With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Friends & Fireplace

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friends & Fireplace

Our weekly Bible Study group got together Wednesday evening for our annual Christmas dinner party.
I am so blessed by each person in this photo!  What a wealth of Godly wisdom and character each person brings to the group.  We love each other dearly as we encourage and pray for one another on our journey through this world toward our Heavenly home
Between Dinner and Dessert, we gathered in the family room for a photo in front of the fireplace
When we moved into our home 27 years ago, this fireplace had a fake brick front and a small, rough-hewn board for the mantle.  John and I designed and built the new mantle and added marble to the front and the hearth.  The wood-burning stove insert is what keeps us toasty warm through the winter.
We also added the windows to bring light into the room.
The metal screen belonged to my mom.  She used it in front of a decorative fireplace.
The counted cross-stitch Silent Night was made and framed many years ago and comes out each Christmas.
The Scherenschnitte (German for paper cutting) were made several years ago from patterns I found in a book and patterns shared by Cindy.


  At Abbey's request, we brought the tree back to the family room.  The last few years it has been in the living room but she wanted a change this year.
 I wish the room was as large as it appears in this photo!
It gets pretty crowded when all the kids are here.
The coffee table that holds our Christmas Eve hearty appetizer dinner.
One of the only times I allow food in the family room...
after Candlelight Service and the kids are snugly in their jammies while Pop-Pop reads
The Night Before Christmas.
I think at least two of the little ones actually pay attention through the whole story    ;)
It is just too hard to be still with cousins visiting and Christmas Day just one more sleep away.
The quaint village waits in anticipation for Jill and family to arrive and join their cousins to watch the trains go round and round the tracks with horn tooting and tiny puffs of smoke billowing from the engine. 

Linking to:
Show & Tell Friday @My Romantic Home

32 comments:

Beth said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely house with us, as well as your dear church friends. You must be so excited about welcoming your family back for Christmas!

Natasha in Oz said...

I adore looking at your gorgeous home at the best of times but at Christmastime...oh boy, it's magical!

I must agree with Abbey too: that tree is meant to be in your stunning sitting room!

Hope you have a wonderful Friday and a happy weekend.

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Snap said...

Magical!

Leann said...

Christmas Eve at a your house sounds magical! You family room is so cozy and when it's filled with family even better!

Enjoy!
Leann

Petra said...

Thank you for inviting me over! You have a gorgeous home!!

Maple Lane said...

What a dear group of friends gathered around your lovely hearth. The tree, train and trimmings are beautiful. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Maybe crowded but a good kind of crowd :) Your house looks lovely, warm and inviting. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Pondside said...

What a beautiful and festive room. No wonder the little ones love to come for Christmas. The scherenschnitte are just beautiful!

Maryann said...

We love pulling out decorations that we had made years before, it always seem to spur a walk down memory lane. Thank you for inviting s into your beautiful home

Dawn said...

Wow! Your home is just beautiful! You are blessed!!!

lindsey said...

What a beautiful room and especially the fireplace. And yes it is so good to have a group of friends who can pray, worship and study Gods Word with. You are blessed!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a sweet post reading about your memories and the fireplace! The pictures are really pretty. I love the white on the fireplace. Hope you have a nice weekend!

Jennifurla said...

I feel cozy just looking at those pictures.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Lorraine,

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! It was wonderful to hear from you and your decorations are fabulous. I hope you have the merriest of Christmases!

blessings,

kari

Laurie said...

What a wonderful group to share this festive room with! Your mantel is just beautiful, and the room holds so many memories of Christmases gone by and the joy of those yet to be. We are going to be making new memories and traditions in our new home, and I am so thankful for the Lord's goodness.

Merry Christmas!
Laurie

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and Bible study group. My Bible study group party is tomorrow and so looking forward to it. I love the hardwood floors, and always wanted to have just one room with them. Have a wonderful weekend~

Kristen said...

How beautiful that room is. I love the simple, yet tasteful way that you decorated. And that train must be so much fun for your grandchildren to watch!

Ann said...

what a gorgeous fireplace that is and you have it decorated perfectly.

faith hope love ღ said...

nice post friend...thank you for sharing...wish i could visit everyone more frecuently but are many..and the hours are different but prayers and blessings on your way..lets remember the real reason for the holidays..days of peace love and thinking...loves from our home to yours...maranatha..

Susan said...

Oh, LDH, your fireplace is gorgeous....so, so nice. And how wonderful you had all those dear, sweet friends to dinner! You are amazing. Susan

Patrice said...

A beautiful get together!

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Pamela said...

So beautiful. I love seeing your precious Bible study group. I think we share a special bond with those who study God's Word with us.

corners of my life said...

I can see the affection you all have for each other in your bible study photo. Thanks for this lovely peek into your home at Christmas.

The B's said...

Beautiful! You are multi-talented!

It feels like I'm there to celebrate Christmas with your sweet family! Many blessings to you and yours.

Michele

Gypsy Heart said...

Simply beautiful!! Everything looks so warm and welcoming...I know you're going to have a fabulous Christmas.

xo
Pat

Gypsy Heart said...

Simply beautiful!! Everything looks so warm and welcoming...I know you're going to have a fabulous Christmas.

xo
Pat

Michelle Paige said...

What a beautiful home you have. I love your mantle decorations. Thanks so much for the sweet comment you left on my blog!

Kathleen said...

It looks beautiful! L! It may get crowded but it must be wonderful!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. What a beautiful, cozy, inviting home and fireplace you have. You are a gifted decorator and I like your style. I especially like the lit village under the tree.

I can relate to the joy you receive from your Bible Study group. It is a great blessing to spend time with friends who study God's Word together. Lovely post!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. What a beautiful, cozy, inviting home and fireplace you have. You are a gifted decorator and I like your style. I especially like the lit village under the tree.

I can relate to the joy you receive from your Bible Study group. It is a great blessing to spend time with friends who study God's Word together. Lovely post!

Rita said...

Good evening, I have been looking for the cross stitch pattern for the Silent Night piece you have on your mantel since 1990. Is it possible that you might share the name of the book/pattern that I might try to find it again? Thank you in advance for your kindness.

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