Hey Friends, how are you doing today? I pray you had a fantastic week. A week filled with walking and talking with the Lord.  A beautiful week of trusting and believing that ‘all things (the good, the bad and the ugly) work together for good, to them who have been called’ Romans 8:28.  Keeping our eyes on our problems will only magnify them to even greater proportions. Believe me friends, our God is more than able to not only just carry our problems, but He is also strong enough to carry us through whatever ‘valley’ we may have in our lives. Jer 31 3 Happy November, friends! November is a good month, because it provides new beginnings and it will also help with the necessary preparation for Christmas.  I’ve always wondered why Christmas is a season, when it’s just one day; but I will take it.  I must admit I love Christmas.  I like birthdays and anniversaries too.  Can you believe my husband did not celebrate any special occasions? Really!! Christmas and birthdays were occurrences; we all looked forward to in my family. They were always momentous events and my sweet, dear husband could not be bothered.  Huh! Well, adding two more girls to the household certainly helped in ensuring that the celebrations of these events continued.  Yep, he is now an active participant and we now look forward to Christmas, which is just around the corner.  Phil 4 4I’ve always been fascinated with this relatively new (to me) notion of a Christmas Advent calendar. I love the idea of surprise gifts and/or activities to help prepare the family for the best occasion on earth; the remembrance of our Savior’s Birth.  The single occasion that everyone in spite of ethnicity and religion seem to celebrate, without that CHRIST there would be no Christmas celebration.isaiah-9-6 I searched the internet, but eventually had to create my own list.  Most of what I found was regulated to much younger kids. I thought I’d share my list with you.  Most of the ‘gifts’ can be handmade or bought at the Dollar Store, or thrift stores.  TJMaxx and Marshalls are also great alternatives.   Here is a possible list of ideas for kids ranging from 13(?) to adult, both male and female.  Attached is also a PDF copy here. Please share in the comment section any other suggestion you may have.  What do you think about an advent calendar? Have you ever done or bought one?  ADVENT CALENDER IDEASclosing1brenda