Friday, 31 December 2010

My Word for 2011

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Some people make New Years Resolutions.  I am not in the habit of doing that myself but I do like to take stock, blow off the cobwebs, and generally have direction for the New Year.

I stumbled across a little trend within the scrapping/blogging world called, “One Little Word” Here's the Class. This is where they take one word for the year and basically process it into their lives by, emotionalizing, spiritualizing, and creatively expressing it until they fully experience the practical aspects.

My word for this year is going to be, TRIM.   Not especially intriguing or inspirational but it talks to me.  Whilst having my prayer time one morning I wrote down the words, “what can I cut” . I  prayed about it and carried that card with me throughout the day.  I found myself saying no to things that I might usually say yes to!  Hmmm! Maybe we are on to something here.  You see I wrote those words because I realize my life is full of trivial pursuits that keep me from pursuing things of value.

Whilst having dinner with a friend we got on to the topic of habits.  She admitted to being OCD about her pursuits and I found myself admitting to the opposite, that I actually organized my life by preparing for adventures that I never took! Like, the pursuit of every craft tool because someday I might actually have time to sit down and craft!  That’s quite sad. 

So, you see, this word kind of found me.  I could use CUT but it is slightly less appealing and who knows where it could lead me.  So, TRIM is the word for 2011.  AND, may I say, it can be used with an array of meanings so lets see where I am lead. There is a tantalizing class one little word  but it would be an oxymoron if I signed up for it. Sorry Ali!.

Goodbye 2010 and Hello to a trim 2011.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Boxing Day

Went out for a morning walk. Brrrr!

December 25th

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Great fun was had by one and all. Even Lilly got in on the action.  After present opening Mom and I got into the kitchen and prepared a sumptuous Dinner. Honey baked ham, stuffed turkey, mash, sprouts, corn, baked parsnips, roast potatoes and home made cranberry sauce. Friends joined us for Dinner making us a total of 9. Sorry no pictures. Too busy cooking to think about it.  : )

Decorating

It’s been a work in progress since the beginning of Decemeber but we are finally finished. It is a mix of:-

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Shabby Chic in the Dining Room,

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Country Classic in the Living Room,

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With a Charlie Brown Tree!

We were going to break tradition and go for a real tree this year but ran out of time. We will save that first for next year.

Preparations

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Making Preparations. House is clean, Food is bought and we are getting ready for company.

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Santa Came Early.  After beg, steal and borrowing dishes for my company last year I decided I wanted some of my own. Denby, Natural Blue.

White Christmas

Dec 18th at 1300 hours.  Here it is, the day AFTER we break up from school. A major snow fall.  Ten minutes later and this road was full of cars coming to a stand still.  Jim and James got out the shovels and, along with the neighbors, helped people on their way. 

First Snow

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Snow has come early this year!  This greeted me on my way to work 7:45 1/12/10. Yes, I know these pictures are out of sink but I couldn’t resist it.

Nativity Presentation

Nativity Reading

This is the boy who played the part of a shy little lamb almost 10 years ago! I wonder what the next ten years will bring. Thanks be to God for all His good gifts.

7:47 a.m. Sunrise!

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This was the impressive scene I was greeted with on the 16th December. One cozy British nostalgia I have from childhood is going to school in the dark.  Our days are so short at the moment that DS goes to school in the dark and comes home in the dark. 

With only the children’s Christmas party to go, I am a day and a half away from finishing school.  Then I can turn my thoughts entirely toward home.

Last week saw the final presentation of “Whoops ‘A’ Daisy Angel the Early Years production.  With four performances everyone exhaled with relief on that last day.  It was the end of grueling practice, endless costume making and loads of encouragement.  Each child was a star and rose to the occasion and parents gasped with proud adulation.  I announced to my teacher, “if you think you are getting any work out of me next week you are sadly mistaken, it’s party time!”

Giving Thanks

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The Christmas Season begins, for us, with Thanksgiving. Being from the U.S., we are used to having the fourth Thursday of November set aside to celebrate. Thanksgiving Day is a public holiday in the U.S. and it is given almost as much pride of place as Christmas day. In the U.K., obviously, it is just another day. We got a call from family in Virginia describing the days affairs, turkey ready to roast and Pumpkin Pie at the ready. Aahh!, we were home sick.  However,  this year we had two Thanksgiving celebrations to help us celebrate, one with our co-workers and one at Duke Street Church. Picture on the right of our Turkey entry for the Newspaper Turkey competition.

Catching up on Christmas Memories

 

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It’s the 30th December and, in my usual habit, I have a whole lot of photo’s that were meant to be translated into blog memories and didn’t quite make it.  The whole idea of blogging is to capture those moments as they happen right? Well this is a work in progress, after all! 

So, If I am to continue with my blogging, and not give up, I will have to resolve to change my habits. Until then, however, I am going to break the rules and post a bunch of posts today! The Christmas Season was worth it.  

Monday, 13 December 2010

Red Sky at Night Shepherd’s Delight

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This was the view I was greeted with on the way home from School. A welcomed sight after all the bad weather we have had.

Haven’t had time to scrap it though as my evening had a few unexpected hiccups. I got a call from DS before I even managed to get a cup of coffee down. He had gotten off the bus in transit as he was vomiting. Not having a car, due to the new Government legislation on driving company cars, I asked if he wanted me to meet him by bus or try again to get on and come home. He made it home very bravely. Jim came home with a bad back after injuring it at work and so now I am taking care of DS and DH after looking after 22 kids at school today.

Maybe that saying should be, “Shepherdess, take warning!”

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Reflection Sunday

Reflection Sunday

Come, Oh Come, Emanuel!

This morning we were reminded that advent is a reminder of the advent for Christ’s return. All of Christendom are in advent for the return of Christ.

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:1-4

For Advent we count down the days and weeks to Christmas, with stories and symbols, marking time as it goes by. The joy builds as we anticipate a celebration with our loved ones. For some the preparations are a mad rush four weeks before the day and for others they might begin preparing a year ahead. For some, the waiting is more than they can handle, especially young ones. Time is measured by how many sleeps we have left.

The return of my savior is imminent but do I wait and prepare with as much intention as I do the celebration of Christmas. I should and more so. I love Christmas but it is a shadow of what we really await! As we celebrate this Christmas let it remind us of what we are really looking for. Come Lord Jesus. Come!