Advent Box

Posted: 9th December 2015 by Danielle in Journal
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A couple years ago we found this gem of an advent calendar.

We absolutely love Christmas and everything that comes along with the holiday: family, the meaning of giving, baking, eggnog, the lights, fresh pine tree, decorating the house and tree… we can’t exactly go all out with the Christmas lights, fresh pine tree, and decorations splashed everywhere insight while still living at the hospital. Although that doesn’t mean we can’t get into the holiday spirit. We started a new tradition last year, which we had a blast doing! We bought an Advent Calendar before December started. The Advent Calendar has boxes labeled 1-24, corresponding to the days leading up to Christmas, December 25th. We decided that Taylor would fill the odd numbered boxes with presents or trinkets for me to open and I would fill the even numbered boxes with fun gifts that he can open.
The hard part was finding presents to fit in the 3inch by 3inch boxes or a creative way to represent the gift. You had to get witty and creative to think of things small enough to fit. We both love surprises!! And the anticipation of getting a surprise!! So this type of Advent Calendar was perfect for us! The shopping alone was fun.
It has been fun to wake up each morning and either watch the other open a gift or open one yourself!!

This year we must have been sharing the same wave length because we both have been leaving a clue or piece of a puzzle or a piece of the gift in the box each day that will lead up to the big, final gift…Check it out

Day One:

I have no idea what this could be but Taylor gave me circle copper pieces


Day Two:

Each year we get an new ornament that symbolizes something big that happened that year.  This year I gave Taylor a Mr and Mrs 2015 ornament because we just GOT MARRIED.  He also got a puzzle piece that he will have to piece together throughout the advent season to figure out what he will get on Christmas!


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Day Three:

Still no clue, the same size and circular shaped pieces but this time silver… Can’t wait for my clues!


Day Four:

Taylor and I love movie nights.  I got us our favorite Christmas movie, candy, and popcorn for a cozy Sunday night! And lets not forget another puzzle piece for Taylor’s mystery.


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Day Five:

This time I got guitar pick shaped metal pieces… What could it be? I now have silver circles, copper , and gold guitar pick shaped metal pieces.


Day 6:

Who wouldn’t want a full tank of diesel for an advent present?  This includes me taking the Jeep to the gas station, filling it up, getting a quick car wash, and bringing it back clean, fueled, and ready to go! And of course another puzzle piece, he still has no clue what the puzzle means… he he he


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Day Seven:

What the heck are these tools?  I got a hunk of metal in the shape of a square, heart shaped metal pieces, and some tool that looks like a screw driver with the partial pentagon figure on top???

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Day Eight:

Taylor goes through a sweatband or wristband ever couple months.  These sweat bands are worth their weight in gold!  Perfect for dabbing sweat, doubles as a napkin, and a great camouflage from the gap between the arm prosthetic and hand attachment. AND puzzle piece number 4!


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November 17th– We are thankful for all mothers and fathers out there.  For mothers who were the first people to love you, who nurtured, who taught, who cheered, who supported; who carried the pains you couldn’t.  For fathers who love you like you like their prized possession, who disciplined, who protected; who gave everything they could for you to be everything you are.  Unforunately we are thankful for a parent’s heartbreak because it reminds you that your heart is strong enough to face the worst and still keep beating.  On November 17th my sister and brother-in-law lost their baby boy.  It is and was a trying time but, again, I am thankful for our family and the strong support system we have to help us through the hardest times.


November 18th– We are thankful for laughter!  Laughter is always a beautiful noise that can brighten up the darkest places!

November 19th– We are thankful for a home.  We have a place to rest and relax.  It is also a place of safety and encouragement and gathering those you love!

November 20th– We are thankful for a job that challenges daily.

November 21st– We are thankful for those who have made a positive impact in our lives.  These people have come in all forms over the years: teacher, coach, family member, pastor, doctor, co-worker… You could be changing another persons life without realizing it, be the best form of you, you can be!

November 22nd–We are thankful for the first snow fall.  There is something about the first snow that brings out the kid in all of us. I know Taylor was wishing for a snow day…

November 23rd– We are thankful for delivery food.  Somedays, you just need to order food in and snuggle up on the couch with your other half!

November 24th– We are thankful for family recipes that have been passed down through the family, generation after generation!

November 25th– We are thankful for Google.  Gosh that is a lot of information at our fingertips!

November 26th–  We are thankful for Friendsgiving!  I may be biased but I think we have the best friends out there!


November 27th–  On Thanksgiving we sat back and thought about all that we had to be Thankful for… the list is never ending.  We have an amazing family, friends, we have our health, we have the motivation to learn, we are driven, we have so much love for each other…seriously the list could go on and on. We just need to remember not to take anything for granted.  Life is too short to get caught up in the small things that won’t matter in the long run.


We hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and their day was filled with good food and loved ones!





In all the bad… we need to look for the good!

Posted: 16th November 2015 by Danielle in Journal
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November is a month to be thankful for!

November 12– For a phone that allows you to communicate with people instantaneously even when you are far away from them.

November 13–  We are thankful for blogs for connecting you with other like-minded people.  Thank you all for joining us on our journey and supporting us everything step of the way!

November 14– We are thankful for faith, hope, and love. Because those things are free, irreplaceable, and the only things that last a lifetime.  Our hears ache for all those hurt due to the violence in Paris.

November 15–  We are thankful for home videos.  Sometimes it is fun to reminisce on the simple things and the love between family members!

November 16– We are thankful for GPS.  We traveled to a wedding this weekend and used our GPS every leg of  the way…. How did we ever get anywhere using maps:-)