Monthly Archives: December 2006

Month: December 2006 To all the whosoever’s

It’s amazing to me tonight to consider that ten years have passed since I held my newborn in my arms. I smiled this morning as Wes read the “Christmas story” account from the book of Luke. How incredible it must’ve been for Mary to ponder in her heart all that she had heard and had now seen. I gave birth to our baby Naomi in the comfort and warmth of our home on Christmas night ten years ago. I had the protection, comfort and loving attention of my precious husband and our caring midwife. Our children were safe and warm –satisfied with good things and Christmas treats. It truly was calm and bright that night. The snowstorm had not yet come. I enjoyed soft blankets, candlelight and a warm bath following her birth. I had a soft bed and fluffy pillows and hot tea, and a warmth from the wood continue reading

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Month: December 2006 Happy Christmas

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2.10-14

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Month: December 2006 It’s the most wonderful time of the year

♫ It’s the most wonderful time of the year…  ♪  It’s the happ–iest season of alllllll… ♪ I was baking cookies and making fudge last night while listening from time to time to the music in the background.  I think that song came on a half dozen times and I got to thinking about some of the words  to that song and then to another: I’ll be home for Christmas… You can count on me… I’ll be home for Christmas… if on-ly ♪ in my dreams.  My cynical side piped in: O, yes, you can *count on me!*  -if only in my dreams.   What a definite, sure: maybe. As the night went on and I continued to make and bake and stir and pour, I thought of the different songs… the different sentiments… hundreds of memories and, O, yes… the job at hand.  I thought about that first song.  “It’s continue reading

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Month: December 2006 celebrating the blessings of Christmas

We celebrate so many things this year… the blessing of the gift, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our LORD and Saviour.  How how great is the love of the Father that He lavishes us daily with gifts and joy unspeakable.  We celebrate the birth of our Saviour and praise the God of Heaven and earth for His goodness and mercy.  As each day passes, we are more profoundly aware of how little we can fathom the love of God.  So… all we can do is take the gift of salvation and say: Thank You, LORD… thank You. We celebrate the gift of our 9th child, the precious little gift born in our home on Christmas Night ten years ago.

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Month: December 2006 Today’s slice…

Each day there are tremendously encouraging or insightful blog entries that I wish I had time to link and share and, in addition, we receive emails each day from brothers and sisters in many different places and walks of life, along with an entry or two in our guestbook on our website each day and I wish I could share them all. From time to time I highlight a guest’s website so that others can also enjoy what we’re seeing and be blessed by other people’s efforts. Today was no exception. Two , in particular, stood out today. One, as always, Barbara links to the most pertinent or informative things! I had seen this Dove piece a few weeks ago and thought how sad it is that ideals are less than skin deep. And it is because of these ideals that women come to a point of hating themselves because continue reading

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Month: December 2006 a brief update

I’m happy to share that the list service that helped me with The Welcome Home messages in the past will also be helping me with the new: Letters To My Sisters email letter subscriptions. This, from our website… More Information here. Letters To My Sisters will be much like The Welcome Home messages I used to send to subscribers. And as for our friend’s wedding… well, it was so beautiful… more on that later! This morning found us sort of dragging and slow. After the mountain of table linens and towels is conquered, I’ll post a note and some pictures. I’m grateful for the many who prayed us through the week, through the baking, through the storm and electrical outage… and then for all who helped us with the wedding and reception. God is so faithful and careful with us – each one.

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Month: December 2006 link for spanish to english translator

If your spanish (or other language, for that matter) skills are not sharp and if you need to have something translated, click this link: http://www.google.com/language_tools?hl=en I received a letter this morning and wanted to be sure of the precise translation. Now, it’s a word-for-word translation and so doesn’t “read well” but you’ll get the gist of the matter. I only say this for impersonal letters… getting the gist of something is not the same as getting the literal intended meaning. Many things get lost in “translation.” This wasn’t intended to veer toward Bible translations or interpretations or paraphrases… but I see some similarities and the extreme liberties taken these days.

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Month: December 2006 upcoming subscriber letters

Dear Sisters Are you feeling alone and in need of inspiration for the task the LORD has given you as a wife, mother and handmaiden of the LORD? Are you in a place that seems difficult, without mentors or encouragement for the narrow path ahead? Perhaps you are what might be called a “first generation Christian” and perhaps you’ve had few role models or godly examples of just how to be a loving mother, how to live and dress modestly, how to care for and love your children or what it is to be a keeper at home. You simply may be looking for some sweet kindred fellowship from someone who’s walking along the same narrow path and can share in the joys and laughter, tears and sorrows, highlights and low-points of marriage, motherhood and homemaking and keeping. That’s the reason for the writing and sending of Letters To My continue reading

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Month: December 2006 a few slices

This has been a week where things just don’t go how I thought they might, or how I hoped they wouldn’t (yes, I thought about that wording ~wink~). Things are actually coming together so nicely. Wedding cakes are baked and frozen… ready and waiting for me to frost on Friday and assemble on Saturday. As the wedding day for our friends draws near and we’re making much ado about everything — it seems like just yesterday this wedding was a long, long way off. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, Wes and I made a quick run up to Canada today to see our new friend in the dental business and lavished him with spending money for Christmas had more dental work done — more stuff that can’t be seen but mattered a lot and bcz we drive so far, I make two appointments and sometimes more continue reading

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