Sunday, December 5, 2010

welcome to the Advent

"the angel said to [Mary],

'Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High....He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."

'But how will this be,' Mary asked the angel, 'since I am a virgin?'

the angel answered,

'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God....for nothing is impossible with God.'

'I am the Lord's servant,' Mary answered. 'May it be to me as you have said.'"

-Luke 1: 30-38

Welcome to the Advent, friends and bloggies. It is my aim this season to humbly approach the table which God has set before me; He has given me this year:

-a loving, strong and faithful husband
-a precious, fun and wise new family of in-laws
-a new, caring and passionate church home, and along with that, a loving community of people
-a season of employment, which has now ended, but where I learned nevertheless, how to better prioritize, organize and serve
- a home--with a fireplace and a warm bed and, now, a Christmas tree
-a sweet, energetic dog, through whom God has taught me much patience

He has set before me a table from which I may feast and enjoy and learn and cry and explore and love. I walk humbly into this season. I pray that God reminds me everyday to be reverent, aware and amazed. May it be to me, this season, according to His will.

Here are a few photos of the Bakery this season, thanks to a profoundly generous amount of people whom I'm blessed to call friends,

(a good friend, Tiffany, went to Michael's with me and helped me pick out some inexpensive do-dads to decorate our home):

from/before a Christmas party we went to last night:

(my Oma gave me this Nativity set last year for Christmas)
(this stand was my birthday gift from my mother-in-law back in February. I threw some faux holly in it to make it look Christmas-y)
(these are our dear friends, Amy & Jeremiah, who came over last night to celebrate snow and Christmas cocktails!)

(a sweet neighbor let us borrow this tree skirt this year, since she had an extra)

NOTE: there are some decorations not pictured, that still deserve a massive THANK YOU shout out:

-THANK YOU, Tammy, for the sweet strings of LED lights that our wrapped around our banister
-THANK YOU, Josie, for letting us borrow all of the Christmas lights that we're draping around our little tree RIGHT NOW!


  1. So pretty sweet Brett! First Married Christmas. Wonderful memories.

    (Oh and I think I left my rubber band ball in your pine cones.) bahaha, I'm so funny.

  2. first off, I made it into a brett baker blog post, I'll be famous in no time.

    secondly, the floating candles with the red pebbles on the bottom look AWESOME! I'm inspired... :)

    thirdly, yay to a real tree! :)