Merry Christmas!!!

It has been a GREAT year here in our family. A year of both great JOY and great CHALLENGE. We come to the end of this year, praising God for all He has done in us and through us and asking Him to direct our paths in the near future. Thank you for the encouragement by way of your comments and prayers on my (not so frequent) blog posts. Mental note: Must be more disciplined in 2013. I will admit (with every ounce of humility it requires,) that in some ways, it has taken me every bit of these last 10 months to adapt to having two children. I am so thankful for the twists and turns God gives and for the amazing depths of GRACE He gives right alongside them. He is God and He is Good!

Wishing you all a Wonderful Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!! 
We will be back then with pictures!!!


Meet English Tea Paperie and a GIVEAWAY!!!! (Winner announced!)

Winner: Linda Baker... Congrats, Linda!! Your cards are on the way!

     I have often thought that I would love to go through an entire Christmas, buying only handmade gifts for everyone. There are so many amazing Mom-tre-preneurs and cottage industries out there and thanks to ETSY and the internet, they are so accessible.
Well, today I'd like to introduce you to one of my favorite girls in the business!

English Tea Paperie is an adorable shop, owned by an even more adorable person, Chloe.

Chloe and I met several years ago when her best friend, Bridget and I met. So I guess she would be one of my best friends' best friend? Chloe is originally from England and when we met she was on Holiday in the US visiting friends, and oh, the love of her life-- whom she eventually moved across the pond to marry! For as long as I have known her, she has been an extremely sweet person with flawless taste and a classy wardrobe. Chloe turned that great taste into a beautiful business selling hand-designed paper products. If you are looking for a heartfelt gift for a mom, friend, child's teacher or even yourself--please check her pretty products out!

I am pleased to be able to tell you that from now until December 31st-- English Tea Paperie is offering free shipping!!!! (Which for me is a big deal! I love free shipping!!!) *No code necessary--shipping will be deducted at checkout.*

Also, Chloe has graciously offered 10% off for readers of this blog. (All three of you! :) Just use the code ourlittlelife for an extra 10% off your entire order.

***Place your orders on or before December 17th to guarantee Christmas delivery! That is ten whole days!***

     One more little treat-- a fun giveaway! I've a set of 10 gorgeous Christmas Social Note cards for one lucky reader. Here is a picture but they are much more beautiful in person. The quality is amazing and I love the use of the Luke 2:11. The grosgrain ribbon makes it an adorable little package anyone would love!

 and a close up of the pretty little Scripture tree!!

To enter this giveaway, just head to English Tea Paperie and pick your favorite product or design. (Be sure to check out the scripture cards and the Monogram styles. Gorgeous! )
Then, come back here and leave a comment telling me what you loved!

To get an extra entry, you may like ETP on Facebook and then come back and leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

Winner will be chosen by Random on Wednesday evening, December 12. If you win, your cards will be shipped the following day, to get them in plenty of time for Christmas!