Thursday, December 31, 2015
" Just think, you're not here by chance, but by God's choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else - you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace can't give. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation." by Roy Lessin , co-founder of DaySpring.
You're here by design so cheer up, this is your year to enjoy and embrace another year of life from God ! How will you choose to live your life this year ? I am hoping I remember to always be thankful for my blessings and mindful that dark times are hard, but a thankful heart sings with joy amidst the tears and sorrows. After all, if Corrie Ten Boom * could praise God for head lice while imprisoned in a Nazi war camp ( because the lice on the prisoners kept the German guards out of the women's quarters ) then surely I can be thankful for the everyday things that tend to get me down , and some of the bigger worries and pains , well, one day at a time they get dealt with . In God's time !
" To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1
~Picture is of Cedar Pond a few years ago.~
Sunday, December 27, 2015
" It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving," Mother Teresa
" You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving." Amy Carmichael
" Some of the most beautiful things worth having in your life come wrapped in a crown of thorns." Shannon Adler
* Pictures are of my Sebastopol geese Ella and Fella .
Friday, December 25, 2015
" ..for today in the city of David there has been born for you a savior , who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign for you : you will find a baby wrapped in cloths , and lying in a manger." Luke 2:11,12
Monday, December 21, 2015
Wee Little Sheep * he was very happy to help out. Of course, we waited until midnight Pacific Standard Time of the 20th to draw names as promised and Santa was impatient to get going because he has a busy week ahead. He enjoyed a cup of herbal tea and a few cookies while we waited for midnight and watched some special Christmas shows. But you're not interested in all that , you want to know who won. THE WINNER IS...
Bee Lady ,Email your mailing address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send your little sheep to you. Congratulations !Here is our youngest grandchild, and he's not too sure about this guy in red. Maybe next year when he's another year older he will be a bit happier about seeing Santa. Which reminds me of a cute and true story. A few years ago one of our granddaughters called me and asked to speak to her Poppa ( my husband ) and told me "just in case Poppa really is Santa I want to tell him what I want for Christmas ".
Thank-you to all who commented . I have some of my grandchildren spending the next 2 nights and 3 days with us and Santa may make another visit to our home too. I will be having fun making crafts and baking cookies with them, plus we have a home movie marathon tonight complete with popcorn and snacks. I am looking forward to visiting again this week all my blogging friends who took time to comment and seeing what goes on around your home during the Christmas season. Blessed Christmas to all of you !
Sunday, December 20, 2015
"What child is this , who, laid to rest, on Mary's lap is sleeping ? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet , while shepherds watch are keeping ? This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing; Haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary." hymn 'What child Is This ?' ~traditional English melody set to text by William C. Dix
The nativity scene might be the focal point of our living room during the Christmas season , more importantly though is that Jesus, the Son of God , our Savior , is the focal point in my heart and life. I don't need a Christmas tree, Santa Claus, presents, or a nativity scene to know and celebrate Him. Jesus, the babe in the manger we celebrate at Christmas grew up and He said in Matthew 11:28~ 30 "Come to Me ,all who are weary and heavy-laden , and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you for I am gentle and humble in heart and you shall find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy , and My load is light."
Do you want an opportunity to win a pair of Wee Little Sheep * ? Tonight at midnight I will have my husband draw the names of any leaving comments on my blog out of his Santa hat. Your name will be entered for every comment left on my posts ( limited to 1 comment per post ). I will post the name of the winner the 21st.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Berry Butternuts * , jam thumbprint cookies his father made every year and now my husband continues the tradition for our family. I also make *sugar cookies every year using my favorite recipe from many years ago. Often I wait to make and bake these cookies when I have grandchildren over a few days before Christmas.
My Christmas kitchen is ready again for company and full of sweet reminders of Christmases past. Christmas kitchen memories of good times gone by and the glimmer of new memories in the making.
Don't forget to leave a comment if you'd like to win a pair of these Wee Little Sheep*. The 20th is the last day of this give-away opportunity. I will enter your name for every comment you leave ( limited to one comment per day ).
Monday, December 14, 2015
"An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up." Proverbs 12:25
" Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength - carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength." Corrie Ten Boom
"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles. " Charlie Chaplin
"Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged , it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained." Arthur Somers Roche
Time to put on the Christmas carols , bake my sugar cookies and sing loudly ( and off key ) JOY TO THE WORLD the Lord has come !
If you'd like a chance to win a pair of these Wee Little Sheep* simply leave a comment on my blog. Your name will be entered every time you leave a comment ( limited to one per day ).
Thursday, December 3, 2015
The bees are snug in their hives during the very cold weather. My husband makes his honeybees sugar boards to eat during the winter.
My sheep don't suffer the cold or wet because their wool coats keep them very comfortable. ( This is Tovah , one of my 4 horned sheep.)
I found some dishes for our Christmas table settings. The green goblets and cream cloth napkins I bought at the dollar store go very well with the dishes. My winter teapot also looks pretty nice with these dishes.
Don't forget, any time you enter a comment ( limit 1 comment per post ) you're entered to win a pair of Wee Little Sheep * .
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
If you want a chance to win a pair of Wee Little sheep * I'll enter your name in a drawing every time you leave a comment on my blog .( limited to one comment per post )
" Much we owe to the gentle sheep, who as man's first domesticated animal, bearing on his back potential warmth for the world's comfort.... Wool has been of greater use to us than any other fibre. " from an old book called 'Wool Stitchery' by Osma Gallinger Tod
Monday, November 30, 2015
I spent the last 9 days with our daughter and her 3 youngest children on a trip of her choosing, her birthday present to herself in celebration of a milestone birthday. I am honored she and my grandchildren wanted me to accompany them on their trip to Disneyland and Universal Studios. This was a gift for me too since she paid my expenses. We drove 20 hours each way ( not including stops for gas and rest-room breaks) to get there and back.
Do you like my mouse ears ? It is hard to see them in the picture because they match the tree ornaments, but my mouse ears light up and the lights blink showing snowflakes. I will be wearing them a lot this month.
I am happy to be home now and getting ready for Christmas festivities. In honor of this month of giving I am offering a give-away. I will be sending a pair of Wee Little Sheep* to the winner. I will enter anyone who leaves a comment on my blog beginning today through the 20th of December when I will draw the name of the winner out of Santa's hat. I will enter your name every time you comment ( limited to one comment per day ).
Sunday, November 22, 2015
I spent last week bathing and prepping chickens for a poultry show. This is Lil' Blue , a bantam ( small ) self-blue mottled d'Uccle hen. I entered her and her mama in a show mostly because I love hanging out with the people who raise and show poultry. A few of those people are related to me or are long time friends. I have a lot of fun hanging out with chickens and the people who keep them.
I will be spending the next 10 days hanging out with family because my daughter and her kids want me around with them on a major holiday experience. My goodness, they want to hang out with me ! Well, I want to hang out with them too. Happy Thanksgiving to you all. When I am done having so much fun with my daughter and her kids I will be posting a give-away for the holiday season.
Thanksgiving = giving thanks ! "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all ye lands. Come unto the Lord with Thanksgiving." Psalm 100
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Bernideen ' Tea time Cottage and Garden Blog Party. *
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Today is the birthday of the United States Marines, established November 10 , 1775. This is a picture of our favorite Marine and veteran , our oldest son and "his" tank. Happy Birthday ,Marine !
To learn more about the marines and their 240th birthday click here. *
To learn more about the marines and their 240th birthday click here. *
The picture below is of the tank crew.
Thank-you son for your service. We're so thankful God chose to bring you safely back home to us and your 4 daughters. ~ " The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war , no matter how justified , shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation." George Washington