Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Merry Christmas

I am probably not going to be able to post anything before Christmas so I wanted to get this out for everyone to see:


By an unknown author

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

Have you fallen into that? I know I have. So Merry Christmas to you! Do not worry about the small stuff...focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Enjoy!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Unbelievable news

Well, yesterday was our children's musical at church, and I have pictures to post. So I am happily uploading them, getting ready to post, when I see a post from another friend stating that one of our blogging friends has passed away. I could not believe it as I just received a Christmas card from Joanne Johnson
on Saturday! Oh, I am so saddened by this. My heart and prayers go out to the Johnson family at this very difficult time. And Joanne, you will be so missed!

Here are the pictures of the kids. This is the reason I have not been blogging or papercrafting for that matter last week, as I was busy making all of the costumes! But the kids just loved them, so it was all worth it!

In case you cannot tell, the red costume below is a bell.

And I think I was enjoying the production so much, I did not even realize that I did not get a front view picture of the tree!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Paper Craft Planet Day 8

Yes, I know...I've missed a few days of the contest. I have been so busy that I have not had a chance to play but I just had to take a break today from what I have been doing to play along. I just could not resist as today the contest is to use a cow and I just love these images that I have from the Angel Comp. If you cannot read what the first card says...It says "Holy Cow! An' udder birthday?"

ok, back to the grind for me, but I hope everyone has a great weekend! We are going to get our tree tomorrow, so I am really looking forward to that family time!