If you haven't tried working with sketches, you should! They can provide just the right inspiration for a great page.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The four weeks leading up to Christmas is the season of Advent; a time of spiritual preparation and waiting. In spite of the busyness of working, shopping, entertaining, etc. I have tried to set my eyes upon the great gift that Christmas is to us. In the quiet moments of the late evening or early morning hours, I have tried to focus on what Christmas is truly about.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel…
But, have I spent enough time preparing a place for my Savior during this holy season? I have posted a ‘Welcome’ sign on the stable of my heart, but what condition will He find it in on Christmas Day? I pray that it would be a welcoming place for the Christ Child, but will there be room for Him? Will it be too crowded with other things, worldly things?
Lord, help me make room for my Jesus…
One thing I know to be true is that Jesus truly will come into my heart when I invite Him. And regardless of the condition it is in, He will bring His light, His love and His peace and make it a worthy dwelling. I trust that He will transform the cold areas of my heart into warmth, the broken areas into wholeness, and the indifferent areas into love. It is never too late to invite Him to be born anew in us and to experience the true gift of Christmas!
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
This morning, with fresh snow covering the 12-16 inches we already had, I decided to venture out to take some photos. As I trudged through the snow in our yard, shivering but determined, I realized that winter truly does have a beauty all it's own. Each time the sun bravely peeked out for a few seconds, there was an actual sparkle to the snow that made me appreciate the wonder of this season.
Monday, December 15, 2008
- I am an eternal optimist! I truly believe that behind the clouds the sun is always shining!
- I have been accused of being a June Cleaver! (Doesn't everyone put on their make-up and jewelry before working in the garden?)
- I am a baby powder freak. I love the way it smells, the way it feels and the way it keeps me cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, my dh does not like the fine white dust it leaves on our dark green bathroom counters...
- My favorite TV show is Fringe, a great, new science-fiction series! Plus it is a 'remote-free' show -- it has only half the number of commercials and they are only 60-90 seconds each. (Definitely no bathroom breaks during that hour!)
- I love classical music.
- I collect tea pots, bird houses, stones from the beach and mini-plates.
- I hate, hate, HATE Winter! But - I know that Spring is just around the corner!! (see #1)
Now I am going to tag my friend Janet! You're it!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
When we were planning our Two Scrapbook Friends Christmas party we decided to include a cookie exchange as part of the fun. Carolyn, Janet, Karan and I all made cookies for each other and it was fun deciding which cookies to make and how to package them. I decided to bake my new favorite cookies – Cadbury Cookies. This recipe came from my scrapbook friend, Keri. She shared these delicious cookies with us at a couple of scrapbooking events and they have become not only one of my favorites but my family’s as well.
The cookies gets rolled in sugar before baking and when they bake they crack slightly making a beautiful pattern on each one!
I found these sweet reindeer plates at the store and decided they would be perfect to hold the cookies for each person.
I added a couple of peppermint candies and voila! my gift to my friends was complete.
As each person brought their cookies, you could see the love and effort that went into each package.
Janet made delicious Hershey Kiss cookies!
And Carolyn surprised us all with not only delicious cookies, but beautiful hand-made gift tags that we can use at Christmas!
Baking for others is such a wonderful gift from the heart. Why not surprise someone with a plate of home-baked Christmas cookies this year. You could even try making Cadbury Cookies! (Thanks Keri!)Ingredients:
1 cup butter
1 cup + 1 Tbsp. white sugar, divided
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tsp. vanilla
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
6 - 7 regular size Caramilk bars
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and 1 cup sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. In separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture and beat together until just combined.
Shape dough around each Caramilk square. Roll each cookie in sugar and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. (They will be slightly cracked on top.) Enjoy!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Well, wouldn't you know that we all showed up at church the next day wearing our newly purchased scarf! I thought it was very funny, but Mary actually made Dianne take hers off. (Notice that she wasn't willing to take her own off!) They were sitting right next to each other and I guess Mary thought it was a bit too obvious.
Since we are all close in age, there were times when we were little that our Mom would dress us in similar clothing. I guess it was easier for her to just find one nice outfit and buy three! When you are little it really doesn't matter. In fact, it can be somewhat cute. But when you are all grown women - not so cute!
It reminded me of another time when we looked like triplets. The three of us were away for a sisters weekend one summer. Dianne and I stayed at a local Inn while Mary was staying at a cottage with some friends of hers. On Sunday morning we agreed to meet at church for Mass. As Dianne and I got ready we realized that we were both wearing tan shorts (church appropriate length!) and black t-shirt tops. We looked at each other and commented on how funny it was that we both packed the same thing to wear on Sunday. Neither of us had anything else to put on so off we went to meet Mary at church.
When we arrived, Mary pulled up, hopped out of her car and was wearing, yes, tan shorts and a black t-shirt top! After some embarrassed giggling in the parking lot and realizing we could do nothing to change our appearance, our thoughts quickly changed to more important things, like getting to our seats before Mass actually started.
Now you have to realize that this particular church is a lovely white church that probably only holds a couple hundred people and where everyone probably knows each other on a first name basis; a small white church where you might hope they wouldn't notice one stranger in tan shorts and black top, but three?
As we walked in and looked for a pew, I held my head high as if it were totally normal for three grown women to be dressed exactly the same for church on Sunday, all the while silently praying that no one would notice...
Sunday, December 7, 2008
How is it that 21 years can go by so quickly? It seems like just yesterday that he was born and I held him in my arms for the first time. I remember realizing at that moment that I have never felt a love so strong in my entire life. He has grown to become a wonderful young man that we are extremely proud of.
To celebrate we went out to The Keg for dinner. It is a great restaurant that has the best steaks.
We all enjoyed our dinner immensely and then shared a fabulous dessert.