The Davidson Christmas Home Tour

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The Davidson Christmas Home Tour

by Rita Davidson

A quick look back to 2014 and we had just moved into this place in a quick RUSH before Christmas! If you don't know that story you can see that HERE.

I thought it might be nice to share a Christmas Tour of our house for 2015. It still seems just as busy, with our boys, appointments and my elderly mother who was added this past August to live with us. So...

2015-12-19 11_optAs you come to our door you will be greeted by these "snowmen". Made by Liam and Joseph at our Art Classes. We began these art classes for our whole family including Gramma and even me who has been brushing up on my watercolors.

2015-12-22 12_optOur hand carved Nativity set, donated last year, tucked away in a corner of our bookcase. (Sorry it's so dark! Our living room is always this dark in the daytime, if you have any ideas for a north facing living room I'd LOVE to hear them!) The last Christmas card is here, I got from my dear friend, Susan Scott, before she passed away and a snowman. (I love snowman)

2015-12-16 09_opt-1Our front door decorations with lights. Ornament decal on window and Gramma's favorite spot where she sits each day. That's Joseph's chainsaw in the window, his special spot.

2015-12-16 09_opt-2The window above my desk. It's so bright and cheery. Linus from Charlie Brown, fresh flowers, snowmen that Liam colored, and a snowmen winter scene that Liam and Joseph made at Art Classes again. (more snowmen!)

2015-12-12 15_optOur Christmas books, back out for another season of reading...

2015-12-12 19_optThis year I wanted something different than a green garland on our stairway. So, when I seen this on Pinterest (if your on Pinterest follow me HERE) I LOVED this! This was the first day we got it up before we added the snowmen. 🙂 (yes, MORE snowmen)

2015-12-17 13_optAndrew added his special touch to the stairway when he created a Lego cave in the fluff. This is his "picture" too.

2015-12-15 13_optThen it was time for the tree. It was close, we almost didn't get one, as this year was one thing after another when our washer broke and we needed a new one, and my credit card got cancelled for fraud and well that's the short list. But thankfully we found this one nearby for $25 and grabbed it. This was BEFORE it leaked ALL over the rug and we spent two days sopping up a soggy carpet. (remember we had NO washer at this time too!)

2015-12-11 10_optHere I am, still AMAZED there is no SNOW and no winter boots needed! It's 60F today on Christmas Eve! Boys are so dissappointed.

2015-12-15 15_optLiam his playful self just HAD to try on this beard so he could be St Nicholas. Well Andrew DID try it first!

2015-12-23 17_optI never understood that "elf on the shelf" thing. But we have Maji waiting to get to the Christ Child. This one is on the table (beside my most used essential oils you can find those HERE). He will make his was around the house to find the Christ Child January 6th. Better than any ELF I say!

2015-12-16 09_opt-3White lights around our Home Altar brightens up a dark corner of our living room.

2015-12-11 13_optMe and Liam at Art Class with my painting from my SECOND lesson. The teacher was so impressed she took a picture of us to show her students.

2015-12-23 17_opt-1My two paintings in our kitchen framed on the wall. A stuffed, cloth Christmas tree up on the shelf and paper streamers we put up last.

2015-12-16 09_optThe boys posing near the tree after it was decorated. (shhhh I save the rest of the decorations for Christmas morning, when the Christ Child actually arrives!)

2015-12-20 12_optSecond floor, our little mini-tree. We got this tree after our fire, when we spent out first Christmas in the hotel. This tree is a memory from that, and we have put it up to remind us how lucky we are.

2015-12-24 11_optChristmas Card display...every year I'm not sure where to put them as I LOVE to see them. If you sent us one you might see yours here. THANK YOU! If you haven't sent us one I would LOVE to get one from you to add to our wall? Remember Christmastide goes long past Christmas! 🙂

2015-12-22 16_optOur Christmas tree and our stairway all done. Can you see that little snowmen there? The lights here are so bright it's hard to see. We have used those paper streamers ever since I was a kid. They bring back fond memories.

2015-12-24 12_optLast but not least....Just got this gel-like polish and thought it looked VERY CHRISTMAS-Y so just did my nails before I sent this. FUN!

Now to finish my baking, clean up the house, finish the laundry, read some Christmas stories to the boys, bake with them, make some good memories with them and be thankful God has given us another year to remember Him.

