Thursday, December 24, 2009

Good tidings of great joy

Luke 2:9-14
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Matthew 2:1-2
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Matthew 1:21
And she will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Oooo one more day till the eve of the big day!
I'm so excited.

Thank you to for finding this lovely Christmas waltz.

I love goji berry juice, it is tartish and packs quite a whallop with flavor. Wish you were here, we'd have a hot cup.

It's nice to just enjoy some holiday internet stuff.

Wishing you the Season's Blessings!

Hey! What's on the menu this year for you? Ham...deviled eggs...fruit...veges...dip...chips?

I made homemade pita and tortilla chips last year, so easy! Much healthier too...I took wheat pita chips and flour tortillas and seasoned them with salt and seasonings and sliced them into 1 inch ribbons and baked them till crispy.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The time is fast approaching...

I just love these, and this is an especially gorgeous one found here

I made one one year, and used all (let me repeat, all) of my beautiful vintage glass ornaments that I've collected over the years, placing them lovingly on a huge wreath form with hot glue. I honestly have never seen anything more beautiful other than the birth of my children and grandchildren.

It was magical. It just glowed. The colors, the placement of the bulbs, the variety of the bulbs.

I hung it outside and our white icicle lights absolutely danced off of each and every bulb. I was mesmerized.

After a while I came inside as it was ffrrreeeezzzzzing outside and just stared at it through the glass in the door for the longest time.

I'm telling you, vintage 50's pinks and blues and reds and golds and silvers, stripes was just enchanting as old glass ornaments are. Eventually my attention turned to the tv.

In the background, I heard a tiny little . . .* . . .** . . .*pink* . . .*pink* . . .*pink* and wondered, is it raining?

more, pink pink pink pink pink...then I thought, that's coming from outside... I was so curious, I went to look.

As I opened the door I saw at once that the pink pink pink was coming from my wreath, and below on the cement porch was what was left of it, a pile of shattered ornaments. Apparently the cold, had shrunk the hot glue from the wreath form. The whole thing let loose like little Scrooge bombs. I was crushed, like my little beauties strewn below their former glorious home.

Those were the days before grandbabies. I ended up getting rid of all my glass stuff and buying plastic and felt and more plastic. It makes a pretty tree, and leave it to my grandsons, unbreakable is in no way unbreakable, they can break anything. Oh well, you have to destruct before you can construct, and we are a constructing family.

So in fact, I have made a new outside wreath with plastic ornaments and this time, no hot glue. I've used pipe cleaners and just wrapped them on. It is lovely enough, not as lovely as my first attempt, but lovely enough!

Waiting. It is not attractive word. It seems boring. What if you were waiting for something that would change your life? How would you get ready for it? Would you make yourself busy, filling your life with noise and distraction? Rushing to get gratification. Would you spend all your time doing everything but slowing down? NO?

Well this is what we do every year. Each year we have an opportunity, to dramatically change our life. But most of the time we miss it. We spend our time running around, trying to get everything done in time. When most of us forget, to get the most important thing ready. Our Heart.

This is what Advent is all about. Slowing Down and Waiting. To get our Heart ready... To bring Jesus into our life A bit more fully, than before

Advent. slow down. take time. open up.

Warmest Season's Greetings!


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