Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Did we do a good job?
For the dough recipe I'm using, see here. (there are many others, though)
Take good care of youselves and your loved ones!
Friday, 18 December 2009
'And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn.' Luke 2.7
... and so the greatest story of all begins...
Welcome my dear friends!
Make yourself at home; how about some tea and biscuits? Or maybe some red wine and finger food? Let's turn the radio on; my favourite radio station plays Christmas songs all day long. Ready to share some Christmas joy and warm our hearts with happy thoughts?
Ok then. Let's have some fun!
This year more than ever
I've decided to focus on the true meaning of Christmas;
the one about love... hope... peace
in the world.
This has really warmed my heart
together with ...
Letter to Santa
Snowflakes softly falling, upon your window they play
Your blankets snug around you, into sleep you drift away.
I bend to gently kiss you, when I see that on the floor
There's a letter, neatly written, I wonder who it’s for.
I quietly unfold it, making sure you're still asleep,
It's a Christmas list for Santa, one my heart will always keep.
It started just as always with the toys seen on TV,
A new watch for your father and a winter coat for me.
But as my eyes read on
I could see deep inside
there were many things you wished for
that your loving heart would hide.
You asked if your friend Molly could have another Dad;
It seems her father hits her, and it makes you very sad.
Then you asked dear Santa, if the neighbors down the street
Could find a job, that they might have some food, and clothes, and heat.
You saw a family on the news, whose house had blown away,
"Dear Santa, send them just one thing, a place where they can stay."
"And Santa, those four cookies that I left you for a treat,
Could you take them to the children who have nothing else to eat."
"Do you know that little bear I have, the one I love so dear?
I'm leaving it for you to take to Africa this year."
And as you fly your reindeer on this night of Jesus' birth,
Could your magic bring to everyone, Goodwill and Peace on Earth?"
"There's one last thing before you go, so grateful I would be,
If you'd smile at Baby Jesus in the manger by our tree."
I pulled the letter close to me, I felt it melt my heart.
Those tiny hands had written what no other could impart.
"And a little child shall lead them," was whispered in my ear
As I watched you sleep on Christmas Eve while Santa Claus was here.
...Christmas children's books scattered all over the place (literally!)
...Christmas cards from and to special friends
...a tiny hand putting an angel at the top of the Christmas tree
...going to church when it's still dark
... kissing my wonderful husband for his name-day
...listening to my lovely son telling me how lucky we are for what we have because there are children in the world who don't even have clean water
...driving to work, listening to Christmas songs while the sun has barely come up
...singing Christmas carols with my hubby and son at home, just the three of us, just because little one wanted to practise for his school play
... teaching my students more meaningful season's greetings than just "Merry Christmas"; they loved it yesterday when I told them about hope and peace and being grateful for all the blessings we have been given.
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Thank you all for joining in and visiting;
sing all the beautiful Christmas songs (I love them all; really, I tried to think of a favourite but couldn't)
at the top of your voice
and make sure you make the people you love smile -
giving is so much more heart-warming than receiving!
PS. If you want to see who's here, at our little gathering, check my previous post.
Thursday, 17 December 2009
The Curious Cat
Ramblings of a Duchess in Waiting (Maybe?)
Around the Hook
Monday, 14 December 2009
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Friday, 11 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
"In this compilation of the five books of the best-selling Lineage of Grace series by Francine Rivers, we meet the five women whom God chose--Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Each was faced with extraordinary--even scandalous--challenges. Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling. Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. (via: CBD's Product Description) "
A couple of months ago MyStory posted this. (please follow the link before you continue). I thought it would be interesting to join in and she was so sweet as to send me the book. Unfortunately it took quite a while to arrive and found me at a very busy time of the year at work.
Anyway, with Christmas coming up, I decided to read the story of Mary, Mother of Jesus.
Here are some thoughts on this novella.
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Friday, 4 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
a cup of hot chocolate... a good book (or two)...
(I'll show you the end product when they're ready)
learning how to crochet
(this could actually make things worse if I allowed myself to be discouraged - but I haven't- and
Yes! Feel free to laugh all you want; I know there are so many mistakes!
So glad if I made you smile! You're welcome!)
watching my favourite film
I could own a little shop like that
I must admit
all these cosy, homey, seamingly trivial things
have brightened my days.
The last days of November were stress-loaded.
December is a very comforting month, though.
Thank you all for stopping by. I do appreciate each and every one of you and am excited to get to know you little by little through your blogs and e-mails.
HAVE A WONDERFUL, BLESSED NATIVITY MONTH!
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
watching the sunset from the kitchen window...
finding the perfect frame for a picture I love...
precious family breakfast...
reading The Shell Seekers every summer and Winter Solstice every winter....
coffee and cake on a quiet afternoon while the flat is still filled with the aroma of baking...
the smell of old books...
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Do you want to see what was inside?
On each page there's a different drawing from animals, plants etc that can be found in Greece
(I don't know about the mermaids though!! :) )
I love them!!!
Well, if you'd like one of them to be yours,
together with some of the stationary you see in the second picture
some surprise 'girlie' things,
all you have to do is tell me which one you like best - simple, right?
I'll draw a name at the beginning of the following week (and send the winner the notebook of your choice).
Edit: the draw will take place on Wednesday as there's something else to blog about on Monday and Tuesday is usually a very busy day.
Hope you like them!
I'll visit you over the weekend.
ONE LOVELY NOTEBOOK HAS NOW FOUND AN OWNER. THANK YOU.
Monday, 9 November 2009
Thank you all for your wonderful, meaningful comments on my last post. I'm so happy to see that lots of people love reading.
I've been planning a giveaway for a while now but still not ready as I have ordered something for you and it hasn't arrived yet; hope it's here by the end of the week.
Have a lovely week!