I would LOVE to see YOUR families pictures or hear what YOUR family does at Christmas? Join me on my Facebook page (and 7000 other Catholics! WHOOHOO!) Christmas day where I will post pics of our FINISHED Tree.

God bless you all,

Merry Christmas!

with love,

Rita Xo 🙂

Rita summer 2015Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with Joy!

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press   All Rights Reserved.

Review and a Chat with Alyssa and Leah’s Legacy

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Review and a Chat with Alyssa and Leah's Legacy

by Rita Davidson

I was surprised by an email from a looong time customer Alyssa. She surprised me by asking me to write a review of her products and sent me a sample. Well I was more than pleasantly surprised!

Alyssa Missal

Attending the beautiful Latin Mass means we are blessed to carry a large missal for Mass. For some we have an older Marian Missal like I had before our fire, or a St Andrew's Missal, a St Joseph's Missal or many others. If you are like me, I cherish anything old and used. Maybe that doesn't work so well for a used car, HAHA - but for books they only get sweeter with time I find. So all of my missals have been used and they are often fragile, after having been the companion of someone that has gone on before us, hopefully with the True Faith.

Taking care of our Missals helps us from having to purchase another. As we all know Missals can cost us more than $50 and sometimes it just isn't the same as our older, favorite one anyhow.

So when Alyssa sent me this beautiful cover, I was very happy to have some protection for my old St Joseph's missal that was donated after our fire.

Missal Pocket

I was surprised to hear how busy Alyssa was with this labor of love her family has created. She tells me she is hoping to add Tote Bags, Rosary cases and Aprons to her store, (I want ONE!) but she has been so busy with orders she can't get them up fast enough. Who says the One True Faith is dead?

Missal open

So I had a Chat with her to learn more about her work:

Rita: How long you have been doing this ?

Alyssa: I have made zippered fabric covers for the missals my family uses for many years. I've made them in all sizes, including for the small children's missals (kids are rough on those little books so covers were a must). Only in the last year did I begin making them embroidered and on vinyl. The construction though is almost the same. I do not digitize the embroidery designs myself - I purchase the designs in a file which I send to my embroidery machine to stitch onto the vinyl cover.

Rita; Do you ship just in the US and CANADA or worldwide?

Alyssa: I ship to the US and Canada through my website www.MissalCovers.com and worldwide through eBay's Global Shipping Program as well as through my etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LeahsLegacy

A little about your family? this is a family business? do you have children helping?

Alyssa: My husband and I have ten children ages 17 years to 10 months.

Rita: WHOOHOO!

Alyssa: The oldest will graduate from high school this year. We home schooled for 11 years before relocating from Virginia to Walton, KY where we now have our oldest 8 children in a Traditional Catholic school.  My husband is self-employed in the telecommunications field. I refer to it as a "family" business because it takes the whole family's dedication and support in order for me to "work" from home. I especially depend on my husband and older children to cook a meal now and then...

Rita: boy do I know about this...all those hours writing my book I couldn't do it without our family's help and my husbands great cooking skills.

Alyssa:  As far as helping to make the covers, one of my sons likes to trim the little threads for me. Also, I will often ask my children's input on color choices or wording for a design. The rest is all done by lil' old me. ;o)

Rita: What do you like about working from home?

What's nice about working from home is that I can have my family close by while I work! I'm never really away from them since they are just through the doorway (accessible by baby gate which keeps little explorers safely away from scissors, rotary cutters and machines!).  The older children often come in and sit with me while I'm sewing, telling me about their day. My six year old sits and reads to me or practices her poems and penmanship. I love that I can stop to proof read a book report or help find sources for a history paper, then swivel my chair and stitch a bit more. And I am very thankful for my supportive husband - who has made this entirely possible by, at first, funding my hobby, then "investing" in all the upgrades in equipment and supplies necessary when it became evident that my hobby was turning into a business.

Rita: Wow, that is an AMAZING story Alyssa and thank you so much for sharing with us. Families are going to be very blessed by what you have to offer and I pray your family is blessed by providing a need to our Church today. God bless you!

There are currently over 20 embroidery design choices available for further customization, with new designs frequently added. You can view them all at www.MissalCovers.com.

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Be sure to get in touch with Alyssa for any special design ideas you might have. These look like great Christmas gifts!

Do you have a home business with your family? I would LOVE To hear from you if you do? Maybe YOU would be the next review I write up.

With love,

Rita xo 🙂

Rita summer 2015Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with Joy!

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press  All Rights Reserved.