It's here! The twinkly lights, the smell of pine-scented candles, the crisp feeling of winter (unless you live where I do, in which case you'll be lucky to get a gentle breeze here and there).  Thanksgiving leftovers are running low (sadness!) and the autumn decor has found it's home in the closet for the next 10 months.

Something new I'm doing this year is observing Advent - a time of anticipation of the coming Christ - by following along with the She Reads Truth: Emmanuel devotional plan (you can also find it on your Bible App!) and I'm honestly LOVING it. Reflecting on the arrival of the Savior is so much better than feeling overwhelmed with all of the seasonal trappings. 

Tonight, Wade and I finally found the time to put up our Christmas tree. Well, Wade helped put up the tree and then turned it over to me when it came time to decorate. Something about me going behind him and moving the ornaments around. 

this is in our rental home in Texas. We spend half of our week in Texas (while Wade works) and the other half in Mexico.

I *might* have forgotten about the lights until after I placed all of said ornaments just so
Eh, who needs 'em?

I've also got a smaller, white tree that I'll be taking over to our home in Mexico later this week. I have hopes of decorating it alongside the kids in my village (no rearranging ornaments allowed.) 

In the mean time, I've got a little holiday cheer coming your way! This week, I'm teaming up with these awesome ladies to bless our readers with the chance to win a little extra money to help out with the holidays! Two people will win $100 each. Merry Christmas everyone!  

The Lily Field // Life on a Mission // Trusty Chucks // Mercy Ink // Teressa Jane
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