December 20, 2014

Christmas Letter - 2014

Continuing with the tradition I began here last year, the following is my Christmas letter to you, my dear friends and readers. It’s been sent out to certain far-away family and friends who we aren’t able to talk to or see on a regular basis, so I have removed some of it for purposes of privacy. Also, a note: I know that my parents don’t especially like being written about on the world wide web, so I have extensively shortened the portions referring to them, but other than that, the letter is as is. Just thought I should mention why the part about myself is so much longer than the others. (I’m not self-inflated, I swear!)

Dear friends and readers,
            Merry Christmas and happy coming New Year. I don’t even know where to begin with the tale of 2014. So many new and wonderful things have fallen into my family’s collective lap. It’s been an exciting ride, let me tell you.

December 15, 2014

Christmas is about a wedding. {guest}

Today, I'm happy to have Patty from A Modern Grace on the blog. She wrote a lovely post last week, and I had to pass it on to you folks. Patty is a new-ish wife finishing grad school, working in youth ministry, and learning to cook more than your average Lean Cuisine. She loves curling up with a good book, John Wayne movies, and a tasty mimosa. Her motto in live is: "Striving to live with grace, glass, and on occasion, some sass." Enjoy!


Christmas is not about a birthday, it's about a wedding.

December 12, 2014

The Promised Video. 7QT (vol. 43)

1. I thought it was high time Beowulf and Enzo met each other. Of course, I documented it.




2. Here is the video I had intended to post last Friday. If any of my readers happen to be listeners of Ave Maria Radio, you may have heard His Jolliness St. Nicholas on the air last Thursday morning during our urgent fund drive. Isn't that costume something? He's come around this time for the past few years, and it's always great fun to have him in studio.

December 9, 2014

Bo meets the hedgehog.

Beowulf has been living here for about three months now, so I thought it was high time to introduce her to the hedgepig, Enzo. Of course, I documented the whole thing. Enjoy.

December 4, 2014

All about them vids. 7QT (vol. 42)

1. Good morning, Inspireds! Or afternoon. Or whenever you may be stopping by my corner of web-world. Welcome. If you haven't already, watch the video below, and then visit the post from November 30 and enter to win the best giveaway I've ever hosted on this blog. Best of luck!

If you've seen it and entered, feel free to skip on by. I promise I won't be offended.

December 3, 2014

Oliver.

For the second time in two years after vowing not to shop on Black Friday, I shopped on Black Friday. And I'd like you to meet who I found.

Hint:

December 2, 2014

Our King's Place

When I was a little girl, I remember my favorite Bible story being Jesus' parable of the sheep and the goats. I don't know why, but that story always stuck with me. Maybe it was because so many animals were involved. 

If you're unfamiliar with the story, here you go:

November 30, 2014

Advent Giveaway 2014


Hello, sweeties. I am holding a giveaway! I'm very excited about this. Watch the video above if you like, but I have explained it again below just in case you don't (but please do. Captions available).

November 23, 2014

cable knit

Hello, sweeties and the occasional gent who wanders into these parts. Today's post is brought to you by this year's first substantial snow at mi casa.
Let's all just take a moment to acknowledge the best coat and scarf I've ever owned.

November 20, 2014

nativity stones + 20% OFF giveaway for all y'all

**Head on over to www.facebook.com/iristhewriter and hit the "like" button. Once we reach 120 "likes," I'll be hosting another special giveaway!

Man... I haven't written a fashion post in so long, I think I'm out of practice.

Anywho, I wore something very special to Mass last Sunday, gifted to me by the folks at The Nativity Stones Collection: an ornate, golden cross containing a small stone from the birthplace of our Lord.  Chiseled from the holy Cave of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 1963, these are the stones that witnessed the birth of the King of Kings over 2,000 years ago.  
This stone speaks through its beauty… the small white piece surrounded by a golden-plated cross with the fourteen-pointed Nativity star at its intersection.

November 18, 2014

christmas love

Shout out to Barbara McGuigan (mac-wiggen), for who's show I work behind the scenes. She read this adapted version of Corinthians 13, and I thought I'd share it with you lovely folks because no matter how I deny it, winter and Christmas are on its way, and I have nothing else to say. And it's just lovely. So, read on.

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls,
but do not show love to my family, 
I'm just another decorator.