, it reopened as The Kobuk – specializing in gifts, treats and fine teas.

Well, today was my first “holiday” visit of the year.  They have a little corner dedicated to Thanksgiving with some lovely items, and a large part of the store dedicated to Christmas goodies of all sorts. Heaven.  They also carry many varieties of yummy teas and tea accessories.  Better and better.  Today I came away with a super cute hat {to go with my new, oh-so-warm coat} and a Christmas pin that reads ‘JOY’ {of course}.  🙂

Here is the pictorial tour for your viewing pleasure.   {Photos were taken with my phone camera.  Some are slightly out of focus, but they still capture the surroundings.}  A definite feast for the eyes!  Enjoy!

Joyfully,

Jackie

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100 & Counting!

Hi Friends!

I’m back after a 3 day blogging lapse – Lol!  I’ve been crocheting quite a bit and will highlight a couple of projects later in the week.

But I’m back and today, yes, this very day, is my 100th blog post!  Woohoo!  🙂  I just want to say that it has been so much fun to connect with so many of you wonderful people from around the world!  Thanks for reading and for stopping by!

Since I haven’t posted any Alaska photos lately, I decided to add a few more from my summer day trip that I first blogged about HERE.  This was part of a train and boat adventure that our children’s ministry team from church went on and it was filled with breathtaking scenery, yummy food and great fellowship!  So, without further ado, here they are:

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6jAnd until next time I will leave you with my favorite verse:

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” {Romans 15:13}

Joyfully,

Jackie

A Wonderful Race!

Hi Friends,

I’m back to add a few photo collages from the big race on Saturday. In case you missed it, dear son raced in the 123A XC State Championships 5K and placed 8th!! And his team place 2nd! What was amazing is that he improved so drastically this year. He had never been in the fastest pack until the second half of this season. We were all so thrilled to watch him achieve his goal of placing in the top 10! Way to go, Son! And thank you, Lord!

It was truly a wonderful day!

Joyfully,

Jackie

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Welcome, October, to our Beautiful Autumn

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Have a blessed new day, Friends!