{Springbrook} End of Fall

kandihamble-springbrook-last-1Springbrook is one of the best places for me to go and let go of anything bothering me. Slow walks or fast jaunts, it is so peaceful here and my heart and mind can rest for a short time. Autumn and Spring are the most beautiful here. kandihamble-springbrook-last-2 kandihamble-springbrook-last-3(I could hear the turtle singing, “I believe I can fly…”) kandihamble-springbrook-last-4

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{Concerts} Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant

Ever since I’ve had a job, Michael W. Smith’s Christmas concert has been a Christmas tradition for me. I missed a couple years due to working on Saturdays, but last year I was able to make it, and convinced my friend Joyce to go with me! Usually I get front row tickets, but this year we were waaaaaaaaaay back in the back. But it was still so much fun and the night did not disappoint!selah_candace_rose_MWSCM_1 The orchestra and singers were amazing! I always love when one of the ladies sing All Is Well. I’d never seen Amy Grant in concert, so that was neat!selah_candace_rose_MWSCM_2 It was a fabulous night!selah_candace_rose_MWSCM_3

Crafty Gifts

I often use recipes as a starting point for my own creation. These gifts were no exception. It was a fun filled few weeks making these ornaments, and everyone on my gift-giving list will be getting hand made gifts this year! Don’t worry…you won’t see your gift posted here unless you’ve already gotten it.

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Here is the original link with directions on how to make your own.

OCC Processing Center

Ah, Operation Christmas Child! Have I mentioned yet how much I LOVE THEM?!?

I eat, sleep, dream, shop OCC all year long and one of the most fun things to do is volunteer at the processing center in December after all the GO Boxes have been collected.

We get all those fun, great gifts ready to go to kids all over the world…and get ideas of more cool gifts to put in our boxes next year!

It’s great seeing all the boxes that will go out and impact the lives of others. Samaritan’s Purse has great videos with more information and ‘Morning Cups of Joy’ here and find them on Facebook. You can also read an amazing story of a shoebox coming full circle on Jon Acuff’s blog, Stuff Christians Like, here.

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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is one of my all-time favorite things to do. I plan and shop all year long (with help!) for one night in November, just before Thanksgiving, when my whole church comes together to fill GO (Gospel Opportunity) boxes to send out through Samaritan’s Purse.

This year, with the help of many people (buying, filling, building boxes, setting up and cleaning after everything was done), we sent 200 GO boxes to Zambia!

One of my closest friends (and cousin!) was able to be in town with her family for this event, and her two-year-old was all about getting those boxes packed in the cartons to be sent to the Processing Center.

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