On The Second Day of Christmas…

This year, Claire-ity is celebrating its very first Christmas and we want you to celebrate it right along with us! So every day, I will put together a compilation of Christmas recipes, crafts, fun facts, a song or two, and the story of the true reason for Christmas, all for your seasonal enjoyment! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

On The Second Day of Christmas…
My true love gave to me…

Sonny’s Days of Sick-mas…

2 Stars a-singing…

Michael’s Christmas Album…

The true Christmas story (PART ONE AND TWO)…

Lots of delicious cookies…
                                         HEREhttp://javacupcake.com/2013/12/christmas-tree-peanut-butter-blossoms/?crlt.pid=camp.fxfWj515fvBz

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And a Partridge In a Pear Tree…

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See the First Day of Christmas HERE
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On The First Day of Christmas….

This year, Claire-ity is celebrating its very first Christmas and we want you to celebrate it right along with us! So every day, I will put together a compilation of Christmas recipes, crafts, fun facts, a song or two, and the story of the true reason for Christmas, all for your seasonal enjoyment! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

On The First Day of Christmas…
My true love gave to me…

25 easy kids crafts…. HERE

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Glee singing Christmas….

The first part of the Christmas story…

The Birth of Jesus Christ
Matthew 1:18-25
18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus…..

And a Partridge In a Pear Tree….
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Verse For Today~ 11/25/14

Here is some encouragement for you today! :

1 Samuel 2:7-8
The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them he has set the world.

Remember today that it is the Lord who is in control. When poverty strikes, it is often hard work to remember that poverty could not strike without God allowing it to strike. Seek God in every situation in your life: He knows the purpose and plan He has for you. Every detail of what is happening in your life today is not a secret from He who created the foundations of the earth. He is here to help you through and meet your needs. Humble yourself and seek the Lord God with everything, and He will exalt you.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
http://www.verse-a-day.com/Apps

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As of yesterday, Claire-ity got a whole new wardrobe! I’ve changed up the look a little and I  hope you like it. The blog will get a “quick-change” every few weeks so you won’t get bored with seeing the same old thing every day. If you have any comments to help me improve the blog, please comment on this post or others and share with me your wisdom. I would love to hear your feedback!

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Avengers 2 Age of Ultron Official Trailer

OKAY GUYS! THE AVENGERS TWO TRAILER IS FINALLY HERE AND IT’S THE REAL DEAL! WATCH AND BE EXCITED:

Comment below you’re feelings on it, I know mine are somewhat mixed… I mean what is the deal with Hulk?!?! And oh my goodness I am SO excited about Scarlet Witch and Quick Silver! That is going to be so great! Oooh and Hawkeye’s new outfit… it will be absolutely impossible to wait for May! Okay, comment below and we can fangirl together↓

Adventure #1

“Are y’all lookin’ for the kinfolk?”

This wonderful little sentence was the first thing we heard when we embarked on our Arkansas Farm adventure today.

For years, both my great grandparents and my dad have been telling us stories of the farm that my great grandpa, Papa Joe, grew up on. Spectacular tales of magnificent waterfalls, terrifying black panthers, and even an ancient potato house. Things that my sisters and I almost couldn’t believe.

Well, today all those tales became experiences as our whole family (grandparents, great grandparents, parents, kids, and all!)  packed into the car and drove to a little place called Coaldale, Arkansas. And just so you can get the full jist of the amazingness of this whole thing, this town was nowhere to be found on ANY map, on ANY website, nor ANY GPS! Seriously, this place was small. But not to my family.

On the way there, the grandparents talked about the history of the farm. Spinning tales of how when my Papa’s mother was little, she had to walk to school. Now, this was not just a little pleasant walk through a little bed of flowers. Oh no, this was a walk over a mountain, through ‘haunted’ woods where screams of panthers and mountain lions could be heard every step of the way! Two times a day! IT WAS THE REAL DEAL!

When we finally reached our destination, or near it, we drove into the little town, which was really more like a super spread out neighborhood with a railroad than a town, but, ya know, it was great! Confused on just exactly where we were going, we winded through dirt roads for miles before finally just stopping and pulling over to “take a look at the land” (a.k.a. be lost). As we sat there, praying for some direction, we felt as if we might just have to go back home!

And then, all of a sudden, a friendly man in a big brown truck came around the corner and pulled up beside us. He then proceeded to ask us if “we were lookin’ for the kinfolk” and we figured WE were probably in the right place. (Thank you Lord!) Seeming like he knew who we were looking for, we followed him down the road, and sure enough! There was our kinfolk! (By the way, I’m really loving  that word right now so I’m going to be using it as much as I can. Mwahahaha!)

Anyway, we soon were traveling with Papa’s cousin, Marvin and his son Gabe in these awesome little suped-up golf cart/dirt bike/ four wheeler thingy-ma-bobs to the fabled waterfall. And once again, I must remind you this was an actual real life adventure, so it was NOT just a walk in the park! As you will catch a glimpse of in the video below, we traveled through practically every terrain known to man. I’m serious okay, me and my grandma sat on the back of one of the thingy-ma-bobs and there were a few times we felt like our lives might actually be in danger!

