Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A Homemade Christmas

A Homemade Christmas

  It seems like all the world is caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas right now. Buying the right gifts, going to the concerts, the plays, the parties, and the events. The first two weeks of December nearly wore me out, and I did hardly any of those things!  

  Are you feeling a pinch from all the must dos as Christmas Day quickly approaches? For most of us, we have just seven days including today to prepare. Are you ready? Are you panicked? Maybe this is the year for a different approach.... Read more.


This is the intro to the guest post I wrote at my daughter's blog, Hands Made to Love. Please go read the rest and leave a comment! I invite you to take a look around at her blog while you're there.

Happy Christmas!

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Friday, December 14, 2018

On the First Day of Christmas...

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Jesus Christ on the Cross!

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John .

-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control.

-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

Happy Christmas everyone!

Blessed to be a Blessing

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Laura Lately ~ December 11, 2018

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I haven't had much time to write lately. I feel like I'm running hither and yon and meeting myself on the return trip.  I hope that next week things will begin to slow down a bit. I don't know why everyone thinks everything needs to be done the first week or two of December!

Laura Lately... 

I am regaining energy steadily after treatments and surgery.

I've been taking my little dog for walks downtown. I'm trying to teach her not to pull and to be friendlier. She isn't very well socialized, because I worked and drove a lot when she was a pup.

I've been knitting a lot.  
I've knit more little hats for a children's clothing ministry.
I finished a sweater for my dog.
I've finished one gift and another will probably be finished by Wednesday.
I'm learning fair isle knitting and knitting with double pointed needles.
I'm thinking about joining the Yarn Along at Small Things to encourage myself to take photos of what I'm knitting and reading.

I've been reading Christmas stories and studying Bible Faith by Kenneth Hagin.

We've done a bit of decorating including putting up the tree.

Lots of:
Christmas music on Pandora, YouTube, and Spotify.
Christmas movies on DVD, VHS, and Amazon Prime.
Driving my daughter to play practice, dance, work, and singing performances.
Dishes and laundry.
Writing Christmas cards for the church.

Thanksgiving night we hit a deer and totaled our van. We bought a new-to-us car this weekend. Glad that's over!

Please pray for my friend Deborah. She is supposed to get married at the end of the month. She was admitted to the hospital, and they did a heart cath Monday. As of Monday night, she didn't know any details yet, but she was feeling badly.

Now I need to start making Christmas for my family.

Happy Christmas!
Be blessed,