Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tuesday's Quotes

"If I'd observed all the rules I'd never have got anywhere."

Thursday, December 23, 2010

1,000 Word Thursday

Emy Lyn Photography

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Astrologers from the royal court

Three Magi

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Most significant EVENT

Tuesday's quotes:

"Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart." --
George Matthew Adams


Monday, December 20, 2010


holy experience

I love strolling by Ann Voskamp's site! I alway's leave with a different, feeling, outlook, idea, thought, scripture or life impression. Just hearing the music settles my soul.

There are so many things I love about the Christmas season, and I love how she helps remind us to stretch ourselves. Are you too thinking about making your life all about worship and counting 1000 gifts?  My list is endless....
Reflections of birth, newness, hope, restoration...

I coninue in my THANKSGIVING!


Moments of stillness



Frosty landscapes

Watching my kids fly!
Watching from a distance
The Heavenlies


Great Friends!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010


I love photobucket. But I love babies more!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

An Ordinary Jewish Girl

Wednesday's Word

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God."

The Nativity Story
A young girl, who was probably only about 12 or 13 years old when an angel came to her. Recently engaged to a carpenter. She was an ordinary Jewish girl, looking forward to marriage. Suddenly her life would forever be changed.

Was she fearful and troubled?  She must have thought that her carpenter would divorce her, or worse yet, he might even have her put to death by stoning.
If nothing else, she knew she would be disgraced as an unwed mother.
She could not possibly have comprehended how she would conceive the Savior, yet 
she responded to God
with belief
and obedience.

Her life held great honor. Her calling demanded great suffering as well. Just as there is pain in childbirth and motherhood, there was much pain in the privilege of being the mother of the Messiah.

Can we willing accept God's plan? Can we even rejoice in God's plan, like Mary did, when we know that it will cost us dearly?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday's Quote

"Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'."
~ Bing Crosby

sharing time
"The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not Christmas in his heart."
~Helen Keller~

Monday, December 13, 2010

Delights that hold me rapt

holy experience

I'm thanking you, God, from a full heart, I'm writing the book on your wonders. I'm whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I'm singing your song, High God.

Contemplative, deliberate, intentional and sometimes very unintentional... GIVING THANKS
I sit quietly, candles flickering, introspective to all the delights that hold me rapt. Christmas, birth, death...sacrifice!
Absorbed in Him. The fleeting life He has blessed to me.
His Spirit's cloak nourishes my parched marrow. He revives me onward without limit.


#73  A baby after a bath
# 74 Fresh pine tree
#75 The ocean
#76 Fresh new crayons
#77 Rain
#78 Warm bread out of the oven
#79 An old book
#80 Clean sheets


#81 Crashing waves
#82 Children laughing
#83 Crickets
#84 "I love you mom"
#85 Roaring waterfalls
#86 Church bells
#87 Music especially bagpipes
#88 Silence


# 89 Strawberry lipgloss
#90 Minty gum
#91 Rich hot coffee
#92 Cold ice
#93 Crispy dill pickles
#94 Movie theater popcorn
#95 My husbands lips
#96 Toothpaste


#97 A warm embrace
#98 A neck rub
#99 My husband lacing his fingers into mine
#100 Summer wind whipping my hair
#101 The sun on my face
#102 Contentment
#103 Love
#104 Warm sand between my toes


#105 Old photographs that tell a story
#106 Sunset over a calm ocean
#107 Snowfall
#108 Rays of sun bursting through the clouds
#109 My family playing
#110 Furious powerful pounding waves
#111 A lovers embrace
#112 A mom reading to her children

View from our room
Solace of a bikeride

Off the beaten path

A river runs through it

Only in Bend can you have snow and sun at the same time

Friday, December 10, 2010

Funny Friday

Still with no name. Sometimes Lolo, Lola, Cat or GET OFF THE COUNTER. Lately, Get out of the Christmas tree!

Roses are reddish

Violets are bluish

If it weren't for Christmas

We'd all be Jewish.

~Benny Hill

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Wednesday's Word

"I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me would not remain in darkness"
~John 12:46~

Oh I how love this time of year.

This Scripture says it all as WE reflect on why Jesus came to us as a baby in a manger oh so many years ago. His Truth is the foundation for everything that is, or will ever be. Amen!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas in my heart

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year".

~Charles Dickens

Monday, December 6, 2010

Swaddling Cloths

holy experience

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
2Corinthians 9:15

The birth of Lord and King.

A babe baby wrapped in swaddling cloths.

His provision
His beauty

His pleasure

His rest

His still small voice


His Majesty
Continuing to give thanks...........

#61 The warmth of the sun on my face.

#62 Brisk cold winter breeze that stings my cheeks and makes them rosy

#64 Egg Nog

#65 Anticipating the birth of our Reason for the Season

#66 Hearing my lovers breath as he sleeps

#67 Christmas lights

#68 Christmas movie marathons.

#69 Taking communion

#70 Dare I say...Starbucks

#71 Beautiful trees in my yard.

#72 The beauty in my neighborhood that I get to enjoy every day!