Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A New Year's Prayer


A new year, Lord. What will this year bring? More sadness, grief, and pain? Or maybe this year will bring more laughter, joy, and happiness?

Whatever this new year brings us, I pray that You will hold on to us, Lord. Keep us in the shadow of Your wings. I pray that our faith will not falter, but that it will stay strong.

Those who have lost loved ones this past year, I pray especially for them. Hold them in your arms as they face this new year without the ones they love. And for those whose loved ones remain, may they appreciate and enjoy what they have, and may they tell their loved ones how they feel.

I pray that unfulfilled reams will find their wings and soar to new heights beyond anyone's imagining.

I pray for those who know You; I rejoice with them, my brothers and sisters - may they never forget the treasure they have in You. And for those who are still lost - may they find their way.

And above all, Lord, may your will be done this year and forevermore.

Amen.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Questions!



I found this Christmas quiz thingy on Donita K. Paul's blog, and thought I'd put it on mine as well!!


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both!
2. Real tree or Artificial? I have a plastic tree sitting on my counter that has plastic gel like "lights" that you put into the holes. That and the tree in the picture on the left - both are artificial. It's been a long time since I've ever had a real tree, but they are fun to have!
3. When do you put up the tree? Used to be we'd put the tree up on December 18th, which is my brother's birthday. But that was a long time ago, and I live on my own now so it's kinda ... whenever.
4. When do you take the tree down? Hehe ... my mom always wanted it down on New Years, only because that was the last day she had people in the house who could do that task (namely me and my dad), cause then the next day he'd be back at work and I'd be back at school. But now I try to leave decorations up as long as possible...
5. Do you like eggnog? That would be a no...
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Oh goodness ... um. Anything with horses on it? I really can't remember... Except for the time that my mom accidentally wrapped an empty box and put my name on it :blink:
7. Hardest person to buy for? My niece.
8. Easiest person to buy for? Daddy!
9. Do you have a nativity scene? No...we have one as a family, but I think it's packed away somewhere up at my dad's...I may have to fish it out when I go visit him next week. But I don't have one at the moment...
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? I did last year! Not this year, though...
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Mmm....don't know.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It's a Wonderful Life! (cliche, I know).
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Not usually till sometime in December....
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I'm pretty sure I have, but I don't remember what.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, and apple pie.
16. Lights on the tree? Just the little rubbery thingys I stick in the holes on my little plastic tree. I've got lights on my window, though! And a lighted wreath on my wall ... which isn't plugged in right now.
17. Favorite Christmas song? “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, "Silent Night", "Mary Did You Know?"
18. Travel at Christmas or stay at home? Just up to my dad's, about a 3 and a half year drive.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? (I'll just leave Mrs. Paul's answer): Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen, Comet, Blitzen, Donder, Cupid, and the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.
20. Angel on the treetop or a star? I don't really have a tree to put one on, but I prefer an angel. We had one, though, that was an angel AND a star! I liked that.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? All the craziness and stress people get themselves into, and having to listen to the same annoying Christmas songs over and over and over and over and....well, you get the idea :P
23. What theme or color are you using? Huh? I'm confuzzled...
24. Stockings or no! We haven't used them in years...since my mom died, actually.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? A horse and all the money I need to keep him/her! Hah! No, seriously, though - I need a vacuum and a new dryer, those are the biggest things :)

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow





























I've recently discovered this book, and I thought I'd say a little something about it. (Besides, I need more points for the contest). Y'all have to read this book. It's amazing! What an exciting adventure! This story pulled me in till I felt like I was with Hunter every step of the way, feeling every hurt, joy, sorrow, and accomplishment. I felt like I learned with him as he learned more about the Author and how to follow Him. The imagery is wonderful when Hunter gives Aviad his most precious possession. I enjoyed this book and want to read it again and again, and I can't wait to read the second one!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sewing!

:dance: :boogie:

I'm SEW excited! I was finally able to get my sewing machine back from the Bernina dealer, after leaving it there for almost 7 months. My dad gave me the money to pick up as an early Christmas present. This was my mom's sewing machine which she passed to me when she died, and when I took it to Creative Stitches it hadn't been used in about 5 years (last time it had been used was a bout a year before my mom passed away), it needed a new foot pedal, a new power cord, and apparently a new circuit breaker as well (which now has a 2 year warranty!). Here's a pic of my machine:


Ain't it gorgeous? :love:

My mom made a lot of gifts of love with this machine. She loved the quilt, said it was like putting puzzles together. She always made gifts for expectant mothers in our church (even had a list of who was expecting and their due dates), and would make baby blankets. Or when a couple got engaged she'd make them a quilted wall hanging. She was also in a group at the church that crocheted lap quilts for the eldery in nursing homes and the hospital.

My mom had taught me the basics of sewing, and other things I learned from the two sewing classes I took at Liberty. But I could KICK myself now for not having my mom teach me how to quilt. I mean, sure, I watched her work and sorta know the basics, but I'm still a beginner. I wasn't much into quilting while Mom was alive, but now that she's no longer with me on this side of Heaven, I want to learn, I guess to help keep her memory alive. Thursday, when I brought the sewing machine home, I went through some boxes of sewing stuff that used to be hers. It was bittersweet because nearly every item brought back memories of her in her sewing room - especially this:

I also found some "Specially Hand Made by Catherine" tags to put on things. My mom's middle name was Catherine (she went by Cathy), and that's also my middle name, so I think I'll put that on gifts as well :)

The other day I made a pair of pajama pants using some Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck flannel that I found in my mom's stash.


I still have to hem them, but they're pretty much done.

So yeah, I'm having lotsa fun :D It feels good to be sewing again, especially on my mom's machine :D

Adios!