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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What I Think About the New Year

Christmas Morning We had a great Christmas with two of our daughters and their families last week. Our oldest daughter, Jenny, spent the holidays closer to home at a snow resort in Kentucky and The Creation Museum in Ohio and we heard they had a great time and even though the weather was cold and the roads often icy, they did not have too many problems driving. They did have some problems staying warm, though, and we heard that a couple of members of their family spent more time by the fire with the hot chocolate than they did in the snow!

I am not one for resolutions, but a program I heard on Focus on the Family reminded me that I have lost some focus in the last few months and need to get serious about my life purpose. The program was a presentation of Focus on the Family's Radio Theatre production of Leo Tolstoy's "Shoemaker Martin", a Christmas story about a shoemaker who encounters God while showing kindness to strangers. It is a beautiful story and you can listen to it on your computer here:


I put it on my MP3 player and we listened to it again on Christmas Eve. It ends with my life verse:
Mathew 25:34-40
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
I am praying for grace to pass out more cold water this year.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Piano Recital

Wendy had her Christmas piano recital today. Cute new dress: Old Navy sale $4.50!

Duet

She always plays a special. She learned a new arrangement of one of the carols this week. Which one was it..O Come All Ye Faithful, I think, but I might be wrong. What ever it was, it was very nice!


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Flower Girls

One of my granddaughters is going to be a flower girl this weekend. I went into my scrapbook archives to reminisce about some other flower girls in our family. Here is Miss J at her Aunt Wendy's wedding. She was five. Her brother is ring bearer and was seven. They were so cute!
I don't think anybody told her to do this, but she stopped and gave flowers to some of the guests on her way down the aisle! Here she is with the bride.
Wendy was flower girl at her sister, Jenny's wedding. She was ten. Here she is with little Mary Beth. Mary Beth recently came to see us and brought 2 little boys of her own!
Courtney and Wendy were flower girls at their Aunt Ruthie's wedding. They were four and five. Their big sister, Jenny, is standing behind them. She was thirteen and a bridesmaid.