A Chuppdate Update #7, Thankfuls, Sharing at The Better Mom, and Christmas Treats for You

Thanksgiving was thank-full.
Just how I prayed it would be.
We were with people we love and the time felt like an overflowing of God’s kindness.

Yesterday I was sharing over at The Better Mom about my journey of “leaving Massah” to a heart of thankfulness.
It would mean a lot to me  if you stopped by to share the thankfuls you’ve enjoyed during this season of remembering God’s goodness.


The day after Thanksgiving…
My mom helped me put up Christmas decorations and I can feel it starting to simmer… can’t you?
The excitement of this season!

As we head into this Christmas season, I wanted to share with you an encouraging resource from my friend Sarah at Joy Filled Days.
Her recently released ebook– Merry Christmas, Meager Budget is now available!
It is full of helpful ideas for celebrating Christmas in a meaningful way, on a small budget.
I read through it several weeks ago and printed out recipe after recipe as well as several ideas that I plan to use for gift-giving.

Chapters include:

Rejecting Commercialism and Embracing What’s Important
Four Sisters and What We Love
Making Memories Without Breaking The Bank
Rethinking Christmas Goals
Old-Fashioned, Farmhouse Inspired Crafts
Holiday Fun for the Frugal Family
Twenty-six Boredom Busters for Little Ones
Cozy Up Your Home For Christmas
Merry Gifts to Make {$10 or less}
Gifts for Children
Your Favorite Frugal Ideas
Favorite Family Recipes
Advent Verses For Children
Free Printable Christmas Tags and Labels


I also want to share about a special Christmas giveaway that will begins TODAY !!!

Christmas time, one of the most joyous times of year, can quickly turn into a pull-out-my-hair, if-someone-gives-me-one-more-fruitcake-I’m-going-to-throw-it, when-will-this-holiday-finally-be-over season.

When we should be celebrating the birth of the One who came to save us, we are stressing over piles of wrapping paper, baked goods and party invitations.
The busyness steals our peace and robs us of joy.
So how can this holiday season peaceful?
How can we remain joyful?


Woman to Woman Ministries presents the Christmas Blessing Giveaway! Join thirty-two bloggers for ideas and advice on how to remain peaceful in a stressful season.

In addition to sweet encouragement on keeping the peace in your home and heart, we are giving away a blessing of $320 in PayPal cash.
The winner will have the money transferred to their PayPal account where they can use it for Christmas celebrations, groceries, bills, whatever they need.
To enter to win simply complete all of the tasks in the rafflecopter below.  The giveaway will run November 26th – December 10th, 2012.

Christmas Blessing Giveaway Rules:
No purchase necessary.  Must be 18 to enter.  Void where prohibited by law.  This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or associated by Facebook.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to release Facebook, Woman to Woman Ministries and all participating blogs of all liability.  Contest ends at 12:01am EST on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.  Winner is randomly chosen by Rafflecopter and will be emailed on December 11, 2012, then funds will be transferred to winner’s PayPal account.

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And finally…
It has been a while since we’ve had a Chuppdate Update.
So– a here’s a fun “for grandma” sharing of the past few months of fun!

My husband and his friends in the Portland Warrior Dash!

Father-Son hike up Mt. Hood…

Lydia started preschool two days a week on the days that I homeschool the older kiddos…

Our trip to the Civil War reenactment…

Laura turned twelve…

Jason caught an enormous Chinook Salmon…

I took an incredible trip to the writing conference, Allume, and loved spending time with some of the other Better Mom writers…

Cavan turned nine and had his dream party with lots of crazy creatures!

The Chuppies celebrated birthdays and Lydia wore her frog costume 50% of the time in October !!!

Colson’s latest painting which I featured in our November Adoption Series

We met our new niece Eliana…

And Grandma’s new puppy, Cookie…

Together with Beaver-buddies for the Civil War game…

Running at the track with Grandpa…

Together with all the cousins for Grandpa and Grandma’s 50th Anniversary Celebration!

With my guy…

The Chuppies getting ready for Christmas…


Please pray with me as we enter this season…
That our hearts will stay focused on Christ and His Story.
That our words will be full of patience and love and thankfulness.
That our actions will lay claim to the life and hope that we have through God’s gift to us.




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  1. Thank you for sharing, Kara. I appreciate that. :) Looks like you have been one busy lady! :) Thankful you’ve made so many wonderful memories. To God be the glory!

  2. You look really young and sweet in the last picture.=) Not that you don’t always look sweet.=)

  3. Great update on your family!! Thanks for joining us for the Christmas Blessing!


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