28 December 2011
23 December 2011
Our refrigerator, cabinets and countertops are filled with food that will soon become part of a Christmas Eve smorgasbord and
I am so totally touched and incredibly blessed by the thoughtfulness of the gift givers--
19 December 2011
I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 KJV
Holidays can be a mixture of good and bad; stressful and peaceful experiences;
family time and memories of times past;
feelings of loss mixed with those of joy.
And so this Advent has been.
But through tears of loss and pain, through times of joy, stress, love, frustration;
I am thankful that Christ came to earth so that I might have life--
and I am reminded, yet again, to keep my eyes--my focus--on Him.
08 December 2011
Sometimes I have chosen the right path--
the one that led me upwards and closer to the Light.
But sometimes I have taken my focus off that goal and become lost.
I found my way back.
I found the way after I realized that I had, again,
been drawn away, by the allure of man-made things--
beautiful things, yes,
but things that ultimately failed to truly satisfy this deep thirsting of my soul and also
Now, I have learned that the beauty I was seeking this Season
is to be found only in Him and
that if I trust Him and keep my eyes on the reason for the Season,
that He will lead me
by His never-ending grace and mercy.
That He will show me more of the Living Water, if I take time to let Him,
and that when this Season of Advent is over,
I will find that my thirst has been quenched and my spirit blessed.
May you find blessings this Advent also.
Note: Photos #4 + 5 were taken at the site of a man-made dam that failed decades ago.
07 December 2011
05 December 2011
Advent Blessings, Aimee
Photos: taken this weekend.
01 December 2011
Awhile back I bought the equipment I needed to make fattigman and some other Nordic treats; this year I hope to be able to put them to use---even though I LOVE any excuse to go to Astoria--home of my fav bakery--I really can't go there everyday (or can I)?
What treats will you be baking this year? Do you have a family tradition of baking during this time of the year (or would you like to start one)? The thought of filling my home with the smells of cardamom, nutmeg and other spices makes me smile and makes me hungry too!
Advent Blessings from my home to yours,
Photo: photo taken earlier this year after one of those trips to Astoria. Shown: one Finnish pinwheel (yummy prune filling) and several fattigmann. China tea things and lace 'tabletopper' (which is now being used as a valance in our kitchen) are from my mom's collection. Since her death I have tried to surround myself with special items that remind me of her.
30 November 2011
Step by step, little by little. day by day our home is changing--
taking on the elements of the season of Light.
Step by step, little by little, day by day I pray my heart is changing too--
becoming more like Christ--the Reason for the season;
that would be the best gift I could give to my friends and family this year.
Note: this almost finished wreath contains three things I LOVE: the colors light blue and white,
reindeer and snowflakes. What are your favorite colors to use at Christmas? What elements do you like to use in your home at Christmas time?
28 November 2011
25 November 2011
on a very sick Farmer Boy...
so we went with the flow and dined mainly on soup, apple cider and ginger ale.
Today saw my DH feeling a bit better,
so Thanksgiving meal preparations began and several hours later
our feast started .
multi grain rolls (bought)
Herb-apple turkey breast
(there were just the two of us),
stuffing with cranberries,
(yea for potato ricers),
southern green beans,
cranberry sauce with orange zest
(I LOVE my microplane zester)
sweet potatoes topped with maple syrup-cranberry-hazelnut streusel.
And all I have to say,
besides thank you to God for all we have been blessed with,
hope your Thanksgiving was a great one
after all the clean-up,
it's time for a snack!
Thou art my God, and I will praise Thee: Thou art my God, I will exalt Thee.
O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.
Psalms 118:28-29 KJV
24 November 2011
17 November 2011
15 November 2011
1. I will never, ever eat cookie dough with raw eggs in it again (sigh).
2. I am again spending too much time on the Internet and watching TV.
3. I can and will get caught up again with chores...and that momzoo's schedule is awesome!
4. That Thanksgiving is NEXT week and I better get to #3 NOW :)
Wishing you a blessed Tuesday from the (temporarily) blue skies of the Pacific NW,
11 November 2011
Yes, yesterday a dream come true;
03 November 2011
Thinking of November brings up many happy thoughts and one of these is being thankful for all the blessings we have in our life and that is just what Lime (one of my fav Norwegian bloggers) and some of my friends and family are doing. For the whole month they are posting something they are grateful for each day...because, really, we should be thankful daily.
SO I am going to try my best to do the same thing,
but, as usual, I am a bit (ha, ha) behind--having lost myself in the colors of this day:
the blue of the sky (in places), the color of the dogwood outside my window, a friend's adventures, my daughter's texts to me, the music on my favorite radio...
Tells of His love in the Book He has giv’n;
Wonderful things in the Bible I see,
This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.
Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me.
I am so glad that Jesus loves me,
Jesus loves even me.
Though I forget Him, and wonder away,
Still He doth love me wherever I stray;
Back to His dear loving arms do I flee,
When I remember that Jesus loves me.
Oh, if there’s only one song I can sing,
When in His beauty I see the great King,
This shall my song through eternity be,
“Oh, what a wonder that Jesus loves me!”
Jesus loves me, and I know I love Him;
Love brought Him down my poor soul to redeem;
Yes, it was love made Him die on the tree;
Oh, I am certain that Jesus loves me!
In this assurance I find sweetest rest,
Trusting in Jesus, I know I am blessed;
Satan, dismayed, from my soul now doth flee,
When I just tell him that Jesus loves me.
Notes on Hymn: Jesus Loves Even Me, Philip P. Bliss, 1870