Have you ever seen that one Phineas and Ferb episode where they make that awesome all-terrain vehicle? Yeah well that’s what we were riding in pretty much. Ohh yeah, it was quite the adventure!
The waterfall was so magnificent when we finally got there, I really couldn’t believe it. It was so amazing to think about cause it has literally been there since creation and is still the same as when my dad visited some thirty odd years ago. That’s really neat!

As well as just being really beautiful, the little town of Coaldale is a mining town, and Papa’s cousin owns one of the largest mines so we got to see it! We didn’t have the right equipment to actually go into the mine, but the facade was so magnificent that it almost didn’t really matter.  Surrounded by a shimmering lake and painted with years of erosion and weathering, it was enough to take your breath away!

But the whole trip was like that, really. Everything just seems so much more magnificent and wonderful when you’re seeing or doing with people you love, ya know?

I think I would like to leave you with a challenge today: go spend time with the people you love! Really, whether it’s to Arkansas, or just to Sonic, go spend time with your family and friends, tell them you love them, don’t let another moment go by without letting them know.

Okay, go go go! And comment what your adventure is when you do it so we can all be adventurers together! Enjoy!

Verse For Today~ October 1, 2014

Here’s your verse for today! And how appropriate it is, since we’re going into this new month, this new season of fall, that it reminds us that God’s love is everlasting and that he loves us no matter where we go our what we do. Thank you Lord for your word today. Let it inspire everyone who reads it. 😉

Psalm 107:8-9
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

Lord God, we praise You today for Your incredible faithfulness and unfailing love. It is You Lord who has made it possible for us to know You, and to be in relationship with You – our loving Father. When we thirst, we can run to You with great confidence and sure hope. Thank You Lord, that I thirst for You. Thank You Lord, that when I am weak, You are strong enough to lead me back to You. No words are great enough to describe Your goodness. Thank You for choosing to be our God.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
http://www.verse-a-day.com/Apps

America’s Got Talent~2014

Alright, so I have not watched America’s Got Talent in at least 5 years. But this year, we accidentally got swept away right at Judgement Week, and have hung on tight the whole rest of the way! Now, after weeks of waiting, we will be seeing the Finals next Tuesday, and I AM SO EXCITED!

But as all you wonderfully bright people know, before the Finals ,comes the semi-finals! And those results came on Wednesday night. And wow wow wow wow wow. It was awesome. But also heartbreaking.

True talent was discovered this season and I want to share some of it with you now. Alright! Here we go!
Oh, and here is the full list of acts going through to Finals week:
-Emily West
-AcroArmy
-Quintavious Johnson
-Mat Franco
-Sons of Serendip
-Miguel Dakota

The first act I’m going to share with you is a little 12 year old boy named Quintavious Johnson. And wow. I don’t even know what else to say about him, he is THAT amazing! This is actually his performance from a couple weeks ago, but I promise, he delivers this much awesomeness every time. Get ready to be shocked:

http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/video/quintavious-johnson-quarterfinals/2806401

The next act is one of my personal favorites, but sadly, they did not make it through to the Finals. 😦  They’re so amazing though that I just had to share them with you anyway! They are two guys named Emil and Dariel and they play my most favorite instrument in the world, the cello! They are in fact so excellent that the judges actually said they might have to add a section just for Cello Rockstars, which made me so happy I stood up and did a happy dance, but that’s another story for another time…. 😀 Anyway, here they are:

http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/video/emil-dariel-top-12-performance/2810911

Here is another act that didn’t actually make it through to the Finals but is just outstanding. Her name is Keli Glover and she made a brave return this year to the AGT stage after getting voted off just a couple seasons ago.  I myself think she could’ve totally gone all the way through to this week, but sadly I don’t have much influence there. 😦 Anyway, she has a gorgeous voice and I know you’ll enjoy this:

http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/video/kelli-glover-quarterfinals/2806405

And okay, this lady is great too! (She was voted off as well 😦 ) She calls herself Aerial Animation. This spectacular act combines Aerial choreography and a sort of movie in the background consisting of her own drawings. It is truly amazing:

http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/video/aerial-animation-quarterfinals/2803501

Oooookay! The next two acts are my most favorite in all of AGT history! In my opinion, these are two of the most marvelous people in the world of talent today. One is Ms Emily West, an extraordinary vocalist, and the other Mr. Mat Franco, the best magician I’ve ever seen. I love both acts with a passion so it’s going to be terrible to see one of them win, and the other go home. I’m probably going to be an emotional wreck on Results Night! 😉  Okay, okay, enough of me just telling you about them. Watch and be amazed! :

http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/video/mat-franco-semifinals/2809318

http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/video/emily-west-semifinals/2808092

These were just some of the contestants and if you would like to watch the rest, click the link below.

http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent

Tune in this week to watch the AGT Finals on Tuesday night starting around 8:00 p.m. and the results show on Wednesday starting at 8:00 p.m. with a performance recap at 7:00. I can’t wait to see who wins!