Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Cookies! The week began with Christmas Chapel on Monday morning. What a blessing it is to be able to work at a place where we can take off an hour and go hear the wonderful message and music of the season! The following day was the annual cookie exchange at work. This year I made Pioneer Woman's Christmas Cherries and Martha's Rosemary Butter Cookies. Both turned out really yummy! About 10 ladies participated and I went home with a great assortment of cookies to mail off to the troops!
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
In the Bleak Mid-Winter
In the bleak midwinter,
frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
water like a stone;
Snow had fallen,
snow on snow,snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Our God, heaven cannot hold Him,
nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away
when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter
a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Angels and archangels
may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
thronged the air;
But His mother only,
in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.
What can I give Him,
poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man,
I would do my part;
Yet what I can give Him: give my heart.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
The Holly and the Ivy.
The holly and the ivy, When they are both full grown,
Of all trees that are in the wood, The holly bears the crown:
O, the rising of the sun, And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ, Sweet singing in the choir.
The holly bears a blossom, As white as lily flow'r,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ, To be our dear Saviour: Refrain
The holly bears a berry, As red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ, To do poor sinners good: Refrain
The holly bears a prickle, As sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ, On Christmas Day in the morn: Refrain
The holly bears a bark, As bitter as the gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ, For to redeem us all: Refrain
The holly and the ivy, When they are both full grown,
Of all trees that are in the wood, The holly bears the crown: Refrain
(Click on the title above to listen to the tune.)
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I just spent a great time in Yuma for the Thanksgiving holiday. The night before I spent it at Mom's and was busy trying out some new recipes (from the Pioneer Woman) to share. I made her Nantucket Cranberry Pie and her Green Bean Casserole. Both turned out delicious. Thanks for inspiring me Ree!
Didn't get much sleep that night because for some strange reason the smoke alarm kept going off. We were up and off bright and early to make the drive to Yuma. All the food we shared together was wonderful. Greg made an amazing ham and a few other side dishes too. I am very thankful for my family and how each one of them is a blessing to my life. The rest of the weekend was spent eating great food, wine, cheese, reminiscing about our trip through pictures and setting up the Christmas tree.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (NIV)
Sunday, November 21, 2010
That afternoon we went on a final shopping spree and picked up a few more Christmas gifts. Grace and Jon went to a concert that evening and Abby and I went out to have our final dinner in Paris. This has been a great couple of weeks and I have experienced many memorable moments. So until next time... Au revior Paris... Hello California...
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
You can see a 3-D tour here.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
We met up with a local guide, Margarita who took us around and gave us the history of the city. Toledo has Jewish, Christian and Muslim history intertwined into the fabric of their history. I really like this city! Here we are at a little place where legend has it if you leave a hair pin here you will find an excellent boyfriend! The little old lady was explaining the legend to us...maybe it will work?
Sunday, November 07, 2010
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Saturday, November 06, 2010
Friday, November 05, 2010
Believe it or not we went to a restaurant tonight at 9:00PM and we were the first customers of the evening. By the time we left almost at midnight after a delicious meal of traditional iberian cured ham, wild boar and venison the place was full of regulars. Yes, people were sitting down to dinner at 11:00PM!
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Monday, November 01, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
6:45 AM Standing in front of my closet contemplating what in the world can I wear for "Office Dress Up Day". I find my snow pants way in the back of the closet and decide to go for it.
7:00 AM Turn on TV to check weather forcast... it's going to be 86 degrees! No time to come up with another outfit so I just decide to grin and bear it or should I say grin and sweat it!
I think the ski ensemble coordinated well with Reggie Strar, our resident polar bear =)
A few other colleagues joined in the fun.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Heavenly Father, I release to You the burdens that I have been carrying, burdens that You never intended for me to carry. I cast all my cares upon You—all my worries, all my fears. You have told me not be anxious about anything, but rather to bring everything to You in prayer with thankfulness.
Father, calm my restless spirit, quiet my anxious heart, still my troubling thoughts with the assurance that You are in control. I let go of my grip upon the things I have been hanging onto, with opened hands I come to You. I release to Your will all that I am trying to manipulate; I release to Your authority all that I am trying to control; I release to Your timing all that I have been striving to make happen.
I thank You for Your promise to sustain me, preserve me, and guard all that I have entrusted to Your keeping. Protect my heart and mind with Your peace, the peace that passes all understanding. Father, may Your will be done in my life, in Your time, and in Your way."
--Roy Lessin (Meet Me in the Meadow)